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2:25 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 …
New York Times:
Obama Sets Faster 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 …
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 …
Obama wants Afghan war over in 3 years, officials say  —  Join the best political team on television for “Decision: Afghanistan” live on, CNN TV and your iPhone on Tuesday night starting at 7 ET.  President Obama's address begins at 8 ET.  —  Washington (CNN) …
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:, Gawker and Hot Air
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Why Would Anyone Think the Bush Administration Botched Afghanistan?  —  Politico reporters transcribe, you decide: … Right, and why follow that one up?  It's not like a high-profile Senate report demonstrated over the weekend that the Bush administration allowed Osama bin Laden to escape …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHENEY STENOGRAPHY.... By some accounts, White House aides aren't especially impressed with Politico.  It's understandable.  —  Take this morning, for example, where the lead Politico story, kicking off coverage of President Obama's speech on the future of U.S. policy in Afghanistan …
Discussion: The Politico
James Fallows:
In praise of George W. Bush
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Commentary
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama keeps his Afghan promise, but Dems crumble
Discussion: Power Line
John F. Harris / The Politico:
7 stories Barack Obama doesn't want told
Washington Post:
Obama to send 34,000 troops to 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.)
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 …
James Joyner / Outside The Beltway:
Charles Johnson ‘Breaks’ From the Right  —  In a move that has been coming for nearly two years, Charles Johnson has issued a manifesto explaining “Why I Parted Ways With The Right.”  For those who don't know, Johnson is the founder and principal author of Little Green Footballs, one of the oldest and most popular blogs.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Charles Johnson Parts Ways With Reality  —  UPDATE 9:15 a.m.: Cops have shot and killed Maurice Clemmons, so I must catch up with that breaking story.  However, I would be remiss if I did failed to note this by Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch: … Heh.  “Question the timing!”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Leaving the Right  —  It's an odd formulation in some ways as …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
John Tierney / New York Times:
E-Mail Fracas Shows Peril of Trying to Spin Science  —  If you have not delved into the thousands of e-mail messages and files hacked from the computers of British climate scientists, let me give you the closest thing to an executive summary.  It is taken from a file slugged HARRY_READ_ME …
Douglas J. Keenan / Pajamas Media:
The Fraud Is Everywhere: SUNY Albany and Queens University Belfast …
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
PROMISES, PROMISES: Friday is still WH ‘trash day’  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama entered the White House promising a new era of openness in government, but when it comes to bad news, his administration often uses one of the oldest tricks in the public relations playbook …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and Alex Conant
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and TalkLeft
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.
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.
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Palin Book Goes Platinum  —  Sarah Palin's “Going Rogue” goes platinum just 2 weeks after release  —  “Going Rogue” has gone platinum.  —  HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis said Tuesday that just two weeks after publication, Sarah Palin's memoir has sold 1 million copies.
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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