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8:20 AM ET, December 1, 2009

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Little Green Footballs:
Why I Parted Ways With The Right  —  1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)  —  2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Piling On Desirée Rogers—Is The Social Secretary To Blame For Two Ticketless Boobs At The White House?  —  There is an unwritten rule in Washington: If you want to last, don't stand out.  Those who do—think Tom DeLay with his cigars, Jack Abramoff with his restaurant—tend to get clipped before too long.
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Gibbs: Despite research dispute, ‘climate change is happening’  —  The White House on Monday made exceptionally clear that it wants nothing to do with the furor over documents that global warming skeptics say prove the phenomenon is not a threat.  —  Despite the incident …
Wall Street Journal:
Climategate: Follow the Money  —  Climate change researchers must believe in the reality of global warming just as a priest must believe in the existence of God.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Last year, ExxonMobil donated $7 million to a grab-bag of public policy institutes …
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Sister Toldjah and TBR.cc
ABCNEWS:
Breaking: White House Says ‘Era of Blank Check’ Is Over for Afghan President Karzai  —  The President Announces His New Af-Pak Strategy Tuesday  —  While tomorrow night's speech will have many audiences — the American people, international allies, the Afghan government …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Invite for crashers... testify on the Hill
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Moore / Mike's Letter:
An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore  —  Do you really want to be the new “war president”?  If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president.  Pure and simple.
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Washington Post:
Obama to send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan
The Moderate Voice:
When Michael Moore Makes Sense (Sort of)
Andy Barr / The Politico:
The right hammers Huck over shooting  —  The conservative blogosphere unleashed a torrent of criticism against Mike Huckabee Monday after a man whose sentence he commuted as Arkansas governor was suspected of gunning down four police officers in Washington state over the weekend.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Old Clemency May Be Issue for Huckabee
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Suspect released in Arkansas after claiming he had changed
The Politico:
Cheney slams Obama for projecting ‘weakness’  —  MCLEAN, Va. — On the eve of the unveiling of the nation's new Afghanistan policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Barack Obama for projecting “weakness” to adversaries and warned that more workaday Afghans will side …
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems ‘nervous’ about Afghan plan
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama sets course for Afghanistan
Discussion: The Politico
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
Washington Times Runs Anti-Obama Birther Ad Featuring Racial Undertones  —  This latest national edition of the Washington Times features a full-page ad that claims that President Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States.  The ad was purchased by the anti-Obama website ProtectOurLiberty.org.
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
CBO: Senate Health Care Bill Would Raise Premiums 10-13 Percent  —  In another blow to Democrats' health care claims, the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis on Monday projecting that the Senate health care bill would raise premiums by more than $2,000 on family policies compared …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
This is Great News!!!  For Progressives!!!  —  Chris Bowers is feeling kind of “meh” about the prospect of large-scale Democratic losses in the 2010 midterms: … Chris is one of my favorite bloggers and one of my first reads every morning.  In those instances where I disagree with him …
Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Video Shows Romanian President Hitting Boy  —  Romania's government “has collapsed and its economy is in shambles but its presidential campaign has been dominated in recent days by a video that appears to show the president striking a 10-year-old boy in the face,” the AP reports.
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Alison Mutler / Associated Press:   Romanian opposition says president hit boy in face
Jennifer Sullivan / Seattle Times:
Lakewood police shooting suspect shot by police in South Seattle early this morning  —  Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning.  —  Clemmons was standing outside in the 4400 block …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Did Obama Inadvertently Excuse Palestinian Violence?  —  This is what the President had to say after the Israeli announcement that 900 apartment units would be built in the South Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo: … Two issues.  The first is that this Administration, unlike previous Administrations …
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Come Fry with Me — By: Mark Steyn  —  In order to save the planet from global roasting, it seems entirely reasonable to ask Mr. and Mrs. Joe Peasant to subordinate their freedom of movement to an annual “carbon allowance” preventing them flying hither and yon and devastating the environment.
BBC:
Tory Muslim peer pelted with eggs  —  Baroness Warsi, who was hit by at least one egg, debated with the men  —  Conservative peer Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury, named Britain's most powerful Muslim woman, has been pelted with eggs during a visit to Luton.  —  Baroness Warsi was taking part …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Telegraph
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
UN marks November 29 ‘day of mourning’  —  While Israel celebrates date on which it was given a state by UN, latter plans anti-Israeli resolutions  —  WASHINGTON - The UN is currently marking the historic date of November 29 1947, the day in which it approved the partition plan separating Israel into two states - Jewish and Arabic.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
The Politico:
Pelosi spends $2,993 on flowers  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers between June and October.  House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a thing for Chantilly Donuts, spending about $265 at the Virginia shop in the past quarter.
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
David Brooks / New York Times:
Clear, Hold and Duct Tape  —  In late 2006, Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. James F. Amos released a brilliant book with a thrilling title.  It was called the “Army/Marine Corps Field Manual 3-24.”  In its quiet way, this book helped overturn conventional wisdom on modern warfare and gave leaders …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Unmasking of Barack Obama  —  The overseas reviews for President Obama's foreign policy are starting to pour in — and they're not favorable.  Bob Ainsworth, the British defense secretary, has blamed Obama for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.  According to the Telegraph:
 
 
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Tragic Mistake  —  “I hate war,” said Dwight Eisenhower …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
New Afghan strategy expected to highlight possibilities, limits of nation-building
James Estrin / New York Times:
Showcase: Dubai's Improbable Tale
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Decisions, Decisions  —  President Obama has no trouble making them!
Discussion: Philly.com and TBR.cc
DealBook:
G.E. Pact With Vivendi Clears Way for Sale of NBC
Alex Massie / Spectator:
The American Way of Empire
Discussion: National Post and Matthew Yglesias
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Now HuffPo gets in the pool
Discussion: American Glob
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Adam Bellow's Fact-Checking, Ctd
Paul Krugman:
Things to come  —  What's going to happen, economically …