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2:25 PM ET, November 30, 2008

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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The ongoing disgrace of NBC News and Brian Williams  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The New York Times's David Barstow, whose excellent and aggressive journalism led to the uncovering last April of the Pentagon's domestic propaganda program involving network “military analysts,” …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Eschaton
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Taylor Gandossy / CNN:
Taj Mahal hotel owner: We had warning  —  Watch the full interview with Ratan Tata on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” at 1 p.m. ET Sunday on CNN.  —  The Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India, temporarily increased security after being warned of a possible terrorist attack, the chairman of the company that owns the hotel said Saturday.
Discussion: ThreatsWatch and Kausfiles
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neo-neocon:
The Mumbai policemen who refused to shoot  —  Photographer Sebastian D'Souza, who was able to take a photo of one of the armed terrorists in the train station in Mumbai, also described the events he witnessed there.  One puzzling—not to mention profoundly troubling—aspect of his report was the following [emphasis mine]:
Ian Gallagher / Daily Mail:
‘I was told to kill to my last breath’: Captured terrorist's account …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton, Obama seal the deal  —  It's finally official: President-elect Obama will appear with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in Chicago on Monday as he names her secretary of state, a remarkable reunion of once-bitter rivals.  —  The news conference at a Chicago hotel is scheduled to begin at 10:40 a.m. Eastern.
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Clinton Flying to Chicago to Join Obama  —  CHICAGO - President-elect Barack Obama will roll out his national security team at a news conference here on Monday morning, including his former primary rival, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, as his secretary of state, Democrats close to the process said.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TIME.com
Nancy Benac / Associated Press:
Obama team repackaging Clinton after campaign digs
Discussion: PoliGazette and The Politico
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Bill Clinton Will Release Identity of Donors
Discussion: NY Daily News and TIME.com
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Acorn Watchers Wonder What Happened to Crop  —  The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist.  Naturalists in Arlington County couldn't find any acorns.  None.  No hickory nuts, either.  Then he went out to look for himself.  He came up with nothing.
Helen Thomas / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
It's a depression  —  WASHINGTON — Few prominent economists will say it, but to me it looks and feels like we are in another Great Depression or a reasonable facsimile.  —  The current meltdown is dubbed a “financial crisis.”  But a rose by any other name would still inflict the same hardship …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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Michael Leahy / Washington Post:
GOP Looks to Young Louisiana Gov. Jindal as Its Own Version of Obama  —  Jindal May Prove To be Republicans' Version of Obama  —  CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Last weekend, 18 days after Barack Obama decisively defeated their candidate for president, a mostly Republican crowd of self-described …
Neal Gabler / Los Angeles Times:
The GOP's McCarthy gene  —  Think Goldwater is the father of conservatism?  Think again.  —  Ever since the election, partisans within the Republican Party and observers outside it have been speculating wildly about what direction the GOP will take to revive itself from its disaster.
Steyn Online:
THE SHAGGED SHEEP  —  This is a long piece but it does have underage sex and bestiality in it.  So enjoy!  —  The other day I had an e-mail from M J Murphy, who blogs as Big City Lib, saying only this: … There followed a link to a post called Steyn Gets Punked By 28-Year Old Literary Hoax:
Marie Arana / Washington Post:
He's Not Black  —  He is also half white.  —  Unless the one-drop rule still applies, our president-elect is not black.  —  We call him that — he calls himself that — because we use dated language and logic.  After more than 300 years and much difficult history, we hew to the old racist rule: Part-black is all black.
Lauren Slater / New York Times:
Deeply, Truly (but Not Physically) in Love  —  I COULD chalk it up to getting older, the fact that sex interests me these days about as much as playing checkers.  But the fact is I've never much liked sex, even though it has, on occasion, captivated me.  Says my proverbial therapist: “Sex threatens you, Lauren.
Discussion: Unfogged
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Never Let Them See You Sweat  —  The economy jolts and stumbles, wars slog on in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the horrors of a new terrorist attack blanket the news and draw frayed attention yet again to our precarious alliances in the world.  The watchword for the holidays is subdued; certainly not much inspires celebration.
Discussion: Townhall.com and JustOneMinute
 
 
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rediff.com:
Doctors shocked at hostages's torture
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Los Angeles Times:
Liberal groups feel welcome again in Washington
Ryan Powers / Think Progress:
Chambliss Still Unsure If Economy Is In Recession, Misstates …
Lauren Coleman-Lochner / Bloomberg:
U.S. ‘Black Friday’ Sales Rise 3%, ShopperTrak Says
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Penny for My Thoughts?
Discussion: TalkLeft and uggabugga
New York Post:
SHADY ISLAND ‘HOUSE’ PARTY
Miles Goslett / Daily Mail:
At 5am I found a bottle of vintage Cristal champagne. …
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Stop Covering Up And Kill The CRA
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Poignant Videos of Victims Valid in Court
Discussion: Althouse and TalkLeft
Jasper Copping / Telegraph:
Ocean currents can power the world say scientists
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and JustOneMinute
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Praise from Warner for Obama's ‘triumverate’
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