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12:30 PM ET, November 28, 2009

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Steve Singiser / Daily Kos:
Weekly Tracking Poll: New Feature Paints Ugly 2010 Picture  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 11/22/2009-11/25/2009.  All adults.  MoE 2% (Last weeks results in parentheses):  —  FAVORABLEUNFAVORABLENET CHANGE  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA  —  53 (55)  —  40 (39)  —3  —  PELOSI:  —  41 (40)
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GIVE VOTERS A REASON.... The latest Research 2000 poll for Daily Kos included the usual question on the generic congressional ballot, with Dems still enjoying a modest edge over Republicans, 37% to 32%, with 31% unsure.  Democratic numbers were strongest in the Northeast (53% Dems, 7% GOP) …
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Ten ‘principles’ could keep thinkers away from the GOP  —  Some people can't stand prosperity, my father used to say.  Today, he might be talking about Republicans, who, in the midst of declining support for President Obama's hope-and-change agenda, are considering a “purity” …
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Climate Progress:
­An open letter to graduate students and young scientists …
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New York Times:
Uninvited Pair Met Obama; Secret Service Offers Apology  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and his wife, Michelle, had a face-to-face encounter with the couple who sneaked into a state dinner at the White House this week, White House officials acknowledged on Friday.
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Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Obama orders review of crashers  —  President Obama has ordered a full review into how a Virginia couple managed to make their way into the White House for last week's state dinner without an invitation, even getting so far as to meet the president in the official receiving line, according to a White House official.
Wall Street Journal:
He Can't Take Another Bow  —  An icon of a White House that is coming to seem amateurish.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  This week, two points in an emerging pointillist picture of a White House leaking support—not the support of voters, though polls there show steady decline …
Dan Levin / New York Times:
China Jails Environmentalist Wanted in U.S.  —  DALI, China — Justin Franchi Solondz, an environmental activist from New Jersey who spent years evading charges of ecoterrorism in the United States by hiding out in China, was sentenced to three years in prison by a local court on Friday …
Dsm / Reboot Congress:
Eric S. Raymond on the East Anglia CRU's Global Warming Fraud  —  Eric S. Raymond ("esr") is an open source luminary partly because of his industry changing book The Cathedral & the Bazaar .  As a fellow software engineer and open source advocate, I was curious what he had to say about the tree-ring circus …
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Ben Bernanke / Washington Post:
The right fix for the Fed  —  For many Americans, the financial crisis, and the recession it spawned, have been devastating — jobs, homes, savings lost.  Understandably, many people are calling for change.  Yet change needs to be about creating a system that works better, not just differently.
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Dubai Debt Woes Raise Fear of Wider Problem  —  Of the many countries that gorged on debt in the boom years, Dubai stood out.  In the space of a few years the emirate's investment arm, Dubai World, racked up $59 billion in debt, borrowing to build lavish developments like a giant island shaped …
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
Afghans Offer Jobs to Taliban Rank and File if They Defect  —  JALALABAD, Afghanistan — The American-backed campaign to persuade legions of Taliban gunmen to stop fighting got under way here recently, in an ornate palace filled with Afghan tribal leaders and one very large former warlord leading the way.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
DOJ: Pay ACORN for contracts  —  The Justice Department has ruled that the federal government can honor some existing contracts to fund ACORN, despite a law barring the flow of all federal money to the beleaguered community group.  —  David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general …
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