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5:45 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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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Congress Will Subpoena Michaele and Taraq Salahi
James Pethokoukis:
How Obama is freezing the job market
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Betsy's Page
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Jobs Summit: The White House Is Stuck
Discussion: New York Times and The Nation
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 …
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Narrow majority support Obama's Afghan strategy
Discussion: The Page and Washington Post
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.
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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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.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Wyden open to alternative public option
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:   Landrieu floats public option alternative
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
ABC offers morning show to Stephanopoulos, sources say  —  ABC has offered George Stephanopoulos the coveted job of co-hosting “Good Morning America,” and intensive negotiations are under way, sources familiar with the situation said Thursday.  —  While the network's chief Washington correspondent …
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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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 Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Nelson will filibuster a bill without stronger anti-abortion language  —  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Thursday that the need for stronger anti-abortion language in the Senate health care bill is “non-negotiable,” and he would filibuster the legislation without it.
Discussion: The Page and Indecision Forever
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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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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.
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.
The Huffington Post:
Bernanke Channels Willie Sutton In Assault On Social Security: 'That's Where The Money Is'  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Ben Bernanke has overseen the greatest expansion of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet in its history, pouring trillions of dollars into Wall Street firms at roughly zero interest rates.
Robert Wilonsky / Unfair Park:
At The Dallas News, a New “Bold Strategy”: Section Editors Reporting to Sales Managers  —  After the jump, you will find a memo Dallas Morning News editor Bob Mong and senior vice president of sales Cyndy Carr sent to everyone at A.H. Belo Corp. Wednesday afternoon outlining what they call a “business/news integration.”
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
So Much Gasbaggery, So Little Time  —  Why Obama is obsessed with summits.  —  Barack Obama convened his first official summit before he was even elected president.  In October 2008, then-candidate Obama gathered a gaggle of business and political heavyweights—Paul Volcker, Eric Schmidt …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Matt Lewis / Townhall.com:
Barbara Boxer: “You call it ‘Climategate’; I call it ‘E-mail-theft-gate.’”  —  Political pundits have long considered California's junior Senator, Barbara Boxer, safe in her seat.  One of the more reliably and dogmatically liberal members of Congress' upper chamber, she represents a dark blue state …
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Gore cancels personal appearance in Copenhagen  —  Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday abruptly canceled a Dec. 16 personal appearance that was to be staged during the United Nation's Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which begins next week.  —  As described in The Washington Times' Inside …
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Riehl World View
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.
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
House votes to make current estate tax permanent  —  The House approved Thursday a measure making the current estate tax rate permanent, overcoming the objections of an unusual coalition of liberal and conservative critics.  —  The bill passed, 225 to 200, with 26 Democrats joining …
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 and The Page
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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