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9:15 AM ET, December 2, 2009


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Washington Post:
Obama's Afghan policy speech at West Point  —  Following is the transcript of President Obama's speech Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (The Post's report on the president's address is here.)  —  Thank you.  Please be seated.  —  Good evening.
Paul / Power Line:
What I heard tonight  —  Earlier today I wondered whether President Obama's speech about Afghanistan would sound more like a description of a war plan or a structured settlement of a legal dispute.  What I heard tonight tilted decidedly in the latter direction.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
A Disappointing Speech in Support of the Right Policy  —  President Obama's speech on Afghanistan was disappointing.  Yes, the policy is right: more troops, a counter-insurgency strategy, a stronger alliance with Pakistan.  But the personal commitment of the president to pursue the war …
Discussion: Commentary and American Power
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging West Point  —  8.35 pm.  “Not the deepest of fears but the highest of hopes.”  —  I confess I do not feel those highest hopes.  I do not share his confidence in American military and civilian power to turn the roiling region of Afghanistan and Pakistan into something less threatening.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
This I Believe  —  Let me start with the bottom line and then tell you how I got there: I can't agree with President Obama's decision to escalate in Afghanistan.  I'd prefer a minimalist approach, working with tribal leaders the way we did to overthrow the Taliban regime in the first place.
Spencer Ackerman / The Washington Independent:
Obama Announces 30K More Troops for Afghanistan  —  President Barack Obama addresses cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night.  (Sharkpixs/ZUMA Press)  —  In a decision that may define his presidency, Barack Obama on Tuesday night announced the deployment …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Lunch With The President: The Politics Of Obama's War Plan
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Obama lunches with top political writers
the Medium Lobster / Fafblog:   Victory Science  —  Let us never forget just what's at stake …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Analyzing Obama's Afghan Speech
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
McCain Press Release: ‘Success is the Real Exit Strategy.’
Discussion: Hot Air and Commentary
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Obama at West Point: I do not make this decision lightly
Discussion: The Note
Ronald Bailey / Reason:
The Scientific Tragedy of Climategate  —  Can climate change science recover from the damage done by leaked emails?  —  Climategate.  What a hot mess.  Researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia and their colleagues around the globe may have fiddled …
Megan McArdle:
ClimateGate III: The Mystery of the Missing Data  —  Over the weekend, I came in for some probably deserved criticism from Clive Crook over my initial, somewhat airy, reaction to ClimateGate.  In my defense, he quotes my first post on the topic, not the follow up.
Climate data row man steps down
Discussion: Biased BBC
Hotline On Call:
Tanner To Retire  —  Rep. John Tanner (D-TN), a leading Blue Dog Dem, will retire at the end of his current term, Dem sources tell Hotline OnCall.  —  [UPDATE: Tanner released a statement late tonight confirming the news.  “Betty Ann and I had considered retiring in 2007 at the end of the 110th Congress …
The Politico:
Blue Dog Tanner to retire from House
Aaron Blake / The Hill:   Rep. Tanner to retire
Jeff Poor /
Matthews Calls West Point, Site of Obama Speech ‘The Enemy Camp,’ ‘Strange Venue’  —  Either MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews let one slip tonight, or it was an extremely poor choice of words.  —  Following President Barack Obama's Dec. 1 speech, which he announced his intentions …
Victoria McGrane / The Politico:
Bernanke hearing brings Fed critics  —  There probably couldn't be a worse time for a Federal Reserve chairman to come up for renomination.  —  Public trust in the once-revered central bank is so low, it now ranks below the Internal Revenue Service in opinion polls.
Discussion: The Page
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Debates New Role: Bubble Fighter
Discussion: Beat the Press and The Big Picture
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta mayor: Reed says police chief top priority  —  The morning after being elected mayor of Atlanta by a margin so narrow that opponent Mary Norwood has not yet conceded defeat, Kasim Reed said his first priority will be finding a new police chief well-versed in combating gangs.
Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight  —  Disclaimer: The information presented here has been gathered and analyzed in my capacity as a graduate student at Indiana University.  This data was gathered and analyzed on my own time, without using federal government resources.
The Hill:
Reid set to unveil new public option, breaking Senate impasse on healthcare  —  A new measure on the public option will be unveiled next week, which Senate Democratic leaders hope will break the logjam on healthcare reform.  —  Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who has been tapped by Majority Leader Harry Reid …
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