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3:40 PM ET, December 3, 2009

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USA Today:
Mr. President, here's how to lift our economy  —  Today's White House jobs summit comes too late for millions of Americans who through no fault of their own have lost their jobs, their homes, their savings and, in many cases, the self-esteem and self-respect that come from work.
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Evan Newmark / Deal Journal:
Mean Street: The Sham of a Mockery of an Obama Jobs Summit  —  What is it about Thursday's White House “jobs summit” that rubs me the wrong way?  —  All presidents engage in these sorts of elaborate PR stunts.  Why not just dismiss it as another meaningless piece of Washington political theater?
David Mark / The Politico:
Hostettler to challenge Bayh  —  Former Rep. John Hostettler (R-Ind.) announced Thursday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh in 2010.  —  In a YouTube video, Hostettler repeatedly ties Bayh to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, blaming the pair for what he calls a failed economic stimulus package.
James Pethokoukis:
How Obama is freezing the job market
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Betsy's Page
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Liberals warn Obama that base may skip midterm elections
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Eschaton
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wyden open to alternative public option
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Desiree Rogers subpoena sought  —  With the House Homeland Security Committee holding a hearing today on the breach of White House security that enabled an uninvited Virginia couple access to a State Dinner, the ranking Republican is calling for subpoenas of both the couple …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Jobs Summit: The White House Is Stuck
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Jarrett: ‘Job summit’ focused on gauging private sector's ‘appetite’
Eliot A. Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
A Wartime President  —  Obama's commitment in Afghanistan means losing old friends and winning uncomfortable new ones.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  When it comes to President Barack Obama's long-awaited decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, there are three main points to consider …
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Joe Klein / Time:
Obama Leadership: Can He Inspire America on Afghanistan?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Can Win in Afghanistan
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Afghanistan, 'Obama's war now:' Time
Newsdesk / Page's Page:
Bill Ayers dumps Obama  —  To hear the right-wing crowd, you would think Bill Ayers and President Barack Obama were joined at the hip.  —  Who could forget Sarah Palin's charge that Obama was “palin' around with terrorists”?  —  Well, goodbye to all that.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Bill Ayers, Obama: Parting ways on war
Discussion: D.C. Now
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Researcher: NASA hiding climate data  —  The fight over global warming science is about to cross the Atlantic with a U.S. researcher poised to sue NASA, demanding release of the same kind of climate data that has landed a leading British center in hot water over charges it skewed its data.
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Comcast Gets NBC From G.E. in Deal That Reshapes TV  —  After nearly nine months of negotiations, Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, finally reached an agreement on Thursday to acquire NBC Universal from the General Electric Company.  —  The deal valued NBC Universal at about $30 billion.
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Justice Dept.'s second in command is stepping aside  —  Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden, the Justice Department's second in command, is stepping aside to return to private law practice in Washington after less than a year of service, according to two sources familiar with the move.
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Arkansas Senate Race  —  Senator Blanche Lambert Lincoln has found herself right in the middle of the national debate over health care, and that's a tough spot as she prepares to face Arkansas voters in 2010.  —  As she did in September, Lincoln trails four possible Republican challengers …
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Kos / Daily Kos:
AR-Sen: Primary bound?
Discussion: TPMDC and The Monkey Cage
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Black Caucus Seeks to Ease Radio's Woes  —  WASHINGTON — The radio business has nothing to do with the plan to overhaul the nation's system for regulating banks and other financial institutions.  —  Except, it turns out, in Congress.  —  One of most intriguing mysteries here in recent weeks …
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Frustrated CBC plays W.H. hardball  —  The long-simmering family feud between the Congressional Black Caucus and the first African-American president burst into the open on Wednesday, with members boycotting a financial overhaul vote as a warning shot at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Pew Research Center:
U.S. Seen as Less Important, China as More Powerful  —  Isolationist Sentiment Surges to Four-Decade High  —  The general public and members of the Council on Foreign Relations are apprehensive and uncertain about America's place in the world.  Growing numbers in both groups …
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Job proposals from Democrats could add $300 billion in new federal spending  —  The cost of a new jobs bill Democrats hope to move early next year runs to nearly $300 billion when major proposals under serious consideration are added up.  —  Lawmakers are calling for extending aid to the unemployed …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Mall of America officials backtrack on banning non-English speaking reporters from Palin's book event.  —  On Dec. 7, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be at the Mall of America to sign copies of her new book.  In advance of her visit, mall officials sent out a message to reporters: If you don't speak English, stay away.
Discussion: Associated Press and Bree Palin
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin's English-only book-stop: Mistake
Chris Irvine / Telegraph:
Climategate: Phil Jones accused of making error of judgment by colleague  —  Phil Jones, the professor at the centre of a row over climate change data has been accused of making an error of judgment by his US colleague.  —  Prof Jones, director of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit …
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Richard Black / BBC:
E-mail row ‘to impact on summit’
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Truthdig
Prescriptions:
Senate Passes Women's Health Amendment  —  WASHINGTON - Breaking a three-day stalemate, the Senate approved an amendment to its health care legislation that would require insurance companies to provide free mammograms and other preventive services for women.
Robert Draper / New York Times:
It's Just a Texas-Governor Thing  —  “Now I think you're on to a better subject,” declared Gov. Rick Perry aboard a private plane as the topic turned to Texas.  With relish, the longest-serving governor in the state's history recounted its uninhabitable past.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Washington Times cuts in staff, coverage cue new era  —  The Washington Times, which gained a strong foothold in a politically obsessed city as a conservative alternative to much of the mainstream media, is about to become a drastically smaller newspaper.  —  Nearly three decades …
The Note:
Huckabee: ‘I Feel Awful’ About Commutation, but Defends Decision  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee today said he feels “awful” about the fact that a man whose sentence he commuted appears to have gone on to kill four police officers.
Reuters:
Thomson Reuters poll: Most in US want public health option  —  Most Americans would like to see a “public option” in health insurance reform but doubt anything Congress does will lower costs or improve care in the short term, according to a poll released on Thursday.
Chris Frates / The Politico:
A look at the more than 60 amendments filed so far  —  After the jump are more than 60 amendments that were filed Wednesday and printed in the Congressional Record.  The list, prepared by a lobbyist and circulating downtown, also includes a brief summary of each proposal.  —  The list includes political amendments.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Open Left and The Page
Paul Schindler / gaycitynews.com:
Albany Delivers Staggering, Bitter Defeat  —  State Senate rejects marriage equality 38-24, with no support from Republicans  —  Since May, Senator Thomas K. Duane, a Chelsea Democrat and the chamber's only out gay member, has said he had the votes to pass the marriage equality bill he sponsors.
 
 
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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Republicans Pay Tribute at ‘Tea Party’ Movie Premiere
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Coleman's re-emergence builds buzz
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Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
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