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3:55 AM ET, November 19, 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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
To Our Readers, An Update  —  This Dish will resume as normal tomorrow morning.  We apologize for the lacuna.  And I suppose some will say we've gotten this book and the issues it raises out of perspective.  But since the last campaign, we have raised many questions about Palin …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
FOX rolls wrong video, heads may roll  —  FOX has done it again, and this time, once again, FOX says its misplay of the wrong crowd video was another regrettable mistake.  —  Today, FOX News host Gregg Jarrett was talking about Republican Sarah Palin's book tour and the crowd she is drawing …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Wire:
Senate Bill Would Tax Cosmetic Surgery
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Hill:
Read all 2,074 pages of the Senate bill
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Nation and AmSpecBlog
Noel Sheppard /
NPR Shocker: Attorney General Holder Stumped By Lindsey Graham  —  During Wednesday's Justice Department oversight hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) stumped Attorney General Eric Holder on what should have been a fairly routine question for America's top law enforcement official.
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Obama: Professed 9/11 mastermind will be convicted
Discussion: Power Line, and Redhot
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sebelius says Ignore Mammogram Rec, GOP Attacks Health Reform Bill  —  HHS Secretary Sebelius did her best to ride the wave of incredulous opposition to the new government-sponsored guidelines advising women to hold off on regular mammograms til age 50.  Perhaps anticipating that opponents …
Discussion: RedState, ABCNEWS and The Gaggle
Washington Wire:
Breast Imaging Guidelines Trigger Political Fight
Discussion: Donkeylicious
Kristina Wong / ABCNEWS:
Congress Asks Why H1N1 Vaccine Ran Short
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Mike Stark /
Senator Vitter doesn't know if Loving was correctly decided.  —  Vitter graduated Tulane Law School in 1988.  Loving v. Virginia, decided in 1967, was a unanimous Supreme Court decision that declared state anti-miscegenation (interracial marriage) laws unconstitutional.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
Health-care reform will not be remembered for its price tag  —  The numbers came first.  The Senate bill, we now know, costs a smidge under $850 billion during its first 10 years, cuts the deficit by $127 billion, and covers 31 million people.  In the second decade, it cuts the deficit by an improbably large $650 billion.
U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd:
Republicans Block Dodd's Effort to Immediately Stop Credit Card Rate Hikes  —  “Ninety colleagues here voted for the bill this spring.  Why wouldn't you join us today?”  —  Today, Senate Republicans blocked Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd's (D-CT) attempt to pass legislation to stop credit card interest rate hikes.
David Lat / Above the Law:
The Federalist Society Annual Dinner: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!  —  Sensible shoes are for liberal chicks.  Say hello to fabulous Federalist footwear!  —  As you may have noticed, from our two posts late on Monday night and one from Tuesday morning, we're engaging …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Former Bush press secretary Perino appointed to Obama administration post
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Dem: ‘Growing’ liberal consensus to dump Geithner
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
Worse Than Taxes: The Spending
Associated Press:
Schwarzenegger Rules Out Another Run for Office
Discussion: The Page and Calitics
New York Times:
Obama's Pacific Trip Encounters Rough Waters
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Send Troops to Where in Afghanistan?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
 Earlier Items: 
Carol Williams / L.A. NOW:
Judge orders compensation for gay couple denied benefits
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Note:
Palin: ‘Death Panels’ Are Like Reagan's ‘Evil Empire’
Discussion: Washington Monthly