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5:50 PM ET, November 23, 2009

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Gabor Steingart / Spiegel Online:
Obama's Nice Guy Act Gets Him Nowhere on the World Stage  —  When he entered office, US President Barack Obama promised to inject US foreign policy with a new tone of respect and diplomacy.  His recent trip to Asia, however, showed that it's not working.  A shift to Bush-style bluntness may be coming.
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
RNC weighing new message strategy in 2010  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Monday hinted his party was assembling a set of guiding political principles in time for the 2010 election.  —  {mosads}While Steele cautioned this morning it would not be a …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
RNC loses communications director Trevor Francis  —  Trevor Francis, the communications director at the Republican National Committee, is leaving his post, an odd mid-cycle departure that suggests some level of turmoil within the GOP's chief campaign committee.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and TPMDC
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
G.O.P. Considers ‘Purity’ Resolution for Candidates
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Joe. My. God.
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
A GOP purity test?
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Sarah Palin vs. Barack Obama: The approval gap silently shrinks to a few points  —  Not that it matters politically because obviously she's a female Republican dunce and he's obviously a male Democrat genius.  —  But Sarah Palin's poll numbers are strengthening.  —  And President Obama's are sliding.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Why I Remain Bullish On Obama  —  He's taking the usual slew of tactical hits as his opponents try every single line of attack and pound every day, squeezing every ounce of agitprop from the news cycle.  His numbers are gliding downward (although not by much), his foreign policy gains …
Discussion: marbury
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Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Quote of the Day: Are the Old and New Media Missing it on Barack Obama?  —  Our political Quote of the Day comes from MSNBC's First Read's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Ali Weinberg who raise the issue of whether the new and old media (put them together and you get the genereal …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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 …
Matt Dornic / FishBowlDC:
Fox News Management Fed Up by Mistakes  —  After a few footage mishaps at Fox News like their recent slip-up: “Fox News Uses Old Palin Footage,” the higher ups at the network have had enough.  —  In an email obtained by FishbowlDC, FNC management alerted the Newsroom that they were going to a …
Ezra Klein:
Hostage situation in the United States Senate … That's Steve Benen, describing the dynamic in the Senate.  As I've said before, I think a lot of folks imagine this as a negotiation, in which both sides want to get to yes, and so everyone is involved in a complex game to signal their comfort …
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Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Dem Threatens War Surtax if Obama Commits More Afghan.  Troops  —  Rep. Obey Warns President Obama He Will Ask Taxpayers to Pay for War, Should More Troops Be Sent  —  The powerful chairman of the House Appropriations Committee has a stark message for President Obama about Afghanistan …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Obey Calls for War Tax
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Texas Politics:
Schieffer out, Bill White in Texas governor's race  —  Houston Mayor Bill White is declining to comment on whether he is entering the governor's upon the exit of Fort Worth businessman Tom Schieffer.  —  White told Bradley Olson his campaign will put out an announcement …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
TX-Gov: Schieffer Out, White (Likely) In
Michelle Malkin:
The indelible whiteness of MSNBC  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews, MSNBC reporter Norah O'Donnell, and MSNBC guest Joan Walsh shamelessly played the race card against Sarah Palin and her book-buying audience last week.  —  In Michigan, O'Donnell smugly noted that Palin's fans were “largely white — almost no minorities in this crowd.”
Discussion: American Power
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New documents: White House scrambled to justify AmeriCorps firing after the fact  —  Just hours after Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa released a report Friday on their investigation into the abrupt firing of AmeriCorps inspector general Gerald Walpin, the Obama White House gave …
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Inhofe to call for hearing into CRU, U.N. climate change research  —  The publication of more than 1,000 private e-mails that climate change skeptics say proves the threat is exaggerated has prompted one key Republican senator to call for an investigation into their research.
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U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:
Transcript From Inhofe Radio Interview
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Democrats Step Up Push for Votes on Health Care  —  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 …
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Marist Poll:
11/23: Gillibrand Approval Rating Stagnates  —  Ten months after Kirsten Gillibrand was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor David Paterson, the junior senator from New York has failed to become a household name among registered voters in New York State.
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.
Steve Kraske / Kansas City Star:
Dennis Moore won't seek re-election  —  U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat who confounded the GOP by winning six consecutive elections in a heavily Republican district, will not seek re-election next year, key Democrats said Sunday.  —  Moore, who represented Johnson, Wyandotte and a portion …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:
Support for legalizing marijuana gaining ground rapidly  —  Approval for medical use expands alongside criticism of prohibition  —  The same day they rejected a gay marriage ballot measure, residents of Maine voted overwhelmingly to allow the sale of medical marijuana over the counter at state-licensed dispensaries.
Kristen McQueary / The SouthtownStar:
Low Tea Party moment symbolic of muddy week  —  As a journalist covering Chicago politics, verifying information is like climbing a mountain of sand.  With each step you take, the deeper you sink.  —  Last week while researching claims from a local Tea Party activist …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Hampton dishes more on Ensign  —  Doug Hampton, the husband of Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign's ex-mistress, alleges that the senator threw the couple a goodbye party after firing them both in early 2008, while Ensign's affair with Cindy Hampton was still going on.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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ABCNEWS:   Fmr. Staffer on Ensign's Affair With His Wife
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Ex-CNN anchor Lou Dobbs is considering running for president in 2012  —  Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs has never been elected to any government office, but he said Monday he's considering a run for the White House in 2012.  —  During an interview on WTOP radio in Washington …
 
 
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James Warren / New York Times:
At Work in Washington, at Home in Manny's Deli
Discussion: The Hill
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House says no announcement on Afghan troop surge to come this week
Discussion: The Politico
Charles Franklin / Pollster.com:
Articles and Analysis  —  A quick look at Obama trends with independents.
Adam Smith / The Buzz:
Could Crist run for re-election, rather than Senate?
Discussion: The Hill, Weekly Standard and TPMDC
Louise Story / New York Times:
Executives Kept Wealth as Firms Failed, Study Says
Andy Barr / The Politico:
BCS hires Fleischer
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Megan McArdle:
AIG Pay, Again
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
Brokelyn:
Exclusive! The REAL reason Obama Fried Chicken was erased from MTV
Discussion: Politics Daily
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Cheney: Holder Wants “Show Trial” for KSM
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Lord Lawson calls for public inquiry into UEA global warming data ‘manipulation’
Allan Hall / Daily Mail:
Patient trapped in a 23-year ‘coma’ was conscious all along
Discussion: Althouse and BLACKFIVE