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10:35 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.  (Updated)  —  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.
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.”
Jeremy Schulman / Media Matters for America:
More proof that Fox ran fake video of Palin's book-tour “crowds”
Discussion: Think Progress
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.
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Los Angeles Times:
Reid rolls out Senate healthcare bill
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Washington Wire:
Senate Bill Would Tax Cosmetic Surgery
Discussion: Indecision Forever and TalkLeft
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
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”?
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The Permanent Campaign Continues  —  The KSM trial announcement was too important for a Friday news dump.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Every modern White House has put out news on contentious issues late on Friday in the hope that doing so will bury it, or reduce the amount of critical scrutiny it would otherwise receive.
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Hans A. von Spakovsky / The Corner on National …:
Dissent Is Criminal — By: Hans A. von Spakovsky
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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:
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Debate Shifts to Afghan Exit Plan  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown have turned the focus of Afghan war planning toward an exit strategy, publicly declaring that the U.S. and its allies can't send additional troops without a plan for getting them out.
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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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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 …
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: The Moderate Voice
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Obama rewards big donors with plum jobs overseas  —  He may have promised to change Washington, but President Barack Obama is continuing one of its most renowned patronage traditions: bestowing prized ambassadorships on big donors.  —  Of the nearly 80 ambassadorship nominations …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and NPR Blogs
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lieberman slams public option; brushes off critics  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman's threat to filibuster any health care bill with a public option could kill health reform this year — and embolden Democratic challengers who'd like to send him packing in 2012.  —  But Lieberman doesn't seem worried.
Discussion: Commentary
 
 
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