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2:20 PM ET, November 27, 2009

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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 …
Paul Krugman:
Rashomon in the desert  —  Dubai or not Dubai — that is the question.  Dubai's sorta-kinda default (a state-owned enterprise seeking a rescheduling of its debts) is, by itself, not that big of a deal.  But who else looks like Dubai?  What kind of omen is this for the next stage in the financial crisis?
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Polite suggestion to the Dubai sovereign that creditors of Dubai World …
Bettina Wassener / New York Times:
Dubai Debt Troubles Push Down Stocks in U.S and Asia
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 …
CNN:
New group tries to convince Cheney to run in 2012  —  Washington (CNN) - A new group wants former Vice President Dick Cheney back in the White House.  —  The organization - “Draft Dick Cheney 2012” - launched on Friday, and unveiled their new Web site.  Their aim: To convince …
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Kill the Bills.  Do Health Reform Right.  —  The United States has the best health care in the world — but because of its inefficiencies, also the most expensive.  The fundamental problem with the 2,074-page Senate health-care bill (as with its 2,014-page House counterpart) …
Thomas Wilner / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Made the Right Call on KSM  —  A civilian court is the best venue for justice.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Obama administration's decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 conspirators in federal court marks a fundamental shift in the way we fight terrorism.
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.
Discussion: American Power
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 …
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Mental State Cited in 9/11 Case  —  WASHINGTON — When five defendants are brought before a New York federal judge to face charges for the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the first question may be whether some of them are competent to stand trial at all.  —  Military lawyers for Ramzi Binalshibh …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Rasmussen Reports:
Those Who Rate U.S. Health Care System Good or Excellent Up To 49%  —  Forty-nine percent (49%) of voters nationwide now rate the U.S. health care system as good or excellent.  That marks a steady increase from 44% at the beginning of October, 35% in May and 29% a year-and-a-half ago.
Wall Street Journal:
How to Forge a Consensus  —  The impression left by the Climategate emails is that the global warming game has been rigged from the start.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The climatologists at the center of last week's leaked-email and document scandal have taken the line that it is all much ado about nothing.
Discussion: Wizbang and Gateway Pundit
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans at Odds With Recent Terror Trial Decisions  —  Majorities would prefer trying 9/11 kingpin in a military court, away from New York  —  PRINCETON, NJ — By 59% to 36%, more Americans believe accused Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed should be tried in a military court, rather than in a civilian criminal court.
Sarah Lyall / New York Times:
Report Says Irish Bishops and Police Hid Abuse  —  LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church and the police in Ireland systematically colluded in covering up decades of child sex abuse by priests in Dublin, according to a scathing report released Thursday.  —  The cover-ups spanned the tenures …
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.
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Democrats work on multibillion-dollar jobs package
Discussion: Don Surber
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
Why Obama Isn't Changing Washington
Discussion: GayPatriot and Betsy's Page
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voter Anger Is Building Over Deficits
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
‘Cash for Clunkers,’ household edition
Discussion: YID With LID and Hot Air
Bernard-Henri Lévy / The Huffington Post:
Polanski's Release From Prison
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems' kamikaze mission: Health care by New Year's
Discussion: Power Line
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Black Friday Blues: Half Plan Cuts in Holiday Spending
Discussion: The Hill and Alex Conant
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Taliban Open Up Front in Once-Quiet Afghan North
Jerusalem Post:
Terror attack foiled as troops chase away man carrying bomb
Discussion: Israel Matzav