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3:40 PM ET, December 1, 2009

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The Politico:
Cheney slams Obama for projecting ‘weakness’  —  MCLEAN, Va. — On the eve of the unveiling of the nation's new Afghanistan policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Barack Obama for projecting “weakness” to adversaries and warned that more workaday Afghans will side …
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New York Times:
Obama Sets Faster Troop Deployment to Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has decided to expedite the deployment of 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan over the next six months, in an effort to reverse the momentum of Taliban gains and create urgency for the government …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The White House Takes On Politico  —  It's not just Fox News that's become subject of White House derision.  The following is an excerpt from a joke e-mail that is circulating among White House staffers.  It's a response, of sorts, to the analytical essay that Politico editor …
Bob / Capitol Ideas with John L. Micek:
The Worst Kind Of Scheduling Conflict.  —  President Barack Obama ...  ... is slated to deliver a prime-time address on Tuesday night in which he'll lay out his plans for the American war in Afghanistan.  —  The address before the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night …
James Fallows:
In praise of George W. Bush  —  Since the results of the 2008 election became clear, the 43rd President of the United States has behaved in a way that brings honor to him, his family, his office, and his country.  By all reports he did what he could to smooth the transition to his successor …
Discussion: Commentary and Ben Smith's Blog
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Why Would Anyone Think the Bush Administration Botched Afghanistan?
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   CHENEY STENOGRAPHY.... By some accounts, White House aides …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama keeps his Afghan promise, but Dems crumble
Discussion: Power Line
Little Green Footballs:
Why I Parted Ways With The Right  —  1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)  —  2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)
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Jules Crittenden:
Charles Johnson Explains The Crazy Hating  —  Well, not really.  Little Green Footballs on why he flipped from right to left.  The explanation is a little thin.  It's more an illustration of how he's flipped out, from right to left.  But apparently it works like this …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Leaving the Right  —  It's an odd formulation in some ways as “the right” is not really a single entity.  But in so far as it means the dominant mode of discourse among the institutions and blogs and magazines and newspapers and journals that support the GOP, Charles Johnson is absolutely right …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Charles Johnson Parts Ways With Reality
Wall Street Journal:
Climategate: Follow the Money  —  Climate change researchers must believe in the reality of global warming just as a priest must believe in the existence of God.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Last year, ExxonMobil donated $7 million to a grab-bag of public policy institutes …
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Associated Press:
UK climate scientist to temporarily step down  —  LONDON — Britain's University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.
Douglas J. Keenan / Pajamas Media:
The Fraud Is Everywhere: SUNY Albany and Queens University Belfast …
Los Angeles Times:
State dinner crashers exchanged e-mails with Pentagon official  —  The special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, who was appointed by Obama, said she clearly stated in correspondence with the couple that she could not extend any kind of invitation.  —  Reporting from Washington …
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Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
PROMISES, PROMISES: Friday is still WH ‘trash day’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Alex Conant
Alice Schroeder / Bloomberg:
Arming Goldman With Pistols Against Public: Alice Schroeder  —  Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — “I just wrote my first reference for a gun permit,” said a friend, who told me of swearing to the good character of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker who applied to the local police for a permit to buy a pistol.
Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
Job Cuts Loom as Stimulus Fades  —  WASHINGTON—Highway-construction companies around the country, having completed the mostly small projects paid for by the federal economic-stimulus package, are starting to see their business run aground, an ominous sign for the nation's weak employment picture.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Threat of reconciliation hovers over centrist Democrats on healthcare  —  Talk about using budget reconciliation to pass healthcare reform in the Senate has faded from public view, but Democratic leaders continue to hang the threat over centrists in private.
Jeannie Kever / Houston Chronicle:
Some toy drives check immigration status  —  They don't claim to know who's been naughty or nice, but some Houston charities are asking whether children are in the country legally before giving them toys.  —  In a year when more families than ever have asked for help, several programs …
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Think Progress:   Houston toy drives check the immigration status of families …
Seattle Times:
Lakewood police shooting suspect killed by officer in South Seattle early today  —  Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning by a Seattle police officer making a routine check of a stolen car.
Richard S. Lindzen / Wall Street Journal:
The Climate Science Isn't Settled  —  Confident predictions of catastrophe are unwarranted.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Is there a reason to be alarmed by the prospect of global warming?  Consider that the measurement used, the globally averaged temperature anomaly (GATA), is always changing.
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Telegraph:   Climate change sceptics are ‘muddled’, says Lord Stern
The Note:
MoveOn Mobilizes Against Obama on Afghanistan  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: The liberal drumbeat against President Obama's new Afghanistan policy is about to get a whole lot louder.  —  MoveOn.org, the liberal advocacy group that claims 5 million members, today sent an e-mail blast urging members …
PostPartisan:
The quintessential Andrew Sullivan  —  Blogger Andrew Sullivan charged Sunday that, whereas in December of last year I advocated a gasoline tax, in my “latest column” on climate change, “the gas tax idea is missing.”  —  “Why?” asks Sullivan.  Because: “In the end, the conservative intelligentsia …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Power Line
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
In Iowa, As Huck Goes, So Goes Romney?  —  Presidential primary politics is not, as Robert Wright might put it, always a zero sum game.  Given the prevailing metaphors of political positioning and space, one candidate often fills an ideological space and displaces others — think Pat Robertson in the 1988 Iowa caucuses.
 
 
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Czech President Vaclav Klaus: Global Warming Is a Politician's Myth (Video)
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Where Infrastructure Happens  —  Here's a great Steven Walt …
Jamie Fly / Weekly Standard:
Chinese and Russian Officials: No Sanctions on Iran
Discussion: Reuters and Commentary
Ezra Klein:
The age of diminished presidential expectations
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Spratt knocks down Afghan war surtax
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Megan McArdle:
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Haaretz:
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