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3:25 PM ET, November 27, 2009

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Paul Krugman:
Rashomon in the desert  —  Dubai or not Dubai — that is the question.  Dubai's sorta-kinda default (a state-owned enterprise seeking a rescheduling of its debts) is, by itself, not that big of a deal.  But who else looks like Dubai?  What kind of omen is this for the next stage in the financial crisis?
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New York Times:
Dubai Debt Troubles Push Down Stocks in U.S. and Asia  —  Wall Street ended the day lower on Friday, reacting to reports that Dubai World, the emirate's investment vehicle, was seeking to suspend repayments on all or part of its $59 billion in debt for six months.
Willem Buiter's Maverecon:
Polite suggestion to the Dubai sovereign that creditors of Dubai World …
Discussion: Felix Salmon and Financial Times
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taxing the Speculators  —  Should we use taxes to deter financial speculation?  Yes, say top British officials, who oversee the City of London, one of the world's two great banking centers.  Other European governments agree — and they're right.  —  Unfortunately, United States officials …
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Kill the Bills.  Do Health Reform Right.  —  The United States has the best health care in the world — but because of its inefficiencies, also the most expensive.  The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health-care bill (as with its 2,014-page House counterpart) …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Those Who Rate U.S. Health Care System Good or Excellent Up To 49%  —  Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent.  That marks a steady increase from 44% at the beginning of October, 35% in May and 29% a year-and-a-half ago.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Lobbyists pushed off advisory panels  —  White House initiative to limit influence could affect thousands  —  Hundreds, if not thousands, of lobbyists are likely to be ejected from federal advisory panels as part of a little-noticed initiative by the Obama administration to curb K Street's influence …
CNN:
New group tries to convince Cheney to run in 2012  —  Washington (CNN) - A new group wants former Vice President Dick Cheney back in the White House.  —  The organization - “Draft Dick Cheney 2012” - launched on Friday, and unveiled their new Web site.  Their aim: To convince …
Thomas Wilner / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Made the Right Call on KSM  —  A civilian court is the best venue for justice.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Obama administration's decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 conspirators in federal court marks a fundamental shift in the way we fight terrorism.
Wall Street Journal:
How to Forge a Consensus  —  The impression left by the Climategate emails is that the global warming game has been rigged from the start.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The climatologists at the center of last week's leaked-email and document scandal have taken the line that it is all much ado about nothing.
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Activists seek green Black Friday  —  The day after Thanksgiving is known for shopping sprees, but “Black Friday” is getting blacklisted by environmentalists - and they're hoping President Obama will back them up.  —  “In the climate change sense, it's not that every other retail day isn't bad.
Discussion: American Power
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Mental State Cited in 9/11 Case  —  WASHINGTON — When five defendants are brought before a New York federal judge to face charges for the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the first question may be whether some of them are competent to stand trial at all.  —  Military lawyers for Ramzi Binalshibh …
Discussion: snooperreport.com and Jihad Watch
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Soviets' Afghan War Informs Surge Debate  —  KABUL — The future of the war in Afghanistan was on the line as Gen. Stanley McChrystal met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a secret rendezvous at a Belgian airbase in August.  —  Gen. McChrystal, the top Western commander in Afghanistan …
Economist:
The quiet American  —  Is Barack Obama's diplomacy subtle and strategic, or weak and naive?  The world is about to find out  —  AT LAST Barack Obama seems to be starting to make up his mind.  After months of agonising, he is apparently close to announcing that he will after all send …
Discussion: The Page
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Report Says Irish Bishops and Police Hid Abuse  —  LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church and the police in Ireland systematically colluded in covering up decades of child sex abuse by priests in Dublin, according to a scathing report released Thursday.  —  The cover-ups spanned the tenures …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans at Odds With Recent Terror Trial Decisions  —  Majorities would prefer trying 9/11 kingpin in a military court, away from New York  —  PRINCETON, NJ — By 59% to 36%, more Americans believe accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in a military court, rather than in a civilian criminal court.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voter Anger Is Building Over Deficits  —  After engineering an unprecedented spending surge for nearly a year, President Barack Obama now wants to signal that he takes deficits seriously.  So this week the White House announced that it is considering creating a commission to figure how to fix the budget mess.
Climate Progress:
­An open letter to graduate students and young scientists in fields related to climate research from Dr. Judith Curry regarding hacked CRU emails  —  I have known Dr. Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, for many years.
Discussion: Dot Earth
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Isn't Changing Washington  —  There is no way he can grow the government without attracting more lobbyists and more political acrimony.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  One insight distinguished Barack Obama from the other presidential candidates last year.
Discussion: GayPatriot and Betsy's Page
 
 
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CBC News:
U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Raw Story
Washington Post:
FBI needs gun data to prevent terrorist attacks
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats work on multibillion-dollar jobs package
Discussion: Don Surber
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
‘Cash for Clunkers,’ household edition
Discussion: Hot Air and YID With LID
Bernard-Henri Lévy / The Huffington Post:
Polanski's Release From Prison
Discussion: Big Hollywood
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems' kamikaze mission: Health care by New Year's
Discussion: Power Line
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Black Friday Blues: Half Plan Cuts in Holiday Spending
Discussion: The Hill and Alex Conant
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Taliban Open Northern Front in Afghanistan
New York Times:
Obamas' Uninvited Guests Prompt an Inquiry