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12:00 AM ET, November 25, 2009


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Rowan Scarborough / Fox News:
Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist  —  Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Three Navy SEALs court-martialed after giving most-wanted Iraqi terrorist a fat lip  —  Looks awful, but I'm suspicious that it's as bad as it seems given Fox's misleading headline: “Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist.”  That makes it sound like the act …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Bad Could Obama Screw Up and Still Beat Sarah Palin?  —  Although I'm fairly bullish on Sarah Palin's prospects of winning the Republican nomination, I also subscribe to the conventional wisdom that, were she to be the nominee, she would have an awfully tough time against Barack Obama in 2012.
Discussion: Rumproast
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to Obama: Acknowledge troops  —  Former Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin on Monday accused President Barack Obama of not acknowledging the sacrifices made by the men and women in the U.S. military.  —  “There's been a lack of acknowledgement by our president in understanding …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Slide Finds Whites Down to 39%  —  Support has declined much more among whites than among nonwhites  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Since the start of his presidency, U.S. President Barack Obama's approval rating has declined more among non-Hispanic whites than among nonwhites …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Inside the numbers: How Obama has fallen
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Matthew Dowd / Washington Post:
Yes, she can: Palin has a shot at the presidency
Troutfishyman / Bloomberg:
Congress May Probe Leaked Global Warming E-Mails  —  Posted by Declan McCullagh A few days after leaked e-mail messages appeared on the Internet, the U.S. Congress may probe whether prominent scientists who are advocates of global warming theories misrepresented the truth about climate change.
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Poll: More Americans growing skeptical of global warming  —  Majority of respondents still support legislation on emissions  —  The percentage of Americans who believe global warming is happening has dipped from 80 to 72 percent in the past year, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll …
Michelle Malkin:
When will the Left retract the Kentucky census worker case smear?  —  Reminder: This was the smear graphic spread on far Left blogs that accuses prominent conservatives of contributing to the death of Kentucky census worker Bill Sparkman.  Note the caption at the bottom: “He reaped what they sowed.”
Bill Estep / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Census worker killed himself, tried to make it look like homicide, officials say  —  FRANKFORT — A U.S. Census worker found dead in a secluded Clay County cemetery killed himself but tried to make the death look like a homicide, authorities have concluded.  —  Bill Sparkman, 51, of London …
Federal Eye:
Officials: Census worker hanged himself
Discussion: Hit & Run
New York Times:
Obama Says He Intends to ‘Finish the Job’ in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Tuesday that he was determined to “finish the job” in Afghanistan, and his aides signaled to allies that he would send as many as 25,000 to 30,000 additional troops there even as they cautioned that the final number remained in flux.
Bob Ainsworth criticises Barack Obama over Afghanistan
Discussion: Political Punch, Don Surber and Hot Air
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Obama's Afghanistan options fall into 3 strategies
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ezra Klein:
Obama's liberal predecessor  —  Matt Yglesias and Kevin Drum are chewing over the hefty bipartisan support Bush got for his various domestic initiatives.  The roll call is impressive: No Child Left Behind, the 2001 tax cut, the post-9/11 war resolution, Sarbanes-Oxley, McCain-Feingold …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and TigerHawk
FRONTLINE CORRESPONDENT LOWELL BERGMAN INVESTIGATES THE MASSIVE CONSUMER LOAN INDUSTRY  —  As credit card companies face rising public anger, new regulation from Washington and staggering new rates of default and bankruptcy, FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman investigates the future …
Editor and Publisher:
Have the Media ‘Falsely Framed’ ACORN?  —  (Commentary) A pimp and a prostitute walk into an office.  It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it wasn't for ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.  —  Until recently, ACORN, the largest community organizing group in the country …
Us Weekly:
EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie Not a Fan of Obama  —  Barack Obama does not have Angelina Jolie's seal of approval.  —  “She hates him,” a source close to the U.N. goodwill ambassador, 34, tells the new issue of Us Weekly (on newsstands now).  —  “She's into education and rehabilitation and thinks Obama is all about welfare and handouts.
The Huffington Post:
Mark Halperin's Mary Landrieu Photoshop: Pure Class  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  As many of you know, Mark Halperin is this babbling idiot whom Time magazine hired to cobble together this insipid web product called “The Page,” which is designed to scam people looking for trenchant …
Discussion: Mediaite and Weekly Standard
Robert MacMillan / Reuters:
Washington Post closing remaining U.S. bureaus  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Washington Post is closing its last U.S. bureaus outside the nation's capital as the money-losing newspaper retrenches to focus on politics and local news.  —  “At a time of limited resources and increased competitive pressure …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   WaPo shutters three bureaus
Lynn Sweet:
Obama State Dinner Official Food and Wine Menu  —  Place card at the Obama first state dinner (photo by Lynn Sweet)  —  Desert plate, Obama first state dinner (photo by Lynn Sweet)  —  Potato and Eggplant Salad  —  White House Argula with onion seed vinaigrette
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
“Hope Is Fading Fast”: A Devastating Take on The Iconic Obama Poster  —  A new offensive has been launched against President Obama, and if it catches on it may make as much noise as a Birther at a Town Hall.  It's the new “Hope Is Fading Fast” t-shirt from LA streetwear company Freshjive …
Discussion: American Power and Doug Ross
Howard Fineman /
Is Obama's star dimming as U.S. stock drops?  —  His celebrity is not enough to reverse an erosion of our global dominance  —  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India and President Barack Obama listen to the playing of the national anthems during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday in Washington.
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
Key coordinator of detainee policy quits  —  A key official in the Obama administration's effort to remake detention policy and close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay has resigned.  —  Phillip Carter, who was appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee policy in April …
Discussion: Invictus
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The 9/11 trial Clueless Moment of the Day
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Democrats push $150B stock tax on Wall Street
Steve Schippert / RapidRecon:
US Embassy Denies Secret Eikenberry Talks With Taliban
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
The State:
Impeachment panel wants detailed answers on Sanford's trip
Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
G.O.P. ‘Purity’ Test Could Trip Up Castle
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Hoffman concedes, again
Discussion: MyDD
CBS News:
Huckabee on Sarah Palin, Other GOP “Rock Stars”
Discussion: The Page
 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Filibuster is Bad  —  Every couple of weeks some right-winger …
Discussion: Donkeylicious
Joshua Green / Washington Monthly:
True Lies  —  The best recent memoir from Republican Washington is a hoax.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Could Wall Street Actually Lose in Congress?
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Felix Salmon
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Doc Maker, Moore Collaborator, Shopping Film on Bush's Murky Military Service
Paul Krugman:
Gee, that's De Pressing
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Agonist