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2:55 PM ET, November 19, 2009

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Leahy: No need to interrogate bin Laden  —  If the U.S. captures Osama bin Laden, there's no need to interrogate him, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday.  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of that committee, said that arguments raised by Republican senators …
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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.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Lindsey Graham devastates Eric Holder.
Discussion: Wizbang
NPR Blogs: The Two-Way:
Would U.S. Need To Read Bin Laden His Miranda Rights?
Discussion: The Foundry
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
FDL Statement on Senate Combined Health Care Bill  —  The Senate Health Care Reform Bill (photo by roemerman)  —  It is encouraging that Senator Reid respected the will of the American people and included a public option in the merged Senate bill.  However, the addition of a state opt …
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
Health bill could get 34-hour reading in Senate  —  The 2,074-page Senate health care bill would take 34 hours to read cover to cover — and that's just what Sen. Tom Coburn wants done on the Senate floor.  —  The Oklahoma Republican has threatened to invoke parliamentary rules to force the Senate clerk …
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Major tax increases in the Reid health care bill  —  The following is from the Joint Tax Committee estimate of the revenue effects of the Reid bill.  I have listed provisions with major revenue effects (+$20 B / 10 years) and a few others that have significant policy or political impacts.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:   Ben Nelson: Senate bill's abortion provisions not good enough
Jeffrey H. Anderson / New York Post:
Reid's fuzzy math
New York Times:
Senate Says Health Plan Will Cover Another 31 Million
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Giuliani Is Said to Have Decided Not to Run for Governor  —  Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has decided not to run for governor of New York next year after months of mulling a candidacy, according to people who have been told of the decision.  —  His decision is a blow to many Republican leaders …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
FOX rolls wrong video, heads may roll  —  by Mark Silva and updated with FOX apology  —  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 …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The “Going Rogue” tour — by the numbers  —  With so much attention being paid to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's book tour, we decided to put our political nerd cap on — ok, fine, we always wear it — and go inside the numbers of where she's stopping and why.  —  All told, Palin is making 31 stops in 25 states.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews: Palin Supporters Racist — ‘White vs. Other People’
Discussion: Raw Story and Townhall.com
Lauren Lipton / New York Times:
Only Palin's Stylist Knows for Sure
Discussion: Politics Daily, Wonkette and Gawker
Quinnipiac University:
American Voters Like Obama, But Not His Policies, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For Public Option, But Not Overall Health Plan  —  Three-quarters of American voters - 74 percent - like President Barack Obama as a person, but only 47 percent like most of his policies …
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Jude Seymour / Watertown Daily Times:
Hoffman: ACORN, unions, Dems tampered with NY-23 election  —  With his prospect of winning the 23rd Congressional District race now almost zero, Conservative Party candidate Douglas L. Hoffman suggested Wednesday in a letter that “ACORN, the unions and the Democratic Party” “tampered” with results to deny him victory.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: California Governor Election  —  2010 California Governor: Brown 41%, Whitman 41%  —  State Attorney General Jerry Brown is the only major Democrat still running for governor of California next year, and now he's tied with Republican hopeful Meg Whitman at 41% each …
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Rasmussen Reports:
To Create Jobs, Voters Say Cut Taxes and Stop Spending  —  As the policy debate has unfolded in Washington this year, voters have consistently believed that tax cuts would do more than increased government spending to stimulate the economy and create jobs.  Now that the nation's unemployment rate …
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 …
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The Huffington Post:
Rep. DeFazio: Fire ‘Timmy’ Geithner
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Two Republicans To Treasury Secty Geithner: Resign
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and The Hill
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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Daniel Zwerdling / NPR:
Hasan's Supervisor Warned Army In '07 … text sizeAAA  —  Two years ago, a top psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center was so concerned about what he saw as Nidal Hasan's incompetence and reckless behavior that he put those concerns in writing.  NPR has obtained a copy of the memo …
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
White House aides: No Afghan decision before Thanksgiving  —  SEOUL — President Obama will not announce his decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan before the Thanksgiving holiday, senior aides said Thursday.  —  The news came as the president greeted 1,500 troops at Osan Air Base in South Korea …
New York Times:
The Senate's Health Care Calculations  —  CRITICS of the health care reform plan often refer to it derisively as “ObamaCare.”  On the policy merits, this is highly questionable: the White House has taken a hands-off approach toward the legislation that recently passed in the House and the version that is being worked out in the Senate.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Mitt Romney / The Politico:
The cost of on-the-job training  —  During the presidential campaign, many Americans thought that Barack Obama's lack of leadership experience would not prevent him from being an effective president.  His eloquence, his insistence that, yes, he could solve any problem and his image …
Discussion: Commentary and Pundit & Pundette
 
 
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BBC:
Blair out of EU presidency race
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Truthdig
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Conyers: 'I'm getting tired of saving Obama's can'
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fred Thompson: Afghan war ‘has been lost’
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Major reforms delayed until 2014
 Earlier Items: 
Ezra Klein:
Health-care reform's grand bargain
Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
SENATE SHAKE-UP, 2010  —  Now that we've put the 2009 races to bed …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Permanent Campaign Continues
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lieberman slams public option, brushes off critics
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary