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9:15 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 …
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.
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 …
James Delingpole /
Climategate: the scandal spreads, the plot thickens, the shame deepens...  Wow!  The scandal just gets juicier and juicier.  Now it seems that the Kiwis may have been at it too - tinkering with raw data to make “Global Warming” look scarier than it really is.  (Hat tip: Watts Up With That; Ian Wishart)
Watts Up With That?:
Uh, oh - raw data in New Zealand tells a different story than the “official” one.
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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  —  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
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
Lorrie Goldstein / Toronto Sun:
Comment Columnists / Lorrie Goldstein  —  Why ‘climategate’ won't stop greens
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.
War build-up ‘left us scrabbling for smoking gun’, says Meyer  —  • Sir Christopher Meyer says plans to invade Iraq did not give time for weapons inspectors  —  • Meyer: ‘not clear if Blair signed in blood’ for invasion at George Bush's Texas ranch
Discussion: Telegraph, Raw Story and Truthdig
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