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12:10 PM ET, November 14, 2009

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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  —  Eric H. Holder Jr. called his order Friday to send the suspected plotters of the Sept. 11 attacks to trial in Manhattan “the toughest decision I've had to make as attorney general.”  But what the nation's chief law enforcement officer did not lay bare …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Betsy's Page
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Detainees to get “the-state-always-wins” system of “justice”
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bloomberg: We Should Try 9/11 Terrorists Near Site Of Attacks
Discussion: IntoxiNation
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: Macsmind and Althouse
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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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
'America's first Pacific president'
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
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% …
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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R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
Hutchison decision to stay in Senate not affecting White's bid
Jay Root / Associated Press:
Hutchison won't resign seat before Texas primary
Discussion: Dallas Morning News
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
Mcjoan / Daily Kos:
Stupak: It's All the Liberals' Fault!  —  Via Brian Beutler, Stupak has a narrative and he's sticking to it.  He tells Chris Good at The Atlantic: … Stupak also displays a stunning lack of understanding about what his legislation actually does, and what the original language, the Capps amendment did, to maintain Hyde.
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Bradley Olson / Houston Chronicle:
Anti-gay effort targeting Parker motivates conservatives
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Joe. My. God.
Jesse Connolly / The Huffington Post:
Observations from the Trenches in Maine
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Ezra Klein:
Did the invention of the airplane end the filibuster?
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JSOnline:
Barrett plans to run for governor
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
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: MSNBC uses faked photos to goof on Palin, of course
Discussion: The Note
ProPublica:
Happy Birthday, Gitmo
Discussion: Washington Post, TalkLeft and Truthdig
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Newt warns of ‘destructive’ primaries
Ezra Klein:
Some worrying signs out of the Senate