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4:05 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
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin back on the trail: What to watch for
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 D. Kaplan / The Atlantic Online:
Responding to Fort Hood  —  The massacre at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 soldiers were shot and killed by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, paradoxically took my memory back to April 2004, when I was embedded with a Marine battalion during the first battle of Fallujah.
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ABCNEWS:
Accused Fort Hood Shooter Was a Regular at Shooting Range, Strip Club
Jennifer Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Misrepresenting the ideology of Islamic terrorists
Discussion: Weekly Standard
The Note:
Palin to Oprah: Levi Johnston Pursuing ‘Porn’ Career; ‘I Pray for Levi’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  We wrote last week that, based on the initial clip distributed by Oprah Winfrey's shop, Sarah Palin seemed to be seeking a ceasefire with the father of her grandson.
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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.
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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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Why Is It a Problem?  —  A lot of people — mainly …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Steve Clemons / Blogs and Stories:
The Assassination of Greg Craig  —  Blogs and Stories  —  The White House counsel was done in by a scurrilous leaks campaign.  So much for the Obama team's pledge to be transparent, forthright and accountable for their actions.  —  Gregory Craig, White House counsel to President Obama …
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 …
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 …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Poll: Beau Biden Grabs Lead in Delaware Senate Race  —  This is one of the more surprising polls I've seen recently: Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of the vice president, is leading Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in a hypothetical 2010 U.S. Senate matchup.
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 …
Steve Bryant / NBC Chicago:
Scott: Third Prominent Official to Commit Suicide in Two Years  —  Michael Scott's suicide marks the third suicide among prominent public officials in the last two years — and each of the men were being investigated by authorities or already convicted of wrongdoing.
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.
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
The Rationing Commission  —  Meet the unelected body that will dictate future medical decisions.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  As usual, the most dangerous parts of ObamaCare aren't receiving the scrutiny they deserve—and one of the least examined is a new commission to tell Congress how to control health spending.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
Reset Button  —  The gaffes of Hillary Clinton.  —  When Barack Obama tapped Hillary Clinton to be his secretary of state, the typical reaction came in two stages.  The first was to think it was nuts.  How could two blood rivals possibly make good foreign policy together?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Not yelling ‘stop’  —  A small media insight: One reason you hear so much about Sarah Palin is that she drives a lot of traffic.  (The other reason, at least here, is that she's a great story and a pretty important political figure.)  —  Exhibit A: National Review just launched a whole blog devoted to her book.
Kevin McCullough / Townhall.com:
OBAMA, DURBIN: “HEY LET'S TRADE TERRORISTS FOR JOBS!”  —  “WELCOME TO THE TERRORIST for JOBS EXCHANGE”  —  It appears that officials in three states—Illinois, Montana, and Colorado—are salivating over the hope of landing a federal contract to house some of the remaining Gitmo detainees.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Jarrett Renshaw / Morning Call:
Union troubled by Eagle Scout project in Allentown  —  After layoffs, SEIU president complains about city's use of volunteers, contractors  —  OF THE MORNING CALL  —  In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Moonbattery
 
 
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Illinois GOP seeks to block Gitmo move
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SEIU protests Goldman's D.C. offices
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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
New York Times:
Obama Addresses Chinese Students