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10:55 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.
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
Juan A. Lozano / Associated Press:
Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:   DeLay convicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges
Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay jurors focus on ‘both’ ends of transaction
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
What Murkowski's write-in win says about the electorate  —  If you have any doubts about the real meaning of this month's midterm elections, let me refer you to the most notable winner in those contests.  I am talking about Lisa Murkowski, the reelected senator from Alaska.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Norm Coleman tells Miller to call it quits
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Associated Press:
SKorea's defense chief resigns over NKorea attack  —  YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea — South Korea's defense minister resigned Thursday amid intense criticism two days after a North Korean artillery attack killed four people on a small island near the Koreas' disputed frontier.
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US Department of State:
TRANSCRIPT:  —  Today's briefing was held off-camera, so no video is available.
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Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
N.H. still not showing up on Palin's radar
Discussion: Pundit Press and Moe Lane
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 …
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
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: Balloon Juice and FrumForum
John Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. to Drop Color-Coded Terror Alerts  —  There goes another punch line.  —  The Department of Homeland Security is planning to get rid of the color-coded terrorism alert system.  Known officially as the Homeland Security Advisory System, the five-color scheme was introduced by the Bush administration in March 2002.
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
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
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.
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Giving Thanks for Those Who Serve  —  The President expresses gratitude to America's military men and women and their families, and discusses the steps his administration is taking to help create jobs so that next Thanksgiving, Americans can give thanks for a stronger economy.
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:
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
 
 
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Detail Objections to Arms Treaty
Discussion: The Reaction and Prairie Weather
BBC:
Irish unveil tough austerity plan
Haaretz:
Hezbollah official hints at group's involvement in Hariri murder
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Haaretz:
Israel's leaders have handcuffed themselves to the extreme right
Cepremo / CBS Minnesota:
Armed MN Lawmaker Detained Near Planned Parenthood
Clout St:
Del Valle proposal: Three years at city college, final year at public university
Discussion: NBC Chicago
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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?
Discussion: Weigel
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Unsubstantiated Claims Part II
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Family Research Council Labeled ‘Hate Group’ By SPLC Over Anti-Gay Rhetoric
Alex Pareene / Salon:
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anatomy of a journalistic smear job