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2:05 PM ET, December 3, 2009

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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.
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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?
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.
ABCNEWS:
Obama Jobs Summit: Progress or PR Stunt?  —  Obama: ‘We Will Not Rest Until We Are ... Generating the Jobs That This Economy Needs’  —  Is the White House jobs summit an event that will spur tangible actions or simply a glorified public-relations stunt?  —  Some are asking that question …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Desiree Rogers subpoena sought
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Washington Post:
As Obama opens jobs summit, he faces limited options for growth
James Pethokoukis:
How Obama is freezing the job market
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Betsy's Page
The Caucus:
White House Blocks Testimony on Party Crashers
Tony Romm / The Hill:   Jarrett: ‘Job summit’ focused on gauging private sector's ‘appetite’
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama to let Pentagon deploy even more troops, but numbers remain murky
Discussion: Townhall.com
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Afghanistan, 'Obama's war now:' Time
Joe Klein / Time:
Obama Leadership: Can He Inspire America on Afghanistan?
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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.
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.
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
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
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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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Can Win in Afghanistan
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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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 …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Poll shows health care vote didn't hurt Castle  —  A new poll throws some water on the idea that Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) hurt his Senate prospects with his vote against the health care bill.  —  While Susquehanna showed Castle dropping behind Beau Biden (D) by five points after the vote …
Discussion: The Caucus
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Castle still up on Biden
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 …
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.
Christianity Today:
Q & A: Mike Huckabee  —  Mike Huckabee wants pastors to be more graphic about Christmas.  The former Southern Baptist pastor says that the church has sanitized the holiday and should tell it like it happened.  The former governor of Arkansas recently finished his 64-city book tour for his book …
Discussion: The Hill, GOP 12 and Gateway Pundit
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 …
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE DEAL-BREAKING THRESHOLD.... Matt Yglesias calls them “Public Option Pragmatists” — progressive health care reform advocates who want a public option, and have supported and defended a public option, but who don't want it to be a deal-breaker for the larger effort.
Discussion: Ezra Klein, TalkLeft and Hullabaloo
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 …
Richard Allen Smith / VetVoice:
A Broken Promise to Military Families  —  For the last several years, our Armed Forces have been plagued by a lack of what is known as dwell time— the amount of time Soldiers have at home with their families between deployments.  In 2008, I was personally assured by an Obama campaign surrogate …
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.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Exclusive: Republican to Place Additional Hold on Bernanke in Senate Banking Committee  —  Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke (photo: talkradionews via Flickr)  —  As Ben Bernanke's confirmation hearing begins in the Senate Banking Committee, a source tells FDL News that one Senate staffer …
 
 
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Kevin Carey / The Quick and the Ed:
The Hypnotist Situation  —  While Congress has become pretty …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Gary Andres / Weekly Standard:
In Search of a Jobs Agenda
Discussion: Commentary and CARPE DIEM
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Rep. Hoyer: 2010 Isn't 1994  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Andrew J. Bacevich / Los Angeles Times:
Obama's folly  —  Rather than trying to salvage Bush's policy …
Discussion: Washington Post
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James Pethokoukis:
Goldman Sachs 2011 forecast would be an absolute disaster for Dems
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Lee Davidson / Deseret News:
Utahns growing tired of Bennett