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8:50 AM ET, November 25, 2010

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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Ex-House Leader DeLay Found Guilty in Texas Case  —  AUSTIN - A Texas jury Wednesday found Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader and Texas political powerhouse, guilty in a money-laundering trial involving contributions to political campaigns.  —  Jurors deliberated for 19 hours …
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Houston Chronicle:
DeLay maintains innocence following conviction  —  AUSTIN — Eight years after former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay helped engineer a Republican takeover of the Texas House and state congressional delegation, a Travis County jury Wednesday convicted him of felony money laundering in the 2002 elections.
Juan A. Lozano / Associated Press:
Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial  —  AUSTIN, Texas - Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
Washington Post:
DeLay convicted of money-laundering charges in campaign finance scheme  —  Former House majority leader Tom DeLay, the Texan architect of Republican power in Congress, was convicted Wednesday of illegally plotting to funnel corporate contributions to home-state legislative candidates in 2002.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:   DeLay convicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges
Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay jurors focus on ‘both’ ends of transaction
Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin clubs to death a fish on reality show labelled ‘a snuff video’ by animal rights group  —  Sarah Palin is under fire for clubbing a fish to death on her new reality TV show.  —  The Tea Party darling and her daughter Bristol, 20, were shown on a halibut fishing trip filmed for her new programme, Sarah Palin's Alaska.
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US Department of State:
TRANSCRIPT:  —  Today's briefing was held off-camera, so no video is available.  —  MR. CROWLEY: First of all, happy Wednesday and, one day early, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  Just to kind of set expectations, under current thinking, we will not brief on Friday.
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin: “We Gotta Stand With Our North Korean Allies”
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
N.H. still not showing up on Palin's radar
Discussion: Pundit Press and Moe Lane
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anatomy of a journalistic smear job  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III [Response from authors])  —  One long-standing — and justifiable — progressive grievance is that whenever ordinary Americans allow their personal plight to enter the public sphere in a way that advances …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Palin responds to Bushes' criticism: No offense but they're “blue bloods”  —  Too bad it wasn't Huckabee who tossed this rhetorical grenade, as we could have spent a fun afternoon ripping on him in the comments for such a heavy-handed populist pander.  (Huck would have thrown in a reference …
PR Newswire:
CAIR: Muslim Group Updates Travel Advisory for Holiday Weekend  —  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today issued an updated travel advisory for those concerned about new airport security measures involving full-body scanners and more invasive pat-downs.  —  Background:
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The Huffington Post:
Palin Slams Michelle Obama Again, This Time For Anti-Obesity Campaign  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — An appearance by Sarah Palin on Laura Ingraham's radio show Wednesday morning drew a bit of pre-Thanksgiving buzz for a swipe she took at Barbara Bush for suggesting …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Hits Back at Barbara Bush
Discussion: Salon and Booman Tribune
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Pakistan president urged not to pardon Christian woman  —  Islambad, Pakistan (CNN) — Two prominent Pakistani Muslim leaders threatened Wednesday to call for nationwide protests if the president pardons a Christian woman sentenced to death for insulting the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Associated Press:
Protesters oppose pardon for Pakistani Christian
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Obama Turkey Pardon: “It Feels Pretty Good to Stop at Least One Shellacking this November”  —  Updated 12:19 p.m. Eastern Time  —  President Obama on Wednesday morning pardoned a pair of turkeys - Apple and “feathered understudy” Cider - quipping that “it feels pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November.”
Discussion: Althouse, Daily Kos and Infowars
David Weigel / Weigel:
Outsider, Meet Insider  —  Rep. Allen West drew a ton of attention — I think he's the most-analyzed freshman of the transition — after briefly selecting radio host Joyce Kaufman as his chief of staff.  But West's slip-up over the hiring of a controversial outsider seems to be a one-off.
Discussion: The New Republic
Alex Pareene / Salon:
No. 1: Richard Cohen  —  The Washington Post's Richard Cohen has been a columnist since 1976.  He's good friends with Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn.  He works one day a week.  At a certain point, in that exceptionally privileged and cushy position, his brain disintegrated.
Clout St:
Del Valle proposal: Three years at city college, final year at public university  —  Mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle today proposed a pilot program that would allow students in high-demand majors to complete three years of classes at a city college and finish their final year …
Discussion: NBC Chicago
Maayana Miskin / Arutz Sheva:
Report: Clinton and Obama Pulled ‘Bait and Switch’ on Netanyahu  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  As Israel waits for a letter clarifying America's guarantees in exchange for a proposed building ban for Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, a diplomatic source has come forward saying that no such letter is on its way.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
The United States Department of Justice:
DEA Moves to Emergency Control Synthetic Marijuana  —  Agency Will Study Whether To Permanently Control Five Substances  —  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using its emergency scheduling authority to temporarily control five chemicals (JWH-018, JWH-073, JWH-200 …
Brobinson / Fox Nation:
Michelle Obama OKs Americans to Eat Pie on Thanksgiving  —  Barbara Walters White House interview, which included first lady Michelle Obama, ranged from the strife between North and South Korea to airport screening, the midterm elections, the economy, and Thanksgiving traditions.
 
 
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Hezbollah official hints at group's involvement in Hariri murder
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Washington Post:
The GOP: Gobbling up our blessings
Discussion: Daily Kos
Fhardingj / CNN:
Democrats Accuse GOP Senator of Breaking Pledge on Earmarks. True?
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Fox News:
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Owens says he'll likely vote Pelosi for speaker