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12:10 PM 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; Update: Clemmons NOT in home surrounded by SWAT; UW students warned  —  Scroll for updates...SWAT team reportedly surrounded a Clemmons family home late Sunday …
New York Times:
Man Said to Be Cornered in Tacoma Shooting  —  LAKEWOOD, Wash. — The police cornered a man suspected of gunning down four uniformed officers in a Seattle home early Monday and said he might have died from a gunshot wound, according to news reports.  —  Ed Troyer, a spokesman …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Washington Post:
Palin particularly popular among fans of Limbaugh and Beck  —  Sarah Palin may or may not run for president in 2012, but she is already the overwhelming favorite in the Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck primaries.  —  In a new Washington Post poll, Palin beats other GOP leaders on two questions …
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Washington Post:
Today's GOP is both united and divided  —  Opposition to Obama is strong, but Republicans are split on GOP's direction and leaders  —  The Republican rank and file is largely in sync with GOP lawmakers in their staunch opposition to efforts by President Obama and Democrats …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Still Leaning Against Healthcare Legislation  —  Majority disapprove of Obama's handling of the issue  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans currently tilt against Congress' passing healthcare legislation, with 49% saying they would advise their member to vote against a bill …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Gallup: Opposition to ObamaCare almost at majority ... of adults
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Hill
John F. Harris / The Politico:
7 stories Obama doesn't want told  —  Presidential politics is about storytelling.  Presented with a vivid storyline, voters naturally tend to fit every new event or piece of information into a picture that is already neatly framed in their minds.  —  No one understands this better …
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John F. Harris / The Politico:
7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told  —  He's a pushover  —  If you are going to be known as a fighter, you might as well reap the benefits.  But some of the same insider circles that are starting to view Obama as a bully are also starting to whisper that he's a patsy.
New York Times:
Obama's Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to lay out a timeframe for ultimately winding down the American involvement in the war in Afghanistan when he announces his decision this week to send more forces, senior administration officials said Sunday.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Dems seek deal as Sen. debate begins  —  TAGS: - Senate, - Health Care Reform, - Mitch McConnell, - Harry Reid, - Chuck Schumer, - Evan Bayh, - Olympia Snowe, - Joe Lieberman, - Blanche Lincoln, - Ben Nelson.  Tom Coburn  —  After months of buildup, the historic debate on health care reform opens …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Jobs Imperative  —  If you're looking for a job right now, your prospects are terrible.  There are six times as many Americans seeking work as there are job openings, and the average duration of unemployment — the time the average job-seeker has spent looking for work — is more than six months, the highest level since the 1930s.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
PBS, changing ‘NewsHour’ to preserve it  —  F or the first time since Gerald Ford was president, Jim Lehrer will not have his name on next week's PBS newscast.  —  He is giving up television's biggest perk, making way for a dual-anchor format with a rotating set of correspondents that will change …
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Stressing the Web, ‘NewsHour’ Begins an Overhaul
Discussion: Mediaite, Media Nation and Romenesko
Chelsea Clinton Engaged / Political Punch:
Chelsea Clinton Engaged  —  ABC News has learned that Chelsea Clinton is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, a spokesman for former President Clinton confirmed to ABC News.  —  Clinton, 29, is the only child of the former president and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Gawker
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Chelsea Clinton engaged
Discussion: The Swamp and D.C. Now
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
Palin's Latest Rogue Gaffe  —  There have been so many lies and distortions pointed out in Sarah Palin's Going Rogue since it was released last week that her memoir has already become something of a gag line.  —  But perhaps the most embarrassing gaffe so far is her mis-attributed quote to UCLA basketball legend John Wooden.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The face of rotted Washington  —  Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh — who was one of the most vocal cheerleaders for the invasion of Iraq, talks excitedly about punishing, and even bombing, Iran, and is now demanding full-scale escalation in Afghanistan — was on Fox News yesterday and highlighted …
Discussion: Think Progress
Niall Ferguson / Newsweek:
An Empire at Risk  —  We won the cold war and weathered 9/11.  But now economic weakness is endangering our global power. … From the magazine issue dated Dec 7, 2009  —  Call it the fractal geometry of fiscal crisis.  If you fly across the Atlantic on a clear day …
Wall Street Journal:
In Elections, Honduras Defeats Chávez  —  The tiny country beats back the colonial aspirations of its neighbors.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Unless something monumental happens in the Western Hemisphere in the next 31 days, the big regional story for 2009 will be how tiny Honduras managed …
 
 
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
AOL to Produce News, Videos by the Numbers
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Generation in the Balance  —  Do downturns create Democrats?
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Al Goodman / CNN:
‘Everything points’ to al Qaeda in aid workers' abductions
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Elizabeth Gorman / ABCNEWS:
End of Eavesdropping? Patriot Act to Expire
Discussion: The Agonist
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
The Arabs Have Stopped Applauding Obama
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Ron Paul gains mainstream steam
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Jennifer Brunner / The Huffington Post:
Time to Bring Home the Troops
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Dan Walters / Sacramento Bee:
California debt may be half a trillion dollars
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
David Carr / New York Times:
The Fall and Rise of Media
Vanity Fair:
The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsBusters.org
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Lawmakers Probe Science Czar Holdren's Links to Climategate
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and Bishop Hill
John Mark Reynolds / Evangel:
Done at Last: Ten Final Thoughts on Palin and “Going Rogue”
Kenneth Harney / San Francisco Chronicle:
Break chains of mortgage morality, lawyer says