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6:35 AM ET, December 1, 2009

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Michael Moore / Mike's Letter:
An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore  —  Do you really want to be the new “war president”?  If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president.  Pure and simple.
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Fred Kaplan / Slate:
My mixed feelings about the war in Afghanistan.  —  Columnists are supposed to have firm views and express them with steadfast certainty.  Since I write a column called “War Stories,” the least a reader might expect from me is a clear opinion on whether the United States should escalate or pull out of the war in Afghanistan.
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.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama Issues Order for More Troops in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama has issued his order to send more troops to Afghanistan, communicating his decision to military leaders late Sunday afternoon during a meeting in the Oval Office, and will spend Monday speaking with foreign leaders …
The Moderate Voice:
When Michael Moore Makes Sense (Sort of)
Discussion: OxBlog
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.)
Andy Barr / The Politico:
The right hammers Huck over shooting  —  The conservative blogosphere unleashed a torrent of criticism against Mike Huckabee Monday after a man whose sentence he commuted as Arkansas governor was suspected of gunning down four police officers in Washington state over the weekend.
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Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Old Clemency May Be Issue for Huckabee
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jim Brunner / Seattle Times:
Suspect released in Arkansas after claiming he had changed
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.
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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 …
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Invite for crashers... testify on the Hill
Discussion: The Politico
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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David Rogers / The Politico:
Dems ‘nervous’ about Afghan plan
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
David Brooks / New York Times:
Clear, Hold and Duct Tape
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   President Obama sets policy for winning the war in Afghanistan
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.
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
CBO: Senate Health Care Bill Would Raise Premiums 10-13 Percent  —  In another blow to Democrats' health care claims, the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis on Monday projecting that the Senate health care bill would raise premiums by more than $2,000 on family policies compared …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Video Shows Romanian President Hitting Boy  —  Romania's government “has collapsed and its economy is in shambles but its presidential campaign has been dominated in recent days by a video that appears to show the president striking a 10-year-old boy in the face,” the AP reports.
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Alison Mutler / Associated Press:   Romanian opposition says president hit boy in face
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: Open Left and MyDD
Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Come Fry with Me — By: Mark Steyn  —  In order to save the planet from global roasting, it seems entirely reasonable to ask Mr. and Mrs. Joe Peasant to subordinate their freedom of movement to an annual “carbon allowance” preventing them flying hither and yon and devastating the environment.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
Did Obama Inadvertently Excuse Palestinian Violence?  —  This is what the President had to say after the Israeli announcement that 900 apartment units would be built in the South Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo: … Two issues.  The first is that this Administration, unlike previous Administrations …
BBC:
Tory Muslim peer pelted with eggs  —  Baroness Warsi, who was hit by at least one egg, debated with the men  —  Conservative peer Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury, named Britain's most powerful Muslim woman, has been pelted with eggs during a visit to Luton.  —  Baroness Warsi was taking part …
Discussion: Gates of Vienna and Telegraph
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
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
Palin's Latest Rogue Gaffe  —  There have been so many lies and distortions pointed out in Sarah Palin's Going Rogue since it was released last week that her memoir has already become something of a gag line.  —  But perhaps the most embarrassing gaffe so far is her mis-attributed quote to UCLA basketball legend John Wooden.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Adam Bellow's Fact-Checking, Ctd
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Unmasking of Barack Obama  —  The overseas reviews for President Obama's foreign policy are starting to pour in — and they're not favorable.  Bob Ainsworth, the British defense secretary, has blamed Obama for the decline in British public support for the war in Afghanistan.  According to the Telegraph:
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 …
Nick Cumming-Bruce / New York Times:
Swiss Ban on Minaret Building Meets Widespread Criticism  —  GENEVA — Switzerland's political leaders faced a chorus of criticism at home and abroad on Monday over a ban on the construction of minarets that passed overwhelmingly by referendum on Sunday.  —  The ban has propelled the country …
 
 
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Decisions, Decisions  —  President Obama has no trouble making them!
Discussion: Philly.com
DealBook:
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Alex Massie / Spectator:
The American Way of Empire
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Now HuffPo gets in the pool
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The Politico:
Pelosi spends $2,993 on flowers
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Matthew Cooper / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Bryan Bender / Boston Globe:
Release of secret reports delayed
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Ezra Klein:
Willem Buiter joins the rotten curs at Citibank
Discussion: Felix Salmon and TalkLeft
Paul Krugman:
Things to come  —  What's going to happen, economically …
Daily Mail:
Five British sailors taken hostage in Iran