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10:30 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 …
Ace of Spades HQ:
Breaking: Gitmo Detainee Not Guilty On Most Africa Terrorism Charges UPDATE: Department Of Justice Is “Pleased”  —  Above the post update:  —  From Jake Tapper: … What in the world are they talking about?  What the f**k?  —  Fuller story on the case here.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Terror Verdict Tests Obama's Strategy on Civilian 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 …
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
Discussion: The Mahablog and Emptywheel
Fox News:
Gitmo Detainee Cleared of All but One Charge
Discussion: Reuters and 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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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Exclusive: Donald Trump Says Presidential Run ‘Could be Fun,’ Decision by June  —  Real estate tycoon, reality show star and now a presidential candidate?  Donald Trump told me he is seriously considering a run for the White House and will make a final decision by June.  —  “I am thinking about things.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Mediaite
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama calls Levin to urge lame-duck 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal  —  President Barack Obama took steps on Wednesday to force a Senate vote on legislation that would begin to dismantle the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy banning openly gay service members during …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid's new chief of staff is also his top donor
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?
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: Roll Call and PoliPundit.com
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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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
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
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 …
Joe Rodriguez / Mercury News:
Meg Whitman's former maid gets $5,500 in back wages  —  Ending an ordeal that may have doomed her race for governor, Meg Whitman on Wednesday agreed to pay her former maid back wages of $5,500, an amount dwarfed by the political fallout created when the illegal-immigrant housekeeper came …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
BBC:
Irish Republic to get bail-out loan, says central bank  —  International officials are meeting in Dublin to discuss the Irish debt crisis  —  Irish Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan has said he expects the Irish Republic to accept a “very substantial loan” as part of an EU-backed bail-out.
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
What will insurance in the exchanges look like?  —  I was talking with some very nice insurance company executives and managers yesterday, and asked them about what they might offer in the exchanges.  It's worth sharing some thoughts.  —  The media, and thus the country, are fixated on the politics at a national level.
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
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.
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Althouse and New York Magazine
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Dem Senators Want Major Changes to HAMP  —  So here's a major breakthrough in the foreclosure crisis and in particular the failed HAMP program.  It doesn't mean anything's going to happen, but it means a significant chunk of the majority caucus in the Senate wants a radical overhaul of HAMP.
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Elevates Some New Faces  —  Freshman House Republicans Pick an African-American and a Woman for Roles in Leadership  —  WASHINGTON—House Republican freshmen chose Reps.-elect Tim Scott and Kristi Noem for new leadership positions Wednesday, as the party looked to capitalize …
Discussion: USA Today
 
 
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Rep. Ryan on His Medicare Plan
Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Maffei picks up votes in Onondaga County absentee count …
Barbara Hollingsworth / Washington Examiner:
Low-tax states will gain seats, high-tax states will lose them
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Associated Press:
Donohue: US Chamber won't seek Obama's defeat
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Elie Mystal / Above the Law:
The Secret To Inflating Employment Rates?  Only Survey Law Grads Who Are Employed
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Deficit Proposal Draws Mixed Review
 Earlier Items: 
Buffalo News:
Beheading suspect says jail deputies tortured him
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
David S. Cloud / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. appears ready to acknowledge a long haul in Afghanistan
Seth / Enik Rising:
And when they came for the yuppies, I said nothing, for I wasn't... oh, wait.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Daily Dish
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama: GOP successfully outplayed us on health reform
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos