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11:40 PM ET, November 17, 2009

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Julie Millican / Media Matters for America:
Newsweek should worry more about how to solve its problem with sexism  —  There are a lot of legitimate reasons to criticize Sarah Palin, her new book, and her policies, but you don't have to stoop to sexism to do it.  Newsweek's November 23 issue, however, does just that by publishing …
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CBS News:
Levi: I Look at Palin with “Disgust”  —  Says She Repeatedly Lied About Him on “Oprah,” and Turns Down Her “Invite” to Thanksgiving Dinner  —  (CBS) Sarah Palin talked tough about the father of her grandson on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that aired Monday — and Levi Johnston is giving it right back.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
John McCain: The Reason For All Of This  —  Richard Coen convenes a meeting: … The WSJ and TWS have long ago lost any intellectual credibility.  They use sophism to maintain power.  Their cynicism and/or denial mechanisms are deeper than most mortals can imagine.
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
E-mails Portray Palin Campaign Trail Chaos  —  In her new book, former Alaska Gov.. Sarah Palin describes the push-and-pull between John McCain's campaign headquarters and her plucky “B” team on the road.  As Palin recounts it, her natural instincts to reach real voters and reach out to the press …
Katie Connolly / The Gaggle:
Official Statement on Newsweek's Sarah Palin Cover  —  Newsweek Cover, issue dated November 23, 2009  —  This week, to coincide with the release of Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue, Newsweek's editors decided to print two essays (one by Evan Thomas, the other by Christopher Hitchens) …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Palin calls Newsweek cover ‘sexist’ and ‘degrading’; Meacham responds  —  Last night, Sarah Palin blasted Newsweek on her Facebook page because the news magazine used a photo she took for Runner's World as this week's cover.  She wrote that the “out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now.”
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Gamming Up The Works  —  Joan Walsh was just on MSNBC …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Washington Wire:
Sales of Palin's ‘Going Rogue’ Prompt Another Press Run
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
RushLimbaugh.com:
Rush Interviews Governor Sarah Palin  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: We are going to open this hour with a rare personal interview, a rare guest.  It doesn't happen much on this program, but we are happy to have with us former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose book, Going Rogue …
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
RedState Interviews Gov. Sarah Palin
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and INSTAPUTZ
David Jackson / USA Today:
Who's more qualified to be president?  More people say Clinton, not Palin
CBS News:
National Debt Now Tops $12 Trillion  —  Posted by Mark Knoller It's another record-high for the U.S. National Debt which today topped the $12-trillion mark.  Divided evenly among the U.S. population, it amounts to $38,974.34 for every man, woman and child.  —  Technically, the debt hit …
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James Pethokoukis:
Is Obama planning a $3 trillion income tax increase?  —  Did I just see a trial balloon launched?  Over at a Wall Street Journal conference, Christina Romer, chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers had this to say about deficit reduction:
Discussion: Say Anything and Weasel Zippers
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Grim milestone: National debt now tops ... $12 trillion
ABCNEWS:
Palin: Obama Wrong on Israeli, Afghan Policy  —  Former Alaska Gov. Tells Barbara Walters President Obama ‘Dithering Around’ on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan, Has It ‘Backassward’ on Economy  —  In an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, Sarah Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate …
Discussion: The Swamp
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Stupak: I have votes to defeat health bill  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) pledged this morning to defeat healthcare reform if his abortion amendment is taken out, saying 10 to 20 pro-life Democrats would vote against a bill with weaker language.  —  “They're not going to take it out,” …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ambivalence is a Bad Organizing Tactic
Discussion: Weilerblog and Enik Rising
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Palin on Nidal Hasan: “Profile Away”  —  I spoke to Governor Palin by phone this afternoon.  Lots of interesting material, but to me the most interesting takeaways were the following:  —  1) I asked about Palin's upcoming visit to Ft. Hood.  “We had planned on that before the tragedy struck,” she said.
Forbes:
Fox News: Fair And Balanced?  —  A report suggests yes.  —  Fox News has become embroiled in a nasty controversy over its ill treatment of President Obama.  But are the charges true?  —  What if I told you that Fox gave Obama his worst press and John McCain his best press of any network during last year's presidential election?
4029tv.com:
Police Officer Uses Taser On 10-Year-Old Girl  —  OZARK, Ark. — Ozark police said they were called to a home where a mother asked for help with her unruly child, but the 10-year-old's father said he's outraged at the force police used against his daughter.  —  “I would like to say Ozark police Tased this little girl right here.
Jill / Feministe:
“Hit the Bitch”?  —  Trigger warning.  —  A Danish advocacy group encourages you to “hit the bitch” as a way to end domestic violence.  Basically, you go online and take a swing at a woman speaking.  There are ratings for how “pussy” or “gangsta” you are — every time you slap the woman, you get more “gangsta.”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Bowing to Mao  —  A reader sends over this video clip of President Richard M. Nixon's historic visit to China, which includes, at 1:24, a rather deep bow to Mao Zedong.  —  David Sanger also recalls the flap over a George H. W. Bush bow in what really does seem, by historical standards, like a non-story, if a recurrent one.
National Review:
The Rogue, on the Record  —  Former Alaska governor and Going Rogue author Sarah Palin talked to NRO this afternoon in a wide-ranging and frank interview.  —  She thinks President Obama's bow to the emperor of Japan reflects an attitude that America should be “subservient to other countries” …
New York Times:
Under Friendly Veneer, China Pushes Back on Obama  —  BEIJING — President Obama made a big effort Tuesday at presenting his first visit to China as a step forward in America's evolving relationship with its fastest rising competitor.  But what emerged after six hours of meetings, two dinners …
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New York Times:
During Visit, Obama Skirts Chinese Political Sensitivities
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Feds to women in their 40s: Skip the mammogram; Update: Meet the task force  —  What a difference six months — and a health-care overhaul proposal — can make!  Just six months ago, the U.S Preventive Services Task Force, which works within the Department of Health and Human Services as a …
Brad DeLong / J. Bradford DeLong's Grasping Reality …:
Chance of Great Depression Now 5%...  For 2 1/4 years now I have been saying that there is no chance of a repeat of the Great Depression or anything like it—that we know what to do and how to do it and will do it if things turn south.  —  I don't think I can say that anymore.
Melvin L. Watt / The Huffington Post:
Audit The Fed Effort Under Threat In House  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A bipartisan effort to force transparency on the Federal Reserve is suddenly in jeopardy after a House Financial Services Committee member introduced an amendment that would let the multi-trillion dollar organization …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid calls Dem caucus meeting  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will present the health care reform bill to Democratic senators at a special caucus meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, his spokesman said Tuesday night.  —  Notice of the meeting went out to Democratic Senate …
Discussion: Firedoglake and AMERICAblog News
Jill Schlesinger / CBS News:
TARP Audit Finds Geithner Gave Away The Farm  —  This post by Jill Schlesinger originally appeared on CBS' MoneyWatch.com.  —  Special Inspector General for TARP (aka “SIG TARP") Neil Barofsky said something we've all known for a while: the government gave away the farm when AIG failed.
 
 
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
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Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Seven salient facts about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
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