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8:15 AM ET, November 18, 2010

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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Detainee Acquitted on Most Counts in '98 Bombings  —  The first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court was acquitted on Wednesday of all but one of more than 280 charges of conspiracy and murder in the 1998 terrorist bombings of the United States Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Ahmed Ghailani, Gitmo detainee, acquitted of all but 1 charge in N.Y.  —  The first former Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in federal criminal court was found guilty on a single conspiracy charge Wednesday but cleared on 284 other counts.  The outcome, a surprise, seriously undermines …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Terror Verdict Tests Obama's Strategy on Civilian Trials
Discussion: Prairie Weather and msnbc.com
Fox News:
Gitmo Detainee Cleared of All but One Charge
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Says She Could Beat Obama  —  In Interview With Barbara Walters, Palin Says She Is Seriously Considering Entering Race in 2012  —  Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering a run for the White House, and she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012, the former Alaska governor told ABC News' Barbara Walters.
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Reid to Push to Allow End of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  WASHINGTON — In a direct challenge to Republicans who support the “don't ask, don't tell” policy barring gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada …
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Reuters:
George Soros Tells Progressive Donors Obama Might Not Be The Best Investment  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — At a private meeting on Tuesday afternoon, George Soros, a longtime supporter of progressive causes, voiced blunt criticism of the Obama administration …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Are Long on Words but Short on Guidance  —  WASHINGTON — In June, the Supreme Court issued a decision on the privacy rights of a police officer whose sexually explicit text messages had been reviewed by his employer.  Ever since, lower court judges have struggled to figure out what the decision means.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Democrats Press GOP Lawmakers to Turn Down Government Health Care  —  A group of House Democrats has released a letter to Republican congressional leaders calling on them to announce which of their members will be forgoing their congressional benefit health insurance (which is subsidized by the government) …
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The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi survives Democratic revolt  —  With the worst behind her, Speaker Nancy Pelosi must now find a way to unite a fractured House Democratic Caucus as the party prepares for the 112th Congress.  —  That may not be so easy.  —  In a nearly six-hour marathon, closed-door meeting …
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Billy House / NationalJournal.com:
Defeated House Democrats, Leadership Have an Emotional Reunion
Discussion: Salon, The Caucus and Swampland
goproud.org:
GOProud on the Willow Palin “Controversy”  —  For Immediate Release  —  Statement of Tammy Bruce - Chair of the GOProud Advisory Council  —  (Los Angeles, CA) - “Willow Palin is a 16 year old girl who, like all 16 year olds is going to make mistakes and say things she shouldn't have.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid's new chief of staff is also his top donor  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) new chief of staff is a heavy-hitting Democratic donor, who's contributed at least $35,000 to Reid himself.  —  David Krone, a former Comcast executive and telecommunications lobbyist whom Reid tapped …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House backs ‘Four Loko’ ban  —  The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind a ban on beverages that infuse alcohol and caffeine.  —  Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske said he welcomed a ruling by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would effectively ban drinks like Four Loko and Joost …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama: GOP successfully outplayed us on health reform  —  One last nugget from Richard Wolffe's new book on the Obama White House.  In an interview with Wolffe, the President seemed to acknowledge that in pursuing bipartisan support for health reform, he and Democrats got snookered …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
Ohhh, America, you're so strong  —  Oooh, you're so strong, baby, so handsome.  You're the greatest.  —  I'm talking about you, America.  You're . . . why, you're exceptional!  —  Does anyone else think there's something a little insecure about a country that requires its politicians to constantly declare how exceptional it is?
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Top governors turn against Michael Steele  —  SAN DIEGO - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's prospects for a second term dimmed Wednesday as Republicans went public with their concerns about the committee's fundraising and two prominent governors indicated a preference for new leadership atop the party.
Discussion: The Note
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Get Cocky, GOP  —  Obama is weak, but it is always difficult to defeat a sitting president.  —  It has been a brutal month for President Obama.  The historic electoral rebuke delivered to his party was followed at the G-20 meeting by a public rebuff of the Federal Reserve's QE2 program …
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
GOP to force vote on NPR defunding  —  House Republicans announced Wednesday they plan to force a floor vote on defunding NPR in response to the firing of analyst Juan Williams last month.  —  House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (Colo.) said that cutting funds …
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. appears ready to acknowledge a long haul in Afghanistan  —  As NATO leaders meet in Lisbon this weekend, the U.S. is expected to endorse a plan for slow withdrawal and gradually handing over security responsibility by 2014.  —  Reporting from Washington — President Obama built …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Leader of TSA offers pat-downs to senators  —  The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offered on Wednesday to have airport screeners come to Capitol Hill to give senators a pat-down so they could fully understand the mechanics of the newly deployed, controversial technique.
Buffalo News:
Beheading suspect says jail deputies tortured him  —  A court hearing Wednesday on whether a television reporter must turn over notes of an interview with accused killer Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan instead became a forum for Hassan to accuse his jailers of torturing and plotting to kill him.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
A Hedge Fund Republic?  —  Earlier this month, I offended a number of readers with a column suggesting that if you want to see rapacious income inequality, you no longer need to visit a banana republic.  You can just look around.  —  My point was that the wealthiest plutocrats now actually control …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Lugar rebukes own party for avoiding New START debate, wants to force vote now  —  In a stunning rebuke to members of his own caucus, Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking Republican Richard Lugar (R-IN) said on Wednesday that the GOP is intentionally trying to put off a vote …
 
 
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