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9:20 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 …
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Official: Obama Does Not Plan To Accept Afghan War Options, Wants Handover Details  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  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 …
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.
US envoy opposed to Afghan surge
Discussion: Informed Comment
Media Decoder:
Lou Dobbs to Quit CNN  —  Lou Dobbs, the longtime CNN anchor whose anti-immigration views made him a TV lightning rod, plans to announce Wednesday that he is leaving the network, two network employees said.  —  A CNN executive confirmed that Mr. Dobbs will announce his resignation plans on his 7 p.m. program.
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 …
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.
Martha / Media Matters for America:
Statement on Dobbs' Resignation from CNN  —  Under Pressure, Controversial Host Announces Immediate Departure  —  Washington, DC - Media Matters for America released the following statement responding to late breaking news that controversial CNN host Lou Dobbs, best known …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Dobbs Explains Decision to Leave CNN  —  The text of Mr. Dobbs' announcement about leaving CNN: … Mr. Dobbs then went to a commercial break.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:   Anchor Lou Dobbs resigns from CNN
Phyllis Chesler / Pajamas Media:
Talking With Dobbs 'Bout Ft. Hood Terrorism on CNN:Pajamas Media vs. Nation Magazine
Jeff Poor /
Report: Dobbs to Resign from CNN; Last Show Tonight
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Hannity to Address Protest Video Questions  —  “The Daily Show,” which has become one of the media's prime monitors when it comes to calling out misuse or manipulation of video, caught the Fox News Channel and one of its hosts, Sean Hannity, Tuesday night, in what appeared to be a blatant example …
Danny Shea / The Huffington Post:
Obama To Give Interview To Fox News
D.C.P. / Media Matters for America:
Hannity video switch-up is only the tip of Fox News' video-doctoring iceberg
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Uh-oh: Jon Stewart catches Fox News' creative editing
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Daniel Zwerdling / NPR:
Walter Reed Officials Asked: Was Hasan Psychotic?  —  text sizeAAA  —  Starting in the spring of 2008, key officials from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences held a series of meetings and conversations, in part about Maj. Nidal Hasan …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Perry: Obama ‘hell-bent’ on socialism  —  Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of “punishing” Texas and being “hell-bent” on turning the United States into a socialist country.  —  Speaking at a luncheon for a Midland County Republican Women's group …
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 …
Discussion: Clusterstock
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
First peek: What's in Sarah Palin's new book  —  (UPDATE: An updated paragraph has been added below.)  —  Not that anybody even cares or clicked here on purpose or will gobble up every word because Sarah Palin isn't even Alaska's Republican governor anymore and her GOP presidential ticket lost …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
What's In Sarah Palin's Book
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: Clusterstock
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 …
Reliable Source:
When pundits attack: Choice words by Joe Klein, Jamie Kirchick end panel discussion  —  Jamie Kirchick, left, and Joe Klein.  (Courtesy Kirchick; Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  Now that's a panel discussion!  A debate between Time's Joe Klein and New Republic's Jamie Kirchick spilled off …
Discussion: Salon, First Draft and Vanity Fair
Digby / Hullabaloo:
An Immoderate Proposal  —  I have a moral objection to paying for any kind of erectile dysfunction medicine in the new health reform bill and I think men who want to use it should just pay for it out of pocket.  After all, I won't ever need such a pill.  And anyway, it's no biggie.
Discussion: The Mahablog and The Agonist
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Discussion: CDR Salamander and GayPatriot
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Obama stares down Patriot Act criticism
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
American Adviser to Kurds Stands to Reap Oil Profits
Discussion: The Agonist
James Pethokoukis:
12 reasons unemployment is going to (at least) 12 percent
Discussion: QandO and Hot Air
Ashley Judd / USA Today:
Without family planning . . .
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Aram Roston / The Nation:
How We Fund the Taliban
Discussion: VetVoice
Justin Elliott / TPM LiveWire:
Source: Rev. Moon Son Went Rogue In Ordering Wash Times Shakeup
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
Who I Met at the Tea Party: A Veterans Day Tribute
Discussion: Wizbang
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Airport rules changed after Ron Paul aide detained