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1:45 PM ET, November 29, 2009

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Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
Climate change data dumped  —  SCIENTISTS at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have admitted throwing away much of the raw temperature data on which their predictions of global warming are based.  —  It means that other academics are not able to check basic calculations said to show …
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Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Climate change: this is the worst scientific scandal of our generation  —  Our hopelessly compromised scientific establishment cannot be allowed to get away with the Climategate whitewash, says Christopher Booker  —  A week after my colleague James Delingpole, on his Telegraph blog …
TigerHawk:
No science is possible: CRU has destroyed the original data  —  The Times of London is reporting in its Sunday edition that the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia has destroyed the original data used to construct the historical climate record that purports to show a temperature increase.
Discussion: Watts Up With That?
Toby Helm / Guardian:   Griffin to represent EU at summit
Tina Moore / NY Daily News:
Bush adminstration could've captured terrorist Osama Bin Laden in December 2001: Senate report  —  Osama Bin Laden was within military reach when the Bush administration allowed him to disappear into the mountains of Afghanistan rather than pursue him with a massive military force, a new Senate report says.
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Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Levin: Economy Too Poor for War Tax  —  Senator Says Economic Stresses Too Great for Levying Additional Taxes to Pay for Afghan Fight  —  (CBS) Senator Carl Levin said a war tax on higher-earning Americans is not out of the question to support a surge of troops in Afghanistan, but believed such a tax is now too late.
BBC:
Swiss voters back ban on minarets  —  Swiss voters have supported a referendum proposal to ban the building of minarets, official results show.  —  More than 57% of voters from 26 cantons - or provinces - voted in favour of the ban, Swiss news agency ATS reported.
New York Times:
Food Stamp Use Soars Across U.S., and Stigma Fades  —  A GROWING NEED FOR A PROGRAM ONCE SCORNED Greg Dawson and his wife, Sheila, of Martinsville, Ohio, help feed their family of seven with a $300 monthly food stamp benefit.  Center and right, the food pantry in Lebanon, Ohio …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
America vs. The Narrative  —  What should we make of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who apparently killed 13 innocent people at Fort Hood?  —  Here's my take: Major Hasan may have been mentally unbalanced — I assume anyone who shoots up innocent people is.  But the more you read about his support …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PRIORITIZING THE PUBLIC OPTION.... That Americans approve of the idea of a public option is no longer in doubt.  After months of polling, we've consistently seen a majority of Americans say they like the idea of a public plan competing against private insurers.  The results have bolstered proponents of the idea, on and off the Hill.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / Prescriptions:
Does the Public Care About the Public Option?
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Are We Going to Let John Die?  —  If Joe Lieberman or other senators came across John Brodniak writhing in pain on the sidewalk, they presumably would jump to help him and rush him to a hospital.  —  Unfortunately, an emergency room won't help — indeed, the closest E.R. has told him not to come back, he says.
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
By January, he will have accomplished more than any first-year president since Franklin Roosevelt.  —  About one thing, left and right seem to agree these days: Obama hasn't done anything yet.  Maureen Dowd and Dick Cheney have found common ground in scoffing at the president's “dithering.”
Nia-Malika Henderson / Politico Live's Blog:
Huckabee: ‘Less than likely’ I'll run in 2012  —  Mike Huckabee, the former Republican governor from Arkansas who has his own Fox show told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” that a 2012 presidential bid is “less than likely” and depends on whether Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, keeps liking his show.
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Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
4,000 Patriots Rally With James O'Keefe at St. Louis Tea Party Protest  —  4,000 patriots rallied in St. Louis today.  —  James O'Keefe of ACORN-busting fame, headlined the Holiday Tea Party Protest.  —  Robert Brenner took this photo from the top level of a parking garage next to the park.
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A Traditional Life Lived:   4,000 at St. Louis Tea Party-Let Off Some Steam! HUGE SUCCESS!!!
 
 
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Boston Globe:
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Rasmussen Reports:
81% Disagree with New Mammogram Recommendation
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Doom for the Democrats as joblessness lingers
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Wake up America
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William Yardley / New York Times:
Protecting the Forests, and Hoping for Payback
Discussion: Don Surber
The Hill:
Afghanistan troop surge could test alliance between Obama, Pelosi
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
U.S. Will Push Mortgage Firms to Reduce More Loan Payments