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6:20 PM ET, November 30, 2009

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Michael Moore / Mike's Letter:
An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore  —  Do you really want to be the new “war president”?  If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president.  Pure and simple.
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New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to lay out a timeframe for ultimately winding down the American involvement in the war in Afghanistan when he announces his decision this week to send more forces, senior administration officials said Sunday.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Issues Order for More Troops in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has issued his order to send more troops to Afghanistan, communicating his decision to military leaders late Sunday afternoon during a meeting in the Oval Office, and will spend Monday speaking with foreign leaders …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
My mixed feelings about the war in Afghanistan.  —  Columnists are supposed to have firm views and express them with steadfast certainty.  Since I write a column called “War Stories,” the least a reader might expect from me is a clear opinion on whether the United States should escalate or pull out of the war in Afghanistan.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Swampland
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
What Obama Needs to Say at West Point
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama gives go-ahead to implement Afghanistan strategy
Discussion: The Note
Washington Post:
Today's GOP is both united and divided  —  Opposition to Obama is strong, but Republicans are split on GOP's direction and leaders  —  The Republican rank and file is largely in sync with GOP lawmakers in their staunch opposition to efforts by President Obama and Democrats …
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Huck PAC:
STATEMENT REGARDING WASHINGTON STATE SLAYINGS  —  The senseless and savage execution of police officers in Washington State has saddened the nation, and early reports indicate that a person of interest is a repeat offender who once lived in Arkansas and was wanted on outstanding warrants here and in Washington State.
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Seattle Times:
Maurice Clemmons, man wanted for questioning, has troubling criminal history
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Suspect released in Arkansas after claiming he had changed
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
John F. Harris / The Politico:
7 stories Obama doesn't want told  —  Presidential politics is about storytelling.  Presented with a vivid storyline, voters naturally tend to fit every new event or piece of information into a picture that is already neatly framed in their minds.  —  No one understands this better …
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James Fallows:   Asian politics, American politics, press fail (updated)
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
Palin's Latest Rogue Gaffe  —  There have been so many lies and distortions pointed out in Sarah Palin's Going Rogue since it was released last week that her memoir has already become something of a gag line.  —  But perhaps the most embarrassing gaffe so far is her mis-attributed quote to UCLA basketball legend John Wooden.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Adam Bellow's Fact-Checking, Ctd  —  More fun from the book “edited” by Adam Bellow and “written” by Sarah Palin.  I have to say I guffawed out loud when reading her citations of Plato and Aristotle, when what she really meant to cite was Quote Garden.  But she can't even get more folksy references correct.
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Overturns Decision on Detainee Photos  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a lower court's order that called for the release of photographs of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan being abused by American military personnel.  The high court told the lower court to re-examine the issue.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
SCOTUS upholds gov't position in detainee photo battle
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rick Warren, Silent Enabler Of Hatred  —  One of Rick Warren's (and president George W. Bush's) longtime allies in Uganda, Martin Ssempe, is the author of a classic piece of minority-baiting legislation.  Its details belong in the history of genocidal hatred:
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg and Mediaite
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
CBO report predicts hike in insurance costs  —  Individual insurance premiums would increase by an average of 10 percent or more, according to an analysis of the Senate healthcare bill.  —  The long-awaited report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation …
Discussion: The New Republic, Hit & Run and Hot Air
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Still Leaning Against Healthcare Legislation  —  Majority disapprove of Obama's handling of the issue  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans currently tilt against Congress' passing healthcare legislation, with 49% saying they would advise their member to vote against a bill …
Tom Moran:
A surprisingly dark day for gay rights in New Jersey … Support for gay marriage in Trenton is draining away like water from a tub as nervous legislators scurry towards safer political ground.  —  “I can't say I'm confident now,” says Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), a lead sponsor.
Clive Crook:
More on Climategate  —  In my previous post on Climategate I blithely said that nothing in the climate science email dump surprised me much.  Having waded more deeply over the weekend I take that back.  —  The closed-mindedness of these supposed men of science, their willingness …
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Swiss voters back right-wing minaret ban  —  Swiss voters defied their Government and clerics yesterday and approved a ban on building minarets — reflecting an alarming hostility to a rising Muslim minority.  —  Fifty-seven per cent of voters in a referendum supported the direct democracy initiative …
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Wall Street Journal:
Swiss Ban Minarets in Controversial Vote
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
Washington Times Runs Anti-Obama Birther Ad Featuring Racial Undertones  —  This latest national edition of the Washington Times features a full-page ad that claims that President Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States.  The ad was purchased by the anti-Obama website ProtectOurLiberty.org.
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and Gawker
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Jobs Imperative  —  If you're looking for a job right now, your prospects are terrible.  There are six times as many Americans seeking work as there are job openings, and the average duration of unemployment — the time the average job-seeker has spent looking for work — is more than six months, the highest level since the 1930s.
Chelsea Clinton Engaged / Political Punch:
Chelsea Clinton Engaged  —  ABC News has learned that Chelsea Clinton is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, a spokesman for former President Clinton confirmed to ABC News.  —  Clinton, 29, is the only child of the former president and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sam Tanenhaus / New Yorker:
NORTH STAR  —  Populism, politics, and the power of Sarah Palin.  —  The last time the publication of a political memoir aroused as much interest as Sarah Palin's “Going Rogue: An American Life” (Harper; $28.99) was probably in 1995, when Colin Powell's autobiography, “My American Journey,” came out.
Discussion: The New Republic and Mediaite
Times of India:
Copenhagen conference: India, China plan joint exit  —  BEIJING: In an unprecedented move, India on Saturday joined China and two other developing countries to prepare for a major offensive on rich nations at the Copenhagen conference on climate change next month.
 
 
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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Release of secret reports delayed
Discussion: Politics Daily
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Mark Kirk Wrongly Claims That Health Reform Could Make It “Law” …
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Come Fry with Me — By: Mark Steyn
Ezra Klein:
Willem Buiter joins the rotten curs at Citibank
Discussion: TalkLeft and Felix Salmon
Paul Krugman:
Things to come  —  What's going to happen, economically …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Trade and Depression  —  Paul Krugman highlights this chart …
Discussion: Paul Krugman and MoJo Blog Posts
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Ensign: Resignation would distract resources from defeating Reid
Discussion: The Note
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Daily Mail:
Five British sailors taken hostage in Iran
Matthew Lewis / The Center for Public Integrity:
Washington's Newest Gravy Train: High-Speed Rail
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Durbin says Dems won't let abortion divide sink health bill
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Secret Service director, state dinner crashers to testify before Congress
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Obama Lost, Obama Found
Daniel Williams / Bloomberg:
Hamas Bans Women Dancers, Scooter Riders in Gaza Push
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The face of rotted Washington
Discussion: Think Progress