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11:45 AM 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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New York Times:
Obama Sets Faster Troop Deployment to Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has decided to expedite the deployment of 30,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan over the next six months, in an effort to reverse the momentum of Taliban gains and create urgency for the government …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Why Would Anyone Think the Bush Administration Botched Afghanistan?  —  Politico reporters transcribe, you decide: … Right, and why follow that one up?  It's not like a high-profile Senate report demonstrated over the weekend that the Bush administration allowed Osama bin Laden to escape …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama keeps his Afghan promise, but Dems crumble  —  At West Point tonight, when Barack Obama formally announces he is sending tens of thousands more American troops to Afghanistan, he'll be doing so against the wishes of an overwhelming majority of the Democratic Party.
Discussion: Power Line
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Obama's exceedingly familiar justifications for escalation  —  In order to prepare Americans for Obama's Afghanistan escalation speech tonight at West Point (at least he's not wearing a fighter pilot costume), White House officials have been dispatched to speak to the media (anonymously …
Washington Post:
Obama to send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan  —  Other nations to be asked for more forces  —  President Obama will outline Tuesday his intention to send an additional 34,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials and diplomatic sources briefed Monday as Obama began informing allies of his plan.
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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Jules Crittenden:
Charles Johnson Explains The Crazy Hating  —  OK, not really.  Little Green Footballs on why he flipped from right to left.  The explanation is a little thin.  It's more an illustration of how he's flipped out, from right to left.  But apparently it works like this: If you disagree …
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 …
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Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Piling On Desirée Rogers …
John F. Harris / The Politico:
7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told
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Wall Street Journal:
Climategate: Follow the Money  —  Climate change researchers must believe in the reality of global warming just as a priest must believe in the existence of God.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Last year, ExxonMobil donated $7 million to a grab-bag of public policy institutes …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Tragic Mistake  —  “I hate war,” said Dwight Eisenhower, “as only a soldier who has lived it can, as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”  —  He also said, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Clear, Hold and Duct Tape  —  In late 2006, Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. James F. Amos released a brilliant book with a thrilling title.  It was called the “Army/Marine Corps Field Manual 3-24.”  In its quiet way, this book helped overturn conventional wisdom on modern warfare and gave leaders …
Discussion: Commentary
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
LaHood Muses About Higher Gasoline Taxes  —  The federal gasoline tax doesn't bring in enough money to meet the country's transportation spending needs.  What's more gasoline taxes are a good way of raising tax revenue—they're economically efficient and environmentally beneficial.
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Star-Telegram / Dallas Fort Worth traffic:
Congress must debate gas tax increase, transportation secretary says
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
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.
Discussion: naked capitalism and Taibblog
Haaretz:
New IDF unit to fight enemies on Facebook, Twitter  —  The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman's Office is to begin drafting computer experts with an eye toward establishing an Internet and new media department unit, Army Spokesman Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu said Monday.
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Clinton Condemns International Homophobia  —  On the eve of World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday made the strongest statement yet by an administration official that the United States will not tolerate efforts to criminalize homosexuality among countries that receive U.S. funding to combat HIV/AIDS.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Threat of reconciliation hovers over centrist Dems 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.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
James Estrin / New York Times:
Showcase: Dubai's Improbable Tale  —  They journeyed to the desert emirate of Dubai by the tens of thousands.  Laborers from small towns on the Indian subcontinent and white-collar executives from the capitals of Europe.  They came seeking fortune, and they built a modern city unlike …
John Tierney / New York Times:
E-Mail Fracas Shows Peril of Trying to Spin Science  —  If you have not delved into the thousands of e-mail messages and files hacked from the computers of British climate scientists, let me give you the closest thing to an executive summary.  It is taken from a file slugged HARRY_READ_ME …
Mark Naymik / Metro:
Call & Post called out for cartoon depicting Nina Turner as Aunt Jemima  —  CLEVELAND, OHIO — A controversial editorial cartoon in the Call & Post, a weekly Cleveland newspaper with a large black readership, has increased the racial and political tensions surrounding Cuyahoga County government reform and one of its key backers.
Discussion: Don Surber
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Inside the Beltway  —  ALAPALOOZA  —  “Meet Al Gore in Copenhagen.”  The official announcement from this fair Danish city says it all.  The former vice president is getting star treatment when he arrives with an entire swarm of green-minded gadflies for the United Nations' global warming extravaganza, which begins on Dec. 7.
 
 
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Gary Fields / Wall Street Journal:
Job Cuts Loom as Stimulus Fades
Discussion: Beat the Press and Paul Krugman
Rasmussen Reports:
71% Angry at Federal Government, Up Five Points Since September
Fama/French Forum:
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Republicans winning recruiting battle
Richard S. Lindzen / Wall Street Journal:
The Climate Science Isn't Settled
George Monbiot / Guardian:
Canada's image lies in tatters.  It is now to climate what Japan is to whaling
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The perils of being commander in chief
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Afghanistan war upends deficit-spending
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BBC:
Muslim peer pelted with eggs
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
UN marks November 29 ‘day of mourning’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
This is Great News!!! For Progressives!!!
Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
The Politico:
Pelosi spends $2,993 on flowers