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10:45 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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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.
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.
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 …
Tom Watson / My Dirty Life & Times:
Empowering Sarah  —  There's a great little Mad Men moment in Jonathan Van Meter's detailed profile of Hillary Clinton in this month's Vogue (and what socially ambitious magazine piece doesn't have a Mad Men moment these days).  “That's how it was!” enthuses the Secretary of State.
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 …
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Palin-Beck Ticket? Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out
Discussion: Guardian, Daily Kos and Think Progress
Wall Street Journal:
The Persecution of Sarah Palin
CNN:   Obama won't read Palin's book
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Reid modifies abortion provisions but eschews Stupak language  —  The Senate healthcare reform bill includes new language designed to prevent taxpayer money from financing abortions, an anti-abortion-rights Democrat said Wednesday.  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), who was briefed on the healthcare bill …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Outlines Bill For Caucus, Warns Conservative Dems That Reconciliation Is Still An Option  —  At a special evening meeting of the Democratic caucus tonight, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid outlined, in broad strokes, the details of his health care bill, which the CBO has found …
CNN:
Senate leader unveils $849 billion health care bill
Discussion: Donklephant and Swampland
The Hill:
Read all 2,074 pages of the Senate bill
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Senate bill will cost $849 billion
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Wonkette
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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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Graham grills Holder: Does Bin Laden need to be given his Miranda rights?  —  Per the last post, here's how “carefully” Holder consulted the law before pulling the trigger on KSM.  Not only does Graham have to tell him that there's no precedent for trying battlefield detainees in civilian court …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
NPR Shocker: Attorney General Holder Stumped By Lindsey Graham
Discussion: The Other McCain and Althouse
Michael Muskal / D.C. Now:
Eric Holder defends decision to try 9/11 terrorists in federal court
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Fox News displays old campaign footage to claim Palin is getting ‘huge crowds’ at her book signings.  —  This afternoon, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett proudly announced that Sarah Palin is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she's promoting her brand new book.  Take a look at — these are some of the pictures just coming into us.”
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
FOX rolls wrong video, heads may roll
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
Palin photographer breached contract with sale to Newsweek  —  What on earth was Sarah Palin thinking when she posed in a pair of teeny-tiny gym shorts for a photograph that ended up on the cover of Newsweek — a cover she has called “sexist”?  Perhaps she was thinking that her image …
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Washington Wire:
Breast Imaging Guidelines Trigger Political Fight  —  Some Republicans are seizing on new mammogram guidelines issued by a government advisory panel to underline their assertion that the Democrats' health care overhaul would lead to rationing of medical services.
Discussion: Donkeylicious
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Dave Montgomery / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Texas' gay marriage ban may have banned all marriages  —  AUSTIN — Texans: Are you really married?  —  Maybe not.  —  Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 constitutional amendment designed …
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Secret ‘Torture’ Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy  —  ABC News Finds the Location of a “Black Site” for Alleged Terrorists in Lithuania  —  The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Jesse Jackson: 'You can't vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man'  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) for voting against the Democrats' signature healthcare bill.  —  “We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill,” Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night.
Detroit Free Press:
5:30 p.m. |  Palin comes out of the bus, clad in a red and black jacket and black skirt and carrying her son Trig.  She tells the people gathered outside that she was thrilled to be back in Michigan.  —  “Alaska and Michigan have so much in common with the huntin' and the fishin' and the hockey moms …
Katherine Mangu-Ward / Hit & Run:
Stimulus Goes to the Dogs  —  President Obama in a speech to the National Conference of State Legislatures on March 2009: … Half a block from my house, November 2009:  —  Yep.  That's a state-of-the-art dog park, paid for with stimulus money.  —  Like the man said: No plan is perfect.
New York Times:
Senate Health Plan Seeks to Add Coverage to 31 Million  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in the Senate unveiled their proposal on Wednesday for overhauling the health care system, outlining legislation that they said would cover most of the uninsured while reducing the federal budget deficit.
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
Carol Williams / L.A. NOW:
Judge orders compensation for gay couple denied benefits  —  A federal judge today ordered compensation for a Los Angeles couple denied spousal benefits by the federal government because they are gay men.  —  U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt deemed the denial …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
 
 
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Associated Press:
Schwarzenegger Rules Out Another Run for Office
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New York Times:
Obama's Pacific Trip Encounters Rough Waters
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Ezra Klein:
Health-care reform will not be remembered for its price tag
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Send Troops to Where in Afghanistan?
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David Lat / Above the Law:
The Federalist Society Annual Dinner: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!
Kristina Wong / ABCNEWS:
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tight in Missouri  —  When PPP polled the Missouri Senate race …
Discussion: The Hill, MyDD and Real Clear Politics
Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Union blocks teacher bonuses
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Townhall.com
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Approval Dips Below 50% For First Time, Quinnipiac University …