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7:30 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.
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.
New York Times:
Obama Says He Intends to ‘Finish the Job’ in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said on Tuesday that he will announce his decision on how many more troops to send to Afghanistan next week, and that it is his intention to “finish the job” that began with the overthrow of the Taliban government in the fall of 2001.
Discussion: The Politico, TalkLeft and Truthdig
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Inside the numbers: How Obama has fallen
Discussion: 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.”
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
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.
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.
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Bad Could Obama Screw Up and Still Beat Sarah Palin?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Rumproast
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Failure Option  —  Josh Marshall puzzles over what's changed in American politics to make the 60 vote threshold so difficult to overcome, and argues that “we're also deluding ourselves if we do not figure in a large role for larger structural changes in our politics.
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
How worried should we be about the deficit?
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Free exchange
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
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 …
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
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
1 in 4 Borrowers Under Water  —  The proportion of U.S. homeowners who owe more on their mortgages than the properties are worth has swelled to about 23%, threatening prospects for a sustained housing recovery.  —  Nearly 10.7 million households had negative equity in their homes in the third quarter …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Dobbs mulls White House bid  —  Former CNN host Lou Dobbs fueled already rampant speculation about his political future Monday, sending the clearest signals yet that he's mulling a bid for president—and leaving third-party political operatives salivating over the possibility of a celebrity recruit for the 2012 campaign.
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.
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 …
Ezra Klein:
The small-d democratic case against the filibuster  —  “Are progressives really willing to take their chances with a future GOP-controlled Senate empowered to pass whatever they have 51 votes for?” asks Scott Winship.  “With the Supreme Court nominees who could be seated (to say nothing of other judgeships)?
Joshua Green / Washington Monthly:
True Lies  —  The best recent memoir from Republican Washington is a hoax.  That should tell you something.  —  I Am Martin Eisenstadt: One Man's (Wildly  —  Inappropriate) Adventures with the Last Republicans  —  by Martin Eisenstadt Faber & Faber, 366 pp.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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
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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Us Weekly:
EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie Not a Fan of Obama
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
Steve Schippert / RapidRecon:
US Embassy Denies Secret Eikenberry Talks With Taliban
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Hoffman concedes, again
Discussion: MyDD
CBS News:
Huckabee on Sarah Palin, Other GOP “Rock Stars”
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Filibuster is Bad  —  Every couple of weeks some right-winger …
Discussion: Donkeylicious
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
CT-Sen: Foley reconsiders, weighs gov bid
Seeing Red AZ:
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Discussion: The Hill and The Huffington Post
RNC official resigns
NY Senator Gillibrand Facing Tough Election Fight
Discussion: TPMDC and
Paul Krugman:
Gee, that's De Pressing
Discussion: Clusterstock and The Agonist