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6:50 PM ET, December 1, 2009

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The Politico:
Cheney slams Obama for projecting ‘weakness’  —  MCLEAN, Va. — On the eve of the unveiling of the nation's new Afghanistan policy, former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Barack Obama for projecting “weakness” to adversaries and warned that more workaday Afghans will side …
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James Fallows:
In praise of George W. Bush  —  Since the results of the 2008 election became clear, the 43rd President of the United States has behaved in a way that brings honor to him, his family, his office, and his country.  By all reports he did what he could to smooth the transition to his successor …
New York Times:
Pullout From Afghanistan to Begin in 2011, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce Tuesday night that he will begin to transition American forces out of Afghanistan beginning in July 2011, setting the first time frame to wind down the war there nearly a decade …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Bitter And Afraid  —  The former vice president, the man who imported torture into the American constitutional system, failed to capture bin Laden, invaded a country under false pretenses, allowed the Afghanistan campaign to disintegrate, and added $5 trillion to the next generation's debt burden …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Briefing the Afghanistan speech  —  Here's the full transcript (minus the part where officials identify themselves) of the background briefing for reporters off of which you've seen stories and blog posts this afternoon.  If you're looking for something to read in advance of the 8:00 address, might as well go to the source:
Discussion: The Hill and Commentary
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
The White House Takes On Politico  —  It's not just Fox News that's become subject of White House derision.  The following is an excerpt from a joke e-mail that is circulating among White House staffers.  It's a response, of sorts, to the analytical essay that Politico editor …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:   Why Would Anyone Think the Bush Administration Botched Afghanistan?
Little Green Footballs:
Why I Parted Ways With The Right  —  1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)  —  2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Leaving the Right  —  It's an odd formulation in some ways as “the right” is not really a single entity.  But in so far as it means the dominant mode of discourse among the institutions and blogs and magazines and newspapers and journals that support the GOP, Charles Johnson is absolutely right …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Jules Crittenden:
Charles Johnson Explains The Crazy Hating
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and The Jawa Report
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
UK climate scientist to temporarily step down  —  LONDON — Britain's University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.
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Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Ben Nelson to offer Stupak-like amendment  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), a key swing vote, plans to offer an amendment that would impose Stupak-like restrictions on abortion under the Senate health care bill.  —  The amendment would mirror language authored by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) …
Discussion: The Page
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Does Ben Nelson Know What “War Bonds” Are?
Discussion: Firedoglake and msnbc.com
CBS News:
Ben Nelson Floats Paying for Afghanistan Surge with War Bonds
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Threat of reconciliation hovers over centrist Democrats on healthcare  —  Talk about using budget reconciliation to pass healthcare reform in the Senate has faded from public view, but Democratic leaders continue to hang the threat over centrists in private.
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The Hill:
Sen. Nelson says he will target abortion funding in health bill
Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
Job Cuts Loom as Stimulus Fades  —  WASHINGTON—Highway-construction companies around the country, having completed the mostly small projects paid for by the federal economic-stimulus package, are starting to see their business run aground, an ominous sign for the nation's weak employment picture.
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Los Angeles Times:
State dinner crashers exchanged e-mails with Pentagon official  —  The special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, who was appointed by Obama, said she clearly stated in correspondence with the couple that she could not extend any kind of invitation.  —  Reporting from Washington …
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Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
PROMISES, PROMISES: Friday is still WH ‘trash day’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Alex Conant
Bob / Capitol Ideas with John L. Micek:
The Worst Kind Of Scheduling Conflict.  —  President Barack Obama ...  ... is slated to deliver a prime-time address on Tuesday night in which he'll lay out his plans for the American war in Afghanistan.  —  The address before the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night …
Discussion: Don Surber, Gawker and Vox Popoli
Alice Schroeder / Bloomberg:
Arming Goldman With Pistols Against Public: Alice Schroeder  —  Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) — “I just wrote my first reference for a gun permit,” said a friend, who told me of swearing to the good character of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker who applied to the local police for a permit to buy a pistol.
Max Blumenthal / Mondoweiss:
Gutsy progressive congressman Alan Grayson leads a double life  —  Since defeating an incumbent in Florida's Republican-heavy 8th congressional district last year, Rep. Alan Grayson has emerged as one of the progressive movement's most vocal champions.  His attacks on Republican obstruction …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMCafe
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Journalism 2009: Desperate Metaphors, Desperate Revenue Models, And The Desperate Need For Better Journalism  —  I was asked to give a speech this morning at a journalism conference in Washington, DC sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission.  The topic, as it so often seems to be these days, is what can be done to save journalism?
Discussion: Post Tech and Techdirt
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Huck: Political attacks ‘disgusting’  —  Under fire for commuting the sentence of suspected cop-killer Maurice Clemmons, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Tuesday called some of the criticisms “disgusting” and suggested they were attempts to score political points.
Derek / pipeline.corante.com:
Climategate and Scientific Conduct  —  Everyone has heard about the “Climategate” scandal by now.  Someone leaked hundreds of megabytes of information from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, and the material (which appears to be authentic) is most interesting.
The Note:
MoveOn Mobilizes Against Obama on Afghanistan  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: The liberal drumbeat against President Obama's new Afghanistan policy is about to get a whole lot louder.  —  MoveOn.org, the liberal advocacy group that claims 5 million members, today sent an e-mail blast urging members …
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. Council votes to legalize same-sex marriage  —  The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, as the city moves quickly to join five states in allowing gay couples to marry.  —  After months of debate, the council passed the bill 11 to 2.
Jeannie Kever / Houston Chronicle:
Some toy drives check immigration status  —  They don't claim to know who's been naughty or nice, but some Houston charities are asking whether children are in the country legally before giving them toys.  —  In a year when more families than ever have asked for help, several programs …
Seattle Times:
Lakewood police shooting suspect killed by officer in South Seattle early today  —  Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning by a Seattle police officer making a routine check of a stolen car.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Dept. Of Bad Timing: Obama And Tiger On The Cover Of Golf Digest  —  What timing: President Obama and Tiger Woods will appear together on the cover of the January issue of Golf Digest.  —  It could be the most politically charged Golf Digest cover ever.  Woods is dealing with a swirl …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
 
 
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