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1:10 PM ET, November 18, 2009

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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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Persecution of Sarah Palin  —  Her memoir is full of vindictiveness and score-settling.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Maybe in their business lives, conservatives are the stern, unforgiving masters of capitalist lore.  But when it comes to politics, oh, do they love a whiner!
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Palin-Beck Ticket? Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out
Discussion: Guardian
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Palin's book — ‘Probably not’
Discussion: D.C. Now
Julie Millican / Media Matters for America:
Newsweek should worry more about how to solve its problem with sexism
Katie Connolly / The Gaggle:
Official Statement on Newsweek's Sarah Palin Cover
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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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 …
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 …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
In Senate vote, signs of shift on Guantanamo Bay detainees
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
Conservative cowards  —  American liberals are tough on terrorists and secure in their knowledge that the Sept. 11 conspirators are guilty of mass murder.  American conservatives are timid cowards who fear that the U.S. government can't actually prove that the Sept. 11 killers committed their heinous crimes.
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Steven Simon / New York Times:
Why We Should Put Jihad on Trial
Discussion: Swampland
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
CNN:
CNN Poll: Does the GOP want ideologically pure candidates?  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that the Democrats may be the party of pragmatism and Republicans may be the party of ideological purity.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey's release on Tuesday comes …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Republican senators do an about-face on judicial filibusters  —  In their quest to thwart President Obama, Republicans do not fear the hobgoblin of consistency.  —  For much of this decade, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, now the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
The AIG report  —  At one level, there's not much news in the SIGTARP (YHTMAAAIYP) report on the AIG bailout: officials asked bankers to take a haircut, bankers said Ni!, and that was that.  But the report has renewed the debate over whether officials could have extracted something.  I say yes.
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 …
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Holder tells senators ‘We need not cower in the face of this enemy’  —  Holder vowed that the U.S. would not surrender to fear or politics in seeking justice against the alleged Sept. 11 plotters in federal court.  —  “We need not cower in the face of this enemy,” Holder told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a packed hearing.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
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.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Dems alarmed as independents bolt  —  Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage.  —  Following serious setbacks with independents …
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
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Business Channel:
Forgive Us Our Debts  —  I've gotten more personal email about my article on Dave Ramsey than any other piece I've written for the magazine, and several of you have asked me to blog about it here.  I chose to write about him for a few reasons.  First, I find him totally fascinating.
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Times editor files EEOC complaint  —  Disclosing his dismissal, Miniter says paper forced him to attend religious event  —  The former editorial page editor of the Washington Times has filed a discrimination complaint against the paper, saying he was “coerced” …
Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Union blocks teacher bonuses  —  Grinchlike union bosses are blocking at least 200 of Boston's best teachers from pocketing bonuses for their classroom heroics in a puzzling move that gets a failing grade from education experts.  —  The Boston Teachers Union staunchly opposes a performance bonus plan …
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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Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Veto of Iraq's Election Law Could Force Delay in Vote
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USA Today:
Retired military officers cash in as well-paid consultants
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tight in Missouri  —  When PPP polled the Missouri Senate race …
Discussion: The Hill and Politics Nation
Calculated Risk:
Housing Starts Decline Sharply in October
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Federal agencies stiff-arm GAO on info
Discussion: RedState
Daily Mail:
How Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine tried to take Christ out of Christmas
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG and Gawker