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2:25 PM ET, November 20, 2009

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Watts Up With That?:
Breaking News Story: CRU has apparently been hacked - hundreds of files released  —  UPDATE: Response from CRU in interview with another website, see end of this post.  —  The details on this are still sketchy, we'll probably never know what went on.  But it appears that University …
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blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of ‘Anthropogenic Global Warming’?  —  If you own any shares in alternative energy companies I should start dumping them NOW.  The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Do hacked e-mails show global-warming fraud?  —  Controversy has exploded onto the Internet after a major global-warming advocacy center in the UK had its e-mail system hacked and the data published on line.  The director of the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit confirmed …
Andrew Bolt:
Hadley hacked: warmist conspiracy exposed?  —  8.15 PM UPDATE: The Hadley CRU director admits the emails seem to be genuine: … So the 1079 emails and 72 documents seem indeed evidence of a scandal involving most of the most prominent scientists pushing the man-made warming theory …
Discussion: Biased BBC and The Strata-Sphere
Guardian:   Climate sceptics seize upon leaked emails
BBC:
UK climate unit's e-mails hacked
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Iwishart / TBR.cc:   HadleyCRU says leaked data is real
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arizona Senate GOP Primary  —  2010 Arizona GOP Primary: McCain 45%, Hayworth 43%  —  Senator John McCain's future in the U.S. Senate may be a little less assured than previously thought.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely 2010 Republican Primary voters …
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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
How Palin Will Help McCain  —  The new Rasmussen poll for the 2010 Arizona GOP Primary—John McCain 45%, J. D. Hayworth 43%—will generate a fair amount of buzz.  But August is a long way away, and I assume that when McCain gets back to Arizona and campaigns, he'll pull it out.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eunomia
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   McCain Vulnerable to Challenge from the Right
Publius / Big Government:
Breitbart to AG Holder: Investigate ACORN or We'll Release More Tapes Just Before 2010 Election  —  Earlier tonight Andrew Breitbart, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles discussed the final chapter of the ACORN L.A. saga on “Hannity,” but more interestingly, Breitbart disclosed where the story goes from here.
Discussion: Moe Lane and Stop The ACLU
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Patterico's Pontifications:
L.A. Times Columnist Uncritically Quoted Star of Latest ACORN Video  —  In September, L.A. Times columnist James Rainey wrote a column in which he uncritically quoted ACORN worker Lavelle Stewart suggesting that she had turned Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe out of her office:
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Charles Krauthammer on the perverse logic of Attorney General Eric Holder  —  F or late-19th-century anarchists, terrorism was the “propaganda of the deed.”  And the most successful propaganda-by-deed in history was 9/11 — not just the most destructive, but the most spectacular and telegenic.
Washington Post:
Holder's decision on Mohammed trial defended  —  Reasonable minds can disagree about Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to prosecute Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other alleged Sept. 11 perpetrators in a Manhattan federal court.  But some prominent criticisms are exaggerated …
SoccerSeal / Red, White & Conservative:
The Day I Met Sarah Palin...and the Liberal Media  —  Where on earth do I begin?  This all started as me, a young 17 year old American going to see a woman I admire and turned into this crazy event hah I'll start at the very beginning.  —  My dad and I arrived at the Barnes and Noble at 11 pmTuesday evening.
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Blame for recession shifting from GOP to Democrats  —  Washington (CNN) - Nearly two years into the recession, opinion about which political party is responsible for the severe economic downturn is shifting, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE MAJORITY IS MISGUIDED.... A new CNN poll shows …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Bloomberg:
Louisiana's Landrieu Wins U.S. Aid as Senate Health Vote Looms  —  Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, one of three lawmakers being wooed by Senate Democratic leaders to back health-care legislation, won the inclusion of an extra $100 million in federal aid for low-income people in her state.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval Down to 49%  —  President becomes fourth fastest to slip below the majority approval level  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The latest Gallup Daily tracking results show 49% of Americans approving of the job Barack Obama is doing as president, putting him below the majority approval level for the first time in his presidency.
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR Blogs
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Washington Post:
Obama faces congressional anger about economy  —  House Republicans call on Geithner to resign  —  Growing discontent over the economy and frustration with efforts to speed its recovery boiled over Thursday on Capitol Hill in a wave of criticism and outright anger directed at the Obama administration.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Big Squander  —  Earlier this week, the inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, a k a, the bank bailout fund, released his report on the 2008 rescue of the American International Group, the insurer.  The gist of the report is that government officials made no serious attempt …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea partiers turn on each other  —  After emerging out of nowhere over the summer as a seemingly potent and growing political force, the tea party movement has become embroiled in internal feuding over philosophy, strategy and money and is at risk of losing its momentum.
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
Utah lawmaker claims he doesn't ‘mind’ gays, but 'I don't want ‘em stuffing it down my throat all the time.’  —  Earlier this month, the Church of Latter Day Saints made headlines when it threw its support behind a measure in Salt Lake City that barred “landlords and employers from discriminating based …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
With F.H.A. Help, Easy Loans in Expensive Areas  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In January, Mike Rowland was so broke that he had to raid his retirement savings to move here from Boston.  —  A week ago, he and a couple of buddies bought a two-unit apartment building for nearly a million dollars.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Congressional Report: Rhee did ‘damage control’ after sex charges against fiance Kevin Johnson  —  A congressional investigation of the volunteer organization AmeriCorps contains charges that D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee handled “damage control” after allegations of sexual misconduct …
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Geithner Got Right  —  It's amazing to go back and read what people were saying about Timothy Geithner in the spring.  Many people said he looked terrified as the Treasury secretary, like Bambi in the headlights.  The New Republic ran an essay called “The Geithner Disaster.”
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Christian Leaders Unite on Political Issues  —  Citing the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to civil disobedience, 145 evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders have signed a declaration saying they will not cooperate with laws that they say could be used to compel …
CNN:
Former GOP camps weigh in on 2012 primary calendar  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Representatives from some of the top 2008 GOP presidential campaigns gathered in Washington, D.C. Thursday to urge the Republican National Committee to lock in a 2012 primary calendar as early as possible to avoid …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Ben Smith's Blog
 
 
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Short-term US interest rates turn negative
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Breaking the no middle class tax increase pledge (again)
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Paul Kane / Capitol Briefing:
Senate ethics committee admonishes Burris
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate health vote set for Saturday night
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Snowe Job: Was Reid's Merged Health Bill Written to Please Maine Senator?
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Goldman Holders Miffed at Bonuses
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