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2:25 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 …
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.
New York Times:
Democrats Press Ahead on Debate Before Health Vote
Discussion: Prescriptions
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
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  —  Welcome Instapundit readers!  Hope this is useful for you.  —  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.
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
Fox News:
‘Factor’ Debut, Part 2: Sarah Palin Discusses Obama, Iran, Afghanistan  —  This is a RUSH transcript from “The O'Reilly Factor,” November 20, 2009.  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.  —  Watch “The O'Reilly Factor” weeknights at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET!
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and American Power
Bella DePaulo / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin and Her Lies (And Her Fans Who Attack Her Critics)
Discussion: American Power and
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Surprise: Many San Francisco booksellers refusing to carry Palin's book; Update: Palin apologizes to those whose books weren't signed  —  Don't jump to conclusions.  It's not that the retailers are closed-minded.  It's their customers who are closed-minded.  —  Well, okay.
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Michael J. Totten / Commentary:
A Third Lebanon War Could Be Much Worse than the Second
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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David Beamer / Wall Street Journal:
Eric Holder's Baffling KSM Decision
Discussion: Commentary and
Curtis S. Dubay / Heritage Foundation:
Taxes Proposed to Pay for Health Care Reform
Ralph Atkins / Financial Times:
Germany warns US on market bubbles
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
Ex-U.S. official and wife admit 30 years of spying for Cuba
Discussion: Althouse
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
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The Real Price of Trying KSM
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