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11:40 PM ET, November 27, 2009

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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.
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New York Times:
Uninvited Pair Met Obama; Secret Service Offers Apology  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and his wife, Michelle, had a face-to-face encounter with the couple who sneaked into a state dinner at the White House this week, White House officials acknowledged on Friday.
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.
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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Justice Department Says Acorn Can Be Paid for Pre-Ban Contracts  —  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 banned the government from providing money to the group.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
DOJ: Pay ACORN for contracts  —  The Justice Department has ruled that the federal government can honor some existing contracts to fund ACORN, despite a law barring the flow of all federal money to the beleaguered community group.  —  David Barron, the acting assistant attorney general …
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.
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 …
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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Susan Haigh / Associated Press:
Next stop for Nader: US Senate from Connecticut?  —  WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Ralph Nader says he wants to gauge the level of grass-roots support before deciding whether to make a bid to represent Connecticut in the Senate.  —  The 75-year-old consumer advocate and Connecticut native said Friday that he is …
Discussion: MyDD
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Canadian Comedian Fails Miserably In Trying To Embarrass Sarah Palin  —  Hey did you hear about Sarah Palin's book tour?  Turns out that the former VP candidate and Alaskan Governor is on some sort of press tour and is trying to get in the news.  During a book signing event in Columbus …
Discussion: Hot Air, Big Hollywood and 24Ahead
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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 …
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
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
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
Steve Singiser / Daily Kos:
Weekly Tracking Poll: New Feature Paints Ugly 2010 Picture  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 11/22/2009-11/25/2009.  All adults.  MoE 2% (Last weeks results in parentheses):  —  FAVORABLEUNFAVORABLENET CHANGE  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA  —  53 (55)  —  40 (39)  —3  —  PELOSI:  —  41 (40)
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Michael Schrage / Financial Times:
Secrecy in science is a corrosive force  —  With no disrespect to sausages and laws, Bismarck's most famous aphorism clearly requires updating.  “Scientific research” is bidding furiously to make the global shortlist of things one should not see being made.  —  Understandably so.
 
 
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