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8:35 AM ET, November 16, 2009

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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Really?  Still Making Things Up?  —  The book tour starts this week, and I look forward to it!  I'm most looking forward to meeting many of you, shaking your hands, and telling you,"Thanks for loving America."  I'll give you a scoop here and tell you what's on the book's Dedication Page …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
An Open Dish Challenge To Palin  —  Well, she has now thrown down a gauntlet that the Dish will be very eager to take up in the next few days.  —  Yesterday the AP ran a story describing some of the contents of the book, and arguing that many assertions in it are, like so much of what Palin has said, empirically untrue.
Melanie Kirkpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
Her Side of the Story  —  McCain aides kept her out of the loop, focusing instead on ‘packaging.’  —  “Going Rogue,” the title of Sarah Palin's autobiography, refers to the snide remark of an anonymous McCain aide late in last year's presidential campaign.
Discussion: Texas for Sarah Palin
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin: A Summary Before The Next Round
Don Surber:   Palin takes on AP
Political Punch:
On President Obama's Bow to the Japanese Emperor, An Academic Friend Writes That Both the Left and the Right Are Wrong  —  An old friend — an academic with expertise about the Japanese Empire, and in general a supporter of President Obama — sends me the following note …
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
Experts Outline Hurdles in Trying to Defend Hasan  —  Defending the man accused of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood is the kind of test that many lawyers dread, and that some live for.  —  How does Col. John P. Galligan, the retired Army officer who is representing …
Discussion: The BLT and Prairie Weather
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Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Cleric says he was confidant to Hasan
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama takes heat on Afghan timing  —  SHANGHAI, China - President Barack Obama made no effort to conceal his irritation when his press corps used the first question of his maiden Far East trip to ask what was taking him so long on Afghanistan.  —  Jennifer Loven of The Associated Press had asked …
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Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Obama must rethink rethinking Afghanistan
Discussion: GayPatriot and Harry's Place
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Axelrod rebuts Romney attack
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
We should worry that Tracey Emin Hugh Osmond and Michael Caine are fleeing the 50p tax rate  —  The 50p tax rate will be a disaster for the economy - taking us back to the dark days of the 1970s, says Boris Johnson.  —  Not everyone will miss her as much as I will.
Discussion: Guardian and Samizdata.net
Johanna Blakley / The Politico:
Can Winfrey, Palin save each other?  —  Were there ever two women who needed each other more but whose political differences were so starkly different?  Can Sarah Palin help stanch Oprah Winfrey's slipping ratings?  Can Winfrey come to the rescue of Palin's tattered political reputation?
Discussion: The Page
Duff Wilson / New York Times:
Drug Makers Raise Prices in Face of Health Care Reform  —  Even as drug makers promise to support Washington's health care overhaul by shaving $8 billion a year off the nation's drug costs after the legislation takes effect, the industry has been raising its prices at the fastest rate in years.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
World Out of Balance  —  International travel by world leaders is mainly about making symbolic gestures.  Nobody expects President Obama to come back from China with major new agreements, on economic policy or anything else.  —  But let's hope that when the cameras aren't rolling Mr. Obama …
Alice Rawsthorn / New York Times:
Mistakes in Typography Grate the Purists  —  Dirt.  Noise.  Crowds.  Delays.  Scary smells.  Even scarier fluids swirling on the floor.  There are lots of reasons to loathe the New York City subway, but one very good reason to love it — Helvetica, the typeface that's used on its signage.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Crooked Timber
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 …
Discussion: Swampland
Liz Nunez / WPTV:
Al Gore greeted by protesters in Boca Raton  —  BOCA RATON, FL — Hundreds of people sat inside the Mizner Amphitheater, paying close attention to the presentation, but outside, it was a different story.  —  A large group of protesters gathered just steps away from where former Vice President Al Gore was speaking.
Discussion: MyDD, Don Surber and Macsmind
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Hundreds of Protesters Greet Al Gore at Florida Junk Science Speech (Video)
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Sun-Sentinel
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Re: Graham Crumbles for Nothing  —  When Lindsay Graham decided to support cap-and-trade — a position not even some moderate Democrats can stomach — I observed that this was not only bad policy but also bad politics.  And sure enough, moves like that and his support for now Supreme Court …
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FITSNews:   Two New Polls Show Graham Tanking
 
 
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Guardian:
US: too late for Copenhagen deal
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BBC:
Today: Monday 16th November
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Criminals and Warriors  —  Alongside the various nonsensical efforts …
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Paul Mirengoff / Washington Examiner:
Why does he hate us? Barack Obama's America-effacing presidency
Discussion: The Other McCain
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Hitchens / Newsweek:
Palin's Base Appeal
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Robertson's remarks put McDonnell in a bind
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Liz Cheney: Whoever Leads GOP in 2012 Will Have to Undo the Damage …
Discussion: Moe Lane and Jules Crittenden
CNN:
Obama urges Myanmar to free Suu Kyi
Discussion: The Reaction and AMERICAblog News
Ken Kaye / Los Angeles Times:
TSA is secretly watching you