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1:30 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 …
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.”
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
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?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin back on the trail: What to watch for
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Levi busy doing ‘porn’
Discussion: Say Anything
The Note:
Palin to Oprah: Levi Johnston Pursuing ‘Porn’ Career; ‘I Pray for Levi’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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Denicarmon / The Carmon Report:
Exclusive: Rubio Campaign Plagiarizes from Obama Campaign
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.
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Political Punch:
On President Obama's Bow to the Japanese Emperor, An Academic …
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 …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court refuses to hear Redskins' naming case  —  The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a lawsuit on behalf of Native American activists who claimed that the Washington Redskins' team name is so offensive that it does not deserve trademark protection.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court adds one new case
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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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 …
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Thomas Wheatley / Fresh Loaf:
Southern Voice, David shut down  —  Richard Eldredge tweets that the Southern Voice and David, Atlanta's leading gay publications, have been shut down.  Eldredge says staffers came to work today to find the locks changed.  —  In February, the NYC-based Gay City News reported that the Avalon Equity Fund …
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Kristi E. Swartz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Southern Voice, longtime gay and lesbian newspaper, shuts down
Discussion: FishBowlDC
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Hunters not amused by shoot-and-run
Discussion: Hullabaloo and MoJo Blog Posts
Jennifer Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Misrepresenting the ideology of Islamic terrorists
Discussion: Weekly Standard
ABCNEWS:
Accused Fort Hood Shooter Was a Regular at Shooting Range, Strip Club
J. Robert Smith / American Thinker:
Sarah Palin's Walmart Strategy
Michelle Malkin:
SEIU thugs vs. the Boy Scouts — and other related Big Labor antics
Discussion: Morning Call and Moonbattery
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Reset Button  —  The gaffes of Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
The Lloyd's Prayer  —  From an email making its way around Wall Street this morning:
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China has now become the biggest risk to the world economy
ABCNEWS:
Will GM Spend Taxpayer Bailout Money on Overseas Operations?
Discussion: Say Anything and Hot Air