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9:30 AM ET, November 25, 2009


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David Derbyshire / Daily Mail:
Scientist in climate change ‘cover-up’ storm told to quit  —  The scientist at the heart of the climate change scandal was under growing pressure to quit last night.  —  George Monbiot, a leading environmentalist, said Phil Jones should resign from the Climatic Research Unit over leaked emails …
Discussion: Doug Ross
Troutfishyman / Bloomberg:
Congress May Probe Leaked Global Warming E-Mails
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Obama May Add 30,000 Troops in Afghanistan
Wall Street Journal:
The Uncertainty Economy  —  Tim Geithner is not the Democrats' biggest problem.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Preparing to write about yesterday's downward revision in third-quarter GDP, we were tempted to say the Obama Administration has hit a speed-bump on its promised exit out of the recession.
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
Carol Rosenberg /
Detainee policy appointee quits Pentagon post  —  The Pentagon's top detainee affairs policy appointee has quit the Defense Department just seven months into the job, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.  —  Phillip Carter, a former Army captain and Iraq War veteran, had been an outspoken critic …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Anahad O'Connor / The Caucus:
A Stylish State Dinner, With Typos  —  The White House pulled out all the stops in preparation for President Barack Obama's first state dinner on Tuesday night, hiring a new florist, selecting a renowned guest chef, and even inviting a number of high-profile musicians to perform.
Discussion: Indecision Forever and The Page
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Modern Flourishes as Obamas Host State Dinner  —  WASHINGTON — It is an old tradition, a White House dinner governed by ritual and protocol that happens to be this city's hottest social event.  But at their first state dinner on Tuesday night, President Obama and his wife, Michelle …
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Slide Finds Whites Down to 39%
Discussion: Hot Air, TPMDC and The Swamp
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
When will the Left retract the Kentucky census worker case smear?
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Lou Dobbs Weighs Senate Run, as a Steppingstone  —  The Lou Dobbs-for-Senate rumor had barely crested when the Lou Dobbs-for-president rumor suddenly overtook it this week.  —  Mr. Dobbs, the former cable television anchor of the sonorous voice and tough-talking immigration politics …
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Dobbs Reaches Out to Latinos
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 …
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 …
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
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Massachusetts Democratic Senate Primary  —  Coakley Still Ahead Among Massachusetts Democrats Seeking Kennedy's Senate Seat  —  Attorney General Martha Coakley holds a 15-point lead among likely Democratic Primary voters in Massachusetts in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Edward M. Kennedy.
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Analysis: Obama makes decisions slowly, and with head, not gut  —  President George W. Bush once boasted, “I'm not a textbook player, I'm a gut player.”  The new tenant of the Oval Office takes a strikingly different approach.  President Obama is almost defiantly deliberative …
Discussion: Beat the Press
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Prime Butterballs have a higher calling than dinner table  —  Recently, Walter “Gator” Pelletier, the chairman of the National Turkey Federation and an executive at Butterball, the nation's largest turkey producer, approached Wes Pike, his go-to bird handler, with the secret mission of raising …
Discussion: The Caucus
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Ford vs. Gillibrand?  —  Democratic sources say that former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. — who relocated to New York City after his unsuccessful Senate bid in 2006 — has been talking about the possibility of running against vulnerable rookie New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Sean Whaley / Nevada News Bureau:
Poll Shows Sandoval Benefiting in Three-Way Race for Governor  —  CARSON CITY - If Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman runs as an independent candidate for governor, he would pull more support from Democrat Rory Reid than Republican Brian Sandoval in a three-way match up, a Nevada News Bureau poll shows.
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
After ‘rough patch,’ Crist vows to turn up heat on Rubio
Helen Pidd / Guardian:
Banker robbed rich to give to poor
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
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Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Law Blog
Rowan Scarborough / Human Events:
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Discussion: The Agitator
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Democrats push $150B stock tax on Wall Street
Discussion: Hit & Run
Howard Fineman /
Is Obama's star dimming as U.S. stock drops?
Rachel Sklar / Mediaite:
“Hope Is Fading Fast”: A Devastating Take on The Iconic Obama Poster
Discussion: American Power and Doug Ross
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Hoffman concedes, again
Discussion: The Reaction and MyDD
Joshua Green / Washington Monthly:
True Lies  —  The best recent memoir from Republican Washington is a hoax.
Discussion: The Huffington Post