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9:30 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.
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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.
Discussion: Texas for Sarah Palin
Don Surber:   Palin takes on AP
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Odd Lies Of Sarah Palin: A Summary Before The Next Round
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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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.
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
New York Times:
U.S. Asks More From Pakistan in Terror War  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is stepping up pressure on Pakistan to expand and reorient its fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, warning that failing to do so would undercut the new strategy and troop increase for Afghanistan …
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John Yoo / Wall Street Journal:
The KSM Trial Will Be an Intelligence Bonanza for al Qaeda
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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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.
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 …
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Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Obama must rethink rethinking Afghanistan
Discussion: GayPatriot and Harry's Place
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: The Page
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
HA exclusive: ATR, AWF demand probe of SEIU's Stern for illegal lobbying  —  At 9 am ET today, Americans for Tax Reform and the Alliance for Worker Freedom will deliver a letter to both chambers of Congress and to US Attorney Channing Phillips in Washington DC, demanding a federal investigation of Andrew Stern, president of the SEIU.
Discussion: Erick's blog
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.
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Re: Graham Crumbles for Nothing  —  When Lindsay Graham decided to support cap-and-trade — a position not even some moderate Democrats can stomach — I observed that this was not only bad policy but also bad politics.  And sure enough, moves like that and his support for now Supreme Court …
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FITSNews:   Two New Polls Show Graham Tanking
 
 
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BBC:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Paul Mirengoff / Washington Examiner:
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Discussion: The Other McCain
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Liz Cheney: Whoever Leads GOP in 2012 Will Have to Undo the Damage …
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