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New York Times:
Swiss Vote to Ban New Minarets  —  GENEVA — In a vote that displayed a widespread anxiety about Islam and undermined the country's reputation for religious tolerance, the Swiss on Sunday overwhelmingly imposed a national ban on the construction of minarets, the prayer towers of mosques …
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Switzerland Approves Minaret Ban In Referendum  —  (RFE/RL) — Swiss voters have approved a move to ban the construction of new minarets in the country.  —  Final results show that over 57 percent of voters backed the proposal in a referendum that was held today following an initiative by a right wing political party.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Jawa Report
Tiger Woods:
Statement from Tiger Woods  —  As you all know, I had a single-car accident earlier this week, and sustained some injuries.  I have some cuts, bruising and right now I'm pretty sore.  —  This situation is my fault, and it's obviously embarrassing to my family and me.  I'm human and I'm not perfect.
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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Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
The great climate change science scandal
New York Times:
Food Stamp Use Soars, 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, where residents can also enroll …
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:   End the Stigma of Stigma!  —  This page from the Center on Budget …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Senate Report Explores 2001 Escape by bin Laden From Afghan Mountains  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama vows to “finish the job” in Afghanistan by sending more troops, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has completed a detailed look back at a crucial failure early in the battle against Al Qaeda …
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Aljazeera:
Bin Laden ‘within grasp’ in 2001
Discussion: The Sideshow
Michelle Levi / CBS News:   Levin: Economy Too Poor for War Tax
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Coakley opposes troop increase  —  The frontrunner to take Ted Kennedy's Senate seat said today she opposes sending more troops to Afghanistan.  —  Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who is facing an increasingly tight race with Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and MyDD
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Boston Globe:
For Democrats - Alan Khazei for Senate
Dan De Luce / Agence France Presse:
US troop buildup carries high costs
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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 …
Cynthia Kouril / Firedoglake:
Predatory lending has an ugly tail end  —  Talk about burying the lede.  The NYTimes has run a story which purports to be about the plans by the Treasury Department to pressure banks to do more to renegotiate delinquent mortgages.  It has all sorts of blather from Treasury about using …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
MIT analysis backs Obama  —  A new analysis by a leading MIT economist provides new ammunition of Democrats at the Senate being formally debating the historic health-reform bill being pushed by President Barack Obama.  —  The report concludes that under the Senate's health-reform bill …
Watts Up With That?:
When Results Go Bad ...  Guest post by Willis Eschenbach  —  One of the claims in this hacked CRU email saga goes something like “Well, the scientists acted like jerks, but that doesn't affect the results, it's still warming.”  —  I got intrigued by one of the hacked CRU emails …
Jim Treacher / Jim Treacher's Blog …:
A friendly chat with the global warming evangelist who lives in my head  —  Hello, hyperventilating zealot.  Greetings, denialist scum.  Now that we've dispensed with the formalities, please allow me to point and laugh at you.  Ahem.  Ha ha ha!  Point point point!  Shut up.  That's what you'd like me to do.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Fox News:
Iran Approves Plan to Build 10 New Uranium Enrichment Plants  —  TEHRAN, Iran — Iran approved plans Sunday to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion in defiance of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, days after it demanded Tehran stop construction on one plant and halt all enrichment activities.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Atlas Shrugs
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Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Iran defies world with plan for ten new nuclear sites
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Seven issues to watch as Senate begins amending healthcare bill  —  Senators will be asked to cast their votes on numerous amendments as they begin a debate to reshape the country's healthcare system.  —  Some amendments will be designed to improve the bill, some to satisfy a special interest or pet peeve.
Discussion: The Politico
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
 
 
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