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11:55 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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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:
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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Emptywheel
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 Trials  —  The mixed verdict in the case of the first Guantánamo detainee to be tried in a civilian court on Wednesday quickly re-ignited a fierce debate over the Obama administration's effort to restore the role of the traditional criminal justice system …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time for Holder to go  —  Let's face it.  Barack Obama …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Shaken senators start prep for 2012  —  The 2010 campaign has so rattled senators up for reelection in 2012 that they're already moving quickly to figure out how to survive.  —  Veteran Democrats such as Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico are weighing retirement.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Roll Call:
'12 Senate Battles on Democratic Turf
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama calls Levin to urge lame-duck 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
Discussion: The Plum Line and Althouse
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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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 …
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?
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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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Exclusive: Donald Trump Says Presidential Run ‘Could be Fun,’ Decision by June
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
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.
Discussion: PewResearch.org
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Unity at last  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows the country is united at last — against the deficit-reduction proposals... Other findings in the poll: The country is pleased by the midterm results, but doesn't think they'll produce real change... Obama's standing and attitudes …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Food-safety bill clears key Senate hurdle  —  After a year of waiting in line, legislation to promote food safety on Wednesday moved toward passage during the Senate's lame-duck session.  —  Almost a year to the day after a unanimous committee vote, the long-stalled food-safety bill …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Senate Democrats back TSA ‘virtual strip searches’  —  Foes of the Transportation Security Agency's new air-screening procedures, including law enforcement-style pat-downs and what have been called “virtual strip searches,” had hoped that today's Senate hearing would lead to a privacy outcry on Capitol Hill.
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
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 …
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: Swampland and Prairie Weather
ProPublica:
SEC Investigating Citigroup Mortgage Deal  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Citigroup's role in a $1 billion deal that the bank created in the run-up to the financial crisis.  The agency is looking at whether Citi improperly pushed an independent manager …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and DealBook
Rep.-elect Sean Duffy / The Politico:
Listen to people on banning earmarks  —  The incoming House Republican majority has pledged to cut spending and change the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars.  —  As a new freshman class descends on Washington for orientation this week, joining with current leaders, now is the time to begin this effort.
Discussion: Boehner
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
Barbara Hollingsworth / Washington Examiner:
Low-tax states will gain seats, high-tax states will lose them  —  Migration from high-tax states to states with lower taxes and less government spending will dramatically alter the composition of future Congresses, according to a study by Americans for Tax Reform
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
 
 
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Laurence Tribe Is Leaving Justice Job
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
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Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
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Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
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Joe Rodriguez / Mercury News:
Meg Whitman's former maid gets $5,500 in back wages
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
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Julie Bosman / New York Times:
National Book Award for Patti Smith
Discussion: Althouse and New York Magazine
Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Maffei picks up votes in Onondaga County absentee count …
Buffalo News:
Beheading suspect says jail deputies tortured him
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama: GOP successfully outplayed us on health reform
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos