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6:35 PM ET, December 2, 2009

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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  —  Senate Democrats have just put out a notice: yes they do plan to debate the same-sex marriage bill — passed again by the Assembly last night — today.  —  They will vote on the DRP, Tier V pension plan, public authority reform and marriage equality.
nationformarriage.org:
National Organization For Marriage Reacts To New York Win …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
New York Marriage Equality Bill Defeated 38-24: Updated with Full Roll Call Vote
Discussion: The Daily Politics
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Gay Marriage Fails, 24-38
CNN:
McCain challenges Obama in private meeting  —  Washington (CNN) - Hours before he was set to address the nation on his new Afghanistan strategy, President Obama and members of his war council spent about an hour briefing senior members of Congress at a White House meeting that multiple sources described as businesslike and sobering.
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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
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dems To GOP: Obstruct Health Care Debate, And We'll Be Here 'Til Christmas
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.
Discussion: PoliBlog, marbury and The Daily Dish
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's revealing Afghanistan war speech: 4,582 words and not one …
New York Post:
Setting up our military to fail
Discussion: Washington Times and Maggie's Farm
Steve Coll / Think Tank:   The Speech  —  The President gave his generals what they asked for, essentially.
BBC:
Taliban vow to fight US troop surge
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
E-MAILS: Read Salahis' Exchange Over White House ‘Invitation’
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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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: Think Progress
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Chris Bowers, Public Option Pragmatist
Discussion: TalkLeft
John Ingham / Daily Express:
CLIMATE CHANGE ‘FRAUD’  —  THE scientific consensus that mankind has caused climate change was rocked yesterday as a leading academic called it a “load of hot air underpinned by fraud”.  —  Professor Ian Plimer condemned the climate change lobby as “climate comrades” keeping the “gravy train” going.
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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.
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.
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
HuckPAC coordinator steps down, citing clemency decision
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Gabor Steingart / Spiegel Online:
Searching in Vain for the Obama Magic  —  Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America's new strategy for Afghanistan.  It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric — and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.
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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
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 …
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.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Watch Out, Times!  Murdoch Plans $15 M. N.Y.C. Edition  —  “Good journalism is an expensive commodity,” said Rupert Murdoch at a Federal Trade Commission conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Dec. 1.  —  We'll say!  —  Mr. Murdoch is ready to roll out a budget of $15 million …
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.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
WashTimes cutting staff up to 40 percent  —  Jonathan Slevin, acting publisher and president of the Washington Times, outlined a new plan for the beleaguered newspaper and spoke of “significant staff reductions” at a meeting this afternoon.  —  Staff are receiving notices at the meeting …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THERE ARE 39 OTHER GOP SENATORS.... NBC News announced the line-up for this week's “Meet the Press.”  Take a wild guess who'll be on. … I especially loved the “Exclusive!” with the exclamation point, as if this were a rare, special occurrence.  —  For those keeping score at home …
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
An Open Letter from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg  —  It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected.  Thanks to your help, more than 350 million people around the world are using Facebook to share their lives online.  —  To make this possible …
 
 
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Just 21% Favor Bernanke's Reappointment As Fed Chairman
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP memo counsels tactics to impede health care vote
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
ORSZAG ON PUBLIC OPTION
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Robert Kagan / PostPartisan:
Obama's lonely decision
John Poirier / Reuters:
Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman
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David Frum / FrumForum:
Obama Passed His Test, Now Republicans Face Ours
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Morning After  —  I think this strategy is doomed.
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Nicole Albano / Market Wire:
Sarah Palin Strikes New Ground as Keynote Speaker at International Bowl Expo 2010
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 Earlier Items: 
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Baucus Admits Reid Bill Costs $2.5 Trillion Over 10 Years …
Discussion: Hot Air
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Despite His Promise To ‘Applaud’ …
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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Announcing One Voice For Choice
Discussion: RHRealityCheck.org
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Matthews on Obama's Speech at West Point: He ‘Went to Maybe the Enemy Camp Tonight’
Discussion: NPR Blogs