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12:35 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 …
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 …
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?  —  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 …
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Obama to send 34,000 troops to Afghanistan
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHENEY STENOGRAPHY.... By some accounts, White House aides …
Discussion: Commentary
John F. Harris / The Politico:
7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told
Malalai Joya / Guardian:
A troop surge can only magnify the crime against 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.)
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 …
Seattle Times:
Lakewood police shooting suspect killed by Seattle police officer in South Seattle early this morning  —  Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning.  —  Clemmons, who reportedly was armed …
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Piling On Desirée Rogers—Is The Social Secretary To Blame For Two Ticketless Boobs At The White House?  —  There is an unwritten rule in Washington: If you want to last, don't stand out.  Those who do—think Tom DeLay with his cigars, Jack Abramoff with his restaurant—tend to get clipped before too long.
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.
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Beat the Press
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and TalkLeft
Jordan Johnson / Arizona Republic:
Arpaio visit to ASU cut short by singing protesters  —  An appearance by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication was cut short Monday night when a group of protestors broke into song.
Discussion: Think Progress, KOLD-TV and Don Surber
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Mutual Fund Fraud  —  Via Felix Salmon, some Fama and French empirical work on the (lack of) returns to actively managed mutual funds.  —  Here's how fund managers do before fees relative to a hypothetical zero skill case:  —  Some managers do worse than random, others do better.
Fama/French Forum:
Luck versus Skill in Mutual Fund Performance
Discussion: MoJo Blog Posts and Felix Salmon
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.
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, Taibblog and Gawker
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 and Prairie Weather
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Bill Clinton's Transformative Change Vs. Barack Obama's Incremental Change  —  The Village Blogs have adopted Jacob Weisberg's clarion pom poms in arguing that President Obama is having the most transformative first year any Democrat has had since FDR.  This strikes me as a ludicrous claim.
Discussion: Open Left and Ezra Klein
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 …
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
No Country for Old Typewriters: A Well-Used One Heads to Auction  —  Cormac McCarthy has written more than a dozen novels, several screenplays, two plays, two short stories, countless drafts, letters and more — and nearly every one of them was tapped out on a portable Olivetti manual typewriter …
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