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10:25 PM ET, December 1, 2009

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging West Point  —  8.35 pm.  “Not the deepest of fears but the highest of hopes.”  —  I confess I do not feel those highest hopes.  I do not share his confidence in American military and civilian power to turn the roiling region of Afghanistan and Pakistan into something less threatening.
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Washington Post:
Obama's Afghan policy speech at West Point  —  Following is the transcript of President Obama's speech Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (The Post's report on the president's address is here.)  —  Thank you.  Please be seated.  —  Good evening.
CNN:
Just In: Key Obama speech excerpts released  —  (CNN) - The White House just released excerpts of President Obama's prime-time televised speech where he will outline his strategy on Afghanistan.
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
McChrystal Praises Obama, Strategy Review  —  So much for the “dithering” critique.  Here is a statement just released by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, expressing full support and confidence in President Obama and the weeks-long strategy review.
Discussion: TPMDC, Ben Smith's Blog and ATTACKERMAN
Paul / Power Line:
What I heard tonight  —  Earlier today I wondered whether President Obama's speech about Afghanistan would sound more like a description of a war plan or a structured settlement of a legal dispute.  What I heard tonight tilted decidedly in the latter direction.
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
McCain Press Release: ‘Success is the Real Exit Strategy.’
Discussion: Commentary and Hot Air
William Kristol / PostPartisan:
A war president  —  In his Monday open letter/cri de coeur …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Scared Monkeys
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Live Blogging Obama's Afghan Speech
The White House:   Press Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the President's …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Briefing the Afghanistan speech
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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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John Cook / Gawker:
A Bravo Contract Delivered White House Gatecrashers to the Today Show  —  NBC News didn't pay the Salahis for their exclusive Today appearance this morning.  They didn't have to: According to rival bookers trying to land the Salahis, they already have a contract with Bravo preventing them from talking to anyone else.
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Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight  —  Disclaimer: The information presented here has been gathered and analyzed in my capacity as a graduate student at Indiana University.  This data was gathered and analyzed on my own time, without using federal government resources.
Discussion: TalkLeft, Techdirt and Threat Level
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.
Discussion: Dean's World and Neptunus Lex
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Megan McArdle:   ClimateGate III: The Mystery of the Missing Data
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 …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Obama lunches with top political writers  —  On the day of his major Afghanistan speech, President Obama had lunch with a group of top political writers at the White House, according to a source familiar with the lunch.  —  There were some attendees today who write extensively on foreign policy …
Hotline On Call:
Tanner To Retire  —  Rep. John Tanner (D-TN), a leading Blue Dog Dem, will retire at the end of his current term, Dem sources tell Hotline OnCall.  —  Tanner has begun informing key House Dems of his decision — one that will make his seat a prime pickup opportunity for GOPers.
Discussion: The Fix, Swing State Project and MyDD
Wall Street Journal:
FTC to Examine Possible Support of News Organizations  —  WASHINGTON -The head of the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday the agency will study whether government should aid struggling news organizations, which are suffering from a collapse in advertising revenues as the internet upends their centuries-old business model.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Journalism 2009: Desperate Metaphors, Desperate Revenue Models …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Palin blasts media for bus tour stories  —  Sarah Palin fired back at the media today for a series of stories on her travel arrangements.  —  Over the last few days, several outlets have picked up on the story that Palin actually flew to some of the stops on her “bus tour.”  (Here, here, and here, for example.)
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: TPMCafe and The Huffington Post
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Does Ben Nelson Know What “War Bonds” Are?  —  Riddle of the day is inspired by Senator Ben Nelson's take on financing the Afghanistan War through a war tax: … One thing NBC's Ken Strickland might have wanted to note while “reporting” this story is that what Nelson is saying here is false.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Firedoglake
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Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Grassley: 'I've lived off the public tit' as a congressman.  —  On C-SPAN's Washington Journal this morning, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was asked if he thought the health care reform bill before the Senate amounted to socialism.  “No,” Grassley said, but he then attacked the public option aspect of the bill, calling it “socialism.”
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, Vox Popoli, The Awl and Gawker
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.
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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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Approval on Afghanistan, at 35%, Trails Other Issues
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Duncan Gardham / Telegraph:
Al-Qaeda ‘terrorists’ win right to hear secret evidence
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Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. Council votes to legalize same-sex marriage
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Threat of reconciliation hovers over centrist Democrats on healthcare