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9:30 PM ET, November 25, 2009

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Hollywoodreporter / The Live Feed | THR:
ABC announces Oprah-Obama Christmas special  —  The queen of daytime will interview the president of the country during an ABC holiday special that brings together Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.  —  The network has announced “Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special,” …
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Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Modern Flourishes at Obamas' State Dinner  —  WASHINGTON — It is an old tradition, a White House dinner governed by ritual and protocol that happens to be this city's hottest social event.  But at their first state dinner on Tuesday night, President Obama and his wife, Michelle …
Anahad O'Connor / The Caucus:
A Stylish State Dinner, With Typos
Discussion: Indecision Forever and The Page
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Blog Removes Offensive First Lady Image That Topped Google  —  Web Site Hosting Offensive Image of Michelle Obama Appears to Have Taken it Down  —  An offensive image of first lady Michelle Obama that had topped Google Image search results appears to have been removed.
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David Colker / Los Angeles Times:
Google won't exclude distorted Michelle Obama image from its site  —  ‘We have, in general, a bias toward free speech,’ a Google spokesman says, explaining that offensiveness alone is not a reason to remove the image from the search index.  —  A crudely altered photograph of Michelle Obama …
Patrick M. O'Connell / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Six charged in town hall disturbance  —  • Six people arrested in August outside a raucous town hall meeting in south St. Louis County have been charged with misdemeanor ordinance violations.  —  The six, including a Post-Dispatch reporter, had attended a demonstration outside …
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
BREAKING: CHARGES FILED IN KENNETH GLADNEY CASE!
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Dobbs Reaches Out to Latinos  —  Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, pondering a future in politics, is trying to wipe away his image as an enemy of Latino immigrants by positioning himself as a champion of that fast-growing ethnic bloc.  —  Mr. Dobbs, who left the network last week …
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Nick Schulz / The Enterprise Blog:
Help Wanted, No Private Sector Experience Required  —  A friend sends along the following chart from a J.P. Morgan research report.  It examines the prior private sector experience of the cabinet officials since 1900 that one might expect a president to turn to in seeking advice about helping the economy.
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
November Release of White House Visitor Records  —  Building upon last month's historic release of nearly 500 White House visitor records, today the White House releases more than 1,600 records of visits to the White House in response to another month's worth of requests.
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Ezra Klein:
How a letter from 1964 shows what's wrong with the Senate today  —  One of the challenges in arguing about the use of the filibuster is that the filibuster has changed drastically in recent decades, but it's done so quietly.  Quietly enough that people don't really understand that it's changed at all.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Procedural Downward Spiral
Igor / Think Progress:
Palin Suggests Reforming Canada's Universal Health Care System: ‘Let The Private Sector Take Over’  —  Canadian comedian Mary Walsh (playing the character of Marg Delahunty) attended a Sarah Palin book signing in the United States last week and asked the “thrilla from Wasilla, the Alaskan Aphrodite” …
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Lee-Anne Goodman / Canadian Press:
Palin tells Marg Delahunty Canada should ‘dismantle’ public health-care system
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Wonk Room
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: 'We'll see' about run with Beck  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday did not rule out running for president alongside Fox News host Glenn Beck in 2012.  —  Palin was asked during an interview with Fox News's “Fox & Friends” about the chances that she …
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Erik Kain / American Tory:
How Glenn Beck Can Save the Right
Discussion: Riehl World View
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Bad Picks Have Consequences  —  I was just looking at this run-down of recent polls by Tom Jensen at Public Policy Polling.  The upshot is that while it seems extremely unlikely Republicans could regain control of the senate next year, it's not impossible and they look well positioned …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama to Go to Copenhagen With Pledge of Emissions Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is pledging a provisional target for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the first time in more than a decade that an American administration has offered even a tentative promise …
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James Traub / New York Times:
After Cheney  —  I.  —  When Vice President Biden travels to Iraq, which he does every two months or so, he flies on Air Force Two to an airbase in southern England and then transfers to a cargo plane, a C-17, retrofitted for vice-presidential comfort with an Airstream trailer bolted on to tracks in the center of the hold.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Phil Carter's resignation from key detainee policy post  —  Phillip Carter is a lawyer, a former Army Captain, a veteran of the Iraq War and a very harsh critic of the Bush administration's detention and interrogation policies.  He was a vigorous supporter of Barack Obama's campaign …
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Ezra Klein:
The behavioral economics of Thanksgiving  —  This column originally appeared in the Food section.  —  It happens every year.  It's not that you resolve to be virtuous on Thanksgiving, just reasonable.  Two plates of food, and no more.  One piece of pie, and that's enough.
Emily Bazelon / Slate:
Making sense of Justice Scalia's personality—and his theory.  —  In Joan Biskupic's new biography of Antonin Scalia, American Original, the justice wears a wreath of superlatives.  He is the most quoted member of the Supreme Court and the one scholars write about most.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
George Mitchell / US Department of State:
Briefing by Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell  —  Washington, DC  —  MR. WOOD: Good afternoon, everybody.  Welcome to the briefing.  As promised, Senator Mitchell is here, and he is going to give you an update on the recent announcement by the Israeli Government with regard to settlements.
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Flood Watch  —  Video from NBC-2  —  NAPLES — Ten North …
George Monbiot / Guardian:
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Matthew Saltmarsh / ArtsBeat:
Bail Offer for Roman Polanski Is Approved
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