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4:40 PM ET, November 30, 2008

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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Top Officers Hopeful That Obama Will Bring More Realistic View Than Bush  —  Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, went unarmed into his first meeting with the new commander in chief — no aides, no PowerPoint presentation, no briefing books.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton, Obama seal the deal  —  It's finally official: President-elect Obama will appear with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in Chicago on Monday as he names her secretary of state, a remarkable reunion of once-bitter rivals.  —  The news conference at a Chicago hotel is scheduled to begin at 10:40 a.m. Eastern.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Clinton to Be Introduced as Part of Obama Security Team
Discussion: The Heretik and MyDD
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The ongoing disgrace of NBC News and Brian Williams  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The New York Times's David Barstow, whose excellent and aggressive journalism led to the uncovering last April of the Pentagon's domestic propaganda program involving network “military analysts,” …
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rediff.com:
Doctors shocked at hostages's torture  —  They said that just one look at the bodies of the dead hostages as well as terrorists showed it was a battle of attrition that was fought over three days at the Oberoi and the Taj hotels in Mumbai.  —  Doctors working in a hospital where all the bodies …
Steyn Online:
THE SHAGGED SHEEP  —  This is a long piece but it does have underage sex and bestiality in it.  So enjoy!  —  The other day I had an e-mail from M J Murphy, who blogs as Big City Lib, saying only this: … There followed a link to a post called Steyn Gets Punked By 28-Year Old Literary Hoax:
neo-neocon:
The Mumbai policemen who refused to shoot  —  Photographer Sebastian D'Souza, who was able to take a photo of one of the armed terrorists in the train station in Mumbai, also described the events he witnessed there.  One puzzling—not to mention profoundly troubling—aspect of his report was the following [emphasis mine]:
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Lauren Slater / New York Times:
Deeply, Truly (but Not Physically) in Love  —  I COULD chalk it up to getting older, the fact that sex interests me these days about as much as playing checkers.  But the fact is I've never much liked sex, even though it has, on occasion, captivated me.  Says my proverbial therapist: “Sex threatens you, Lauren.
Discussion: Unfogged
Taylor Gandossy / CNN:
Taj Mahal hotel owner: We had warning  —  Watch the full interview with Ratan Tata on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on CNN.  —  The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, temporarily increased security after being warned of a possible terrorist attack, the chairman of the company that owns the hotel said Saturday.
Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's McCarthy gene  —  Think Goldwater is the father of conservatism?  Think again.  —  Ever since the election, partisans within the Republican Party and observers outside it have been speculating wildly about what direction the GOP will take to revive itself from its disaster.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Same Old New Deal?  —  Early in what became the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes was asked if anything similar had ever happened.  “Yes,” he replied, “it was called the Dark Ages, and it lasted 400 years.”  It did take 25 years, until November 1954, for the Dow to return to the peak it reached in September 1929.
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Helen Thomas / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
It's a depression  —  WASHINGTON — Few prominent economists …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Kristol's Next War  —  In addition to being a booster of the two actual wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bill Kristol and/or his publication has, at one time or another, also called for the United States to go to war with North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Sudan.  And now he's got another war he's like to start:
Discussion: Buck Naked Politics
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Acorn Watchers Wonder What Happened to Crop  —  The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist.  Naturalists in Arlington County couldn't find any acorns.  None.  No hickory nuts, either.  Then he went out to look for himself.  He came up with nothing.
Maureen Fan / Washington Post:
Report: President Warns China's Economic Edge Is Weakening  —  Chinese President Hu Jintao warned at a weekend meeting of the Communist Party's elite Politburo that China is losing its competitive edge as international demand for its products is reduced, according to official state media reports Sunday.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
GOP Looks to Young Louisiana Gov. Jindal as Its Own Version of Obama  —  Jindal May Prove To be Republicans' Version of Obama  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Last weekend, 18 days after Barack Obama decisively defeated their candidate for president, a mostly Republican crowd of self-described …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Never Let Them See You Sweat  —  The economy jolts and stumbles, wars slog on in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the horrors of a new terrorist attack blanket the news and draw frayed attention yet again to our precarious alliances in the world.  The watchword for the holidays is subdued; certainly not much inspires celebration.
Discussion: Townhall.com and JustOneMinute
Matthew Alexander / Washington Post:
I'm Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq  —  I should have felt triumphant when I returned from Iraq in August 2006.  Instead, I was worried and exhausted.  My team of interrogators had successfully hunted down one of the most notorious mass murderers of our generation, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi …
Associated Press:
Laura Bush says she'll mostly ‘miss the people’  —  First lady jokingly refers to her post-White House years as ‘the afterlife’  —  WASHINGTON - Laura Bush soon will no longer live in the country's most famous mansion or be able to get away to the coveted Camp David presidential retreat.
Discussion: Reuters and MSNBC
 
 
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The War Against Civilisation
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
UFO enthusiasts call on Obama to release XFiles
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Disney accused by Catholic cleric of corrupting children's minds
Discussion: Townhall.com and Pharyngula
Thomas Fuller / New York Times:
Thai Protesters and Police Meet
Discussion: The Agonist
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The Bentsen precedent  —  Along with getting emoluments …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Lawyers call for international court for the environment
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Chambliss Still Unsure If Economy Is In Recession, Misstates …
Lauren Coleman-Lochner / Bloomberg:
U.S. ‘Black Friday’ Sales Rise 3%, ShopperTrak Says
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Penny for My Thoughts?
Discussion: TalkLeft and uggabugga
Marie Arana / Washington Post:
He's Not Black
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SHADY ISLAND ‘HOUSE’ PARTY
Miles Goslett / Daily Mail:
At 5am I found a bottle of vintage Cristal champagne. …
Discussion: The Reaction and Althouse
Investor's Business Daily:
Stop Covering Up And Kill The CRA
Jeffrey Rosen / New York Times:
Google's Gatekeepers
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Obama team repackaging Clinton after campaign digs
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