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4:55 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
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 …
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.
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
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?
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Palin-Beck Ticket?  Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out  —  It's no secret that former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and Fox News host Glenn Beck share great respect and admiration — so their fans can be forgiven for wondering: Is a “dream ticket” of Palin-Beck ticket is completely out of the question?
Discussion: Think Progress and Guardian
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Nicolle Wallace Calls Sarah Palin's Description of Couric Interview ‘Fiction’
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Palin on the Democratic Party: “Filled with More Sheep-Like Individuals”
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Palin's book — ‘Probably not’
Discussion: D.C. Now
ABCNEWS:
Palin: Obama Wrong on Israeli, Afghan Policy
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 …
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
In Senate vote, signs of shift on Guantanamo Bay detainees
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:   The Return Of The Fifth Category.
CNN:
Lincoln, Landrieu, Nelson meeting with Reid  —  (CNN) - Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln, Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson, who have all expressed skepticism about the party's health care reform plan, were summoned to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office Wednesday to get a sneak peak at his health care bill.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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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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 …
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Funny Money: How Were 50,000 Stimulus ‘Jobs’ Created With Absolutely No Cash?  —  Report Finds ‘Significant Reporting and Processing Problems That Need to Be Addressed’  —  More than 50,000 jobs, or one out of every 10 jobs the White House says were “saved or created” by their economic stimulus plan …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tight in Missouri  —  When PPP polled the Missouri Senate race in January Robin Carnahan led by one point.  Fast forward ten months and nothing has changed.  Carnahan leads Roy Blunt 43-42.  —  It's a good sign for Carnahan that her status hasn't worsened as things have gone sour in general …
Discussion: MyDD, The Hill and Real Clear Politics
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.
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: Townhall.com and JammieWearingFool
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 …
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.
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
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” …
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 …
 
 
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An Alternative Stimulus Plan
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Finally, A Congressman With a Solution: Stop Complaining So Much
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