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2:30 PM ET, November 18, 2010

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Ghailani verdict and American justice  —  A federal jury in New York yesterday returned a guilty verdict against accused Terrorist Ahmed Ghailani on one count of conspiracy to blow up a government building, a crime which entails a sentence of 20 years to life, but acquitted …
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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Senior Administration Official Defends Ghailani Trial, Verdict  —  Though some critics and observers are suggesting the Ghailani verdict — he was acquited of all but one of more than 280 charges — weakens the president's call for civilian criminal trials for Guantanamo detainees, a senior administration official pushes back:
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Detainee Acquitted on Most Counts in '98 Bombings
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Unity at last  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows the country …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
State Dept. defends terror trial verdict
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Chief Blasts NPR ‘Nazis’  —  Roger Ailes slams Jon Stewart as a conservative-basher, explains why he rode to Juan Williams' rescue—and sees NPR as taxpayer-funded propaganda.  Part II of Howard Kurtz's interview.  —  When Jon Stewart was appearing on the O'Reilly Factor a few weeks back …
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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Will NPR's Mara Liasson defend her colleagues from Roger Ailes' “Nazi” attack?  —  Remember, NPR's Mara Liasson thinks Fox News is a legitimate news outlet and doesn't see anything wrong with getting paid to appear on its programs.  —  Keep that in mind as you read this crazy outburst from Fox News chief, Roger Ailes:
Discussion: Daily Kos
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Roger Ailes: NPR executives ‘Nazis’
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Sen. Rockefeller: FCC Should Take FOX News, MSNBC Off Airwaves  —  SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out.  Off.  End.  Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; to our ability to do our work …
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Doug Powers / Michelle Malkin:
Sen. Rockefeller: One-Man Cable News Death Panel
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Senator Asks: Can't Fox and MSNBC Just Go Away?
The Huffington Post:
Senator Rockefeller Wants FCC To ‘End’ Fox News, MSNBC
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jeffrey Leib / Denver Post:
Controversy over pat-downs, body scans lands at DIA  —  Despite ongoing criticism from some Washington lawmakers and many travelers, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole refused Wednesday to back off the agency's position that tougher airport screening techniques are needed to counter evolving threats.
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Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
The Junk Grabbing Photo You'll Be Seeing All Day Today  —  Sometimes all it takes to launch another wave of talk about a hot topic is an image.  And when it comes to junk grabbing, that picture comes to us today from Denver.  —  The Denver Post, in a front-page story Thursday morning …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CARVILLE: OBAMA NEEDS A PAIR  —  Speaking to reporters Thursday, Democratic strategist James Carville dropped this one-liner: “If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he'd have two.”  —  The quote was first noted by Tribune reporter Mike Memoli on his Twitter account.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Confluence
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Top Dem strategists claim White House was ‘out of touch’ during 2010 campaign
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Incoming GOP senators demand say on New START  —  Ten of the new incoming Republican senators Thursday are planning to demand they get a say on the New START treaty, adding ten new voices to the growing cacophony pushing for a delay in consideration of the treaty until next year.
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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?
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Vote on Whether This Couple Gets an Abortion  —  The Arnolds are having a baby.  Unless the public votes to have the child aborted.  Meet the couple behind Birthornot.com, where “you can vote and choose whether we abort or keep our unborn child.”  —  Pete and Alisha Arnold, both 30 …
OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY …:
CUOMO FILES TWO LAWSUITS AGAINST STEVEN RATTNER, FORMER FOUNDING PRINCIPAL OF QUADRANGLE, SEEKING AT LEAST $26 MILLION AND IMMEDIATE LIFETIME BAN FROM NEW YORK SECURITIES INDUSTRY  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today filed two lawsuits against Steven L. Rattner, former founding principal …
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Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Settling With S.E.C., Rattner Is Sued by Cuomo
Discussion: Fortune, The Page and New York Magazine
Ben White / The Politico:
GM cruises back onto the Street - Treasury begins breakup - Altman could break ice between W.H., corporate America - Netflix CEO named FORTUNE's Business Person of the Year  —  GM ROARS BACK ONTO THE STREET - Detroit News' Christina Rogers and David Shepardson: “General Motors Co. …
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Wall Street Journal:
GM Stock Sale in High Gear
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hot Air
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Dear Airline, I'm Leaving You  —  But don't feel too bad.  It's not you, it's me.  Or rather, it's the TSA.  —  I'm not going to lie.  It's come between us.  If I have to let someone else see me naked in order to be with you—well, I'm just not that kinky.  And deep down, I don't think you are either.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
D'oh: Sen. Dodd's Tweet of the Day Update: Dodd's office sends e-mail  —  This is from Corruptocrat Sen. Chris Dodd's official Twitter feed.  —  Leave your best guess about who the message was meant for and what “sh*t” his office is talking about...Angelo Mozilo and one last sweetheart deal?
Discussion: Mediaite, Capitol Watch and Gawker
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BELIEVING WHAT THEY'RE TOLD TO BELIEVE.... A new report this week from the Pew Research Center shows what we probably could have guessed: conservatives in America reject evidence of global warming.  But Pew study also raises an important related point: it didn't use to be this way.
Congressman Charles B. Rangel:
Rangel Case: “No Evidence Of Corruption”  —  Congressman Charles B. Rangel released the following statement in the morning of November 18, 2010.  —  I was gratified when I heard the Ethics Committee's own counsel agree with me and say he found no evidence of corruption or personal gain in my investigation.
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 and Swampland
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
National Book Award for Patti Smith  —  The rock musician Patti Smith won the National Book Award for nonfiction on Wednesday night for “Just Kids,” a sweetly evocative memoir of her relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe and the romantic days of bohemian New York.
 
 
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
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CNN:
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Republican Rep. Bob Inglis Blasts GOP For Denying Global Warming
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Hatch: I'm not Bob Bennett
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Damian Grammaticas / BBC:
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James Hohmann / The Politico:
Survey: Barack Obama's religious views different
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Ensign played Reid in Angle debate prep; Angle once said dictators …
Discussion: Raw Story and TPMDC
John F. Burns / New York Times:
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Top governors turn against Michael Steele
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