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3:40 PM ET, December 5, 2009

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Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
Climategate Professor to Skeptic on Live BBC TV: ‘What an Assh*le’  —  Professor in at University in Center of Climategate Loses Cool on Live BBC TV Debate  —  A professor who is accusing global warming skeptics of engaging in “tabloid-style character assassination” of scientists caught …
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Ben Webster / Times of London:
Met Office to re-examine 160 years of climate data  —  The Met Office plans to re-examine 160 years of temperature data after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered by leaked e-mails.  —  The new analysis of the data will take three years …
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
Scientists Behaving Badly  —  A corrupt cabal of global warming alarmists are exposed by a massive document leak.  —  Slowly and mostly unnoticed by the major news media, the air has been going out of the global warming balloon.  Global temperatures stopped rising a few years ago, much to the dismay of the climate campaigners.
Washington Post:
In e-mails, science of warming is hot debate  —  Stolen files of ‘Climate-gate’ suggest some viewpoints on change are disregarded  —  It began with an anonymous Internet posting, and a link to a wonky set of e-mails and files.  Stolen, apparently, from a research center in Britain …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney  —  Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus' office confirmed late Friday night that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an affair with his state office director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. attorney in Montana.
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Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice:
Baucus Girlfriend Withdrew as U.S. Attorney Candidate  —  A Department of Justice official who is in a relationship with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) withdrew as a finalist for Montana U.S. Attorney to live with the senator in Washington, a Baucus spokesperson confirmed to Main Justice today.
Manu Raju / The Politico:   Baucus nominated girlfriend for U.S. Attorney job
Associated Press:
Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for Post, Aide Says
Discussion: MyDD
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
No Way, No How, to the Public Option  —  The Connecticut senator, free of partisan loyalties, has a pivotal role in the health-care debate.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  'About two months ago my wife and I were out with another couple, and they said 'So, how's it going?'—and I knew what they meant.
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The Politico:   Obama to Hill as Dems discuss deal
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Beautiful  —  The Republican braintrust of Coburn and Vitter thought they were being very, very clever: … Dodd and Mikulski signed on too.  And then this guy took to the floor:  —  You have to love that Sly Stuart Smiley “we've been married for 34 years” line.  —  I think Al's finding his feet.
Discussion: Open Left and The Agonist
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Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
Sen. Sherrod Brown joins Republicans in demanding that Congress …
Discussion: The Nation
Peter Baker / New York Times:
How Obama Agonized Over Plan for ‘Surge’ in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — On the afternoon he held the eighth meeting of his Afghanistan review, President Obama arrived in the White House Situation Room ruminating about war.  He had come from Arlington National Cemetery …
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Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
The Gambler Who Blew $127 Million  —  LAS VEGAS — During a year-long gambling binge at the Caesars Palace and Rio casinos in 2007, Terrance Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million.  —  The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history.
Political Punch:
Gibbs Tells a Female White House Correspondent to ‘Calm Down’  —  ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports:  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and American Urban Radio's White House Correspondent April Ryan have long had a contentious relationship.  An exchange they had yesterday has started …
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
 
 
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The only doctor in town  —  Health-care reform hits …
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Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Sarah Palin says US should rededicate itself to God
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Bill Schneider / National Journal Online:
The Conformity Movement  —  IN A RECENT CNN POLL …
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Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
Is Erik Prince ‘Graymailing’ the US Government?
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The Center for American Progress Edits Catholicism — By: Ramesh Ponnuru
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Reuters:
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The $700 billion man  —  NEVADA COUNTY, CALIF. …
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