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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: Ben Smith's Blog and Commentary
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Why Would Anyone Think the Bush Administration Botched Afghanistan?  —  Politico reporters transcribe, you decide: … Right, and why follow that one up?  It's not like a high-profile Senate report demonstrated over the weekend that the Bush administration allowed Osama bin Laden to escape …
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHENEY STENOGRAPHY.... By some accounts, White House aides …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right  —  In a move that has been coming for nearly two years, Charles Johnson has issued a manifesto explaining “Why I Parted Ways With The Right.”  For those who don't know, Johnson is the founder and principal author of Little Green Footballs, one of the oldest and most popular blogs.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Charles Johnson Parts Ways With Reality
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Leaving the Right  —  It's an odd formulation in some ways as …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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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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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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.
Think Progress:
Houston toy drives check the immigration status of families before handing out gifts.  —  Several charities in the Houston area are checking the immigration status of needy families before giving out toys this holiday season.  The charities claim that given the jump in demand this year …
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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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and TalkLeft
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
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Huck: Political attacks ‘disgusting’  —  Under fire for commuting the sentence of suspected cop-killer Maurice Clemmons, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday called some of the criticisms “disgusting” and suggested they were attempts to score political points.
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.
David Brooks / New York Times:
Clear, Hold and Duct Tape  —  In late 2006, Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. James F. Amos released a brilliant book with a thrilling title.  It was called the “Army/Marine Corps Field Manual 3-24.”  In its quiet way, this book helped overturn conventional wisdom on modern warfare and gave leaders …
Discussion: Commentary and Prairie Weather
Stephanie Gaskell / NY Daily News:
Harlem Gospel Choir nixes Glenn Beck film role over finances, not politics, it says  —  The Harlem Gospel Choir has backed out of a holiday performance with controversial conservative talk-show host Glenn Beck, the Daily News has learned.  —  The famous choir, which has performed …
 
 
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