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3:05 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 …
BBC:
UK climate unit's e-mails hacked  —  The e-mail system of one the world's leading climate research units has been breached by hackers.  —  E-mails reportedly from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU), including personal exchanges, appeared on the internet on Thursday.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Guardian:
Climate sceptics seize upon leaked emails
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Hit & Run:
Hadley Climate Research Unit Centre for Climate Prediction …
Discussion: Classical Values
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Vitter predicts Reid will get exactly 60 votes on first health test  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will get exactly the 60 votes he needs to pass healthcare reform legislation through its first test tomorrow, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said Friday.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
UPDATED Durbin: Reid knows how Lincoln will vote
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Durbin walks back comments about Lincoln's vote
Discussion: TPMDC
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate health vote set for Saturday night
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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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.
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:
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
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.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
It's [Still] The Economy, Dumbass
Discussion: Hot Air, Clusterstock, marbury and Open Left
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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Paul Krugman:
Interest rates: the phantom menace  —  From various bat squeaks I've put together a view of what I think lies behind the surprising — and damaging — deficit squeamishness of the Obama administration.  So here's what I think they're thinking — and why it's wrong-headed.  (Fairly wonkish stuff after the jump).
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Michael Mackenzie / Financial Times:
Short-term US interest rates turn negative
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Report: ACORN got $200,000 in Justice Department funds  —  ACORN and its affiliates received $200,000 in Justice Department grants between 2002 and 2009, according to a report issued Friday by the department's inspector general.  —  No DOJ grants went directly to ACORN …
Discussion: Big Government and Michelle Malkin
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.
 
 
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Bruce Bartlett / Forbes:
Republican Deficit Hypocrisy
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Ezra Klein
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Michael Gerson on Obama's dysfunctional decision making
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CNN:
Former GOP camps weigh in on 2012 primary calendar
Discussion: GOP 12
Time:
The Fall of Greg Craig
Ezra Klein:
Mammograms and leeches  —  With the Senate health bill dropping …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Congressional Report: Rhee did ‘damage control’ …
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Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Breaking the no middle class tax increase pledge (again)
Discussion: The Foundry
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Snowe Job: Was Reid's Merged Health Bill Written to Please Maine Senator?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: GOP leaders hesitate to embrace Palin
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Eye on 2010
Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Holders Miffed at Bonuses
Washington Post:
Obama faces congressional anger about economy
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Geithner Got Right