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11:50 PM ET, November 27, 2010

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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Former Republican Sen. Warns GOP May ‘Have Gone So Far Overboard That We Are Beyond Redemption’  —  In an age when far-right tea party activists have taken over the Republican Party and demanded lockstep allegiance, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been one of the few GOP lawmakers to step out of line.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Senator Lugar Charts His Course Against the Winds  —  WASHINGTON — Mavericks are not in vogue these days on Capitol Hill, a place where hyper-partisanship and obduracy seem to be their own rewards.  —  But Senator Richard G. Lugar, an Indiana Republican who played that role long before it had a brand name …
Discussion: Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Charles Krauthammer Rips Liberal Media for Being Obsessed with Sarah Palin  —  Charles Krauthammer on Friday tore into the liberal media for being obsessed with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.  —  After Krauthammer scolded the “editorial judgment” of the producers of PBS's “Inside Washington” …
William McCall / Associated Press:
Feds: Somali-born teen plotted car-bombing in Ore.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal agents in a sting operation arrested a Somali-born teenager just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, authorities said.
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portland.fbi.gov:
Oregon Resident Arrested in Plot to Bomb Christmas Tree Lighting …
Discussion: Gawker, The Daily Beast and TalkLeft
Associated Press:
Feds Arrest Somali-Born Teen in Car Bomb Plot
Scott Simon / NPR:
Simon Says  —  That Fat Lip Might Give Obama Some Street Cred … Gauze in hand, President Barack Obama walks to his car after the game of basketball Friday at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.  —  Just three weeks after getting a shellacking in the midterm elections, President Obama got a fat lip.
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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
NPR: Obama's Fat Lip Gives Him “Street Cred,” Scar Will Help Him Stare Down Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong Il...  Oh yeah, instead of staring down a sissy, now they'll be staring down a sissy with a scar...  That Fat Lip Might Give Obama Some Street Cred- NPR
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Demonstrators in Ireland Protest Austerity Plan  —  DUBLIN — After a week that brought Ireland a pledge of an $114 billion international rescue package and the toughest austerity program of any country in Europe, thousands of demonstrators took to Dublin's streets on Saturday to protest wide cuts …
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Phil Aldrick / Telegraph:
First Greece, then Ireland - Europe's debt problem has gone from bad to worse
Newsweek:
The Taliban Call a Time-Out  —  For months, NEWSWEEK has reported emphatic denials by senior Afghan Taliban officials that they were engaged in secret peace talks with the government in Kabul.  Those denials received further weight last week when The New York Times exposed …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Ed Barnes / Fox News:
Mystery Surrounds Cyber Missile That Crippled Iran's Nuclear Weapons Ambitions  —  An aerial view of Iran's nuclear facility in Natanz.  —  In the 20th century, this would have been a job for James Bond.  —  The mission: Infiltrate the highly advanced, securely guarded enemy headquarters …
Discussion: Hot Air, Moe Lane and FrumForum
Mark Whitehouse / Real Time Economics:
Number of the Week: 492 Days From Default to Foreclosure  —  492: The number of days since the average borrower in foreclosure last made a mortgage payment.  —  Banks can't foreclose fast enough to keep up with all the people defaulting on their mortgage loans.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
A Nuclear Standoff With Libya  —  In November 2009, six years after the government of Libya first agreed to disarm its nuclear weapons program, Libyan nuclear workers wheeled the last of their country's highly enriched uranium out in front of the Tajoura nuclear facility, just east of Tripoli.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
The Trouble With Asking China to Act Like the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — A fundamental tenet of foreign policy says that nations will seldom voluntarily act against what they have determined, for whatever reason, to be their own national interest.  —  Somebody needs to tell that to the United States …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi may go to Nobel peace award  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is mulling a trip to Oslo to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for a jailed Chinese dissident.  —  The California Democrat might fly to Norway in December as the Nobel Institute bestows one of its highest honors to Liu Xiaobo …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:   Pelosi to be ‘most prominent’ American at Nobel ceremony for Chinese dissident
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Obama: I pray every night, read the Bible  —  Praying and reading the Bible are part of his everyday life, President Obama said in a wide-ranging interview broadcast Friday.  —  Speaking with Barbara Walters, Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also described how they involve their daughters in daily prayer.
Associated Press:
Willie Nelson Freed After Drug Arrest  —  SIERRA BLANCA, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.  —  Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca …
The Politico:
United Nations climate talks in limbo  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), co-author of several unsuccessful cap-and-trade bills over the past decade, suggested an under-the-radar approach could yield results.  —  “Perhaps what Copenhagen has contributed to this moment, pre-Cancun, is low expectations,” Lieberman said.
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Daily Mail:
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
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