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2:25 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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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.
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
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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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.
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 …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
President Obama gives go-ahead to implement Afghanistan strategy
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama offers new role for Pakistan
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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 …
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.
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
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.
Newsweek Blogs:
Pastor Rick Warren Responds to Proposed Antigay Ugandan Legislation  —  By Lisa Miller  —  Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of the bestselling book The Purpose Driven Life, drew fire last year when he was invited to give the invocation at President Obama's inauguration.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Rick Warren, Silent Enabler Of Hatred
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.
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: ABCNEWS, Politics Daily and Gawker
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Chelsea Clinton engaged
Discussion: The Swamp, Wonkette and D.C. Now
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
We Know How this Debate Ends.  Or Do We?  —  On Monday, the full Senate will begin deliberations over the bill Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced before Thanksgiving.  And the ultimate resolution of that process wouldn't seem to be in much doubt.  —  Republicans will do whatever they can to drag out the debate.
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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
David Carr / New York Times:
The Fall and Rise of Media  —  Historically, young women and men who sought to thrive in publishing made their way to Manhattan.  Once there, they were told, they would work in marginal jobs for indifferent bosses doing mundane tasks and then one day, if they did all of that without whimper or complaint …
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 …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Urban Institute's Trojan Horse, or “Remind Me Again What the Opt-Out Got Us?”  —  Here Rahm, let me help you push...  (photo: GoGap)  —  The opt-out provision made a stunning debut, introduced by “liberals” who assured everyone that it was the answer to all our problems.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Las Vegas Sun
 
 
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Financial Times:
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John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Obama Lost, Obama Found
Clive Crook:
More on Climategate  —  In my previous post on Climategate …
Discussion: Gawker and Guardian
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
Nancy Folbre / Economix:
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 Earlier Items: 
Elizabeth Gorman / ABCNEWS:
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Discussion: Raw Story and The Agonist
Dan Walters / Sacramento Bee:
California debt may be half a trillion dollars
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
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