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12:35 AM ET, December 1, 2008


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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
A Handpicked Team for a Foreign Policy Shift  —  WASHINGTON — When President-elect Barack Obama introduces his national security team on Monday, it will include two veteran cold warriors and a political rival whose records are all more hawkish than that of the new president who will face them in the White House Situation Room.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Clinton, Gates, Rice and more  —  After weeks of speculation, President-elect Barack Obama formally will introduce Sen. Hillary Clinton as his nominee for Secretary of State at a news conference Monday morning in Chicago, according to a Democrat close to the New York senator.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Clinton, Obama seal the deal
Josh Levs / CNN:   Laura Bush describes post-White House plans
Calculated Risk:
Sad News: Tanta Passes Away  —  My dear friend and co-blogger Doris “Tanta” Dungey passed away early this morning.  I would like to express my deepest condolences to her family and friends.  —  Photo: Tanta in 2004 (from her sister Cathy).  —  From David Streitfeld at the NY Times …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Mercury Rising
Doctors shocked at hostages's torture  —  They said that just one look at the bodies of the dead hostages as well as terrorists showed it was a battle of attrition that was fought over three days at the Oberoi and the Taj hotels in Mumbai.  —  Doctors working in a hospital where all the bodies …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Kristol's Next War  —  In addition to being a booster of the two actual wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Bill Kristol and/or his publication has, at one time or another, also called for the United States to go to war with North Korea, Syria, Iran, and Sudan.  And now he's got another war he's like to start:
Confederate Yankee:
NY Times Scurrying To Give Obama Victory Credit For Their Shared Defeat In Iraq  —  Barack Obama and his Democratic allies have famously done everything in their power to try to lose the Iraqi War while President Bush is in office, but now that everyone with any understanding of the conflict knows …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and Gateway Pundit
‘We thought we were safe... then CNN stepped in!’  —  A SOUTH Wales couple caught in the Mumbai terror attacks claimed last night that CNN put their lives at risk by broadcasting where they were.  —  Lynne and Kenneth Shaw, of Penarth, warned that terrorists were listening in to the media to pinpoint Western victims.
Matthew Alexander / Washington Post:
I'm Still Tortured by What I Saw in Iraq  —  I should have felt triumphant when I returned from Iraq in August 2006.  Instead, I was worried and exhausted.  My team of interrogators had successfully hunted down one of the most notorious mass murderers of our generation, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Chris Matthews Show: Obama's Problems Will Come From The Angry Left, Not Republicans  —  John Amato has blogged about this and this clip from this week's The Chris Matthews Show is proof positive that the progressive blogosphere must be smart about picking battles in pushing a liberal agenda for America.
Tim Shipman / Telegraph:
UFO enthusiasts call on Obama to release XFiles  —  UFO enthusiasts are pressing Barack Obama to release classified documents about sightings of alien spacecraft, encouraged by support from within the President-Elect's own White House team.  —  Desperate to see the US emulate the British Government …
Richard Holbrooke / New York Times:
‘The Doves Were Right’  —  In 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy brought to Washington a new generation of pragmatic young activists who came to be known as the New Frontiersmen.  When the journalist Theodore White later wrote a memorable photo essay about them for Life magazine, he called them the “action-intellectuals.”
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.
Noel Sheppard /
NBC Exec: Obama's Skin Color Gives Him More Legitimacy Than Any American Leader In History  —  The number two man at NBC News believes Barack Obama's skin color gives him more legitimacy around the world than possibly any American leader in history.  —  For those unfamiliar …
Discussion: TigerHawk
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:
John / Power Line:
MUSLIMS “WORRY ABOUT IMAGE”  —  That's what the Associated Press says.  Somehow, it seems like we've been down this road before: … Yeah, that keeps happening.  Funny thing. … D'ya think?  Some Muslims, though, don't seem to share that concern: … No doubt Muslims who actually advocate mass murder are a minority.
Discussion: Associated Press
John Caruso / The Distant Ocean:
Obama followers patiently awaiting instructions  —  Defending his unbroken string of establishment/hawkish/conservative appointments, the general speaks:  —  “What we are going to do is combine experience with fresh thinking.  But I understand where the vision for change comes from.
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.
David Altman / Ynetnews:
Terror lesson in Mumbai  —  India terror offensive proves that West's war doctrine must be modified  —  The world views terror incidents as sporadic, high-profile, and one-time events.  They arouse fury, anger, and pain, yet they do not undermine the power of the state where terrorism takes place.
Discussion: Riehl World View and Commentary
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Panel Fears Use of Unconventional Weapon  —  WASHINGTON — An independent commission has concluded that terrorists will most likely carry out an attack with biological, nuclear or other unconventional weapons somewhere in the world in the next five years unless the United States and its allies act urgently to prevent that.
Discussion: Truthdig
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How to Close Guantanamo  —  Among Barack Obama's many campaign promises …
Discussion: TalkLeft
UK ‘closer’ to adopting the euro
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Ahead for Obama: How to Define Terror
Jesse Washington / Associated Press:
Is gay the new black? Marriage ban spurs debate
Discussion: The Other McCain
Afif Sarhan / Guardian:
Hitmen charge $100 a victim as Basra honour killings rise
Discussion: PoliGazette and Corrente
David W. Chen / New York Times:
City Pressed Hard for Use of Yankee Luxury Suite
Discussion: Gothamist and Spin Cycle
Maureen Fan / Washington Post:
Report: President Warns China's Economic Edge Is Weakening
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
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Associated Press:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
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Deeply, Truly (but Not Physically) in Love
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Matilda Battersby / The Bookseller:
Academics say publisher Taylor & Francis hadn't told them about selling access to authors' research as part of a $10M+ Microsoft AI deal, nor let them opt out

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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