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11:30 AM ET, November 19, 2009

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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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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 …
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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.”
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.
Jeremy Schulman / Media Matters for America:
More proof that Fox ran fake video of Palin's book-tour “crowds”
Discussion: Think Progress
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”?
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.
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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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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lieberman slams public option; brushes off critics
Discussion: Commentary
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
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 …
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 Barack Obama will not announce his decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan before the Thanksgiving holiday, senior aides said on Thursday.  —  The news came as the president greeted 1,500 troops …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and BLACKFIVE
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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Lauren Lipton / New York Times:
Only Palin's Stylist Knows for Sure
Discussion: Politics Daily, Wonkette and Gawker
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Larry J. Sabato / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
SENATE SHAKE-UP, 2010  —  Now that we've put the 2009 races to bed …
Adam D. Krauss / Foster's Daily Democrat:
As federal stimulus mistakes get weeded out phantom N.H. districts disappear
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senate bill weighs in at 2,074 pages
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Eric Dash / New York Times:
Post-Mortems Reveal Obvious Risk at Banks
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The Note:
RNC Reporting Oct. Haul of $8.9M; Off-Year One-Month Record
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin to visit Fort Hood
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Washington Post:
Bailout program could be extended
New Statesman:
The NS Interview: Omar Bin Laden
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Mike Stark / StarkReports.com:
Senator Vitter doesn't know if Loving was correctly decided.
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