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12:15 AM ET, November 30, 2009

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Seattle Times:
Maurice Clemmons, man wanted for questioning, has troubling criminal history  —  Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing this morning of four Lakewood police officers, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health.
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Michelle Malkin:
Violent felon granted clemency by Huckabee now sought in Lakewood, WA police ambush; Update: Huck PAC posts statement  —  Huckabee's Willie Horton II?  —  A deadly ambush at a coffee shop near Tacoma, Washington on Sunday morning left four police officers dead.
Seattle Times:
4 Lakewood officers slain; ex-con sought for questioning
Discussion: Gawker and ArkansasTimes
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New York Times:
Swiss Ban Building of Minarets on Mosques  —  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
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.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Why Do You Believe What You Do?  —  Do our beliefs form the basis of our partisan and ideological affiliations?  Or is it vice versa?  —  There's been a lot of recent evidence not only that Republicans disproportionately disbelieve the evidence for man-made global warming but that their skepticism is growing.
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: MyDD and Ben Smith's Blog
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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
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Theocon On “Going Rogue”  —  Here's an interesting and intellectually honest book review from a Sarah Palin fan, writing in the theocon journal.  First Things: … Indeed we are.  But this is a more salient question for Adam Bellow at Harper Collins, the person who allegedly edited this book:
Discussion: The Aristocrats
Rod Liddle / Times of London:
Iran defies world with plan for ten new nuclear sites  —  Iran's Government today announced plans to build ten new uranium enrichment plants and said work would start within two months.  —  Each site will be the size of the existing Natanz plant with the aim of producing between 250-300 tonnes of uranium a year.
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New York Times:
A Defiant Iran Details Plan for 10 Enrichment Plants
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Last-Minute Meeting On Afghanistan  —  President Obama convened a last-minute meeting of his national security team tonight to discuss the language that his administration will use to describe its new strategy for Afghanistan.  Two administration sources confirmed that the meeting …
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Sunday Late Night: Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap  —  Forgive me for not having funny snark to write about tonight.  I'm afraid I'm dreading the week ahead, full as it is of a 50% troop escalation in the graveyard of empires.  Lots more dead Afghanis and Americans in our future.
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 …
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.
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
Paul / Power Line:
The Obama-Holder Justice Department turns a blind eye to ACORN  —  As I noted yesterday, ACORN caught a break from the Department of Justice when DOJ decided, based on a strained reading of the applicable statute, that the Obama administration can lawfully pay ACORN for services provided under contracts signed …
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
 
 
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Beth Healy / Boston Globe:
Harvard ignored warnings about investments
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Debate on Creating Jobs, Without Raising Deficit
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Philip Webster / Times of London:
Uganda proposes death penalty for HIV positive gays
Discussion: MyDD and Raw Story
Louis Uchitelle / New York Times:
Entering the Superproject Void
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Predatory lending has an ugly tail end
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