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11:00 AM ET, November 18, 2009

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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama on terror trials: KSM will die  —  Americans who are troubled by the decision to send alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York for trial will feel better about it when he's put to death, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.  —  During a round of network television …
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Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Al Qaeda's Civil Liberties Union  —  A look at the other terrorists embraced by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's ACLU lawyers.  —  “I'll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer.”  —  That, according to former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, is what September 11 …
Discussion: Salon and TalkLeft
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Holder: Don't fear trial of ‘coward’ 9/11 plotter
Julie Millican / Media Matters for America:
Newsweek should worry more about how to solve its problem with sexism  —  There are a lot of legitimate reasons to criticize Sarah Palin, her new book, and her policies, but you don't have to stoop to sexism to do it.  Newsweek's November 23 issue, however, does just that by publishing …
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David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:   Palin-Beck Ticket? Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out
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: The Moderate Voice and TalkLeft
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
As Many As 75 Detainees Could Remain In Limbo  —  The Washington Post appears to have broken a significant news story without really knowing it.  Here's Perry Bacon, writing about Congressional efforts to move Guantanamo prisoners: … 75 more... " too dangerous to release but cannot …
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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 …
Discussion: DailyFinance, TPMCafe and The Impolitic
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Financial Times:
Goldman apologises for role in crisis
Discussion: Telegraph and European Tribune
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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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
Discussion: BlueNC and Gawker
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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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 …
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Kanjorski offers ‘too big to fail’ amendment
Discussion: The Politico
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.
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Go Jodi Go!  Times' Kantor Scores Seven Figures From Little, Brown For Obama Book  —  New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor has secured a stunning seven-figure book deal this week with Little, Brown to write a volume on the Obamas.  —  The deal was the result of a heated citywide auction …
Washington Post:
Obama's China trip stands in stark contrast to those of past presidents  —  The U.S. tone toward Beijing is now much more conciliatory  —  BEIJING — President Obama has emerged from his first trip to China with no big breakthroughs on important issues, such as Iran's nuclear program or China's currency.
The Washington Independent:
Army Data Show Constraints on Troop Increase Potential  —  Escalation in Afghanistan Could Leave Few Brigades in Reserve  —  If President Obama orders an additional 30,000 to 40,000 troops to Afghanistan, he will be deploying practically every available U.S. Army brigade to war …
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Commentary
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
John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
Innumerate Al — By: John Derbyshire  —  Al Gore on Conan O'Brien's show the other day: … [Me] The geothermal gradient is usually quoted as 25-50 degrees Celsius per mile of depth in normal terrain (not, e.g., in the crater of Kilauea).  Two kilometers down, therefore …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What They Really Believe  —  If you follow the debate around the energy/climate bills working through Congress you will notice that the drill-baby-drill opponents of this legislation are now making two claims.  One is that the globe has been cooling lately, not warming …
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
 
 
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Agencies stiff-arm GAO on info
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Groups spend big to back House supporters of healthcare reform
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The Real Intelligence Wars: Oversight And Access
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Republican senators do an about-face on judicial filibusters
Discussion: Washington Monthly and RedState
Tom Cohen / CNN:
Gov't: $98 billion in improper payments made
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
Philadelphia Gives Homeowners a Way to Stay Put
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
C Street House No Longer Tax Exempt
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Shane Goldmacher / Los Angeles Times:
California faces a projected deficit of $21 billion
Discussion: Calitics
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin helps RGA get discount on ‘Going Rogue’
CNN:
CNN Poll: Does the GOP want ideologically pure candidates?
Discussion: Say Anything and Hot Air
Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Sarah Palin Answers PEOPLE Readers' Questions
National Review:
The Rogue, on the Record  —  Former Alaska governor …
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