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9:00 PM ET, November 27, 2009

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Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Did an Indian Diplomat Help the Salahis Crash the Whitehouse?  —  The Secret Service is currently investigating how fameballs Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed Obama's first state dinner, Bravo camera crew in tow.  We have a theory: Their polo buddy, Indian ambassador Arun K. Singh, got them in on the DL.
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Nia-Malika Henderson / The Politico:
Obama orders review of crashers  —  President Obama has ordered a full review into how a Virginia couple managed to make their way into the White House for last week's state dinner without an invitation, even getting so far as to meet the president in the official receiving line, according to a White House official.
New York Times:
Charges Possible in Gate-Crashing Incident  —  WASHINGTON — The Secret Service wants to interview everyone connected with an incident in which a couple snuck into a state dinner at the White House earlier this week, including the gate-crashers themselves, and has not ruled out criminal charges, a spokesman for the agency said Friday.
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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New York Times:
Dubai Debt Troubles Push Down Stocks in U.S. and Asia  —  Wall Street ended the day lower on Friday, reacting to reports that Dubai World, the emirate's investment vehicle, was seeking to suspend repayments on all or part of its $59 billion in debt for six months.
Willem Buiter's Maverecon:
Polite suggestion to the Dubai sovereign that creditors of Dubai World …
Climate Progress:
­An open letter to graduate students and young scientists in fields related to climate research from Dr. Judith Curry regarding hacked CRU emails  —  I have known Dr. Judith Curry, Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, for many years.
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) …
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John Scott Lewinski / The Best Article Every day:
Top 20 Unfortunate Lessons Girls Learn From ‘Twilight’  —  From a male point of view, the only redeeming feature of the Twilight books and movies is the ammunition they provide against female claims of innate moral superiority over men.  —  Whenever a woman criticizes a man's lust, aggression …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Dept. Says Acorn Can Be Paid  —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has concluded that the Obama administration can lawfully pay the community group Acorn for services provided under contracts signed before Congress enacted a law banning the government from providing funds to the group.
Jeff Sessions / Washington Post:
Sen. Jeff Sessions challenges double standard on judicial filibuster  —  Legal scholars have long debated whether the filibuster may be used to keep judicial nominees off the bench.  For practical purposes, that question was answered on May 23, 2005.  That night, while forging a settlement …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems' kamikaze mission: Health care by New Year's
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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 …
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 …
CBC News:
U.S. journalist grilled at Canada border crossing  —  Officials demanded to know what she would say publicly about 2010 Olympics  —  U.S. journalist Amy Goodman said she was stopped at a Canadian border crossing south of Vancouver on Wednesday and questioned for 90 minutes by authorities concerned …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Raw Story
Daniel Schwammenthal / Wall Street Journal:
Prosecuting American ‘War Crimes’  —  The International Criminal Court claims jurisdiction over U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Hague  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “great regret” in August that the U.S. is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Townhall.com
Bernard-Henri Lévy / The Huffington Post:
Polanski's Release From Prison  —  The decision to free Roman Polanski is a wise decision.  It honors the people who took it.  It shows that the arguments developed by the movie director's partisans — including those published on the French review's website of La Règle du Jeu — have finally been fruitful.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Voter Anger Is Building Over Deficits  —  After engineering an unprecedented spending surge for nearly a year, President Barack Obama now wants to signal that he takes deficits seriously.  So this week the White House announced that it is considering creating a commission to figure how to fix the budget mess.
Vincent Gray / Pajamas Media:
Vincent Gray on Climategate: ‘There Was Proof of Fraud All Along’ (PJM Exclusive)  —  IPCC Expert Reviewer Gray — whose 1,898 comments critical of the 2007 report were ignored — recently found that proof of the fraud was public for years.  —  Nothing about the revelations surprises me.
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.
 
 
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Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
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