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8:50 AM ET, November 18, 2009

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: Gawker
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) …
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Sarah Palin Answers PEOPLE Readers' Questions  —  You know the episodes of 30 Rock in which Liz Lemon, played by wicked Sarah-Palin impersonator Tina Fey, decides whether women's boyfriend troubles are deal-breakers?  “Yes!  I saw that the other day.  It was hilarious,” says none other than Palin herself.
Verne Gay / Newsday:
Sarah Palin calls Newsweek cover shot ‘sexist’
Discussion: Majikthise, TBogg and Alas, a blog
Washington Wire:
Sales of Palin's ‘Going Rogue’ Prompt Another Press Run
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 …
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Tom Cotton / Weekly Standard:
Afghanistan Myths
Discussion: Power Line
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Support For Afghan War Slipping
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:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Grim milestone: National debt now tops ... $12 trillion
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.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid calls Dem caucus meeting
Discussion: Firedoglake
Washington Post:
Release of Reid's health-care bill could come as early as Wednesday
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Holder: Don't fear trial of ‘coward’ 9/11 plotter  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder is defending his decision to put the professed Sept. 11 mastermind on trial in New York — and urging critics of the plan not to cower in the face of terrorists.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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Ronald Cass / Real Clear Politics:
Memo to Holder: Who's Accountable Now?
Discussion: Hot Air, ACS Blog and The Greenroom
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:   O'Reilly Upset Over 9/11 Trials: 'I Don't Care About The Constitution!'
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Erick Erickson / RedState:
RedState Interviews Gov. Sarah Palin
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and INSTAPUTZ
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.
CBS News:
Obama: I'd Fire Afghan Decision Leakers  —  Also Tells Chip Reid Afghan Decision Still Weeks Off; Speaks About Sarah Palin, and Toll Office Taking on Him … Reid reports the president said it's still several weeks before he makes a decision on how many more troops to send to Afghanistan.
Discussion: Washington Post and Swampland
Jeffrey S. Flier / Wall Street Journal:
Health ‘Reform’ Gets a Failing Grade  —  The changes proposed by Congress will require more draconian measures down the road.  Just look at Massachusetts.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  As the dean of Harvard Medical School I am frequently asked to comment on the health-reform debate.
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Commentary and EconLog
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Crist To Engage Rubio  —  Buffeted by weeks of negative press and a newly threatening rival from the right, FL Gov. Charlie Crist's (R) campaign will step up direct engagements with his opponent, insiders tell OnCall.  —  Crist will attack former FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) …
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.
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 …
Daily Mail:
How Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine tried to take Christ out of Christmas  —  Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, ‘Germanic’ cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown.  —  The way the celebration …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Ambivalence is a Bad Organizing Tactic  —  A good Jeffrey Toobin article about the Stupak Amendment ends with the observation that a lot of recent trends in abortion-related messaging have arguably left the pro-choice side disarmed to fight these skirmishes:
Discussion: Weilerblog and NewsBusters.org
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Stupak: I have votes to defeat health bill
 
 
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Shane Goldmacher / Los Angeles Times:
California faces a projected deficit of $21 billion
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin helps RGA get discount on ‘Going Rogue’
Malcolmgladwell / gladwell.com:
Pinker on “What the Dog Saw.”
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
A Stimulus That Could Save Money
CNN:
CNN Poll: Does the GOP want ideologically pure candidates?
Discussion: Say Anything and Hot Air
National Review:
The Rogue, on the Record  —  Former Alaska governor …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Deciphering The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Report
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