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3:05 PM ET, November 30, 2009

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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 …
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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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ENCOURAGING DICK.... As you may have heard, Newsweek's Jon Meacham …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Mediaite
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Elections Have Consequences?  —  John Meachem offers us …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Wonk Room
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Only .125 Percent Of Republicans Say Cheney Best Reflects GOP's Core Values
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; search continues; how Clemmons played Arkansas  —  Scroll for updates...SWAT team reportedly surrounded a Clemmons family home late Sunday …
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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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.
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  —  President Barack Obama has already ordered his military commanders to implement his Afghanistan strategy, which will be unveiled to the nation in a primetime address from West Point on Tuesday.
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama offers new role for Pakistan
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
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Durbin says Dems won't let abortion divide sink health bill
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.
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.
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:
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
NYT's Labaton, Lewis taking buyouts  —  New York Times staffers have until next Monday to apply for the current buyout offer, and already two veteran reporters are planning to leave the Washington bureau: Stephen Labaton and Neil Lewis.  —  In late October, executive editor Bill Keller held …
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
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 …
Discussion: Guardian and Gawker
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.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
SCOTUS upholds gov't position in detainee photo battle  —  The Supreme Court on Monday tossed a lower court's decision to release photos depicting soldiers abusing enemy combatants in foriegn prisons.  —  That ruling — which also means the 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals must re-examine the case …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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 …
 
 
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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Dan Walters / Sacramento Bee:
California debt may be half a trillion dollars
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