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10:00 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; Update: SWAT team surrounds Clemmons' family home  —  Scroll for updates...SWAT team reportedly surrounded a Clemmons family home late Sunday...KIRO TV in Seattle has details …
Huck PAC:
STATEMENT REGARDING WASHINGTON STATE SLAYINGS  —  The senseless and savage execution of police officers in Washington State has saddened the nation, and early reports indicate that a person of interest is a repeat offender who once lived in Arkansas and was wanted on outstanding warrants here and in Washington State.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns and Money:
Dumond This Isn't  —  Given Huckabee's gruesome history …
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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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Last-Minute Meeting On Afghanistan
Discussion: James Fallows
Naftali Bendavid / Wall Street Journal:
Senate Debate on Health Bill Set to Begin Monday  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate is set to begin debate on its health-overhaul bill Monday, with Democrats and Republicans planning to offer amendments on divisive subjects such as abortion and taxes that could hamper passage of the bill.
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Health-care bill's ability to reduce deficits debated
Discussion: American Power and Greg's Opinion
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Seven issues to watch as the Senate begins amending the healthcare bill
Discussion: The Greenroom
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.
John Mark Reynolds / Evangel:
Done at Last: Ten Final Thoughts on Palin and “Going Rogue”  —  This was a bad and unhelpful book.  —  It was not bad because it was simple.  Goldwater (or his ghost) used fewer pages in Conscience of a Conservative and said more.  It was not bad because it was autobiographical.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Theocon On “Going Rogue”
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 …
Discussion: The Caucus, The Page and Gawker
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Tariq Ramadan / Guardian:
My compatriots' vote to ban minarets is fuelled by fear
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 …
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 …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Lawmakers Probe Science Czar Holdren's Links to Climategate  —  Republican lawmakers are probing Science Czar John Holdren's links to the Climategate documents.  —  Obama's socialist Science Czar John Holdren, who once said that forced abortions were needed to save the planet, is also involved in the Climategate Scandal.
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Ahmadinejad vows dramatic expansion of Iran's nuclear program  —  10 uranium-enrichment sites announced after international rebuke  —  TEHRAN — Iran's government will build 10 new sites to enrich uranium, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday, a dramatic expansion of the country's nuclear program …
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New York Times:
A Defiant Iran Details Plan for 10 Enrichment Plants
Willem Buiter / Willem Buiter's Maverecon:
The intrinsic unimportance of Dubai World and the important wider message it conveys  —  Dubai is not systemically significant.  If its troubles open our eyes to the likely imminence of the start of the final leg of the journey from household default through bank default to sovereign default …
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Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Chaffetz: Bring home Afghan troops
Discussion: Think Progress
Niall Ferguson / Newsweek:
An Empire at Risk  —  We won the cold war and weathered 9/11.
Kenneth Harney / San Francisco Chronicle:
Break chains of mortgage morality, lawyer says
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Sunday Late Night: Thanksgiving Weekend Wrap
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