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11:55 AM ET, December 2, 2009


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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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This I Believe  —  Let me start with the bottom line and then tell you how I got there: I can't agree with President Obama's decision to escalate in Afghanistan.  I'd prefer a minimalist approach, working with tribal leaders the way we did to overthrow the Taliban regime in the first place.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
A Disappointing Speech in Support of the Right Policy  —  President Obama's speech on Afghanistan was disappointing.  Yes, the policy is right: more troops, a counter-insurgency strategy, a stronger alliance with Pakistan.  But the personal commitment of the president to pursue the war …
New York Times:
Two Messages for Two Sides  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama went before the nation on Tuesday night to announce that he would escalate the war in Afghanistan.  And Mr. Obama went before the nation to announce that he had a plan to end the war in Afghanistan.
the Medium Lobster / Fafblog:
Victory Science  —  Let us never forget just what's at stake …
Discussion: Unfogged
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
McCain:Obama's Timeline for Withdrawal will ‘Embolden Enemies’
New York Times:
Obama Adds Troops, but Maps Exit Plan
Tiger Woods:
Tiger comments on current events  —  I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.  I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.  I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.  I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family.
Associated Press:
Transcript of Tiger Woods' statement
Discussion: Althouse and The Other McCain
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews on Obama's Speech at West Point: He ‘Went to Maybe the Enemy Camp Tonight’  —  Chris Matthews with possibly the stupidest comment of the night after Obama's speech at West Point.  A military installation is “the enemy camp” Chris?  Unbelievable. … Matthews was already back tracking a bit later in the evening.
McCain challenges Obama in private meeting  —  Washington (CNN) - Hours before he was set to address the nation on his new Afghanistan strategy, President Obama and members of his war council spent about an hour briefing senior members of Congress at a White House meeting that multiple sources described as businesslike and sobering.
Ronald Bailey / Reason:
The Scientific Tragedy of Climategate  —  Can climate change science recover from the damage done by leaked emails?  —  Climategate.  What a hot mess.  Researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia and their colleagues around the globe may have fiddled …
Megan McArdle:
Climategate III: The Mystery of the Missing Data
New York Post:
No data = no science
Discussion: The New Republic
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE ARE 39 OTHER GOP SENATORS.... NBC News announced the line-up for this week's “Meet the Press.”  Take a wild guess who'll be on. … I especially loved the “Exclusive!” with the exclamation point, as if this were a rare, special occurrence.  —  For those keeping score at home …
Google to limit free news access  —  Newspaper publishers will now be able to set a limit on the number of free news articles people can read through Google, the company has announced.  —  The concession follows claims from some media companies that the search engine is profiting from online news pages.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg  —  It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected.  Thanks to your help, more than 350 million people around the world are using Facebook to share their lives online.  —  To make this possible …
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
House banking panel set for final regulations vote  —  WASHINGTON — House lawmakers are ready to clear a significant hurdle in their drive to slap new financial restraints on big Wall Street institutions and to demand greater openness from the nation's central bank.
Discussion: The Page
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Bernanke hearing brings Fed critics
Discussion: The Page
Brad / Think Progress:
Lou Dobbs Explodes: ‘Who The Hell Does This President Think He Is!?!’  —  Birther Lou Dobbs and climate denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) are concerned that President Barack Obama is trying to turn America into a monarchy.  Appearing on Dobbs' radio show on Tuesday, Inhofe argued President Obama …
The Hill:
Reid set to unveil new public option, breaking Senate impasse on healthcare  —  A new measure on the public option will be unveiled next week, which Senate Democratic leaders hope will break the logjam on healthcare reform.  —  Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who has been tapped by Majority Leader Harry Reid …
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