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2:40 PM ET, November 25, 2009

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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.
Discussion: Indecision Forever and The Page
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
The White House's unprecedented use of ‘unprecedented’  —  The Obama White House is addicted to the “unprecedented.”  —  Perhaps it was a sign when President Barack Obama sat down in January to record his first weekly address and announced: “We begin this year and this administration …
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Phil Carter's resignation from key detainee policy post
Carol Rosenberg / MiamiHerald.com:
Detainee policy appointee quits Pentagon post
Discussion: ACS Blog and Emptywheel
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Obama to Go to Copenhagen With Pledge of Emissions Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is pledging a provisional target for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, the first time an American administration offered even a tentative promise to reduce production of climate-altering gases …
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Jim Tankersley / LA Times Environment Blog:
Breaking: Obama going to Copenhagen
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 …
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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.
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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Ezra Klein:
How a letter from 1964 shows what's wrong with the Senate today  —  One of the challenges in arguing about the use of the filibuster is that the filibuster has changed drastically in recent decades, but it's done so quietly.  Quietly enough that people don't really understand that it's changed at all.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   The Procedural Downward Spiral
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.
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 …
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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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
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” …
Ian Plimer / Pajamas Media:
Climategate: Alarmism Is Underpinned by Fraud (PJM Exclusive)  —  A decorated scientist and author of the most influential book debunking global warming joins Viscount Monckton in calling the CRU behavior criminal.  (Also read Roger L. Simon: Climategate and the “T” Word)
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 …
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
REPORT: At Least 40 GOP Lawmakers Fail A Principle Of The ‘Purity Test’  —  Yesterday, Republican National Committee member Jim Bopp unveiled a resolution to deny funding of candidates who do not uphold right-wing conservative values.  The resolution, termed a “purity test,” …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Thanks for the Memories  —  At his Cabinet meeting Monday afternoon, President Obama took a moment to give thanks to his team.  —  Sipping a glass of water, the president offered special gratitude to the woman on his right.  —  “I advised this hard-working Cabinet to get a little bit of rest this week …
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 …
Norm Eisen / White House.gov Blog Feed:
November Release of White House Visitor Records  —  Building upon last month's historic release of nearly 500 White House visitor records, today the White House releases more than 1,600 records of visits to the White House in response to another month's worth of requests.
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.
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.
Discussion: Politics Daily
 
 
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