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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Obama on terror trials: KSM will die  —  Americans who are troubled by the decision to send alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York for trial will feel better about it when he's put to death, President Barack Obama said Tuesday.  —  During a round of network television …
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CNN:
Obama: 'We've restored America's standing'  —  Beijing, China (CNN) — A little more than a year after his election, President Obama said his administration has laid the groundwork for success on global and domestic matters.  —  “I think that we've restored America's standing in the world …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
As Many As 75 Detainees Could Remain In Limbo  —  The Washington Post appears to have broken a significant news story without really knowing it.  Here's Perry Bacon, writing about Congressional efforts to move Guantanamo prisoners: … 75 more... " too dangerous to release but cannot …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
In Senate vote, signs of shift on Guantanamo Bay detainees
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Holder: Don't fear trial of ‘coward’ 9/11 plotter
ABCNEWS:
Palin: Obama Wrong on Israeli, Afghan Policy  —  Former Alaska Gov. Tells Barbara Walters President Obama ‘Dithering Around’ on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan, Has It ‘Backassward’ on Economy  —  In an interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, Sarah Palin, the former GOP vice presidential candidate …
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CBS News:
Obama: I'd Fire Afghan Decision Leakers  —  Also Tells Chip Reid Afghan Decision Still Weeks Off; Speaks About Sarah Palin, and Toll Office Taking on Him … Reid reports the president said it's still several weeks before he makes a decision on how many more troops to send to Afghanistan.
Julie Millican / Media Matters for America:
Newsweek should worry more about how to solve its problem with sexism  —  There are a lot of legitimate reasons to criticize Sarah Palin, her new book, and her policies, but you don't have to stoop to sexism to do it.  Newsweek's November 23 issue, however, does just that by publishing …
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David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Palin-Beck Ticket? Sarah Doesn't Rule it Out
Discussion: Guardian
Katie Connolly / The Gaggle:
Official Statement on Newsweek's Sarah Palin Cover
Quinnipiac University:
Obama Approval Dips Below 50% For First Time, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Support For U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Drops Below 50%  —  President Barack Obama's job approval rating is 48 - 42 percent, the first time he has slipped below the 50 percent threshold nationally …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
John McCain: The Reason For All Of This  —  Richard Coen convenes a meeting: … The WSJ and TWS have long ago lost any intellectual credibility.  They use sophism to maintain power.  Their cynicism and/or denial mechanisms are deeper than most mortals can imagine.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Persecution of Sarah Palin
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
3 Democrats Could Block Health Bill in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, says he is not sure he is ready to help a Democratic health care proposal clear even the most preliminary hurdle: gaining the 60 votes his party's leaders need to open debate on the measure later this week.
Graham Bowley / New York Times:
$500 Million and Apology From Goldman  —  How much good will can an apology — and half a billion dollars — buy?  A lot, Goldman Sachs is hoping.  —  After first staunchly defending its outsize profits and pay, and then bristling at calls for restraint in these tough economic times …
Discussion: DailyFinance, TPMCafe and The Impolitic
Jeffrey S. Flier / Wall Street Journal:
Health ‘Reform’ Gets a Failing Grade  —  The changes proposed by Congress will require more draconian measures down the road.  Just look at Massachusetts.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  As the dean of Harvard Medical School I am frequently asked to comment on the health-reform debate.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What They Really Believe  —  If you follow the debate around the energy/climate bills working through Congress you will notice that the drill-baby-drill opponents of this legislation are now making two claims.  One is that the globe has been cooling lately, not warming …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Washington Sketch: Republican senators do an about-face on judicial filibusters  —  In their quest to thwart President Obama, Republicans do not fear the hobgoblin of consistency.  —  For much of this decade, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, now the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee …
CNN:
CNN Poll: Does the GOP want ideologically pure candidates?  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that the Democrats may be the party of pragmatism and Republicans may be the party of ideological purity.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey's release on Tuesday comes …
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Go Jodi Go!  Times' Kantor Scores Seven Figures From Little, Brown For Obama Book  —  New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor has secured a stunning seven-figure book deal this week with Little, Brown to write a volume on the Obamas.  —  The deal was the result of a heated citywide auction …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Dems alarmed as independents bolt  —  Mounting evidence that independent voters have soured on the Democrats is prompting a debate among party officials about what rhetorical and substantive changes are needed to halt the damage.  —  Following serious setbacks with independents …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Times editor files EEOC complaint  —  Disclosing his dismissal, Miniter says paper forced him to attend religious event  —  The former editorial page editor of the Washington Times has filed a discrimination complaint against the paper, saying he was “coerced” …
John Noonan / Weekly Standard:
Hasan Recommended His Patients Be Charged with War Crimes  —  I tweeted this a few days ago, but deliberately kept it vague.  Capt. Shannon Meehan, an old college associate and former patient at Fort Hood's medical facility, said that Hasan had a reputation for telling his patients …
John Derbyshire / The Corner on National Review Online:
Innumerate Al — By: John Derbyshire  —  Al Gore on Conan O'Brien's show the other day: … [Me] The geothermal gradient is usually quoted as 25-50 degrees Celsius per mile of depth in normal terrain (not, e.g., in the crater of Kilauea).  Two kilometers down, therefore …
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Al Qaeda's Civil Liberties Union  —  A look at the other terrorists embraced by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's ACLU lawyers.  —  “I'll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer.”  —  That, according to former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, is what September 11 …
Discussion: Salon and TalkLeft
CBS News:
National Debt Now Tops $12 Trillion  —  Posted by Mark Knoller It's another record-high for the U.S. National Debt which today topped the $12-trillion mark.  Divided evenly among the U.S. population, it amounts to $38,974.34 for every man, woman and child.  —  Technically, the debt hit …
Washington Post:
Obama's China trip stands in stark contrast to those of past presidents  —  The U.S. tone toward Beijing is now much more conciliatory  —  BEIJING — President Obama has emerged from his first trip to China with no big breakthroughs on important issues, such as Iran's nuclear program or China's currency.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Spending Trends in Afghanistan  —  Something that I think gets underplayed in coverage of the Afghanistan debate is the extent to which our commitment to Afghanistan has already escalated substantially in the recent past.  In his recent report for the Carnegie Endowment …
Edward Mason / Boston Herald:
Union blocks teacher bonuses  —  Grinchlike union bosses are blocking at least 200 of Boston's best teachers from pocketing bonuses for their classroom heroics in a puzzling move that gets a failing grade from education experts.  —  The Boston Teachers Union staunchly opposes a performance bonus plan …
Sarah Childress / Wall Street Journal:
Maersk Alabama Evades Second Pirate Attack  —  NAIROBI, Kenya — The Maersk Alabama, the American-flagged ship captured briefly by pirates in April, came under fire again early Tuesday morning off Somalia's coast, but evaded the attackers.  —  Four men in a skiff sped within 300 yards of the container ship …
Daily Mail:
How Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine tried to take Christ out of Christmas  —  Nazi Germany celebrated Christmas without Christ with the help of swastika tree baubles, ‘Germanic’ cookies and a host of manufactured traditions, a new exhibition has shown.  —  The way the celebration …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's BLOG and Gawker
 
 
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Jim Michaels / USA Today:
In Afghanistan, galloping to get one's goat
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