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9:20 AM ET, November 19, 2009

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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
FOX rolls wrong video, heads may roll  —  FOX has done it again, and this time, once again, FOX says its misplay of the wrong crowd video was another regrettable mistake.  —  Today, FOX News host Gregg Jarrett was talking about Republican Sarah Palin's book tour and the crowd she is drawing …
Discussion: Chicago Tribune and Romenesko
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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.”
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.
Doctor Zero / The Greenroom:
How Do You Solve This Problem Without Sarah?
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and theblogprof
Jeremy Schulman / Media Matters for America:   More proof that Fox ran fake video of Palin's book-tour “crowds”
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Reid Outlines Bill For Caucus, Warns Conservative Dems That Reconciliation Is Still An Option  —  At a special evening meeting of the Democratic caucus tonight, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid outlined, in broad strokes, the details of his health care bill, which the CBO has found …
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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 …
New York Times:
Senate Health Plan Seeks to Add Coverage to 31 Million  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders in the Senate unveiled their proposal on Wednesday for overhauling the health care system, outlining legislation that they said would cover most of the uninsured while reducing the federal budget deficit.
Washington Wire:
Senate Bill Would Tax Cosmetic Surgery
Discussion: Indecision Forever and TalkLeft
The Hill:
Read all 2,074 pages of the Senate bill
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Nation and AmSpecBlog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
To Our Readers, An Update  —  This Dish will resume as normal tomorrow morning.  We apologize for the lacuna.  And I suppose some will say we've gotten this book and the issues it raises out of perspective.  But since the last campaign, we have raised many questions about Palin …
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Sullivan promises to be ‘normal’ today  —  Of course, he's made a career of being abnormal, but . . .  (Also we apologize for the “hiatus,” but too many non-Harvard types know that word and “wankathon” is a bit too specific, so “lacuna” it is!) … “Earnestness”?
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
To Our Readers
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
NPR Shocker: Attorney General Holder Stumped By Lindsey Graham  —  During Wednesday's Justice Department oversight hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) stumped Attorney General Eric Holder on what should have been a fairly routine question for America's top law enforcement official.
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New Statesman:
The NS Interview: Omar Bin Laden
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin hits the (book) trail  —  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—If Sarah Palin were running for president, this is where she'd come: The outskirts of a second city in the conservative heartland of Western Michigan, where thousands gathered Wednesday to see her, shake her hand and have her sign their copies of “Going Rogue.”
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Dave Montgomery / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Texas' gay marriage ban may have banned all marriages  —  AUSTIN — Texans: Are you really married?  —  Maybe not.  —  Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Houston lawyer and Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a 22-word clause in a 2005 constitutional amendment designed …
Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Jesse Jackson: 'You can't vote against healthcare and call yourself a black man'  —  The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday night criticized Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) for voting against the Democrats' signature healthcare bill.  —  “We even have blacks voting against the healthcare bill,” Jackson said at a reception Wednesday night.
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: CIA Secret ‘Torture’ Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy  —  ABC News Finds the Location of a “Black Site” for Alleged Terrorists in Lithuania  —  The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania …
Mark Schleifstein / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Corps' operation of MR-GO doomed homes in St. Bernard, Lower 9th Ward, judge rules … In a groundbreaking decision, a federal judge ruled late Wednesday that the Army Corps of Engineers' mismanagement of maintenance at the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet was directly responsible for flood damage …
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Breast Brouhaha  —  Everyone has been trying to come up with a good nickname for the 10 years we're concluding next month.  Terror Era really sounds like too much of a downer.  How about the Decade of Medical Backtracking?  —  Somewhere between the reports that Pap smears and tests …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Former Bush press secretary Perino appointed to Obama administration post  —  Former press secretary to President George W. Bush Dana Perino was appointed as a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Wednesday evening.  —  The board governs all government sponsored …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Hullabaloo
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin to visit Fort Hood  —  Sarah Palin will visit Fort Hood, Texas, site of the recent shootings.  —  Palin last night released the second half of her book tour schedule, which continues to take her through right-leaning population centers and largely off the coasts, with stops in Dallas …
Discussion: The Page
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House Dem: ‘Growing’ liberal consensus to dump Geithner  —  A Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) member said there's “growing consensus” among liberals that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner should step down.  —  {mosads}Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said Wednesday that he and other liberal House members …
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sebelius says Ignore Mammogram Rec, GOP Attacks Health Reform Bill  —  HHS Secretary Sebelius did her best to ride the wave of incredulous opposition to the new government-sponsored guidelines advising women to hold off on regular mammograms til age 50.  Perhaps anticipating that opponents …
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Washington Post:
Bailout program could be extended  —  Unused money might be used to reduce U.S. debt  —  The Obama administration is poised to extend the life of the highly unpopular $700 billion financial bailout and, to display a commitment to fiscal responsibility, is planning to use much of the leftover funds …
Discussion: Beat the Press and Clusterstock
 
 
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