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2:40 AM ET, November 25, 2009


 Top Items: 
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 …
Associated Press:
Police: Census worker staged death to conceal suicide  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Authorities are saying a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with “fed” scrawled on his chest committed suicide and staged his death to look like a homicide.  —  A news release from Kentucky State Police …
Federal Eye:
Officials: Census worker hanged himself
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
P.J. Gladnick /
Climategate: MSM Writers Try to Ignore Scandal in Global Warming Stories But Readers Bring Them Back to Reality  —  An hilariously bizarre situation is happening in the wake of the growing Climategate scandal.  Many of the mainstream media stories about global warming are simply pretending it doesn't exist.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, TPMDC and The Swamp
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Inside the numbers: How Obama has fallen
Discussion: Hot Air and Power Line
Matthew Dowd / Washington Post:
Yes, she can: Palin has a shot at the presidency
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.
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: TigerHawk and MoJo Blog Posts
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The 9/11 trial Clueless Moment of the Day  —  One might expect a major media outlet like McClatchy to engage an editor or two, even for its featured columnists.  One might also expect said columnist to do a little dot-connecting on a subject before writing about it, especially when casting …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Landowners along Florida beaches ask Supreme Court to examine taking …
Discussion: The Caucus and New York Times
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Line Drawn in One Case Dissolves in Another
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
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 …
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
Bob Ainsworth criticises Barack Obama over Afghanistan  —  Bob Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has blamed Barack Obama and the United States for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.  —  Mr Ainsworth took the unprecedented step of publicly criticising …
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 …
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
Gautam Naik / Wall Street Journal:
Energy Push Spurs Shift in U.S. Science  —  OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — The Obama administration's push to solve the nation's energy problems, a massive federal program that rivals the Manhattan Project, is spurring a once-in-a-generation shift in U.S. science.  —  The government's multibillion-dollar push …
Discussion: The Big Picture
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Give us fiscal austerity, but not quite yet  —  Financial crises have devastating impacts on the public finances.  The impact is also most severe where the pre-crisis excesses were greatest.  Among members of the Group of Seven leading high-income countries, this means the bubble-infected US and UK.
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Rowan Scarborough / Human Events:
The Al-Qaeda Bar
Discussion: The Agitator
Bradley Burston / Haaretz:
A Palestinian peace plan Israelis can live with
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Democrats push $150B stock tax on Wall Street
Discussion: Hit & Run
Steve Schippert / ThreatsWatch:
ThreatsWatch.Org - RapidRecon: US Embassy Denies Secret Eikenberry …
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
Howard Fineman /
Is Obama's star dimming as U.S. stock drops?
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Hoffman concedes, again
Discussion: The Reaction and MyDD
CBS News:
Huckabee on Sarah Palin, Other GOP “Rock Stars”
Discussion: The Page
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Filibuster is Bad  —  Every couple of weeks some right-winger …
Joshua Green / Washington Monthly:
True Lies  —  The best recent memoir from Republican Washington is a hoax.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Nuclear power regains support