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2:40 PM ET, November 15, 2009

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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Report: Bill would reduce senior care  —  Medicare cuts approved by House may affect access to providers  —  A plan to slash more than $500 billion from future Medicare spending — one of the biggest sources of funding for President Obama's proposed overhaul of the nation's health-care system …
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Chris Frates / The Politico:
CMS: House bill increases health care costs  —  Democrats have promised that health reform would reduce health care costs, but legislation the House passed last week would increase costs over the next decade by $289 billion.  By 2019, health costs would rise to 21.1 percent of GDP compared …
Discussion: Townhall.com, Hot Air and The Page
HotAirPundit:
President Obama vs. The Rest of the World Greeting The Emperor of Japan (Photos)  —  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert  —  King of Morocco  —  Dick Cheney  —  Prime Minister Slovenia  —  President South Korea  —  President Kazakhstan  —  Prime Minister India  —  Vladimir Putin  —  President Obama...
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Kathy Kattenburg / The Moderate Voice:
The Yokels Are At It Again  —  Once again, Barack Obama has demonstrated his appalling hatred for America, and his elitism, and his arrogance, and his tearing down and bashing of his country and his predecessor's foreign policies, by greeting Japan's prime minister with a deep bow in a culturally appropriate way.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BRODER ON SPEED OVER ACCURACY.... I checked the byline a couple of times this morning, to make sure the column that was ostensibly written by David Broder wasn't, in fact, written by Charles Krauthammer.  Regrettably, the so-called Dean of the D.C. Media Establishment actually wrote this.
Sofia Santana / Sun-Sentinel:
Gore heckled at climate speech  —  Al Gore (Frazer Harrison, Getty Images / November 12, 2009)  —  BOCA RATON - Former Vice President Al Gore's global-warming speech Saturday night at Mizner Park drew about a thousand attendees, as well as more than 200 loud protesters.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and NewsBusters.org
Financial Times:
Obama rules out Copenhagen treaty  —  Barack Obama conceded on Sunday that next month's Copenhagen summit would not produce a legally binding agreement to tackle global warming, in a move that prompted groans of disappointment from environmental groups.  —  Stating “we should not make the perfect …
Discussion: Guardian and Prairie Weather
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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 …
FITSNews:
Two New Polls Show Graham Tanking  —  U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's public support is collapsing in South Carolina - driven by a wholesale revolt among the GOP electorate and a steady erosion of his support amongst independents.  —  Already consistently loathed by a solid third of GOP voters …
Discussion: Commentary
Ken Kaye / Los Angeles Times:
TSA is secretly watching you  —  Covert officers at 161 U.S. airports, including LAX, look for suspicious behaviors.  The program has led to arrests on charges of drug trafficking, among others.  —  Reporting from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - You might not see them.  But they're watching you.
CNN:
Romney accuses Obama of not protecting troops  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)- Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivered a scathing criticism of President Obama's Afghanistan strategy Friday night, accusing the president of delivering rhetoric and not action in the war-torn country.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Page
CNN:
Obama urges Myanmar to free Suu Kyi  —  Singapore (CNN) — President Obama on Sunday called for the release of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.  —  “There are clear steps that must be taken: the unconditional release of all political prisoners …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
Who's Afraid Of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed?  —  Via Amanda Terkel, Sarah Palin objected to the forthcoming KSM trial thusly: … What's an actual insult to the victims of 9/11 is the idea that America is not strong enough to withstand the blatherings of a mass murderer.
Discussion: VetVoice
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Palin Calls Decision To Try 9/11 Defendants In Federal Court …
Discussion: pandagon.net and TalkLeft
 
 
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Jamil Anderlini / Financial Times:
China detains dissidents ahead of US visit
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Big Government:
Obama Ally Code Pink Justifies Fort Hood Terrorist Attack …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Few Dems in big races jump headlong into backing House healthcare bill
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and Commentary
Dean Baker / Beat the Press:
The Fed Is Responsible for 10.2 Percent Unemployment in the Same …
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Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Low rating for Culver reveals vulnerability
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Irishman wants to kill for Islam
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Jim VandeHei / The Politico:
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Richard H. Thaler / New York Times:
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Now It Is Clear  —  Bill Kristol observes that Obama's tenure …
Paul Rosenberg / Open Left:
Congresswoman Diana DeGette Talks About Her Letter & Blocking The Stupak Amendment
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Hill