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11:50 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 …
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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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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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
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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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 …
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”
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
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
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Tariq Ramadan / Guardian:
My compatriots' vote to ban minarets is fuelled by fear
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 …
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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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
A Generation in the Balance  —  Do downturns create Democrats?
Discussion: The New Republic and Commentary
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Chelsea Clinton engaged
Discussion: The Swamp, Political Punch and Gawker
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
Discussion: Hotline On Call
 Earlier Items: 
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
PBS, changing ‘NewsHour’ to preserve it
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Lawmakers Probe Science Czar Holdren's Links to Climategate
Discussion: Confederate Yankee and Bishop Hill
Kenneth Harney / San Francisco Chronicle:
Break chains of mortgage morality, lawyer says