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12:55 PM ET, November 25, 2009

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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Afghan Strategy Will Contain Messages to Several Audiences  —  WASHINGTON—In declaring Tuesday that he would “finish the job” in Afghanistan, President Obama used a phrase clearly meant to imply that even as he deploys an additional 30,000 or so troops, he has finally figured out how to bring the eight-year-long conflict to an end.
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Telegraph:
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 …
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 …
Rachel L. Swarns / New York Times:
Modern Flourishes at Obamas' 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 …
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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.
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama to Offer Firm Pledge on Emissions Cuts in Copenhagen  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will travel to Copenhagen at the start of the United Nations conference on climate change on Dec. 9 just before flying to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, White House officials said Wednesday.
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Jim Tankersley / LA Times Environment Blog:
Breaking: Obama going to Copenhagen
P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
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.
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Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
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: Salon and Emptywheel
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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: Firedoglake, Salon and Invictus
Peter Wallsten / Wall Street Journal:
Dobbs Reaches Out to Latinos  —  Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, pondering a future in politics, is trying to wipe away his image as an enemy of Latino immigrants by positioning himself as a champion of that fast-growing ethnic bloc.  —  Mr. Dobbs, who left the network last week …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Procedural Downward Spiral  —  One of the lost elements of history is how new the idea of the filibuster as a routine supermajority requirement is.  David Mayhew, the Yale political scientist, published an excellent article on this subject back in 2003 (so you can hardly say he was motivated …
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Ezra Klein:
How a letter from 1964 shows what's wrong with the Senate today
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Fed's Perverse Search for an Exit Strategy  —  People who purport to be concerned about the budget deficit really ought to be spending more time worrying about what the Fed is doing.  It's very difficult, after all, to see how we're going to stick to PAYGO rules in the medium-term if we have persistent high unemployment.
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts
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David Colker / Los Angeles Times:
Google won't exclude distorted Michelle Obama image from its site  —  ‘We have, in general, a bias toward free speech,’ a Google spokesman says, explaining that offensiveness alone is not a reason to remove the image from the search index.  —  A crudely altered photograph of Michelle Obama …
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.
Nick Schulz / The Enterprise Blog:
Help Wanted, No Private Sector Experience Required  —  A friend sends along the following chart from a J.P. Morgan research report.  It examines the prior private sector experience of the cabinet officials since 1900 that one might expect a president to turn to in seeking advice about helping the economy.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Anchoress
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 …
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Rowan Scarborough / Fox News:
Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist
Susan Page / USA Today:
Approval of Obama on Afghan war dives  —  WASHINGTON — Public approval of President Obama's handling of the war in Afghanistan has plummeted, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, amid rising pessimism about the course of the conflict.  —  The nation is divided over what to do next …
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 …
Kevin Sack / New York Times:
From the Hospital to Bankruptcy Court  —  NASHVILLE — Some of the debtors sitting forlornly in this city's old stone bankruptcy court have lost a job or gotten divorced.  Others have been summoned to face their creditors because they spent mindlessly beyond their means.
Igor / Think Progress:
Palin Suggests Reforming Canada's Universal Health Care System: ‘Let The Private Sector Take Over’  —  Canadian comedian Mary Walsh (playing the character of Marg Delahunty) attended a Sarah Palin book signing in the United States last week and asked the “thrilla from Wasilla, the Alaskan Aphrodite” …
Steve Kornacki / New York Observer:
Rudy Giuliani, Serial Rumor Monger  —  Rudy Giuliani, the big scoop went, had decided to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand for her U.S. Senate seat next year and would announce his candidacy “in the next 48 hours.”  —  120 hours later (and counting), the world is still waiting to hear from Rudy.
Dr. Bruce Merrill / azpbs.org:
Cronkite-Eight Poll  —  FOR INFORMATION:  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Although the release of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's new book dominates media coverage, few voters in Arizona would like to see her become president in the future, according to a new Cronkite/Eight poll.
 
 
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Mark Schmitt / American Prospect:
When Did the Senate Get So Bad?  —  Over at Talking Points Memo …
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
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