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1:35 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.”
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  —  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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
Political Punch:
President Obama on Afghanistan Strategy: “It Is My Intention to Finish the Job”
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Hot Air
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
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
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
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: The Reaction and MyDD
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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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Democrats push $150B stock tax on Wall Street
Steve Schippert / RapidRecon:
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The State:
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Adam Nagourney / The Caucus:
G.O.P. ‘Purity’ Test Could Trip Up Castle
CBS News:
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The Filibuster is Bad  —  Every couple of weeks some right-winger …
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