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4:50 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 …
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New York Times:
Pullout From Afghanistan to Begin in 2011, Official Says  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce Tuesday night that he will begin to transition American forces out of Afghanistan beginning in July 2011, setting the first time frame to wind down the war there nearly a decade …
James Fallows:
In praise of George W. Bush  —  Since the results of the 2008 election became clear, the 43rd President of the United States has behaved in a way that brings honor to him, his family, his office, and his country.  By all reports he did what he could to smooth the transition to his successor …
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?
Discussion: democracyarsenal.org
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama keeps his Afghan promise, but Dems crumble
Discussion: Power Line and msnbc.com
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHENEY STENOGRAPHY.... By some accounts, White House aides …
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Bitter And Afraid  —  The former vice president, the man …
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Leaving the Right  —  It's an odd formulation in some ways as “the right” is not really a single entity.  But in so far as it means the dominant mode of discourse among the institutions and blogs and magazines and newspapers and journals that support the GOP, Charles Johnson is absolutely right …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Jules Crittenden:
Charles Johnson Explains The Crazy Hating  —  Well, 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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Charles Johnson Parts Ways With Reality
Associated Press:
UK climate scientist to temporarily step down  —  LONDON — Britain's University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.
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Douglas J. Keenan / Pajamas Media:
The Fraud Is Everywhere: SUNY Albany and Queens University Belfast Join Climategate (PJM Exclusive)  —  Phil Jones tried to hush my paper.  SUNY Albany won't discuss the investigation my paper initiated.  And QUB ignored my three FOI requests for their data.  —  Some of the e-mails leaked in Climategate discuss my work.
Wall Street Journal:
Climategate: Follow the Money
Seattle Times:
Lakewood police shooting suspect killed by officer in South Seattle early today  —  Maurice Clemmons, the suspect wanted in the slaying of four Lakewood police officers, was shot and killed in South Seattle early this morning by a Seattle police officer making a routine check of a stolen car.
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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.
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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 …
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Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
PROMISES, PROMISES: Friday is still WH ‘trash day’
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Alex Conant
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 …
Discussion: The Awl, Gawker and Vox Popoli
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.
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.
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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Telegraph:   Climate change sceptics are ‘muddled’, says Lord Stern
Derek / pipeline.corante.com:
Climategate and Scientific Conduct  —  Everyone has heard about the “Climategate” scandal by now.  Someone leaked hundreds of megabytes of information from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit, and the material (which appears to be authentic) is most interesting.
The Note:
MoveOn Mobilizes Against Obama on Afghanistan  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: The liberal drumbeat against President Obama's new Afghanistan policy is about to get a whole lot louder.  —  MoveOn.org, the liberal advocacy group that claims 5 million members, today sent an e-mail blast urging members …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The War  —  It seems I should write my official What I Think About Obama's Escalation in Afghanistan post.  —  Mostly the whole situation makes me want to sigh.  I don't think the kind of effort that as best I understand it we're undertaking in Afghanistan meets any kind of plausible cost benefit test.
PostPartisan:
The quintessential Andrew Sullivan  —  Blogger Andrew Sullivan charged Sunday that, whereas in December of last year I advocated a gasoline tax, in my “latest column” on climate change, “the gas tax idea is missing.”  —  “Why?” asks Sullivan.  Because: “In the end, the conservative intelligentsia …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Power Line
 
 
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