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12:30 PM ET, November 14, 2009

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Scott / Power Line:
Why is this man bowing?  —  We criticized Barack Obama when he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia.  Americans do not bow to royalty.  When the royal is the ruling tyrant of a despotic regime, the wrong is compounded.  Obama's bowing to the King was deeply offensive.
Discussion: The Swamp, Althouse and Macsmind
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
How low will he go?  Obama gives Japan's Emperor Akihito a wow bow  —  How low will the new American president go for the world's royalty?  —  This photo will get Democrat President Obama a lot of approving nods in Japan this weekend, especially among the older generation of Japanese …
Danielle Demetriou / Telegraph:
Barack Obama bows and talks of green tea icecream as he pushes US ties in Asia  —  President Barack Obama has bowed to the Emperor of Japan and revealed his childhood affection for green tea icecream as he pushes stronger US ties with Asia.  —  There was talk of green tea ice cream …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Mike Allen / The Politico:
'America's first Pacific president'
New York Times:
A Return to American Justice  —  Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. took a bold and principled step on Friday toward repairing the damage wrought by former President George W. Bush with his decision to discard the nation's well-established systems of civilian and military justice in the treatment …
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Wall Street Journal:
KSM Hits Manhattan—Again  —  Eric Holder's decision to move a trial on war crimes to American soil is morally confused, dangerous and political to a fault.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Coming soon to a civilian courtroom blocks from Ground Zero: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the four other al Qaeda planners of 9/11.
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Mukasey Blasts Pre-9/11 Mentality in KSM Decision  —  Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who as a judge presided over a trial stemming from the first attack on the World Trade Center, on Friday warned that the Obama administration's decision to bring Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU, Power Line and Hot Air
New York Times:
9/11 Trial Poses Unparalleled Legal Obstacles for Both Sides  —  WASHINGTON — How do you defend one of the most notorious terrorist figures in history?  —  One step, legal analysts say, may be to ask for a change of venue.  —  Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's lawyers, whoever they are …
Discussion: The Caucus and POWIP
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
For Holder, much wrestling over decision
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Betsy's Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bloomberg: We Should Try 9/11 Terrorists Near Site Of Attacks
Discussion: IntoxiNation
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
McCain camp: 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.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain received signed copy of ‘Going Rogue’  —  (CNN) - Sen. John McCain has already received a signed copy of Sarah Palin's new memoir “Going Rogue,” but the former Republican presidential nominee hasn't read it yet.  —  “I've just received a signed copy from her yesterday …
Discussion: The Hill
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:   Palin Book Tour Builds on Web Strategy
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
Great Moments In Journalism: Sarah Palin Marginalization Starts Early At MSNBC
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Townhall.com
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 …
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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
Richard Kerbaj / Times of London:
Muslims must quit British Forces, says Iranian envoy Abdolhossein Moezi  —  The Iranian Supreme Leader's representative in Britain has told Muslim servicemen and women to quit the Armed Forces, saying that their involvement in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars is forbidden by Islam.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Anti-gay effort targeting Parker motivates conservatives  —  Group opposes a lesbian in office  —  A cluster of socially conservative Houstonians is planning a campaign to discourage voters from choosing City Controller Annise Parker in the December mayoral runoff because she is a lesbian …
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Joe. My. God.
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Congress' Approval Recovers Some; Independents Buck Trend  —  At 26%, approval remains low compared to this summer and most of the year  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans express slightly greater approval of Congress this month after last month's decline.  The current 26% rating is up from 21% …
Jay Root / Associated Press:
Hutchison won't resign seat before Texas primary  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison, who is challenging Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his job, is planning to keep her U.S. Senate seat until after the state's March gubernatorial primary.  —  Hutchison, a Republican …
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
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R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Hutchison decision to stay in Senate not affecting White's bid
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’ …
 
 
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Jesse Connolly / The Huffington Post:
Observations from the Trenches in Maine
Discussion: Open Left and AMERICAblog Gay
Ezra Klein:
Did the invention of the airplane end the filibuster?
Discussion: Swampland
JSOnline:
Barrett plans to run for governor
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Stupak: It's All the Liberals' Fault!
Cara Anna / Associated Press:
Chinese greet ‘Oba Mao’ with flaming statue, fakes
Discussion: POWIP and Left Coast Rebel
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Can the Clinton Coalition Survive Obama?
Discussion: Hot Air, HillBuzz and Pajamas Media
David Thompson:
Go Barefoot for Gaia  —  In the following BBC clip …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Biased BBC
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