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5:55 PM ET, November 18, 2009

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
To Our Readers  —  This is only the second time in its nearly ten-year history that the Dish has gone silent.  The reason now is the same as the reason then.  When dealing with a delusional fantasist like Sarah Palin, it takes time to absorb and make sense of the various competing narratives that she tells about her life.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
DNC circulates Palin memo; ‘God Bless’  —  The Democratic National Committee has been, for days emailing reporters gleefully about Sarah Palin's media blitz, feeding the flames of what officials there see as a distraction for and a threat to the Republican Party.
Steve Holland / Reuters:
McCain defends campaign team against Sarah Palin  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain on Wednesday strongly defended the top advisers from his 2008 presidential campaign in the face of sharp criticism from his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin.
Mary Matalin / CNN:
Sarah Palin's publishing and political worlds in collision  —  Editor's note: Mary Matalin joined CNN as a Republican strategist and political contributor in April 2009 and now appears on a variety of network programs.  Matalin has worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
Discussion: msnbc.com and GOP 12
The Live Feed | THR:
Sarah Palin gives Oprah biggest audience in two years  —  Oprah Winfrey's interview with former vp candidate Sarah Palin scored the talk show host her highest rating in two years.  —  Monday's episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” drew a 8.7 household rating and 13 share …
Taylor Marsh / The Huffington Post:
What Was Newsweek Thinking?  —  This has got to be the worst case of pictorial sexism aimed at political character assassination ever done by a traditional media outlet.  After being on the primary front lines of what happened to Hillary Clinton in 2008, that's saying something.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Nicolle Wallace Calls Sarah Palin's Description of Couric Interview ‘Fiction’  —  As we reported last week, in her new memoir “Going Rogue” Sarah Palin writes about the campaign interviews she gave to Katie Couric.  Palin contends McCain aide and former CBS News political contributor Nicolle Wallace …
Rod Dreher / NPR:
A Conservative Read On Palin's ‘Going Rogue’ … text sizeAAA  —  Sarah Palin is back to tell us that she loves Alaska.  And America.  And Todd, the First Dude.  She loves God, Ronald Reagan, cutting taxes and serving those she calls “ordinary hardworking people.”  Who's on Sarah's enemies list?
Wall Street Journal:
The Persecution of Sarah Palin  —  Her memoir is full of vindictiveness and score-settling.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Maybe in their business lives, conservatives are the stern, unforgiving masters of capitalist lore.  But when it comes to politics, oh, do they love a whiner!
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Palin-Beck Ticket?  Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out  —  It's no secret that former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Fox News host Glenn Beck share great respect and admiration — so their fans can be forgiven for wondering: Is a “dream ticket” of Palin-Beck ticket is completely out of the question?
Discussion: Think Progress and Guardian
CNN:
Obama: 'We've restored America's standing'  —  Beijing, China (CNN) — A little more than a year after his election, President Obama said his administration has laid the groundwork for success on global and domestic matters.  —  “I think that we've restored America's standing in the world …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Robert Byrd: Longest-serving lawmaker
Discussion: The Note and D.C. Now
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus absence could affect test vote timing
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Monthly
The Politico:
Reid scrambles for 60 health votes
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
3 Democrats Could Block Health Bill in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, says he is not sure he is ready to help a Democratic health care proposal clear even the most preliminary hurdle: gaining the 60 votes his party's leaders need to open debate on the measure later this week.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ben Nelson hints at support for starting debate on health bill
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
CNN:
Lincoln, Landrieu, Nelson meeting with Reid
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
Conservative cowards  —  American liberals are tough on terrorists and secure in their knowledge that the Sept. 11 conspirators are guilty of mass murder.  American conservatives are timid cowards who fear that the U.S. government can't actually prove that the Sept. 11 killers committed their heinous crimes.
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Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Holder's Testimony — By: Andy McCarthy  —  They are in recess after opening statements and initial rounds of questions.  Here are some of the Attorney General's whoppers so far:  —  1. The “tragic shooting” at Ft. Hood.  What happened at Ft. Hood was a jihadist massacre — a terrorist act, not a tragedy.
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
In Senate vote, signs of shift on Guantanamo Bay detainees  —  The Senate on Tuesday rejected an attempt to bar using funds from a defense spending bill to build or modify prisons in the United States to hold detainees from Guantanamo Bay, a move that suggested congressional Democrats …
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Quinnipiac University:
Obama Approval Dips Below 50% For First Time, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Drops Below 50%  —  President Barack Obama's job approval rating is 48 - 42 percent, the first time he has slipped below the 50 percent threshold nationally …
ABCNEWS:
Funny Money: How Were 50,000 Stimulus ‘Jobs’ Created With Absolutely No Cash?  —  Report Finds ‘Significant Reporting and Processing Problems That Need to Be Addressed’  —  More than 50,000 jobs, or one out of every 10 jobs the White House says were “saved or created” by their economic stimulus plan …
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Graham Bowley / New York Times:
$500 Million and Apology From Goldman  —  How much good will can an apology — and half a billion dollars — buy?  A lot, Goldman Sachs is hoping.  —  After first staunchly defending its outsize profits and pay, and then bristling at calls for restraint in these tough economic times …
The Note:
Palin: ‘Death Panels’ Are Like Reagan's ‘Evil Empire’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Sarah Palin is acknowledging that “death panels” aren't part of Democrats' health care bills.  —  But, she says, she's been talking about them to make a point — and she's comparing her use of the term …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Union blocks teacher bonuses  —  Grinchlike union bosses are blocking at least 200 of Boston's best teachers from pocketing bonuses for their classroom heroics in a puzzling move that gets a failing grade from education experts.  —  The Boston Teachers Union staunchly opposes a performance bonus plan …
Discussion: Townhall.com and JammieWearingFool
CNN:
Budget office: Health care bill costs $849 billion  —  Washington (CNN) — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the Senate health care bill would cost $849 billion over 10 years, according to a senior Democratic source and an administration official.
Discussion: The Politico and Swampland
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Republican senators do an about-face on judicial filibusters  —  In their quest to thwart President Obama, Republicans do not fear the hobgoblin of consistency.  —  For much of this decade, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, now the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee …
 
 
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An Alternative Stimulus Plan
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Finally, A Congressman With a Solution: Stop Complaining So Much
Discussion: Townhall.com
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Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Palin on the Democratic Party: “Filled with More Sheep-Like Individuals”
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tight in Missouri  —  When PPP polled the Missouri Senate race …
Discussion: MyDD, The Hill and Real Clear Politics