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11:25 PM ET, November 30, 2009

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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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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Issues Order for More Troops in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has issued his order to send more troops to Afghanistan, communicating his decision to military leaders late Sunday afternoon during a meeting in the Oval Office, and will spend Monday speaking with foreign leaders …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
My mixed feelings about the war in Afghanistan.  —  Columnists are supposed to have firm views and express them with steadfast certainty.  Since I write a column called “War Stories,” the least a reader might expect from me is a clear opinion on whether the United States should escalate or pull out of the war in Afghanistan.
The Moderate Voice:
When Michael Moore Makes Sense (Sort of)
Discussion: OxBlog
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
What Obama Needs to Say at West Point
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama sets war policy
Discussion: The Politico
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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Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Suspect released in Arkansas after claiming he had changed
David Stout / New York Times:
Supreme Court Overturns Decision on Detainee Photos  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday set aside a lower court's order that called for the release of photographs of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan being abused by American military personnel.  The high court told the lower court to re-examine the issue.
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
China, U.S. Give Copenhagen Negotiators Some Targets
Tony Romm / The Hill:
SCOTUS upholds gov't position in detainee photo battle
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Rick Warren, Silent Enabler Of Hatred  —  One of Rick Warren's (and president George W. Bush's) longtime allies in Uganda, Martin Ssempe, is the author of a classic piece of minority-baiting legislation.  Its details belong in the history of genocidal hatred:
Discussion: Mediaite and Jeffrey Goldberg
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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.
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.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Adam Bellow's Fact-Checking, Ctd
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
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.
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: Open Left and MyDD
Tom Moran:
A surprisingly dark day for gay rights in New Jersey … Support for gay marriage in Trenton is draining away like water from a tub as nervous legislators scurry towards safer political ground.  —  “I can't say I'm confident now,” says Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), a lead sponsor.
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 …
Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Obama's Winning First Year—And Palin As Worst Veep  —  Over at Slate, my friend Jacob Weisberg makes a compelling argument that Obama is having the most successful first year of any president since FDR.  He notes that a lot of that argument depends on the passage of health care reform, which, I think, remains a pretty good bet.
Discussion: Mediaite, QandO, MyDD and Ben Smith's Blog
Paul Krugman:
Things to come  —  What's going to happen, economically and politically, over the next few years?  Nobody knows, of course.  But I have a vision — what I think is the most likely course of events.  It's fairly grim — but not in the approved way.  This vision lies behind a lot of what I've been writing …
Discussion: Wonk Room
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
On Climate Data, Trends and Peer Review  —  The reverberations continue from what the University of East Anglia says was the illegal dissemination of thousands of files from its Climatic Research Unit (CRU).  Over the weekend university officials put out an update saying 95 percent …
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 …
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:
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 $500 at the Virginia shop in the past quarter.
Discussion: Don Surber
Sam Tanenhaus / New Yorker:
NORTH STAR  —  Populism, politics, and the power of Sarah Palin.  —  The last time the publication of a political memoir aroused as much interest as Sarah Palin's “Going Rogue: An American Life” (Harper; $28.99) was probably in 1995, when Colin Powell's autobiography, “My American Journey,” came out.
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
CBO report predicts hike in insurance costs  —  Individual insurance premiums would increase by an average of 10 percent or more, according to an analysis of the Senate healthcare bill.  —  The long-awaited report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Now HuffPo gets in the pool  —  When I reported last month on Talking Points Memo joining the White House in-town press pool — a move that followed additions this year of Salon and Ebony — a Huffington Post spokesperson said that Arianna's site also had plans to join, too.  And now they have.
Discussion: American Glob
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Obama Lost, Obama Found  —  How the president finds his way out of the woods.  —  The Thursday before last, President Barack Obama came home from his eight-day trip to Asia and received a welcome even frostier than the subfreezing temperatures that had greeted him in Beijing.
Clive Crook:
More on Climategate  —  In my previous post on Climategate I blithely said that nothing in the climate science email dump surprised me much.  Having waded more deeply over the weekend I take that back.  —  The closed-mindedness of these supposed men of science, their willingness …
Alex Massie / Spectator:
The American Way of Empire  —  Actually, the existence of any such imperial ambitions is generally denied, even though the US has been an expansionist power almost since its inception.  The inter-war years of “isolationism” are the great exception, not the natural way of things.  At least not in Washington.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 
 
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Invite for gatecrashers — to testify on the Hill
Discussion: The Politico
Pilar Marrero / impre.com:
Latino voters see universal health care as the top priority
Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Release of secret reports delayed
Discussion: Politics Daily
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Mark Kirk Wrongly Claims That Health Reform Could Make It “Law” …
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Swiss voters back right-wing minaret ban
Ezra Klein:
Willem Buiter joins the rotten curs at Citibank
Discussion: Felix Salmon and TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Trade and Depression  —  Paul Krugman highlights this chart …
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Paul Krugman
James Fallows:
Asian politics, American politics, press fail (updated)
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Daily Mail:
Five British sailors taken hostage in Iran
Financial Times:
The cost of China's excess capacity
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and EconLog
Daniel Williams / Bloomberg:
Hamas Bans Women Dancers, Scooter Riders in Gaza Push