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2:05 PM ET, November 17, 2009

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David Brody / The Brody File:
Newsweek Photo of Palin Shows Media Bias and Sexism  —  For all of you who live in a dream world and think the mainstream media isn't biased, get a load of the latest cover of Newsweek below:  —  You've got to hand it to the folks at Newsweek.  They have accomplished being biased and sexist at the same time.
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Sarah Palin: Newsweek  —  Newsweek  —  The choice of photo for the cover of this week's Newsweek is unfortunate.  When it comes to Sarah Palin, this “news” magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant.  The Runner's World magazine one-page profile for which this photo …
Matthew Continetti / Washington Post:
Will ‘Rogue’ tactics work?
Discussion: Mediaite and The Other McCain
Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
Pruden: Obama lacks “blood impulse” for what America “is about” due to “Kenyan father,” “mother attracted to men of the Third World”  —  So far it's a memorable trip.  He established a new precedent for how American presidents should pay obeisance to kings, emperors, monarchs …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
The diplomacy of deference  —  BEIJING - Greeting the Japanese emperor at Tokyo's Imperial Palace last weekend, President Barack Obama bowed so low that he was looking straight at the stone floor.  The next day, Obama shook hands with the prime minister of repressive Myanmar during a group meeting.
Discussion: Commentary and New York Times
Wesley Pruden / Washington Times:
Obama bows, the nation cringes
Discussion: Clusterstock
Washington Post:
Poll finds deep divisions on health-care reform  —  But poll finds support for key provisions of reform effort  —  As the Senate prepares to take up legislation aimed at overhauling the nation's health-care system, President Obama and the Democrats are still struggling to win the battle for public opinion.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans split on health care reform  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans are split over the health care bill which narrowly passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, according to a new national poll - and the survey suggests the opposition to the legislation isn't coming only from the right.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin: ‘I will forever question’ Rev. Wright strategy  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sarah Palin's new memoir, “Going Rogue,” contains plenty of second-guessing about the way John McCain's presidential campaign was conducted.  —  But Palin writes that the campaign's biggest mistake may have been not making …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Palin Will Run for President in 2012
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McCain: Palin legal bill was for “troopergate”
Marc Ambinder / CBS News:
Palin Needs to Take Herself Seriously
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Michael Carey / New York Times:
In the Wilderness, a New Frontier  —  SARAH PALIN, a onetime beauty queen, a mother of five, the Republican candidate for vice president in 2008, and the former governor of Alaska, has a new incarnation: author.  —  Her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” out today, is already a best seller.
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CBS News:   Levi: I Look at Palin with “Disgust”
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   TiVo-blogging Sarah Palin on “Oprah.”
Marist Poll:
11/17: New Yorkers Divide Over Terror Trial Location  —  Eight years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Obama Administration has announced that five alleged attackers will be tried in federal court in the shadows of where the World Trade Towers once stood, New York City.
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CREW:
CREW REQUESTS INVESTIGATION OF REP. BACHMANN AFTER ANTI-HEALTH CARE BILL RALLY AT CAPITOL  —  17 Nov 2009 // Washington, D.C. - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) requested that the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) investigate whether Rep. Michele Bachmann …
Discussion: The Hill, TPMMuckraker and Raw Story
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeGette says Stupak won't have the votes to keep his amendment  —  Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) won't have the votes to block a health bill if it doesn't contain his abortion restrictions, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) claimed Tuesday.  —  DeGette, the co-chairwoman of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Stupak: I have votes to defeat health bill
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senator's stance likely to help health care overhaul  —  Washington (CNN) - Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., who last week insisted that the Senate health care bill include tight restrictions passed by the House on the use of federal money for abortion coverage, now says he would be satisfied …
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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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Top of the Ticket
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David E. Sanger / The Caucus:
Presidential Bows, Revisited
Christian Schwägerl / Spiegel Online:
Obama Has Failed the World on Climate Change  —  US President Barack Obama came to office promising hope and change.  But on climate change, he has followed in the footsteps of his predecessor George W. Bush.  Now, should the climate summit in Copenhagen fail, the blame will lie squarely with Obama.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Finally A President Not Governed By Fear  —  James Joyner argues against a civilian trial for KSM: … I think it's a potentially brilliant move.  I do not believe for one moment that this case was brought in a civilian court without sufficient evidence to convict KSM of criminality to put him away for good.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Nation of Futurity  —  When European settlers first came to North America, they saw flocks of geese so big that it took them 30 minutes to all take flight and forests that seemed to stretch to infinity.  They came to two conclusions: that God's plans for humanity could be completed here …
Roger Kimball / Forbes:
The Excommunication Of Lou Dobbs  —  Why do his critics think they're the middle ground?  —  When I first heard the news that Lou Dobbs, after some 30 years, would be leaving CNN, I didn't think much about it.  I knew that Dobbs, self-styled “unaffiliated independent populist,” was an equal opportunity irritant.
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Breast exam guidelines now call for less testing  —  Change debated Potential harm of frequent mammograms outweighs benefit, task force says  —  Women in their 40s should stop routinely having annual mammograms and older women should cut back to one scheduled exam every other year …
Michael A. Cohen / The Politico:
End the GOP's filibuster folly  —  A year ago, Barack Obama was elected to bring change to America.  But his efforts to transform Washington are being stymied by one of the capital's oldest of political traditions: the Senate filibuster.  Ten months into Obama's presidency …
The Onion:
[video] Obama's Home Teleprompter Malfunctions During Family Dinner  —  Officials say the President's home teleprompter is simply a tool to make sure pillow talk with Michelle or conversations with his Mother-In-Law go smoothly.
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Wall Street Journal:
Holder's al Qaeda Incentive Plan  —  The worse the terrorist, the more rights he has?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When it comes to terrorists, you would think that an al Qaeda operative who targets an American mom sitting in her office or a child on a flight back home is many degrees worse …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Hoffman ‘unconcedes’ in N.Y.-23 House race  —  Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman has “unconceded” in New York's special House election after reports that the vote margin narrowed between him and Rep. Bill Owens (D).  —  Hoffman conceded the race on Election Night after learning he trailed Owens by 5,335 votes.
 
 
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Ari Melber / The Nation:
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Ezra Klein:
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