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12:00 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 …
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: Neptunus Lex and Jules Crittenden
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
The quiet American  —  Is Barack Obama's diplomacy subtle and strategic, or weak and naive?  The world is about to find out  —  AT LAST Barack Obama seems to be starting to make up his mind.  After months of agonising, he is apparently close to announcing that he will after all send …
Discussion: Clive Crook and The Page
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Gateway Pundit and QandO
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Dems' kamikaze mission: Health care by New Year's  —  Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin recently was asked if a national health care bill would pass the Senate by the end of the year.  “It must,” Durbin responded.  “We have to finish it.”  —  Many other top Democrats share Durbin's determination to meet this deadline.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS
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.
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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
Kill the Bills. Do Health Reform Right.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Black Friday Blues: Half Plan Cuts in Holiday Spending
Discussion: Alex Conant and The Hill
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Activists seek green Black Friday
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Jerusalem Post:
Terror attack foiled as troops chase away man carrying bomb
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Lorrie Goldstein / Toronto Sun:
Comment Columnists / Lorrie Goldstein
Transcript: Health Care Debate
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and OxBlog