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11:55 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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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The most important number in (Palin) politics today  —  That's the percentage of people who had a strongly favorable (20 percent) or strongly unfavorable (34 percent) view of Sarah Palin in a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, the latest piece of data that suggests the intensity …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
Jon Cohen / Behind the Numbers:
Sarah Palin: new chapter, same challenges  —  If Sarah Palin's book tour is an opening salvo in a run for the presidency in 2012, she faces a steep uphill climb: a majority of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll say they would “definitely not vote for her.”
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.
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
Game On: Palin Book Blitz Begins
Discussion: The Note and TPM LiveWire
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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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Rove Attacks Obama For Bowing: He Should Do What All Presidents Have Done And ‘Not Bow To Monarchies’  —  This morning on Fox & Friends, former Bush adviser Karl Rove appeared on the program to bash President Obama for paying a respectful bow before the Japanese Emperor.
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 …
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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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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 …
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Denicarmon / The Carmon Report:
Exclusive: Rubio Campaign Plagiarizes from Obama Campaign
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.
Emily Pierce / Roll Call:
Reid Fixated on Health Timing  —  Even though he doesn't yet have an official cost estimate or promises of a filibuster-proof vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is confident he'll be able to kick off debate on a massive health care reform measure before Thanksgiving.
Discussion: CBS News, Bloomberg and The Page
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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 …
 
 
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China has now become the biggest risk to the world economy
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