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10:15 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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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
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 …
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
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
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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.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Obama Issues New Orders On Afghanistan
David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems ‘nervous’ about Afghan plan
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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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.
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Invite for crashers... testify on the Hill
Discussion: The Politico
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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.
Discussion: TPMCafe and Israel Matzav
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John F. Harris / The Politico:
7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told  —  President Pelosi  —  No figure in Barack Obama's Washington, including Obama, has had more success in advancing his will than the speaker of the House, despite public approval ratings that hover in the range of Dick Cheney's.
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Unmasking of Barack Obama
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: Taibblog and naked capitalism
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 …
Victor Zapanta / Think Progress:
Washington Times Runs Anti-Obama Birther Ad Featuring Racial Undertones  —  This latest national edition of the Washington Times features a full-page ad that claims that President Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States.  The ad was purchased by the anti-Obama website ProtectOurLiberty.org.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The perils of being commander in chief  —  First, the good news: President Obama will not be wearing a flight suit when he addresses the cadets at West Point on Tuesday night.  Nor will he wear a bomber jacket with the presidential seal on the chest, nor even, the White House promises, a windbreaker with the word ARMY in big letters.
Discussion: The Mahablog
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
This is Great News!!!  For Progressives!!!  —  Chris Bowers is feeling kind of “meh” about the prospect of large-scale Democratic losses in the 2010 midterms: … Chris is one of my favorite bloggers and one of my first reads every morning.  In those instances where I disagree with him …
Discussion: MyDD and Open Left
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Afghanistan war upends deficit-spending  —  The war in Afghanistan has turned the politics of deficit spending upside down within the House Democratic Caucus.  —  Liberals are demanding that Congress find a way to pay for the additional 34,000 troops President Barack Obama is expected …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Richard S. Lindzen / Wall Street Journal:
The Climate Science Isn't Settled  —  Confident predictions of catastrophe are unwarranted.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Is there a reason to be alarmed by the prospect of global warming?  Consider that the measurement used, the globally averaged temperature anomaly (GATA), is always changing.
 
 
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George Monbiot / Guardian:
Canada's image lies in tatters.  It is now to climate what Japan is to whaling
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
New Afghan strategy expected to highlight possibilities, limits of nation-building
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Decisions, Decisions  —  President Obama has no trouble making them!
Discussion: Philly.com and TBR.cc
BBC:
Muslim peer pelted with eggs
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Alex Massie / Spectator:
The American Way of Empire
Discussion: National Post and Matthew Yglesias
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Now HuffPo gets in the pool
Discussion: American Glob
The Politico:
Pelosi spends $2,993 on flowers
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber