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6:55 AM ET, December 4, 2009

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Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Gore cancels climate conference event  —  Former Vice President Al Gore on Thursday abruptly canceled a Dec. 16 personal appearance that was to be staged during the United Nations' 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 …
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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
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.
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
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Reform or Else  —  Health care reform hangs in the balance.  Its fate rests with a handful of “centrist” senators — senators who claim to be mainly worried about whether the proposed legislation is fiscally responsible.  —  But if they're really concerned with fiscal responsibility …
Discussion: Cup O' Joe
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Karen Tumulty / Time:
Where Did Health Care Reform Go?
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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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Landrieu floats public option alternative
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Narrow majority support Obama's Afghan strategy  —  WASHINGTON — A narrow majority of Americans support President Obama's revamped strategy on Afghanistan, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Wednesday, but there are broad concerns that the costs of the war will sap …
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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 …
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
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
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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Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. Authorized to Expand Use of Drones in Pakistan  —  WASHINGTON — Two weeks ago in Pakistan, Central Intelligence Agency sharpshooters killed eight people suspected of being militants of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and wounded two others in a compound that was said to be used for terrorist training.
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
 
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
So Much Gasbaggery, So Little Time  —  Why Obama is obsessed with summits.
Discussion: Hot Air
Richard Black / BBC:
E-mail row ‘to impact on summit’
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Truthdig
David Mark / The Politico:
Hostettler to challenge Bayh