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10:40 AM ET, November 20, 2009

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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 …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
How Palin Will Help McCain  —  The new Rasmussen poll for the 2010 Arizona GOP Primary—John McCain 45%, J. D. Hayworth 43%—will generate a fair amount of buzz.  But August is a long way away, and I assume that when McCain gets back to Arizona and campaigns, he'll pull it out.
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.”
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Bloomberg:
Louisiana's Landrieu Wins U.S. Aid as Senate Health Vote Looms
Discussion: TPMDC and Riehl World View
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Pressure on Landrieu, Nelson and Lincoln for Saturday vote …
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,” …
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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 …
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE MAJORITY IS MISGUIDED.... A new CNN poll shows …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Squander  —  Earlier this week, the inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a k a, the bank bailout fund, released his report on the 2008 rescue of the American International Group, the insurer.  The gist of the report is that government officials made no serious attempt …
Discussion: The Confluence
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David Brooks / New York Times:
What Geithner Got Right  —  It's amazing to go back and read what people were saying about Timothy Geithner in the spring.  Many people said he looked terrified as the Treasury secretary, like Bambi in the headlights.  The New Republic ran an essay called “The Geithner Disaster.”
Wall Street Journal:
AIG and Systemic Risk
Discussion: Clusterstock and James Pethokoukis
Washington Post:
Obama faces congressional anger about economy  —  House Republicans call on Geithner to resign  —  Growing discontent over the economy and frustration with efforts to speed its recovery boiled over Thursday on Capitol Hill in a wave of criticism and outright anger directed at the Obama administration.
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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.
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.
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
U.S. resetting its relationship with Karzai  —  New warmth from U.S. is acknowledgment that Afghan leader is needed as partner  —  When a team of senior U.S. officials led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton entered the presidential palace in Kabul on Wednesday for a dinner meeting …
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Clinton Emerges as Key Link to Afghan Leader
Gene Lyons / Salon:
The war industry's drums are beating
Watts Up With That?:
Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked - hundreds of files released  —  UPDATE: Response from CRU in interview with another website, see end of this post.  —  The details on this are still sketchy, we'll probably never know what went on.  But it appears that University …
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Palin's on the road again, with Hoosiers in sight  —  FORT WAYNE, IND. — Tina Andreadis doesn't have much experience in Republican presidential politics.  —  But as Sarah Palin's “Going Rogue” national book tour delivers stump speeches, long lines of sign-bearing supporters …
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Christian Leaders Unite on Political Issues  —  Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to civil disobedience, 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Grappling with a wealth of guilt  —  Young heirs seek moral balance between inherited windfalls, social responsibilities  —  One night in Adams Morgan, the sons and daughters of lawyers and corporate executives padded into a friend's rowhouse for a kind of group therapy session about their families' wealth.
Discussion: Hit & Run and NewsBusters.org
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea Partiers turn on each other  —  After emerging out of nowhere over the summer as a seemingly potent and growing political force, the tea party movement has become so rife with internal feuding over philosophy, strategy and money that some supporters fear it will disintegrate before realizing its full potential.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Tilt Away From Social Issues  —  LOST PINES, Tex. — After two bleak years, Republican governors gathered here on Thursday to assess their political future — and they liked what they saw.  With 37 governors' seats open in 2010, the party is looking to topple some big-name Democrats.
 
 
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Air Defense Push Inspired by 9/11 Gets a 2nd Look
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
It's [Still] The Economy, Dumbass
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Mary Claire Kendall / Washington Times:
Positive Petraeus lessons
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Inside Higher Ed:
All Eyes on Pittsburgh  —  Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl …
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A Crown Jewel of Education Struggles With Cuts
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TMZ.com:
John Kerry's Daughter — Busted
Discussion: Mediaite, Wonkette and The Hill
Charles Murray / The Enterprise Blog:
The Unbearable Paradox of Glenn Beck
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