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9:25 AM ET, November 24, 2009


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to address nation next week  —  President Obama is expected to announce his Afghanistan policy with an address to the nation next Tuesday, Dec. 1, likely in prime time, officials told POLITICO.  —  Obama held his ninth formal Afghanistan strategy session in the Situation Room on Monday night.
CNN Poll: Americans divided over troop buildup in Afghanistan
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
Barack Obama to host first state dinner in huge tent
Andrew Bolt:
Even Monbiot says the science now needs “reanalyising”  —  Even George Monbiot, one of the fiercest media propagandists of the warming faith, admits he should have been more sceptical and says the science now needs to be rechecked: … Sure, Monbiot claims the fudging of what he extremely optimistically puts …
George Monbiot / Guardian:
Global warming rigged?  Here's the email I'd need to see  —  The leaked exchanges are disturbing, but it would take a conspiracy of a very different order to justify sceptics' claims  —  It's no use pretending this isn't a major blow.  The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit …
George Monbiot /
The Knights Carbonic  —  The conspiracy which proves that manmade global warming is a scam  —  It's no use pretending that this isn't a major blow.  The emails extracted by a hacker from the climatic research unit at the University of East Anglia could scarcely be more damaging(1).
David Aaronovitch / Times of London:
Strip away the figleaf and reveal naysayers
Wall Street Journal:
1 in 4 Borrowers Under Water  —  The proportion of U.S. homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than the properties are worth has swelled to about 23%, threatening prospects for a sustained housing recovery.  —  Nearly 10.7 million households had negative equity in their homes in the third quarter …
Wall Street Journal:
Lieberman Digs In on Public Option  —  Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: “I'm going to be stubborn on this.”  —  Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a …
The Huffington Post:
Dean: Dems ‘In Deep Trouble’ On Health Care, The Only Options Are A Bad Bill Or 2010 Losses  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  One of the leading progressive champions of health care reform is pessimistic about the state of the debate in the Senate, saying he sees virtually no path …
Associated Press:
Schumer says health bill will pass
Discussion: Firedoglake
Matthew Dowd / Washington Post:
Yes, she can: Palin has a shot at the presidency  —  How Sarah Palin might win the White House  —  President Sarah Palin.  To many pundits and late-night comedians, this sounds like a punch line, and to many die-hard Democrats it sounds like a reason to leave the country.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC loses communications director, Castellanos signs on  —  Update 6:03 p.m.: Alex Castellanos, a Republican media consultant, will take over as a senior communications adviser to RNC Chairman Michael Steele, according to a source familiar with the move.  The announcement of Castellanos' role comes hours …
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
G.O.P. Considers ‘Purity’ Resolution for Candidates
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Dobbs mulls White House bid  —  Former CNN host Lou Dobbs fueled already rampant speculation about his political future Monday, sending the clearest signals yet that he's mulling a bid for president—and leaving third-party political operatives salivating over the possibility of a celebrity recruit for the 2012 campaign.
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Fox's Fuzzy Math: 193 Percent Of The Public Support Palin, Huckabee, And Romney  —  Reporting on the latest Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll last night on Fox News' local Chicago affiliate, anchor Byron Harlan employed some funny math in asserting that Sarah Palin is leading the pack for the GOP nomination in 2012:
Discussion: Raw Story and Wonkette
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney's Drop  —  Mitt Romney is considerably less popular …
Discussion: Hot Air, TPMDC and New York Times
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Right and Left Join to Take On U.S. Over Criminal Justice  —  WASHINGTON — In the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide at least a half-dozen cases about the rights of people accused of crimes involving drugs, sex and corruption.  Civil liberties groups and associations …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Beware the Result of Outrage  —  The biggest news story of last week?  —  O.K., maybe it was Oprah Winfrey announcing she was going to call it quits with her daytime show in 2011.  —  But it's a close call.  Though Oprah sucked up a lot of the media oxygen, last Thursday was an important …
David Malitz / Post Rock:
Jennifer Hudson to sing at White House state dinner  —  Soul singer and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson has been confirmed to perform at the White House state dinner Tuesday evening, according to a representative at the singer's label, Arista Records.  —  Amid the glitz and glamour …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Values Question  —  It's easy to get lost in the weeds when talking about health care reform.  But, like all great public issues, the health care debate is fundamentally a debate about values.  It's a debate about what kind of country we want America to be.
Christopher Monckton / Pajamas Media:
Viscount Monckton on Climategate: ‘They Are Criminals’ (PJM Exclusive)  —  The man who challenged Al Gore to a debate is furious about the content of the leaked CRU emails — and says why you should be, too.  —  This is what they did — these climate “scientists” on whose unsupported word …
Andrew Bolt /
The global warming conspiracy - news spreads
John Cook / Gawker:
Katie Couric's Forbidden Dance of Gin  —  When CBS News anchor Katie Couric isn't asking Sarah Palin gotcha questions, she's doin' Da Butt, or the Lambada, or whatever white ladies do when the Black Eyed Peas are on the sound system.  More unbelievable images after the jump.
Jeremy Scahill / The Nation:
Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan  —  At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations …
Derrick Roach / Big Government:
BREAKING: San Diego ACORN Document Dump Scandal  —  On October 1st, 2009 California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced that an investigation had been opened into ACORN's activities in California, resulting from undercover videos showing employees seemingly offering to assist …
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
ACORN Scandal, Part 2: The Evidentiary Phase
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Will The Unemployment Disaster Be Obama's Katrina?  —  There's a Category 5 storm about to make landfall, and the president and the officials in charge of preparing for the approaching disaster don't seem to be particularly worried.  Sound familiar?  —  Just as Katrina exposed critical weaknesses …
Daniel Kruger / Bloomberg:
Pimco's Gross Increases Government Debt to Most in Five Years  —  Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) — Bill Gross, who runs the world's biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co., increased his holdings of government-related debt to 63 percent, the highest proportion since July 2004.
Discussion: Clusterstock
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Democrats Damned If They Do; Damnder If They Don't
Discussion: Free exchange
Alan Travis / Guardian:
Police arresting people to get DNA, inquiry claims
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The Republican Elites Versus The Grassroots
Discussion: Wizbang
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Lighter Skin, More Like Me  —  A dart in the evolving science …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
James K. Galbraith / The Huffington Post:
Old Mistakes Die Hard
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Tom Watson
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Obey Calls for War Tax
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Top of the Ticket