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10:55 AM ET, December 1, 2009

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The Politico:
Cheney slams Obama's ‘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 with the Taliban …
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New York Times:
Obama Called for Fast 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 …
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
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 …
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  —  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.
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 …
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:   Why Would Anyone Think the Bush Administration Botched Afghanistan?
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Obama Issues New Orders On 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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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 …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, Raw Story and The Politico
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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.
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 …
Discussion: The Swamp, Hot Air and Michelle Malkin
John F. Harris / The Politico:
7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Unmasking of Barack Obama
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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 …
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
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.
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
UN marks November 29 ‘day of mourning’  —  While Israel celebrates date on which it was given a state by UN, latter plans anti-Israeli resolutions  —  WASHINGTON - The UN is currently marking the historic date of November 29 1947, the day in which it approved the partition plan separating Israel into two states - Jewish and Arabic.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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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
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 …
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