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5:00 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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James Fallows:
Manufactured failure #5: views from China  —  I won't go on in this vein forever (previously #1, #2, #3, #4), but the topic is important enough to bear a little more elaboration, IMHO.  Part of the importance: there is no country with whom America's interactions are more consequential, or perpetually more complicated, than China.
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 Barack Obama's are sliding.
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Thomas Beaumont / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: State Republicans like what they see in Sarah Palin
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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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?
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 …
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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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Dobbs: 2012 presidential run not “crazy” UPDATE
Discussion: Politics Daily and Hot Air
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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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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?
Discussion: msnbc.com
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
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 …
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works:
Transcript From Inhofe Radio Interview  —  Senator Inhofe: This is a huge issue and of course we have the Gitmo issue and we have the, of course, cap-and-trade is now taking a new turn.  Jed, if I could...  Jed Babbin: Yeah.  —  Senator Inhofe: Would you let me make one sentence?  —  Jed Babbin: Please.
Discussion: Hot Air and Gateway Pundit
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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.
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Hit & Run
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
BCS hires Fleischer  —  The college football Bowl Championship Series has hired Ari Fleischer, the former press secretary to President George W. Bush, to help improve its image.  —  The BCS, which combines polls and computer data to select a national championship game …
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.
 
 
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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
Megan McArdle:
AIG Pay, Again
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Brokelyn:
Exclusive! The REAL reason Obama Fried Chicken was erased from MTV
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Cheney: Holder Wants “Show Trial” for KSM
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Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
Lord Lawson calls for public inquiry into UEA global warming data ‘manipulation’
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