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12:25 PM ET, November 21, 2009


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Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Hackers steal electronic data from top climate research center  —  Scientists' e-mails deriding skeptics of warming become public  —  Hackers broke into the electronic files of one of the world's foremost climate research centers this week and posted an array of e-mails in which prominent scientists engaged …
Andrew C. Revkin / New York Times:
Hacked E-Mails Fuel Climate Change Skeptics  —  Hundreds of private e-mails and documents hacked from a computer server at a British university are causing a stir among global warming skeptics, who say they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change.
James Delingpole /
Climategate: how the MSM reported the greatest scandal in modern science  —  Here's what the Times has had to say on the subject: … (Yep - definitely an improvement on their earlier, non-existent coverage; but not exactly pointing up the scandalousness of this scandal).  —  And the Independent:
Bishop Hill:
Climate cuttings 33  —  General reaction seems to be that the CRUgate emails are genuine, but with the caveat that there could be some less reliable stuff slipped in.  —  In the circumstances, here are some summaries of the CRUgate files.  I'll update these as and when I can.  The refs are the email number.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
David Broder: Fears of health-reform cost are justifiable  —  It's simply not true that America is ambivalent about everything when it comes to the Obama health plan.  —  The day after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) gave its qualified blessing to the version of health reform produced …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Reid: Opposition to health procedural vote is ‘Orwellian’  —  Opponents of today's motion to proceed on healthcare legislation who are pressuring others to vote no are practicing “Orwellian” tactics, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today.
Discussion: The Hill
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Crapo: Read the Senate health bill yourself  —  On the day of the Senate's first vote on healthcare reform legislation, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) used the GOP's weekly address to urge people to read the 2,074-page bill before forming an opinion.  —  “Read the bill” has become a Republican rallying cry throughout the healthcare debate.
Discussion: The Swamp
Chris Frates / The Politico:
What to watch for in today's debate  —  Two Saturdays ago, Pelosi passed health reform on a squeaker of a House vote.  Today, Reid can't spare a single Democrat as the Senate decides whether to start debate.  If not, President Barack Obama's reform hopes suffer immeasurable harm.
New York Times:
New Consensus Sees Stimulus Package as Worthy Step  —  WASHINGTON — Now that unemployment has topped 10 percent, some liberal-leaning economists see confirmation of their warnings that the $787 billion stimulus package President Obama signed into law last February was way too small.
Anthony Dick / The Corner on National Review Online:
Whiny Spoiled Brats — By: Anthony Dick  —  The University of California system took some predictable steps to tighten its belt this week in the face of the state budget crisis, cutting some services and boosting student tuition.  Equally predictably, students across the state have responded …
Discussion: TigerHawk and Riehl World View
Bella DePaulo / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin and Her Lies (And Her Fans Who Attack Her Critics)  —  I've been blogging since June of 2006 and have not avoided controversial issues or people.  But something I recently posted at Psychology Today, “Sarah Palin's Lies” (now posted in full below), elicited more vitriolic comments …
Daily Mail:
It's Barbie in a burkha: World-famous doll gets a makeover to go under the hammer for 50th anniversary  —  One of the world's most famous children's toys, Barbie, has been given a makeover - wearing a burkha.  —  Wearing the traditional Islamic dress, the iconic doll is going undercover …
James Fallows:
Manufactured failure #2: the press, Obama, Asia  —  It's not just me.  Two colleagues with different perspectives — from each other's, and sometimes from my own — marvel at how badly the mainstream American press distorted the picture of what happened during Barack Obama's just-ended tour of Asia.
North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan Trails in Potential 2010 Senate Match-up  —  Opposition to Healthcare Legislation More Than Double Support among North Dakota Likely Voters  —  UTICA, New York - In a potential 2010 election match-up Republican Governor John Hoeven leads Democratic Senator Byron Dorgan 55% to 36% with 9% undecided.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Obama talks jobs, not healthcare, from Asia  —  President Barack Obama on Saturday pledged a “relentless” approach to the U.S. economic recovery, claiming progress during his Asian trip in opening up foreign markets to American goods.  —  Obama tackled the sputtering economy …
Discussion: The Swamp and QandO
David Beamer / Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision  —  The attorney general's Senate testimony this week did nothing to reassure the families of 9/11's victims.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to question Attorney General Eric Holder about his decision …
Discussion: and Commentary
Steve Rubenstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
Bay Area not maverick enough to read Palin book  —  It might as well have cooties.  Hardly anyone wants to touch the thing, or even get close to it.  —  The new autobiography by moose hunter and failed vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is harder to find in the Bay Area than a hockey mom.
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Ex-U.S. official and wife admit 30 years of spying for Cuba  —  Plea deal reached for couple recruited by intelligence operative  —  A former State Department official and his wife admitted in federal court Friday that they spied for Cuba over the past three decades, receiving coded instructions …
Discussion: Althouse
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Small Town To Liz Cheney: We Want Gitmo Detainees, Not Your Fearmongering  —  Officials in a small Michigan town featured in a new video about Guantanamo by Liz Cheney's national security group want her to know that they're not falling for her “fearmongering” — and tell us they want Gitmo detainees in their town.
Brian Angliss / Scholars and Rogues:
Climategate?  Not likely.  —  In case you were unaware, hackers got into the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) servers and published hundreds to thousands of documents and private communications from CRU climate scientists that pertain to climate disruption.
The CRU hack  —  As many of you will be aware, a large number …
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