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3:20 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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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.
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: msnbc.com and GOP 12
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Rogue American Woman  —  Of course, the subtitle of Sarah Palin's book is “An American Life.”  —  Because she is the lovely avatar of real Americans — ordinary, hard-working, God-fearing, common-sense, good, ordinary, real Americans.  —  If you are not living an American life, you are …
Discussion: DailyHowler.com, Mediaite and Gawker
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Palin-Beck Ticket? Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out
Discussion: Think Progress and Guardian
ABCNEWS:
Palin: Obama Wrong on Israeli, Afghan Policy
Julie Millican / Media Matters for America:
Newsweek should worry more about how to solve its problem with sexism
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Palin's book — ‘Probably not’
Discussion: D.C. Now
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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Robert Byrd: Longest-serving lawmaker
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and D.C. Now
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Baucus absence could affect test vote timing
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Monthly
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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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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Scott / Power Line:
Trying KSM: Why? Eric Holder explains, sort of
Discussion: Hot Air and Townhall.com
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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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.
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
BBC:
Somali woman stoned for adultery  —  A 20-year-old woman accused of committing adultery in Somalia has been stoned to death by Islamists in front of a crowd of about 200 people.  —  A judge working for the militant group al-Shabab said she had had an affair with an unmarried 29-year-old man.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
 
 
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Rudy Girds for Global Phrase War
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Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Finally, A Congressman With a Solution: Stop Complaining So Much
Discussion: Townhall.com
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Palin on the Democratic Party: “Filled with More Sheep-Like Individuals”
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and GOP 12
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tight in Missouri  —  When PPP polled the Missouri Senate race …
Discussion: The Hill and Real Clear Politics
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