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8:00 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 …
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 …
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: Ruby Slippers, msnbc.com and GOP 12
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
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Palin-Beck Ticket? Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out
Discussion: Daily Kos, Guardian and Think Progress
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 …
Discussion: Macsmind and AmSpecBlog
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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 …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Senate bill will cost $849 billion
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Wonkette
CNN:
Budget office: Health care bill costs $849 billion
Discussion: Swampland
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus absence could affect test vote timing
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Ben Nelson hints at support for starting debate on health bill
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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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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.
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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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.”
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 …
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 …
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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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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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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Study: Stupak Amendment Will Eliminate Abortion Coverage ‘Over Time For All Women’  —  A new study by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services adds some expert imprimatur to what many progressives have been saying all along: The Stupak amendment …
 
 
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Carol Williams / L.A. NOW:
Judge orders compensation for gay couple denied benefits
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Kristina Wong / ABCNEWS:
Congress Asks Why H1N1 Vaccine Ran Short
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Jesse Jackson: 'You can't vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man'
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
The Note:
Palin: ‘Death Panels’ Are Like Reagan's ‘Evil Empire’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Finally, A Congressman With a Solution: Stop Complaining So Much
Discussion: Townhall.com
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: Townhall.com and JammieWearingFool