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12:40 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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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
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.”
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.
Johanna Blakley / The Politico:
Can Winfrey, Palin save each other?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin back on the trail: What to watch for
Tony Romm / Congress Blog:
The Big Question: What must Palin accomplish on her book tour?
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
The Note:
Palin to Oprah: Levi Johnston Pursuing ‘Porn’ Career; ‘I Pray for Levi’
Discussion: The Politico and Ben Smith's Blog
Kate Snow / ABCNEWS:
McCain Aides: Sarah Palin Is ‘Going Rogue’ With the Truth
Discussion: The Note and TPM LiveWire
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 …
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
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 …
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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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.
Discussion: Law Blog and AmSpecBlog
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court adds one new case
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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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.
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
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.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
The Lloyd's Prayer  —  From an email making its way around Wall Street this morning:  —  Our Chairman,  —  Who Art At Goldman,  —  Blankfein Be Thy Name.  —  The Rally's Come.  God's Work Be Done  —  On Earth As There's No Fear Of Correction.  —  Give Us This Day Our Daily Gains,
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Accused Fort Hood Shooter Was a Regular at Shooting Range, Strip Club
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: Sen. Mitch McConnell on ‘FNS’
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and QandO
J. Robert Smith / American Thinker:
Sarah Palin's Walmart Strategy
Kristi E. Swartz / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Southern Voice, longtime gay and lesbian newspaper, shuts down
Discussion: FishBowlDC
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
A.B. Stoddard / Pundits Blog:
Ever more on the plate  —  The discovery of water on the moon …
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Maggie Mahar / Washington Post:
If conservatives ran health care . . .
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?
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