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9:40 PM ET, November 14, 2009

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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
How low will he go?  Obama gives Japan's Emperor Akihito a wow bow (Updated with video, pic)  —  (UPDATES: 12:22 p.m. A brief news video has been added below, showing the greeting in this photograph.  Contrary to some claims, the video shows no reciprocal bow by the emperor, who traditionally bows to no one.
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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.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obamateurism of the Day  —  Here's a rare Saturday OOTD for Hot Air readers, but this one can't wait for Monday.  Andrew Malcolm reports on Barack Obama's latest breach of protocol, this time with Emperor Akihito of Japan … Seven months ago, the White House insisted that Obama didn't bow …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Meredith Jessup / Townhall.com:
This Is Getting Embarrassing...  First this... Now this...  Even the LA Times is asking, “How low will the new American president go for the world's royalty?”  —  President Obama first denied he had bowed to the Saudi royalty, but his actions were crystal clear during his visit to Japan this week.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Flashback: NYT blasts Clinton for ... almost bowing to Akihito  —  Both Allahpundit and I referenced this blast from the past at the time Barack Obama bowed to Abdullah earlier this year.  It's worth posting again, not just because Obama pulled another boneheaded protocol violation and bowed to an emperor …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Donald Douglas / American Power:
Bowing Before Monarchs and Tyrants: Obama ‘Restores’ …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and protein wisdom
Danielle Demetriou / Telegraph:
Barack Obama bows and talks of green tea icecream as he pushes US ties in Asia
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Track Palin to Mom: 'Don't Let the Jerks Get You Down!'  —  Sarah Palin Book Says Soldier Son Tried to Talk Her Out of Quitting as Alaska Governor  —  Before Sarah Palin resigned as governor of Alaska, her soldier son Track tried to talk her out of it, she reveals in her new memoir “Going Rogue.”
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Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Memoir Is Palin's Payback to McCain Campaign  —  “Going Rogue,” the title of Sarah Palin's erratic new memoir, comes from a phrase used by a disgruntled McCain aide to describe her going off-message during the campaign: among other things, for breaking with the campaign over its media strategy …
Discussion: Power Line
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin's five book tour goals
Discussion: Politics Daily
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain received signed copy of ‘Going Rogue’
Discussion: The Hill
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Palin Calls Decision To Try 9/11 Defendants In Federal Court ‘Atrocious,’ Wants To 'Hang ‘Em High’  —  Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the five individuals accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 attacks — including alleged mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — will be prosecuted in U.S. federal court.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN, TalkLeft and Guardian
Jon Meacham / Newsweek:
Why Palin Matters to Obama—And to You  —  From the magazine issue dated Nov 23, 2009  —  Richard Nixon sensed trouble. seated in the cow palace in San Francisco at the GOP convention in 1964, he listened as Barry Goldwater said: “I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty—is—no— vice.”
Discussion: Mediaite, CBS News and Hot Air
Robert Pear / New York Times:
In House Record, Many Spoke With One Voice: Lobbyists'  —  WASHINGTON — In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities.  Often, that was no accident.  —  Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Glenn Beck gets to ask dumb white-guy questions to a room full of black conservatives  —  It is hard to explain to white people like Glenn Beck why their “innocent” questions about race actually just reveal their ignorance and their false assumptions about people of other races and the nature of race relations.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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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Jacob Heilbrunn / New York Times:
The Lies They Told  —  When Sept. 11, 2001, dawned, the Northeast Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y., went on full alert — to prepare for a training exercise that envisioned a sneak attack by Russian planes flying over the North Pole to bomb the United States, a prospect that Defense Secretary Robert McNamara …
Discussion: Macsmind, The Impolitic and Emptywheel
Chicago Breaking News:
Town welcomes idea of Gitmo detainees' arrival  —  Rosie Rojas, from Fulton, serves up a coffee refill to Dave, left, and Kay Lawton of Thomson, at the Sunrise Restaurant in Thomson.  The restaurant adjoins a motel only a few hundred yards from the exterior wall of the Thomson Correctional Center.
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New York Times:
At Bloomberg, a Modest Strategy to Rule the World  —  PLOPPED in a white leather chair in a small office in Bloomberg L.P's Manhattan headquarters, Andrew Lack knows exactly how to articulate the aspirations of this 28-year-old media and technology company.  —  “We want to be the world's …
Discussion: The Politico and Clusterstock
 
 
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