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4:45 PM ET, November 26, 2009


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New York Times:
At the First Obama State Dinner, the First Crashers  —  WASHINGTON — This much is known: About 7:15 Tuesday night, a glittering blonde, decked out in a red and gold sari, holding the hand of her black-tuxedoed escort, swept past the camera crews and reporters camped out to catch …
Washington Post:
Off the list, but somehow on the South Lawn  —  A couple of aspiring reality-TV stars from Northern Virginia appear to have crashed the White House's state dinner Tuesday night, penetrating layers of security with no invitation to mingle with the likes of Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Watts Up With That?:
Uh, oh - raw data in New Zealand tells a different story than the “official” one.  —  Reposted from Investigate magazine's breaking news forum:  —  New Zealand's NIWA accused of CRU-style temperature faking  —  The New Zealand Government's chief climate advisory unit NIWA is under fire …
Iwishart /
BREAKING: NZ's NIWA accused of CRU-style temperature faking  —  UPDATE 15:49 NZDT - NIWA's news release in response to this story appears to have been delayed, and according to a radio news report a few minutes ago Rodney Hide, leader of the minority Act Party and a minister in the National Government …
Associated Press:
Obama's Thanksgiving proclamation  —  By The Associated Press (AP) - 16 hours ago  —  President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving Day proclamation, as released by the White House:  —  What began as a harvest celebration between European settlers and indigenous communities nearly four centuries ago …
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
Michelle Malkin:
Thanksgiving 2009  —  Hope you all have a wonderful holiday.  Keep our troops on the front lines and around the world in your prayers.  —  Video from the DFAC at COB Adder in Iraq:  —  Greetings from soldiers at COB Speicher:  —  Here is President Obama's proclamation.
Washington Post:
China's backing on Iran followed dire predictions  —  Before Obama's visit, NSC warned leaders of Mideast turmoil  —  Two weeks before President Obama visited China, two senior White House officials traveled to Beijing on a “special mission” to try to persuade China to pressure Iran to give up its alleged nuclear weapons program.
Discussion: Power Line, Israel Matzav and The Page
Transcript: Health Care Debate  —  “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” with Sens. Nelson, Coburn, Reps. Wasserman Schultz and Blackburn  —  COBURN: Here's the question.  Here's the question we ought to be asking.  Do these recommendations make sense from a cost standpoint?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Roula Khalaf / Financial Times:
Emirate has a lot of explaining to do  —  It came in a short statement about the restructuring of Dubai World, one of the emirate's biggest and best-known companies, with the big news buried near the end.  —  But the decision to ask bondholders of the company and its most troubled subsidiary …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Explosive- Climategate Files Were Leaked to BBC But They Refused to Cover the Story  —  The scandal grows...  It looks like the New York Times is not the only news organization to ignore the greatest scandal in modern science.  —  BBC joins in to “Hide the Decline"-
Lorrie Goldstein / Toronto Sun:
Comment Columnists / Lorrie Goldstein  —  Why ‘climategate’ won't stop greens
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
On Thanksgiving eve, Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims  —  (UPDATE: A news video update on the Hajj has been added below.)  —  Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, as provided by the White House  —  Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes …
Washington Post:
Obama and fellow Democrats at odds about troop increase for Afghanistan  —  Caucus wouldn't back a costly expansion of Afghan war  —  President Obama will reveal his new Afghanistan war strategy in a speech Tuesday evening to cadets at West Point, but his most skeptical audience is likely …
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New York Post:
Judge blasts bad bank, erases 525G debt
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ABCNEWS
JD Johannes / Outside the Wire:
Thanksgiving in Tikrit, Iraq
Sue Sturgis / Facing South:
Thanksgiving's surprising Civil War roots
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
‘Disappointed’ Siegelman: Obama Justice Dept. Virtually The Same As Bush DOJ
Jay Weaver /
Feds drop money-laundering case against Miami lawyer Ben Kuehne
Discussion: TalkLeft