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9:30 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 …
Rick Karlin / Capitol Confidential:
This just in: Gay marriage on tap in Senate
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
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. …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Neptunus Lex
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’
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.
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
GOP memo counsels tactics to impede health care vote
Discussion: The Politico and AMERICAblog News
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dems To GOP: Obstruct Health Care Debate, And We'll Be Here 'Til Christmas
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.
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
A reason to be skeptical
Discussion: The Foundry
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.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Changing the goalposts on healthcare reform
Discussion: TalkLeft
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Chris Bowers, Public Option Pragmatist
Discussion: TalkLeft
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.
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 …
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders:
Discussion: Firedoglake and Open Left
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sanders places hold on Bernanke nomination
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.
Michael Crowley / The New Republic:
The Day After: A Hollow Withdrawal Pledge Comes Into Focus  —  Barack Obama's aides can pat themselves on the back today; they have succeeded in spinning the president's new troop surge as a simultaneous plan for leaving Afghanistan.  And I can see honest logic there: By delivering a hard punch …
Vidya Rao /
‘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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Gordonskene / Crooks and Liars:
And Thirty Years Ago This Month Somebody Else Had A Great Idea About Afghanistan  —  ("They'll greet us with flowers and candy . .. sort of")  —  Thirty years ago this December, the Soviet Union decided it was a good idea to take advantage of an unstable region by launching an invasion of Afghanistan.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Erin Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Anderson Cooper's Ratings Plummet
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Climate change talks must fail, says top scientist
Discussion: EU Referendum and NewsReal Blog
Michelle Malkin:
Unbelievable update: The crappiest NYTimes column on Obamacare just got crappier
Jfrankel / Jeff Frankels Weblog:
Ten Ways to Move the Budget Back Toward a Sustainable Path
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Discussion: TalkLeft
Robert Kagan / PostPartisan:
Obama's lonely decision
John Poirier / Reuters:
Govt will need to help shape U.S. media: Waxman
 Earlier Items: 
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.
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Nicole Albano / Market Wire:
Sarah Palin Strikes New Ground as Keynote Speaker at International Bowl Expo 2010
Discussion: Bree Palin
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's revealing Afghanistan war speech: 4,582 words and not one …