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10:15 AM ET, November 16, 2009

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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.
Discussion: MyDD and Comments from Left Field
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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.
Don Surber:
Palin takes on AP
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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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 …
BBC:
Obama presses for rights in China
Discussion: Politics Daily and Truthdig
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Japan expert to ABC: Yes, Obama's bow made him look like an idiot  —  So much of an idiot, in fact, that according to Tapper's source, at least one Japanese paper isn't running the photo out of embarrassment.  This tool actually groveled himself into a minor international incident.
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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 …
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
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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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.
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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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Dobbs says his departure from CNN was ‘amicable’
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.
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
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 …
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: Outside The Beltway and The Page
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.
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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BBC:
Today: Monday 16th November
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Alice Rawsthorn / New York Times:
Mistakes in Typography Grate the Purists
Discussion: Crooked Timber and MoJo Blog Posts
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Criminals and Warriors  —  Alongside the various nonsensical efforts …
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Paul Mirengoff / Washington Examiner:
Why does he hate us? Barack Obama's America-effacing presidency
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Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
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