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8:35 AM ET, November 23, 2009


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Focus on G.O.P. Senators From Maine  —  WASHINGTON — Anxious that Saturday's party-line Senate vote to open debate on a health care overhaul gives them little maneuvering room, Obama administration officials and their Congressional allies are stepping up overtures to select Senate Republicans …
The Politico:
How health care reform could fall apart
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
Patient trapped in a 23-year ‘coma’ was conscious all along  —  A man thought by doctors to be in a vegetative state for 23 years was actually conscious the whole time, it was revealed last night.  —  Student Rom Houben was misdiagnosed after a car crash left him totally paralysed.
Discussion: Althouse and BLACKFIVE
Financial Times:
Microsoft and News Corp eye web pact  —  By Matthew Garrahan in Los Angeles, Richard Waters in San Francisco and Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York  —  Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company's being paid to “de-index” …
Nigel Lawson / Times of London:
Copenhagen will fail - and quite right too  —  Even if the science was reliable (which it isn't), we should not force the world's poorest countries to cut carbon emissions  —  Exactly a fortnight from today, the United Nations climate change conference opens in Copenhagen.
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Wave of Debt Payments Facing U.S. Government  —  WASHINGTON — The United States government is financing its more than trillion-dollar-a-year borrowing with i.o.u.'s on terms that seem too good to be true.  —  But that happy situation, aided by ultralow interest rates, may not last much longer.
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Forecast for Dem primaries: Ugly  —  Republicans aren't the only ones staring at the unnerving prospect of a 2010 primary season filled with smash-mouth intraparty contests that threaten to distract the party and leave Senate nominees bloodied and cash-depleted.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
They Chose Celebrity  —  Before the 2008 election, almost nobody outside Alaska and Arkansas had heard of Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee.  But in a long and crowded campaign season, they were the only Republican politicians who inspired any genuine enthusiasm.  —  They had other things in common as well.
Ed Driscoll / Pajamas Media:
All The News That's Fit To Bury  —  Seeing as they each impact key pillars of what today passes for liberalism, there seems to be more than a few connections between the recent ACORN stings by Giles, O'Keefe and Breitbart, and the recent hacking of the emails of the University …
Fox News:
Lawyer: 9/11 Defendants Will Tell Jury ‘Why They Did It’  —  NEW YORK — The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Phantom Menace  —  A funny thing happened on the way to a new New Deal.  A year ago, the only thing we had to fear was fear itself; today, the reigning doctrine in Washington appears to be “Be afraid.  Be very afraid.”  —  What happened?  To be sure, “centrists” in the Senate have hobbled efforts to rescue the economy.
Noel Sheppard /
Chris Matthews Shocker: Obama Making ‘Carteresque’ Mistakes  —  Chris Matthews appears to have lost that loving feeling for Barack Obama.  —  On “The Chris Matthews Show” Sunday, the once smitten MSNBCer called some of Obama's recent mistakes “Carteresque”:
The Politico:
The White House's climate conundrum  —  Health care reform remains the focal point of legislative policymaking in Washington.  And that may not change for a while.  Nobody thought the current debate would be easy or fast.  But everyone agrees it has extracted nearly all the oxygen out of the Capitol and taken longer than expected.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Major Hasan and Holy War
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Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iran stages war games as West's nuclear offer remains on table
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Support for legalizing marijuana gaining ground rapidly
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Robert J. Samuelson on the health bill's burdens for the young
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Papers reveal No 10 cover-up over Iraq
Discussion: Telegraph and Informed Comment
Jonathan Spyer / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Virtual diplomacy, real damage
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
White House Pushes Science and Math Education
Discussion: The Page
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Iowa GOP likes Palin, but most Iowans have doubts
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 Earlier Items: 
Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
‘Purity’ may cost the GOP
Discussion: The Other McCain
Boston Globe:
Coakley leads, but electorate unsettled
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Freshman Dem: Passing health care reform worth losing my seat
Discussion: MyDD