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11:35 AM ET, November 12, 2009


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Associated Press:
Official: Obama rejects war options  —  President seeks clarity on turnover to Afghan government, official says  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama does not plan to accept any of the Afghanistan war options presented by his national security team, pushing instead for revisions to clarify …
Siun / Firedoglake:
McChrystal Reported “Fuming” over Eikenberry's Afghanistan Warnings  —  In the ongoing leak war surrounding Obama's decision on a new or new-new Afghanistan strategy, the McChrystal team apparently has competition.  Last night, we learned of the leak of a cable from US Ambassador …
Washington Post:
U.S. envoy resists troop increase, cites Karzai as problem  —  Cables sent as Obama weighs deployment options  —  The U.S. ambassador in Kabul sent two classified cables to Washington in the past week expressing deep concerns about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan until President …
New York Times:
U.S. Afghan Envoy Urges Caution on Troop Increase  —  WASHINGTON — The United States ambassador to Afghanistan, who once served as the top American military commander there, has expressed in writing his reservations about deploying additional troops to the country, three senior American officials said Wednesday.
Media Decoder:
Lou Dobbs to Quit CNN  —  Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views have made him a TV lightning rod, said Wednesday that he is leaving the cable news channel effective immediately.  —  Sitting before an image of an American flag on his studio set, he said …
Lou Dobbs leaving CNN  —  New York (CNN) — CNN's Lou Dobbs is leaving the network at the end of his show Wednesday night, the controversial anchor and commentator announced on the broadcast.  —  “Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
John King to take over Dobbs's slot at CNN  —  CNN announced Thursday that John King, the Sunday morning host best known for his magic wall, is taking over the 7 p.m. slot left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Lou Dobbs.  —  The decision, described by network sources, amounts to a doubling down on straight news.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
CNN's King replacing Dobbs
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and Raw Story
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:   Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN
Washington Post:
Army sought ways to channel Hasan's absorption with Islam  —  Walter Reed psychiatrists ordered him to attend university lectures on religion  —  Army psychiatrists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who supervised Maj. Nidal M. Hasan's work as a psychiatric fellow tried to turn …
Dave Michaels / Dallas Morning News:
Fort Hood shootings suspect may have wired money to Pakistan  —  —  WASHINGTON - Authorities have been examining whether Fort Hood massacre suspect Nidal Malik Hasan wired money to Pakistan in recent months, an action that one senior lawmaker said would raise serious questions …
Thank you former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush  —  We know absolutely no one in Bush family circles and have never met former President George W. Bush or his wife Laura.  —  If you have been reading us for any length of time, you know that we used to make fun of …
Wall Street Journal:
Why Fort Hood Really Happened
Discussion: Commentary
Mark Weiner / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Recanvassing shows NY-23 race tightens even as Rep. Bill Owens is sworn into House seat … Washington — Conservative Doug Hoffman conceded the race in the 23rd Congressional District last week after receiving two pieces of grim news for his campaign: He was down 5,335 votes with 93 percent …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Obama Announces Jobs Summit  —  Updated President Obama announced on Thursday that he will convene a jobs summit at the White House next month, saying “the economic growth that we've seen has not yet led to the job growth that we desperately need.”  —  “Millions of Americans, our friends …
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Give Interview To Fox News
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
‘A Referendum on This White House’
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Commentary
Source: Reid considering hiking Medicare payroll tax  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering a provision to raise payroll taxes for the wealthy as part of a health care bill, a Democratic source told CNN.  —  The Democratic source said Reid is considering …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Obama making stop in Alaska … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Anchorage Daily News:
President Obama's Alaska visit
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Aims to Cut Deficit With TARP  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, under pressure to show it is serious about tackling the budget deficit, is seizing on an unusual target to showcase fiscal responsibility: the $700 billion financial rescue.  —  The administration wants to keep …
Washington Post:
Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum  —  Same-sex marriage bill, as written, called a threat to social service contracts  —  The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change …
Paul Krugman:
The agony of Fox Business  —  James Wolcott is made of sterner stuff than I am: he actually has the fortitude to watch Fox Business, where the talking heads manage to find nothing but clouds in the silver lining of a huge stock rally.  To make their point they bring on such market experts as ... John Bolton.
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Clusterstock
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The sleazy advocacy of a leading “liberal hawk”  —  Peter Galbraith's vast, undisclosed financial interests in the policies he spent years advocating as an “expert.”  —  The New York Times today details the unbelievably sleazy story of Peter Galbraith, one of the Democratic Party's leading so-called …
Southern Belle Politics:
Statement on Tea Party Patriots  —  As most of you are aware, at the end of September, the leadership of Tea Party Patriots (TPP) removed me from my leadership position within the organization.  Before this happened and certainly since then, there has been quite a lot of misinformation …
George W. Bush / CBS News:
Obama Heads to Asia, Breaks Foreign Travel Record  —  Posted by Mark Knoller Even before President Obama sets foot on Air Force One tomorrow to begin a 9-day trip to Asia, he has traveled to more countries in his first year in office than any of his predecessors.
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
In-your-face base aims at Dem, GOP cash
Rosalind Rossi / Chicago Sun Times:
College preps to admit by income
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Scozzafava: GOP to remain a minority party if it purges moderates
Discussion: The Politico
Matthew Kaminski / Wall Street Journal:
California Labor Wars
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Betsy's Page
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Family Research Council PAC: We Would Support A Primary Against Olympia Snowe
Discussion: The New Republic and Daily Kos
John Distaso /
It's on: A GOP '12 hopeful plans NH visit
Parents to admit ‘balloon boy’ hoax
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Obama and Netanyahu's 70 minute one-on-one, and dumping “unprecedented”
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
County GOP Censures Lindsey Graham On A Host Of Issues
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Obama stares down Patriot Act criticism
Discussion: Prairie Weather
James Pethokoukis:
12 reasons unemployment is going to (at least) 12 percent
Discussion: QandO and Fausta's Blog
Reliable Source:
When pundits attack: Choice words by Joe Klein, Jamie Kirchick end panel discussion
Digby / Hullabaloo:
An Immoderate Proposal  —  I have a moral objection to paying …
Discussion: The Mahablog