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7:00 PM ET, November 16, 2009

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Gary Langer / The Numbers:
Sarah Palin: Rogue for President?  —  Gary Langer is director of polling at ABC News, where he's covered the beat of public opinion for nearly 20 years - conducting and analyzing ABC News polls, evaluating data from other sources and setting the news division's standards for poll reporting.
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Rasmussen Reports:
59% of GOP Voters Say Palin Shares Their Values  —  Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Republican voters say former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin shares the values of most GOP voters throughout the nation.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 21% of Republican voters disagree …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Most Americans say Palin not qualified to serve as President  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Fewer than three in 10 Americans think Sarah Palin's qualified to be president, according to a new national poll - the least of any of the five potential candidates included in the survey.
Discussion: The Plum Line, TPMDC and Guardian
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The most important number in (Palin) politics today
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Obama Admin Slashed 60,000 Jobs From Recent Stimulus Report  —  Office of Management & Budget Document: 12 Stimulus Recipients Reported ‘Unrealistic Job Data’  —  The Obama administration, under fire for inflating job growth from the $787 billion stimulus plan …
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: Jobs ‘Saved or Created’ in Congressional Districts That Don't Exist  —  Recovery.gov Lists Millions Spent and Hundreds of Jobs Created in Districts Not on Map  —  Here's a stimulus success story: In Arizona's 9th Congressional District, 30 jobs have been saved or created with just $761,420 in federal stimulus spending.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Oprah  —  4.57 pm.  Now it's a love-fest between two celebrities with talk-shows.  —  4.53 pm.  “You don't need a title to make a difference.”  Here again she uses the term “title” as opposed to “office.”  She really does see politics as an extension of being a Beauty Queen …
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The Note:
Palin to Oprah: Levi Johnston Pursuing ‘Porn’ Career; ‘I Pray for Levi’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  We wrote last week that, based on the initial clip distributed by Oprah Winfrey's shop, Sarah Palin seemed to be seeking a ceasefire with the father of her grandson.
Discussion: Gothamist, Wonkette and The Daily Dish
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Levi busy doing ‘porn’
Discussion: Associated Press and Say Anything
John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
The KSM Trial Will Be an Intelligence Bonanza for al Qaeda  —  The government will have to choose between vigorous prosecution and revealing classified sources and methods.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  'This is a prosecutorial decision as well as a national security decision," …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Why Is It a Problem?  —  A lot of people — mainly …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and ATTACKERMAN
Emptywheel:
A Trial Showing Torture Was Unnecessary
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Shields: I'm ‘Nostalgic’ For A ‘Manly Man’ President Who Will ‘Kick Some Tail And Ask Questions Afterwards’  —  Since reports emerged last month that top commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal asked President Obama for upwards of 40,000 additional troops to continue the war there …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Steve Clemons / Blogs and Stories:
The Assassination of Greg Craig  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The White House counsel was done in by a scurrilous leaks campaign.  So much for the Obama team's pledge to be transparent, forthright and accountable for their actions.  —  Gregory Craig, White House counsel to President Obama …
Megan McArdle:
Quote of the Day  —  Apparently Rush Limbaugh has called Sarah Palin's book “truly one of the most substantive policy books I've read”.  Personally, I thought it was the finest spy novel since Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  —  Before you start bashing me for being an elitist liberal …
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John Ziegler / Mediaite:
Coming Soon: John Ziegler's Review of Going Rogue
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bernanke: No Jobs for You  —  The good news about this Ben Bernanke speech to the Economic Club of New York is that he shows no sign of wanting to join David Ignatius in tightening monetary policy.  The bad news is that he sounds awfully blasé about the prospect of a prolonged period of double digit unemployment:
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Poll: Beau Biden Grabs Lead in Delaware Senate Race  —  This is one of the more surprising polls I've seen recently: Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of the vice president, is leading Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in a hypothetical 2010 U.S. Senate matchup.
Jarrett Renshaw / Morning Call:
Union troubled by Eagle Scout project in Allentown  —  After layoffs, SEIU president complains about city's use of volunteers, contractors  —  OF THE MORNING CALL  —  In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Moonbattery
David Frum / CNN:
Republicans heading for a spectacular bloodbath in Florida  —  Editor's note: David Frum, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, was a special assistant to President George W. Bush in 2001-2002.  He is the author of six books, including “Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again,” and the editor of FrumForum.com.
Robert D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
Responding to Fort Hood  —  The massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 soldiers were shot and killed by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, paradoxically took my memory back to April 2004, when I was embedded with a Marine battalion during the first battle of Fallujah.
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The Politico:
Medicare Part D: A health care success  —  Given the acrimony that's developed over efforts to reform our nation's health insurance system, many Americans wonder whether true bipartisan agreement on health reform can ever be possible.  In short, it can.  And the proof is in the success …
Discussion: The New Republic
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Putting Health Reform Fiscal Issues in Perspective
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Report: More Americans going hungry  —  The number of Americans who lack dependable access to adequate food shot up last year to 49 million, the largest number since the government has been keeping track, according to a federal report released Monday that shows particularly steep increases in food scarcity among families with children.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Opponents of health-care effort look to fund a critical economic study  —  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and an assortment of national business groups opposed to President Obama's health-care reform effort are collecting money to finance an economic study that could be used to portray …
Nouriel Roubini / Nouriel Roubini's Global …:
The Worst is yet to Come: Unemployed Americans Should Hunker Down for More Job Losses  —  From the Daily News:  —  Think the worst is over?  Wrong.  Conditions in the U.S. labor markets are awful and worsening.  While the official unemployment rate is already 10.2% and another 200,000 jobs …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Interloper tricks Tea Party audience into an anti-European immigrant chant of ‘Columbus go home!’  —  On Saturday, a few dozen anti-immigration activists gathered on the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol for a Tea Party, part of the nationwide effort by Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC).
Wall Street Journal:
The Rationing Commission  —  Meet the unelected body that will dictate future medical decisions.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  As usual, the most dangerous parts of ObamaCare aren't receiving the scrutiny they deserve—and one of the least examined is a new commission to tell Congress how to control health spending.
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Source: CNN wanted Lou out  —  CNN ‘wanted him out’  —  CNN was so sick of Lou Dobbs, it gave him an $8 million severance package to leave, The Post has learned.  —  “They wanted him out,” according to a source.  —  Dobbs, who a source said had a year and a half to go on his $12 million contract …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Harkin says Senate will work weekends this December on health  —  The chairman of a key Senate committee overseeing healthcare reform said Monday that the chamber will work every weekend in December to pass the bill by Christmas.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Health …
MyFox Tampa Bay:
Palin, Beck, Huckabee to visit Villages  —  THE VILLAGES - Between now and next week, three household names of the GOP will tour the Villages, the sprawling retirement community, which is better known for golfing and a laid back lifestyle than staunch politics.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Reset Button  —  The gaffes of Hillary Clinton.  —  When Barack Obama tapped Hillary Clinton to be his secretary of state, the typical reaction came in two stages.  The first was to think it was nuts.  How could two blood rivals possibly make good foreign policy together?
 
 
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans want KSM tried in military court
Discussion: Hot Air
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Playing the race card on ‘Going Rogue’
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
Belichick gaffe unrivaled
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Tea Party Leader Nixes Plans To Burn Pelosi And Perriello In Effigy
Discussion: Blue Virginia and TPMDC
 Earlier Items: 
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Hunters not amused by shoot-and-run
Discussion: Hullabaloo and MoJo Blog Posts