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12:15 PM 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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Split on Afghanistan Troop Increase vs. Decrease
Discussion: Politics Daily, D.C. Now and The Swamp
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 …
New York Times:
Lou Dobbs Abruptly Quits CNN  —  Months ago the president of CNN/U.S., Jonathan Klein, offered a choice to Lou Dobbs, the channel's most outspoken anchor.  Mr. Dobbs could vent his opinions on radio and anchor an objective newscast on television, or he could leave CNN.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
John King to take over Dobbs's slot at CNN
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
CNN's King replacing Dobbs
Discussion: Raw Story and TPM LiveWire
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 …
Caroline Glick:
Missing George W. Bush  —  A couple of days ago I heard the news that George and Laura Bush paid a private visit to the wounded soldiers at Fort Hood.  They specifically requested that the base commander not inform the media of their visit.  They came.  They comforted the wounded soldiers …
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 …
Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Fort Hood suspect contacted Muslim extremists
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette and Daily Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
Why Fort Hood Really Happened
Discussion: Commentary
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
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 …
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.
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
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