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2:40 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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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.”
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Says She Isn't Responsible for the GOP's Loss  —  Palin Says She Was Told to Stay on Script During the Campaign  —  On the eve of the release of her new book, Sarah Palin reiterated in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that she's not to blame for the Republican Party's loss in the 2008 presidential election.
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Levi busy doing ‘porn’
Discussion: Associated Press and Say Anything
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
The Note:
Palin to Oprah: Levi Johnston Pursuing ‘Porn’ Career; ‘I Pray for Levi’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama Goes There: Talking Human Rights In China
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
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," …
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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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Kirk introduces ‘Homeland Insecurity Impact’ amendment
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
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 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 …
Washington Examiner:
News reports: So far, over 10 percent of stimulus jobs doubtful or imaginary (UPDATED)  —  More than ten percent of the jobs the Obama administration has claimed were “created or saved” by the $787 billion stimulus package are doubtful or imaginary, according to reports compiled from eleven major newspapers and the Associated Press.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Harkin says Senate will work weekends this December on health  —  The chairman of a key Senate committee overseeing healthcare reform said Monday that the chamber will work every weekend in December to pass the bill by Christmas.  —  Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the chairman of the Health …
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 …
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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Hunters not amused by shoot-and-run  —  Gov. Tim Pawlenty has taken a drubbing from hunters for not tracking down a deer he shot on opening day of Minnesota's firearm deer season.  —  A headline on deerhuntingchat.com calls the possible presidential candidate a “slob hunter” …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and MoJo Blog Posts
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
ABC News Exclusive: Obama Admin Slashed 60,000 Jobs From Recent Stimulus Report  —  Office of Management & Budget Document: 12 Stimulus Recipients Reported ‘Unrealistic Job Data’  —  The Obama administration, under fire for inflating job growth from the $787 billion stimulus plan …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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ABCNEWS:
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
China has now become the biggest risk to the world economy