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9:20 AM ET, November 20, 2009

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Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Columnist Uncritically Quoted Star of Latest ACORN Video  —  In September, L.A. Times columnist James Rainey wrote a column in which he uncritically quoted ACORN worker Lavelle Stewart suggesting that she had turned Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe out of her office:
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James O'Keefe / Big Government:
The LA Story, Part IV: Program for Torture Victims  —  Lavelle Stewart, of ACORN in South Central Los Angeles, tells us she thinks we have to hook up with “someone who's on that international sex business level,” that “14 and 15 year olds been traveling overseas for years,” …
The Daily Beast:
Palin's Gold Mine  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Sarah Palin sold 300,000 copies of Going Rogue on its first day of sale, Duff McDonald has learned.  One component of a media rollout that doubled as a a one-woman economic stimulus package.  —  Did you hear that Sarah Palin has a book out?
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SoccerSeal / Red, White & Conservative:
The Day I Met Sarah Palin...and the Liberal Media  —  Where on earth do I begin?  This all started as me, a young 17 year old American going to see a woman I admire and turned into this crazy event hah I'll start at the very beginning.  —  My dad and I arrived at the Barnes and Noble at 11 pmTuesday evening.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Deconstructing Sarah, Ctd
Discussion: American Power
Online NewsHour:
Palin Takes ‘Going Rogue’ on U.S. Book Tour
Discussion: Riehl World View
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Alan S. Blinder / Washington Post:
Alan Blinder: Danger lies in threat to Fed independence
Discussion: Beat the Press
Ronald D. Orol / MarketWatch:
Panel votes to audit the Fed; cap its spending at $4 trillion
Discussion: protein wisdom and Politics Daily
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on the perverse logic of Attorney General Eric Holder  —  F or late-19th-century anarchists, terrorism was the “propaganda of the deed.”  And the most successful propaganda-by-deed in history was 9/11 — not just the most destructive, but the most spectacular and telegenic.
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Washington Post:
Holder's decision on Mohammed trial defended  —  Reasonable minds can disagree about Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to prosecute Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other alleged Sept. 11 perpetrators in a Manhattan federal court.  But some prominent criticisms are exaggerated …
NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani to run for U.S. Senate; If elected may aim for White House in 2012  —  Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has decided not to run for governor next year - but will run for U.S. Senate instead, sources told the Daily News.  —  A source familiar with Giuliani's thinking …
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Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Giuliani Said to Decide Against Run for Governor  —  Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has decided not to run for governor next year after months of considering a candidacy, according to people who have been told of the decision.  —  Many Republican leaders had viewed Mr. Giuliani …
Washington Post:
Reid pushes for votes on health-care bill  —  CBO analysis of public option is an obstacle  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid worked Thursday to nail down the votes needed to move to a final debate on health-care legislation, but a tepid assessment of the public insurance plan …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lieberman: More Dems could join public option filibuster
Nathan Barker / Gouverneur Times:
VIRUS in the VOTING MACHINES: Tainted Results in NY-23  —  GOUVERNEUR, NY - The computerized voting machines used by many voters in the 23rd district had a computer virus - tainting the results, not just from those machines known to have been infected, but casting doubt on the accuracy of counts retrieved from any of the machines.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Blame for recession shifting from GOP to Democrats  —  Washington (CNN) - Nearly two years into the recession, opinion about which political party is responsible for the severe economic downturn is shifting, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Senate GOP Primary  —  2010 Arizona GOP Primary: McCain 45%, Hayworth 43%  —  Senator John McCain's future in the U.S. Senate may be a little less assured than previously thought.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely 2010 Republican Primary voters …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
W.H. SHRINKS HANUKKAH PARTY  —  The White House's forthcoming state dinner with the Prime Minister of India is expected to be larger than those of President Barack Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush.  But another upcoming White House event will be smaller than in years past: The White House's annual Hanukkah party.
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Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:   White House Hanukka party guest list to be cut in half
The Note:
The $100 Million Health Care Vote?  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  What does it take to get a wavering senator to vote for health care reform?  —  Here's a case study.  —  On page 432 of the Reid bill, there is a section increasing federal Medicaid subsidies for “certain states recovering from a major disaster.”
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Easy Loans in Expensive Areas  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In January, Mike Rowland was so broke that he had to raid his retirement savings to move here from Boston.  —  A week ago, he and a couple of buddies bought a two-unit apartment building for nearly a million dollars.
ABCNEWS:
Major Hasan's E-Mail: 'I Can't Wait to Join You' in Afterlife  —  American Official Says Accused Shooter Asked Radical Cleric When Is Jihad Appropriate?  —  United States Army Major Nidal Hasan told a radical cleric considered by authorities to be an al-Qaeda recruiter, “I can't wait to join you” …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Ben Nelson threatens filibuster  —  Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Thursday that he would prevent health reform from moving to final passage if restrictions on federal funding for abortion weren't tightened during the amendment process.  But, he added, “there are a lot of other things …
Discussion: Guardian and Weekly Standard
TMZ.com:
John Kerry's Daughter — Busted  —  Senator John Kerry's daughter, Alexandra Forbes Kerry, was arrested early this morning on suspicion of DUI ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.  —  It went down in Hollywood at 12:40 AM in Hollywood.  Alexandra, a 36-year-old film producer and director …
Discussion: Mediaite, Wonkette and The Hill
Zogby:
Lincoln Holds Lead Over Potential Senate Opponents;  —  Vote on Healthcare Bill Could Change Race  —  Utica, NY - Zeroing in on Arkansas, home of swing vote Senator Blanche Lincoln, a new poll by Zogby International finds deep opposition to the healthcare reform proposals pending in the Senate.
Inside Higher Ed:
All Eyes on Pittsburgh  —  Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl, just seven years out of college, is igniting ire with his plan to levy a 1 percent tax on tuition collected by the city's 10 nonprofit colleges and universities.  —  Introduced as part of Ravenstahl's 2010 budget less than a week …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
A Crown Jewel of Education Struggles With Cuts  —  BERKELEY, Calif. — As the University of California struggles to absorb its sharpest drop in state financing since the Great Depression, every professor, administrator and clerical worker has been put on furlough amounting to an average pay cut of 8 percent.
 
 
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Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked - hundreds of files released
Discussion: Hot Air, Tim Blair and Classical Values
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Geithner Got Right
Discussion: Beat the Press and Prairie Weather
Evan Bayh / CNN:
A bipartisan push is needed to tame ballooning national debt
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Squander  —  Earlier this week, the inspector general …
Discussion: The Confluence
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Tilt Away From Social Issues
Gene Lyons / Salon:
The war industry's drums are beating
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans 1,000 Immigration Audits
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Senate confirms controversial judge
Charles Murray / The Enterprise Blog:
The Unbearable Paradox of Glenn Beck
Discussion: Riehl World View
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Poll: Majority Of Republicans Think Obama Didn't Actually Win …