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11:40 PM ET, November 13, 2009

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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Sarah Palin is dumb.  —  By her own words, Sarah Palin is dumb.  Here's the excerpt of pages 255-257 of “Going Rogue: An American Life”: … Why didn't you have a say?  There's that “really” hedging: You didn't really have a say.  You're pleading passivity and impotence but you want us …
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Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: Palin's Book Goes Rogue on Some Facts  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Palin's new book reprises familiar claims from the 2008 presidential campaign that haven't become any truer over time.  Ignoring substantial parts of her record if not the facts, she depicts herself as a frugal traveler …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sarah Palin / Drudge Report:
HER TURN!  —  Chapter Four; Section 8, pages 255-257  —  By the third week in September, a “Free Sarah” campaign was under way and the press at large was growing increasingly critical of the McCain camp's decision to keep me, my family and friends back home, and my governor's staff all bottled up.
Matthew Continetti / Wall Street Journal:
Can Sarah Palin Make a Comeback?  —  Her poll numbers among independents are strong enough to give her a chance.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  I don't typically watch Oprah.  But I won't miss Monday's interview with Sarah Palin.  The appearance is supposed to be about Ms. Palin's new memoir …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain camp: Palin book ‘petty and pathetic’  —  Top aides to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign hit back at Sarah Palin Friday, after news reports revealed that the former vice presidential nominee's soon-to-be-released book criticizes the campaign's press strategy.
Discussion: Hot Air
Washington Wire:
Sarah Palin to Visit Fort Hood
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Great Moments In Journalism: Sarah Palin Marginalization Starts Early At MSNBC
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:   Palin Book Tour Builds on Web Strategy
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
McCain Adviser Denies Palin's Claim She Granted Couric Interview …
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Holder's Hidden Agenda, cont'd . . . — By: Andy McCarthy  —  This summer, I theorized that Attorney General Eric Holder — and his boss — had a hidden agenda in ordering a re-investigation of the CIA for six-year-old alleged interrogation excesses that had already been scrutinized …
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Key 9/11 Suspect to Be Tried in New York  —  WASHINGTON — Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, and four other men accused in the plot will be prosecuted in federal court in New York City, a federal law enforcement official said early on Friday.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bloomberg: We Should Try 9/11 Terrorists Near Site Of Attacks
Discussion: TalkLeft and IntoxiNation
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   A Political Decision This Ain't  —  Here's what the Attorney General isn't doing.
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
William Jefferson sentenced to 13 years in prison … Former Rep. William Jefferson was sentenced today to 13 years in prison for his conviction on 11 counts of public corruption in a case in which he famously hid $90,000 in his freezer.  —  U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III delivered …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, TalkLeft, Macsmind and MyDD
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David Stout / New York Times:   Sentence of 13 Years for Ex-Louisiana Congressman
Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:   Jefferson Sentenced to 13 Years
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: MSNBC uses faked photos to goof on Palin, of course  —  Skip ahead to 1:00 and then 2:00 if you can't stomach the whole clip.  The images of her in the black miniskirt and the American-flag bikini started floating around the 'Net mere days after she joined the ticket last year …
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The Note:
Dick Armey: Palin More ‘Cheerleader’ …
WPCVA.COM:
Danville TEA Party to burn Rep. Perriello in effigy  —  BLAIRS - In a move sure to spark controversy, the Danville TEA Party will close their “Fired Up for Freedom” rally by burning Rep. Tom Perriello and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in effigy in response to the passage of landmark healthcare legislation …
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Lowell / Blue Virginia:   “TEA Party” People to Burn Perriello, Pelosi in Effigy
Julia Preston / New York Times:
White House to Begin Push on Immigration Overhaul in 2010  —  The Obama administration will insist on measures to give legal status to an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants as it pushes early next year for legislation to overhaul the immigration system, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Friday.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Hutchison won't resign Senate seat  —  Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) is expected to announce today that she will not resign her Senate seat - as had been expected — while she campaigns for governor, according to two sources familiar with the situation.  —  Get alerted every time your favorite reporter posts a story
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Houston Chronicle:
Governor candidate Hutchison staying in Senate for now
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Rep. Steve King: Bauer was hired to ‘erase tracks’ between Obama, ACORN  —  Newly appointed White House counsel Bob Bauer is “perfectly positioned to be tasked with erasing the tracks between Obama and ACORN,” one Republican lawmaker charged Friday.  —  The lawyer's hiring …
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
Chinese greet ‘Oba Mao’ with flaming statue, fakes  —  BEIJING (AP) - The Chinese have learned English from his speeches and celebrated the way he rolls up his sleeves.  Now President Barack Obama is finally coming, and he's being greeted with “Oba Mao” T-shirts and a statue of him that bursts into flames.
Discussion: POWIP and Left Coast Rebel
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
G. Gordon Liddy Says 'I'm Convinced' That ‘Barack Obama Is A Muslim,’ Gary Bauer Doesn't Disagree  —  On his radio show today, G. Gordon Liddy hosted former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer to discuss his Human Events column on the Fort Hood massacre, in which Bauer …
Ezra Klein:
Some worrying signs out of the Senate  —  Health reform ain't easy.  —  Expectations were that the Senate would get the CBO score for its health-care bill today.  It didn't.  Or, to be more precise, it didn't get the CBO score it wanted.  The proposal Reid's office sent to the CBO …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
'America's first Pacific president'  —  TOKYO — Trying to reassure allies and rivals, President Barack Obama billed himself Saturday as “America's first Pacific president,” promising the nations of Asia “a new era of engagement with the world based on mutual interests and mutual respect.”
Discussion: The Swamp and American Power
Frank Newport / Gallup:
More in U.S. Say Health Coverage Is Not Gov't.  Responsibility  —  Marks significant shift from the attitudes of the past decade  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More Americans now say it is not the federal government's responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage (50%) than say it is (47%).
Seth / Enik Rising:
Does unemployment affect midterm elections?  —  I've seen no small amount of hand-wringing from Democrats worried about the impact of the current double-digit unemployment on next year's midterm elections.  By most estimates, even if there is robust economic growth for the next year …
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
Water Found on Moon, Scientists Say  —  There is water on the Moon, scientists stated unequivocally on Friday, and considerable amounts of it.  —  “Indeed yes, we found water,” Anthony Colaprete, the principal investigator for NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, said in a news conference.
Discussion: The New Republic and NO QUARTER
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Can the Clinton Coalition Survive Obama?  —  John Judis and Ruy Teixeira's well-regarded 2002 work The Emerging Democratic Majority begins with a vignette set in Virginia.  They tell the story of a telecom executive named Mark Warner, who runs a moderate campaign that appeals …
Discussion: Pajamas Media, HillBuzz and Hot Air
 
 
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Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Stupak: It's All the Liberals' Fault!
David Thompson:
Go Barefoot for Gaia  —  In the following BBC clip …
Discussion: Biased BBC and Moonbattery
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Newt warns of ‘destructive’ primaries
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Harry Reid's Poll: 67% Say Public Option “Most Important Aspect …
Discussion: Blue Virginia and AMERICAblog News
Jeanne Devon / The Huffington Post:
Jeanne Devon ("AKMuckraker"): Alaska Governor Snubs the President and the Troops
Robert Creamer / The Huffington Post:
10 Reasons Why Democrats Who Opposed the Health Care Bill Made a Political Mistake
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Shakesville
Rasmussen Reports:
Klobuchar Bests Franken, Bachmann Among Minnesota Voters
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Obama ‘risking Suez-like disaster’
The Politico:
After spending binge, W.H. says it will focus on deficits