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11:05 AM 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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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.
Rasmussen Reports:
59% of GOP Voters Say Palin Shares Their Values
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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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 …
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New York Times:
Obama Pushes Rights With Chinese Students  —  SHANGHAI — He didn't explicitly call on China's leaders to lift the veil of state control that restricts Internet access and online social networking here.  But President Obama did tiptoe — ever so lightly — into that controversial topic …
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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Sudarsan Raghavan / Washington Post:
Cleric says he was confidant to Hasan  —  In Yemen, al-Aulaqi tells of e-mail exchanges, says he did not instigate rampage  —  SANAA, YEMEN — In his first interview with a journalist since the Fort Hood rampage, Yemeni American cleric Anwar al-Aulaqi said that he neither ordered nor pressured …
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John Schwartz / New York Times:
Experts Outline Hurdles in Trying to Defend Hasan
Discussion: The BLT and Prairie Weather
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.
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.
Discussion: The Awl, Guardian and Prairie Weather
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
For Obama judicial nominees, confirmation is slow process  —  Senate Republicans have quietly used their minority power to block candidates to the lower federal courts.  A showdown is set for Tuesday with Judge David Hamilton's nomination.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Law Blog, SCOTUSblog and New York Times
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conservatives split over filibuster of Obama court pick
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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?
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Dr. No and the Wounded Veterans  —  A creative plan to help wounded veterans and their exhausted families adapt to the strain of long-term home care is on the brink of bipartisan approval — but for the familiar obstructionism of Senator Tom Coburn.  This is one of the most deplorable displays …
Grover Norquist / The Huffington Post:
Conservative Trio Supports Transferring Gitmo Detainees To Illinois  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Republicans in Congress are gearing up to fight a new White House effort to relocate detainees at Guantanamo Bay to a prison facility in Illinois.  But on Sunday, a group of highly respected …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
A Florida Republican Becomes a Right-Wing Target  —  NEWBERRY, Fla. — In retrospect, even Charlie Crist admits that “the optics” of The Hug are not great.  —  It was in the glow of a new day in politics last February when Mr. Crist, this state's popular Republican governor …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
With Great Political Independence Comes Great Responsibility not to Mire the Country in Double-Digit Unemployment  —  Yesterday David Ignatius accused Chris Dodd of wanting to politicize the Federal Reserve's control of monetary policy.  Kevin Drum points out that Ignatius has this wrong.
Jake Wagman / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Democrat pays her taxes so she can be candidate  —  ST. LOUIS — A day before she clinched the nomination to fill a vacancy in the Missouri House of Representatives on Saturday, St. Louis Democrat Hope Whitehead paid a visit to City Hall.  —  Not to mobilize supporters, but to pay hundreds of dollars in outstanding taxes.
 
 
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