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10:50 AM 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.
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
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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Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Should We Laugh? Cry? Both?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 a male Democrat genius.  —  But Sarah Palin's poll numbers are strengthening.  —  And Barack Obama's are sliding.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: State Republicans like what they see in Sarah Palin
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
They Chose Celebrity
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: TPMDC and Eye on 2010
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Dennis Moore retires
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 …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
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”:
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Alexei Barrionuevo / New York Times:
Brazil Elbows U.S. on the Diplomatic Stage  —  BRASÍLIA — Brazil's ambitions to be a more important player on the global diplomatic stage are crashing headlong into the efforts of the United States and other Western powers to rein in Iran's nuclear arms program.
Discussion: The Page
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Isabel Vincent / New York Post:
Schools' Iran $$ pipeline
Jonathan Spyer / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Virtual diplomacy, real damage
Discussion: Power Line and Israel Matzav
Steve Schippert / ThreatsWatch:
ThreatsWatch.Org - RapidRecon: Whispers of Surrender in Afghanistan?  —  It comes to our attention that the MEMRI Blog highlights an article from the Saudi _al-Watan_ in Arabic that - according to an Afghan source - the United States is talking to the Taliban seeking to trade control …
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:   In 3 Tacks for Afghan War, a Game of Trade-Offs
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” …
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.
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.
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Sewers at Capacity, Waste Poisons Waterways  —  It was drizzling lightly in late October when the midnight shift started at the Owls Head Water Pollution Control Plant, where much of Brooklyn's sewage is treated.  —  A few miles away, people were walking home without umbrellas from late dinners.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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.
 
 
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