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10:35 AM ET, November 27, 2009


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New York Times:
Obamas' Uninvited Guests Prompt an Inquiry  —  WASHINGTON — The Secret Service is investigating how a couple aspiring to be reality-show celebrities managed to appear at President Obama's first state dinner without being on the guest list, provoking questions about security at the White House.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Lobbyists pushed off advisory panels  —  White House initiative to limit influence could affect thousands  —  Hundreds, if not thousands, of lobbyists are likely to be ejected from federal advisory panels as part of a little-noticed initiative by the Obama administration to curb K Street's influence …
Yaroslav Trofimov / Wall Street Journal:
Soviets' Afghan War Informs Surge Debate  —  KABUL — The future of the war in Afghanistan was on the line as Gen. Stanley McChrystal met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a secret rendezvous at a Belgian airbase in August.  —  Gen. McChrystal, the top Western commander in Afghanistan …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Taliban Open Up Front in Once-Quiet Afghan North  —  KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — Far from the heartland of the Taliban insurgency in the south, this once peaceful northern province was one place American and Afghan officials thought they did not have to worry about.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Taxing the Speculators  —  Should we use taxes to deter financial speculation?  Yes, say top British officials, who oversee the City of London, one of the world's two great banking centers.  Other European governments agree — and they're right.  —  Unfortunately, United States officials …
New York Times:
Nuclear Watchdog Censures Iran  —  PARIS — One day after the director general of the United Nations nuclear watchdog castigated Iran for blocking inquiries into its nuclear program, the organization's governing body voted on Friday to censure Tehran and demanded that it freeze operations …
Discussion: Hot Air
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Black Friday Blues: Half Plan Cuts in Holiday Spending  —  ABC News Poll: 50 Percent Plan to Spend Less on Christmas  —  Hammered by the downturn, half of Americans plan to spend less on holiday gifts this year - less bad than last year but still among the worst retail outlooks in a quarter-century.
Discussion: Alex Conant and The Hill
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Gen. McChrystal saying little about delay in Obama's decision on troop increase  —  Obama is engaged in ‘thoughtful process,’ general tells lawmakers  —  Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, told a group of key lawmakers on Thursday that President Obama is engaged in a …
Discussion: The Hill, The Politico and The Page
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.
Associated Press:
Obama's Thanksgiving proclamation
Discussion: A Tiny Revolution
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Activists seek green Black Friday  —  The day after Thanksgiving is known for shopping sprees, but “Black Friday” is getting blacklisted by environmentalists - and they're hoping President Obama will back them up.  —  “In the climate change sense, it's not that every other retail day isn't bad.
Jerusalem Post:
Terror attack foiled as troops chase away man carrying bomb  —  Article's topics: Terrorism, Eilat, Sinai, Gaza  —  An IDF bomb squad detonated a 15-kilogram explosive seized during a search conducted along the Egyptian border on Thursday.  —  Late Wednesday night …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Nissan Ratzlav-Katz / Arutz Sheva:
New Lebanese Government to Endorse Hizbullah Attacks  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  ( The new Lebanese government formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri will officially endorse the Hizbullah terror militia and grant legitimacy to its attacks on Israel.
Discussion: YID With LID and Israel Matzav
Lorrie Goldstein / Toronto Sun:
Comment Columnists / Lorrie Goldstein  —  Why ‘climategate’ won't stop greens
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