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1:30 PM 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
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay jurors focus on ‘both’ ends of transaction
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
BBC:
Girl, 15, arrested over ‘Facebook Koran burning video’  —  A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English language version of the Koran.  —  The 15-year-old, who lives in the West Midlands, allegedly posted the video, filmed two weeks ago on her school premises, on Facebook.
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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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 …
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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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.
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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Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
N.H. still not showing up on Palin's radar
Discussion: Pundit Press and Moe Lane
Peter Baker / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senators Detail Objections to Arms Treaty  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration's plans to modernize the nation's nuclear weapons complex remain inadequate and should be further refined before the ratification of a new arms control treaty with Russia, the lead Senate Republican negotiator said Wednesday.
Discussion: The Reaction and Prairie Weather
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
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.
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Associated Press:
Protesters oppose pardon for Pakistani Christian
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.
John Stossel / Real Clear Politics:
A Lost Thanksgiving Lesson  —  Had today's political class been in power in 1623, tomorrow's holiday would have been called “Starvation Day” instead of Thanksgiving.  Of course, most of us wouldn't be alive to celebrate it.  —  Every year around this time, schoolchildren are taught …
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: Hot Air, Althouse, Daily Kos and Infowars
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 …
Guardian:
Taliban fighters make a living in UK  —  Taliban fighter reveals he lives for most of year in London and heads to Afghanistan for combat  —  British-based men of Afghan origin are spending months at a time in Afghanistan fighting Nato forces before returning to the UK, the Guardian has learned.
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 …
 
 
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Raphael Minder / New York Times:
A Spanish Bailout Would Test Europe's Strained Finances
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and The Page
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
Washington Post:
The GOP: Gobbling up our blessings
Discussion: The Impolitic
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Don Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Gloomy Fed employment forecast overshadows upbeat GDP data
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Outsider, Meet Insider
Discussion: The New Republic
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Fox News:
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