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10:05 PM ET, December 2, 2009

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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Rogers's unwanted new guest: Scrutiny  —  Social secretary's managerial style faces criticism in wake of her first state dinner  —  On the night of the Obamas' first state dinner, White House social secretary Desirée Rogers glided past the rope line of press and photographers at 6:53 p.m. …
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Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Exclusive: White House aides insisted F-22 be removed from Obama speech venue  —  When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hanger.  But according to multiple sources …
The Caucus:
Separation of Powers Cited for W.H. Social Secretary  —  The White House on Wednesday invoked the separation of powers to keep Desiree Rogers, President Obama's social secretary, from testifying on Capitol Hill about how a couple of aspiring reality television show celebrities crashed …
CBS News:
White House: July 2011 Is Locked In for Afghanistan Withdrawal  —  Posted by Chip Reid During the Senate Armed Services hearing today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was pressed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. on whether the July 2011 date for beginning to withdrawal troops is “locked in.”
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Will Desiree Rogers Be The White House's Next Van Jones?
Discussion: Swampland and The New Republic
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
E-MAILS: Read Salahis' Exchange Over White House ‘Invitation’
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New York State Senate Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill  —  ALBANY — The State Senate defeated a bill on Wednesday that would legalize same-sex marriage, after an emotional debate that touched on civil rights, family and history.  The vote means that the bill, pushed by Gov. David A. Paterson …
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Rick Karlin / Capitol Confidential:
This just in: Gay marriage on tap in Senate
nationformarriage.org:
National Organization For Marriage Reacts To New York Win …
Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
New York Marriage Equality Bill Defeated 38-24: Updated with Full Roll Call Vote
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boxer: Hackers should face criminal probe over ‘Climategate’  —  Leaked e-mails allegedly undermining climate change science should be treated as a criminal matter, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday afternoon.  —  Boxer, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee …
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Katherine Goldstein / The Huffington Post:
ClimateGate: The 7 Biggest Lies About The Supposed “Global Warming Hoax”  —  A few weeks ago, hackers broke into the emails of one of the Climate Research Unit of The University of East Anglia, and climate skeptics have been having a field day making mountains out of molehills about what the emails contain.
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Climate change talks must fail, says top scientist
Discussion: EU Referendum and NewsReal Blog
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
A reason to be skeptical
Discussion: The Foundry
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate Dems prep for hardball tactics in health debate after floor strategizing  —  Senate Democrats threatened to pull out the procedural stops to force votes on amendments to the healthcare reform bill on the floor as the GOP continues to object to advancing the legislation.
Discussion: The Note and Daily Kos
Tiger Woods:
Tiger comments on current events  —  I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.  I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.  I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect.  I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family.
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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Senator Moves to Hold Up Bernanke Confirmation  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont said on Wednesday that he would try to block the Senate from confirming Ben S. Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.  —  The move is unlikely to derail Mr. Bernanke's reappointment …
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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders:
RELEASE: SANDERS PUTS HOLD ON BERNANKE
Discussion: Firedoglake and Open Left
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sanders places hold on Bernanke nomination
Ezra Klein:
If you give away the public option, what do you get?  —  Most of the energy in the Senate right now is being directed into a mad rush for compromise proposals on the public option.  This reflects the sense that the right compromise on the public option is a compromised public option.
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Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Changing the goalposts on healthcare reform
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and TalkLeft
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Franken fallout has GOP fuming  —  Republican senators feel burned by Al Franken — and not by his old jokes.  —  The Republicans are steamed at Franken because partisans on the left are using a measure he sponsored to paint them as rapist sympathizers — and because Franken isn't doing much to stop them.
Scott McLemee / Inside Higher Ed:
Decline of the West  —  Ten years ago, in the final pages of a collection of his selected writings, Cornel West gave readers a look at the work he had in progress, or at least in mind, for the years ahead.  One would be “a major treatment of African-American literature and modern Greek literature.”
Discussion: First Thoughts and Guardian
Vidya Rao / msnbc.com:
‘Family Ties’ mom: ‘I am a lesbian’  —  Meredith Baxter says she has been dating women for the past seven years  —  For seven years, actress Meredith Baxter has been hiding a secret.  —  Now Baxter, who played the devoted hippie mom constantly butting heads with her conservative kids on “Family Ties,” is making a public admission.
Adam Ciralsky / Vanity Fair:
Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy  —  Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a C.I.A. assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of the military-contracting juggernaut Blackwater, a company dogged by a grand-jury investigation, bribery accusations, and the voluntary-manslaughter trial …
Michelle Malkin:
Unbelievable update: The crappiest NYTimes column on Obamacare just got crappier  —  Today, I did something that Pulitzer Prize-winning NYTimes columnist Nick Kristof apparently didn't do: I talked to a spokesman at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.
Spencer Morgan / New York Observer:
Rrrowl!  Beware Cougar's Young Niece, the Cheetah  —  The cheetah is most often a just-one-of-the-guys girl.  That's her cover.  In nature, a cheetah will lurk in the high grass and use her spots as camouflage.  —  I called up an accomplished and self-described cougar named Angela …
Jason / The Tolbert Report:
HuckPAC Resignation  —  As I mentioned this morning, I resigned my position as Arkansas coordinator for HuckPAC today where I served in a volunteer capacity.  My departure was with a heavy heart but was done after serious prayer and consideration.  Some have asked about the timing.
Brad / Think Progress:
Lou Dobbs Explodes: ‘Who The Hell Does This President Think He Is!?!’  —  Birther Lou Dobbs and climate denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) are concerned that President Barack Obama is trying to turn America into a monarchy.  Appearing on Dobbs' radio show on Tuesday, Inhofe argued President Obama …
Fred Kaplan / Slate:
But where does it end?  —  The war that President Barack Obama laid out at West Point Tuesday night—its rationale, strategy, tactics, and resources—is different, in ways large and small, from the war that George W. Bush fought (and didn't fight) in Afghanistan.
 
 
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