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9:25 PM ET, November 24, 2009

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McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama plans to send 34,000 more troops to Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met Monday evening with his national security team to finalize a plan to dispatch some 34,000 additional U.S. troops over the next year to what he's called “a war of necessity” in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told McClatchy.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama makes a Ron Brownstein blog post mandatory reading for the West Wing — Heilemann/Halperin announce title — Fleischer's to defend BCS — Morrell b'day  —  BULLETIN: President Obama is expected to address the nation next TUESDAY (a week from today) on his new Afghanistan policy, likely in PRIME TIME, Playbook is told.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Inside the numbers: How Obama has fallen
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
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.”
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Bill Estep / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Census worker in Kentucky killed self, officials conclude
Discussion: Raw Story
Federal Eye:
Officials: Census worker hanged himself
Discussion: Hit & Run
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: The Daily Dish and Rumproast
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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 …
Matthew Dowd / Washington Post:
Yes, she can: Palin has a shot at the presidency  —  How Sarah Palin might win the White House  —  President Sarah Palin.  To many pundits and late-night comedians, this sounds like a punch line, and to many die-hard Democrats it sounds like a reason to leave the country.
PBS:
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 …
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 TalkLeft
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Howard Fineman / msnbc.com:
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.
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Political Punch:
President Obama on Afghanistan Strategy: “It Is My Intention to Finish the Job”
Discussion: Telegraph, Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
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
Discussion: TPMDC and Clusterstock
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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: Weekly Standard and Mediaite
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.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
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 …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:   WaPo shutters three bureaus
Leo Hickman / Guardian:
Professor rubbishes leaked email row  —  Phil Jones of the University of East Anglia denies emails provide evidence of collusion by climatologists to fix data  —  The climatologist at the centre of the leaked emails row said today that he “absolutely” stands by his research and that any suggestion …
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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
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 …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Values Question  —  It's easy to get lost in the weeds when talking about health care reform.  But, like all great public issues, the health care debate is fundamentally a debate about values.  It's a debate about what kind of country we want America to be.
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Democrats push $150B stock tax on Wall Street  —  A House bill still being drafted aims to raise $150 billion each year to pay for new jobs.  —  Under a bill being drafted by Democratic Reps. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) and Ed Perlmutter (Colo.), the sale and purchase of financial instruments such as stocks …
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Hoffman concedes, again  —  For the second time this month, Doug Hoffman conceded the New York special election to Rep. Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), and said he will not legally challenge the results of the race.  —  “Yesterday, the remaining ballots were counted in the 23rd Congressional District special election.
Discussion: MyDD
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Good Morning America Cancels Adam Lambert Concert  —  First on TVNewser: American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert won't be appearing on “Good Morning America” tomorrow.  —  TVNewser has learned ABC News canceled the concert after Lambert's sexually charged performance at the American Music Awards Sunday night.
Discussion: FishBowlDC and NewsBusters.org
Elizabeth Williamson / Wall Street Journal:
Quietly, the President Finds That Golf Is No Slam Dunk  —  A Star on the Court, He's Called a Hacker On the Course; Fans Miss the ‘Original Guy’  —  One day last summer, Gene Mulak, observing carnage in the sand trap, decided it was time to rescue the Leader of the Free World.
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
Doc Maker, Moore Collaborator, Shopping Film on Bush's Murky Military Service  —  Documentary filmmaker and longtime Michael Moore collaborator Meghan O'Hara is currently working on a feature-length documentary about George W. Bush's military service in the Texas Air National Guard, The Observer has learned.
 
 
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