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12:55 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:
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time for Holder to go  —  Let's face it.  Barack Obama …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Ahmed Ghailani, Gitmo detainee, acquitted of all but 1 charge in N.Y.
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Unity at last  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows the country …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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?
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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The Huffington Post:
Senator Rockefeller Wants FCC To ‘End’ Fox News, MSNBC
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
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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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  —  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
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.
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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
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.
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
The Note:
House GOP Adopts Earmark Ban for the 112th Congress  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson reports:  —  House Republicans this morning joined Senate Republicans in instituting an earmark ban for the 112th Congress, adopting a motion by unanimous consent offered by former reality MTV star turned lawmaker Sean Duffy.
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Rep.-elect Sean Duffy / The Politico:
Listen to people on banning earmarks
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 …
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?  —  Liz Peek at FoxNews.com congratulates me for writing about the importance of economic growth.  So in the spirit of maximizing growth, I want to pose a question: Why should we believe that extending the Bush tax cuts will provide a big lift to growth?
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GM Stock Sale in High Gear
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski proclaims herself the victor
Congressman Charles B. Rangel:
Rangel Case: “No Evidence Of Corruption”
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Dear Airline, I'm Leaving You
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Shedlock / Caffeinated Thoughts:
Mike Huckabee: Money Not Determining Factor for 2012 Presidential Hopeful
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Survey: Barack Obama's religious views different
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Food-safety bill clears key Senate hurdle
Charlie Savage / The Caucus:
Laurence Tribe Is Leaving Justice Job
Discussion: The BLT and Emptywheel
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Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Ensign played Reid in Angle debate prep; Angle once said dictators …
Discussion: Raw Story
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Swedish Court to Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks Founder
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Gawker
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 Fix and The Note
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
A Hedge Fund Republic?
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Swampland
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Are Long on Words but Short on Guidance
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Forbes' lawyer demands that Perplexity AI remove articles sourced from Forbes, seeks assurances that Perplexity AI won't infringe on Forbes copyrights, and more

Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press:
Canadian officials won't say whether or how the new Online News Act should apply to AI companies using Canadian news for training or providing chatbot answers

Marek Miller / The Keyword:
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