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12:15 PM 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:
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time for Holder to go  —  Let's face it.  Barack Obama and Eric Holder gambled their entire national-security credibility on the Ahmed “Foopie” Ghailani trial, arguing that they could get convictions of detainees captured abroad by military and intelligence assets while using federal courts …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
State Dept. defends terror trial verdict  —  The State Department on Thursday defended a federal jury's decision to convict a former Guantanamo Bay detainee on only one of 285 charges against him.  —  Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley said that the civilian court case …
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 …
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
DADT Study Co-Chairman Doesn't Think Pentagon Will Be Able To Release Study Before Dec. 1  —  Army Gen. Carter F. Ham — the co-chairman of the Pentagon's Working Group on Don't Ask, Don't Tell — told Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) during his confirmation hearings …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama calls Levin to urge lame-duck 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
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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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
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Roll Call:
'12 Senate Battles on Democratic Turf
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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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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?
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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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
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
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
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.
David Shedlock / Caffeinated Thoughts:
Mike Huckabee: Money Not Determining Factor for 2012 Presidential Hopeful  —  Below is a summary of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee's 15-minute interview with Steve Deace on WHO-Radio Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this week, along with a few of my own thoughts.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Settling With S.E.C., Rattner Is Sued by Cuomo  —  Updated Andrew M. Cuomo, the attorney general of New York, sued Steven L. Rattner on Thursday over his role in kickbacks to secure investment business from the New York State pension fund.  —  The attorney general filed two lawsuits …
Discussion: Fortune, New York Magazine and The Page
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Survey: Barack Obama's religious views different  —  Most Americans think President Barack Obama's religious beliefs are different than their own, according to a poll released Wednesday.  —  The post-election survey by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute offers a glimpse …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
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Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Laurence Tribe Is Leaving Justice Job
Discussion: The BLT and Emptywheel
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Ensign played Reid in Angle debate prep; Angle once said dictators …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rep.-elect Sean Duffy / The Politico:
Listen to people on banning earmarks
Discussion: Boehner
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg: He says he won't run for president, but keep asking
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Swedish Court to Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks Founder
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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
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Unity at last  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows the country …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Aaron Carroll / The Incidental Economist:
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Barbara Hollingsworth / Washington Examiner:
Low-tax states will gain seats, high-tax states will lose them
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Top governors turn against Michael Steele
Discussion: The Note
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
A Hedge Fund Republic?
Discussion: Swampland and Prairie Weather
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Are Long on Words but Short on Guidance
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Reuters:
George Soros Tells Progressive Donors Obama Might Not Be The Best Investment