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2:30 AM ET, December 4, 2009

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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 …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Americans Skeptical of Science Behind Global Warming  —  Most Americans (52%) believe that there continues to be significant disagreement within the scientific community over global warming.  —  While many advocates of aggressive policy responses to global warming say a consensus exists …
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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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Bernanke: Yes to Social Security Cuts, No to New Jobs Bill; UPDATE: DeMint Will Hold  —  Ben Bernanke let his slip show at multiple points during his confirmation hearing today.  First, as Ryan Grim reports, he echoed bank robber Willie Sutton in targeting nothing less than Social Security:
Tony Romm / The Hill:
DeMint to place hold on Bernanke  —  A third senator on Thursday placed a hold on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's confirmation vote.  —  In a tweet announcing the move, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) explained to followers: “I will oppose Bernanke and hold his nomination until we get a vote to audit the Fed.”
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Vitter wants vote on Fed audit before Bernanke vote
Discussion: The Agonist
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
New W.H. pool rotation sparks debate  —  The media industry, as we all know, is changing.  —  And in this transition, there will inevitably be some friction as online news organizations, which may or may not be bound by the same professed standards of objectivity, begin taking on the responsibilities …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Jobs Summit: The White House Is Stuck
Discussion: New York Times and Big Government
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin: Obama birth certificate ‘a fair question’  —  Speaking to the conservative talker Rusty Humphries today, Sarah Palin left the door open to speculation about President Obama's birth certificate.  —  “Would you make the birth certificate an issue if you ran?” she was asked (around 9 minutes into the video above).
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Palin: Obama's birth certificate is fair game; Update: Transcript added  —  At 7:45, your quote of the day.  Something for (almost) everyone here: For the left, smoking-gun proof that she's a fringe character, and for Birthers, smoking-gun proof that their concerns are mainstream.
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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David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:   Poll: U.S. Isolationism at Historic High
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 …
Felix Salmon:
Why the plutocrats will return  —  Is the US government powerless to prevent the return of the plutocrats?  Or does it actually, secretly, need the plutocrats to return?  Here's Tim Geithner, today: … Translation: we need to return to our bubble-era levels of income.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Free exchange and The Awl
The Atlantic Online:
On Being a Bad Mother  —  Unlike Sanford, though, I wasn't clinging to my governor's mansion.  Unlike some Republican heads of the Christian right, I wasn't aiming to both confess my affair and appeal to Jesus' mercy in order to somehow remain, weirdly, a head of the Christian right.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Kos / Daily Kos:
AR-Sen: Primary bound?  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 11/30-12/2.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% (9/8-10 results)  —  Democratic primary (No trend lines, Moe 5%)  —  Lincoln (D) 42  —  Halter (D) 26  —  Undecided 32  —  Rumors abound that Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is considering a primary challenge …
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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.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Landrieu floats public option alternative
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Nelson: I'll Filibuster Without Stupak-Like Amendment  —  Brian Beutler reports in from Capitol Hill:  —  Sen. Ben Nelson told reporters today he will filibuster the health care bill if it doesn't contain an abortion amendment similar to Rep. Bart Stupak's amendment that passed attached to the House health care bill last month.
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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.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Report Examines Civil Rights During Bush Years  —  WASHINGTON — When the Bush administration ran the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, career lawyers wanted to look into accusations that officials in one state had illegally intimidated blacks during a voter-fraud investigation.
Discussion: Raw Story and ACS Blog
Andy McCarthy / The Corner on National Review Online:
Somebody at Fort Hood Should Be Walking the Plank — By: Andy McCarthy  —  Prepare to be infuriated.  —  It's been brought to my attention by several reliable sources that the Defense Department has brought Louay Safi to Fort Hood as an instructor, and that he has been lecturing on Islam …
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.”
Mike Pflanz / Christian Science Monitor:
Al Shabab blamed for Somalia bombing.  Is Al Qaeda's influence rising?  —  An Al Shabab bomber killed 19 people at a graduation ceremony in Somalia and the Islamist group is getting training from Al Qaeda, say officials.  —  A suicide bombing at a Somali student graduation ceremony …
Discussion: Emptywheel and ThreatsWatch
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: Hot Air
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.
Karen Tumulty / Time:
Where Did Health Care Reform Go?  —  Pretty much everyone agrees that the health care legislation now making its way through both houses of Congress would do some things well.  It would cover almost all of the roughly 33 million legal residents of this country who now lack health insurance.
 
 
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Advocacy group drops its support for Lou Dobbs
Discussion: Firedoglake
David Frum / FrumForum:
We Don't Need Another Churchill to Win in Afghanistan
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Coburn Claims The U.S. Is ‘The Best Place To Get Sick’
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
How the Afghan Surge Was Sold
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and USA Today
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Crackdown Goes Global
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Gawker
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Dan / Riehl World View:
Feinstein, Durbin Seek To Limit Citizen Journalism
Richard Black / BBC:
E-mail row ‘to impact on summit’
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Truthdig
David Mark / The Politico:
Hostettler to challenge Bayh
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Liberals warn Obama that base may skip midterm elections
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and Eschaton
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Justice Dept.'s second in command is stepping aside