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9:40 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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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.
Michael Moore / Mike's Letter:
An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama keeps his Afghan promise, but Dems crumble
Discussion: Power Line
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Tragic Mistake  —  “I hate war,” said Dwight Eisenhower …
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems ‘nervous’ about Afghan plan
The Moderate Voice:
When Michael Moore Makes Sense (Sort of)
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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CNN:
Suspect in police killings shot dead  —  Seattle, Washington (CNN) — The suspect in the deaths of four police officers in Lakewood, Washington, had a weapon from one of the slain officers when he was shot and killed Tuesday, police said.  —  A Seattle officer on routine patrol shot …
Discussion: Hot Air
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Old Clemency May Be Issue for Huckabee  —  When Mike Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist minister then serving as governor of Arkansas, granted clemency to Maurice Clemmons nine years ago, he cited his age: Mr. Clemmons was 16 when he began the crime spree for which he was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
ABCNEWS:
Police: ‘Feeling of Relief’ After Alleged Cop Killer Shot
Discussion: Mediaite and Scared Monkeys
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Gibbs: Despite research dispute, ‘climate change is happening’  —  The White House on Monday made exceptionally clear that it wants nothing to do with the furor over documents that global warming skeptics say prove the phenomenon is not a threat.  —  Despite the incident …
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Betsy's Page, Sister Toldjah and TBR.cc
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Invite for crashers... testify on the Hill
Discussion: The Politico
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
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.
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
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
The perils of being commander in chief
Discussion: The Mahablog
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
New Afghan strategy expected to highlight possibilities, limits of nation-building
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
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Telegraph
Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
UN marks November 29 ‘day of mourning’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
DealBook:
G.E. Pact With Vivendi Clears Way for Sale of NBC
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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