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8:30 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: American Power and 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
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: protein wisdom and Weekly Standard
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin's five book tour goals  —  Sarah Palin's new book isn't even on shelves, but it's already a phenomenon.  —  “Going Rogue” is Amazon's best-selling pre-order and the mere whiff of its contents, which have trickled out despite a tight embargo, has stirred up a media frenzy.
Discussion: Politics Daily
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Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Track Palin to Mom: 'Don't Let the Jerks Get You Down!'
Peter Hamby / CNN:
McCain received signed copy of ‘Going Rogue’
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
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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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: CBS News and Hot Air
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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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Is Losing Independent Voters  —  A number of recent polls show the president would be wise to shift right.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The announcement a week ago of 10.2% unemployment is a significant political event for President Barack Obama.
Paul Krugman:
It's the stupidity economy  —  OK, maybe a more polite way to say it is this: bad ideas are acting as serious constraints on policy.  —  We're in a liquidity trap, with interest rates up against the zero bound.  This means that conventional monetary policy isn't sufficient.  What should we do?
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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