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5:05 PM ET, November 13, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to Be Sent to New York for Trial  —  WASHINGTON — Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and four others accused in the attacks will be put on criminal trial in New York, Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce later Friday.
Michelle Malkin:
Bombshell: Obama bringing KSM to NYC for trial; former Bush AG Mukasey to respond at Federalist Society this afternoon  —  It's Friday.  The president is flying off to Asia.  Congress is not in session.  Perfect time to drop a bombshell on the American people:
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Political Decision This Ain't  —  Here's what the Attorney General isn't doing.  He's not following public opinion, which generally opposes conducting any sort of 9/11 terrorist trial in the United States.  He's not following perceived political wisdom, in that the administration …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Detainees to get “the-state-always-wins” system of “justice”
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:   So Now Khalid Sheikh Mohammad Is A 9/11 “Suspect”
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pete King says court decision puts U.S. at greater risk of attack
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, INSTAPUTZ and CBS News
Washington Wire:
Sarah Palin to Visit Fort Hood  —  Peter Wallsten reports on politics.  —  Grieving soldiers and families at Fort Hood, Texas, will get a visit from Sarah Palin next month as part of her national book tour, her publisher told Washington Wire.  —  The former vice presidential candidate …
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Great Moments In Journalism: Sarah Palin Marginalization Starts Early At MSNBC
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Townhall.com
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Free to Lose  —  Consider, for a moment, a tale of two countries.  Both have suffered a severe recession and lost jobs as a result — but not on the same scale.  In Country A, employment has fallen more than 5 percent, and the unemployment rate has more than doubled.
The Politico:
After spending binge, W.H. says it will focus on deficits  —  President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year's State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 - and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.
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 …
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GOP.com:
Who Is Bob Bauer?  —  Obama Is Tapping Anita Dunn's Better Half …
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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 …
National Iranian American Council (NIAC):
NIAC Stands by its Record of Pursuing Peace Through Diplomacy  —  The following statement was issued by NIAC in response to today's article in the Washington Times:  —  Washington DC - NIAC is proud of its work to advance US national security through a smarter and more effective policy on Iran.
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Charles Krauthammer / Real Clear Politics:
Explaining Away Mass Murder  —  WASHINGTON — What a surprise — that someone who shouts “Allahu Akbar” (the “God is great” jihadist battle cry) as he is shooting up a room of American soldiers might have Islamist motives.  It certainly was a surprise to the mainstream media …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Anita Dunn: ‘Going rogue’ not her way  —  Was Anita Dunn, the outgoing communications director of the White House, speaking for herself when she called FOX News “an arm of the Republican Party” on a rival cable news network's program, or was this something that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel …
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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KEEPING THE ABORTION-RELATED HEAT ON THE RNC.... Ben Smith reports this afternoon that RedState's Leon H. Wolf wants heads to roll at the Republican National Committee for having a health care policy — for 18 years — that covered abortion services. … But here's the part RedState misses …
Discussion: RHRealityCheck.org
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Meet John Thune  —  Some days the Republican Party seems to be going crazy.  Its public image is often shaped by people who appear to have gone into government because they saw it as a steppingstone to talk radio.  —  But deep in the bowels of the G.O.P., there are serious people having quiet conversations.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Reconciliation could kill Stupak rider  —  Democrats will almost certainly kill the anti-abortion Stupak amendment in the process if they go to Plan B on passing a health care health care — using a filibuster-proof reconciliation bill — budget experts say.
Discussion: The Confluence
Jamie Dimon / Washington Post:
No more ‘too big to fail’  —  Our company, J.P. Morgan Chase, employs more than 220,000 people, serves well over 100 million customers, lends hundreds of millions of dollars each day and has operations in nearly 100 countries.  And if some unforeseen circumstance should put this firm at risk of collapse …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's world record  —  It sounds tailor-made for a GOP ad:  —  Unemployment hits 9.4 percent.  President Obama flies to France.  —  Joblessness reaches 9.7 percent.  Obama jets off to Denmark.  —  The rate of those out of work soars to 10.2 percent.  Obama packs his bags for Japan, Singapore, China and South Korea.
Discussion: QandO
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Klobuchar Bests Franken, Bachmann Among Minnesota Voters  —  Minnesota voters give Senator Amy Klobuchar higher marks for job performance than her fellow senator Al Franken and Michele Bachmann, the congresswoman who has become a conservative lightning rod in the national health care debate.
The Note:
Dick Armey: Palin More ‘Cheerleader’ than ‘Captain’; Not ‘Digging Herself Out’ of Post-Campaign Hole  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Can Sarah Palin make a political comeback?  Not everyone's convinced.  —  With Palin mania set to sweep the nation anew tied to the release of her memoir …
Discussion: Hot Air and ABCNEWS
The Huffington Post:
Goldman To Private Insurers: No Health Care Reform At All Is Best  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A Goldman Sachs analysis of health care legislation has concluded that, as far as the bottom line for insurance companies is concerned, the best thing to do is nothing.
 
 
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The Fix:
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