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10:05 AM ET, November 23, 2009

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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
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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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:   In 3 Tacks for Afghan War, a Game of Trade-Offs
Los Angeles Times:
Pricing an Afghanistan troop buildup is no simple calculation
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 …
Discussion: Eye on 2010
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Dennis Moore retires
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.
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” …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Public option at center of debate  —  Reid must find compromise to pass health-care bill  —  Democrats had little time to savor their weekend Senate health-care victory, as two of the lawmakers who voted to move the debate forward Saturday night indicated Sunday that they will not vote …
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CNN:
Health care debate tests political pragmatism
The Politico:
How health care reform could fall apart
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.
Discussion: Power Line and Clusterstock
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.
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.
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.
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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 …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Robert J. Samuelson on the health bill's burdens for the young  —  One of our long-running political stories is the economic assault on the young by the old.  We have become a society that invests in its past and disfavors the future.  This makes no sense for the nation, but as politics it makes complete sense.
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: The Confluence and Prairie Weather
 
 
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Mark DeCambre / New York Post:
Jamie Dimon seen as good fit for Treasury
Discussion: Think Progress
Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Schools' Iran $$ pipeline
Reuel Marc Gerecht / Wall Street Journal:
Major Hasan and Holy War
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
Discussion: Hit & Run
The Politico:
The White House's climate conundrum
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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
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Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
White House Pushes Science and Math Education
Discussion: The Page
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews Shocker: Obama Making ‘Carteresque’ Mistakes
Discussion: Commentary
Tom Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Iowa GOP likes Palin, but most Iowans have doubts
Discussion: GOP 12
Boston Globe:
Coakley leads, but electorate unsettled
Discussion: msnbc.com