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1:55 PM ET, November 21, 2009

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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 …
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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 Politico and 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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Reid: Opposition to health procedural vote is ‘Orwellian’
Discussion: The Hill
Ed Hornick / CNN:
What to expect in Senate's health care vote
Discussion: Breitbart.tv
James Delingpole / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
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:
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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 …
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.
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 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.
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.
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 …
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Semi-liveblog Of The Debate To Allow Debate To Begin In The Senate  —  It is important to remember that this is not the debate about the Senate health care bill, the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  This is a debate about whether to allow the bill to come to the floor where it can be debated and amended.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Michelle Goldberg Gets It  —  The lies of Sarah Palin are different from any other politicians'.  They are different because they assert things that are demonstrably, empirically untrue; and they are different because once they have been deonstrated to the entire world that they are untrue …
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
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: Townhall.com and Commentary
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
Zogby:
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.
Viola Gienger / Bloomberg:
High-Income Tax May Be Needed for Afghan War Cost, Levin Says  —  Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) — Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said higher-income Americans should be taxed to pay for additional troops sent to Afghanistan and that NATO should provide half of the new soldiers.
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.
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Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
A Third Lebanon War Could Be Much Worse than the Second
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Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Germany warns US on market bubbles
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Obama talks jobs, not healthcare, from Asia
Discussion: The Swamp and QandO
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EXCLUSIVE: Taliban chief hides in Pakistan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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