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9:00 AM ET, December 3, 2009


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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boxer: Hackers should face criminal probe over ‘Climategate’  —  Leaked e-mails allegedly undermining climate change science should be treated as a criminal matter, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Wednesday afternoon.  —  Boxer, the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee …
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Climate change talks must fail, says top scientist  —  Exclusive: World's leading climate change expert says summit talks so flawed that deal would be a disaster  —  The scientist who convinced the world to take notice of the looming danger of global warming says it would be better …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New York State Senate Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill  —  ALBANY — The State Senate defeated a bill on Wednesday that would legalize same-sex marriage, after an emotional debate that touched on civil rights, family and history.  The vote means that the bill, pushed by Gov. David A. Paterson …
Karl Vick / Washington Post:   N.Y. State Senate votes down gay marriage bill by wide margin
National Organization For Marriage Reacts To New York Win …
CBS News:
White House: July 2011 Is Locked In for Afghanistan Withdrawal  —  Posted by Chip Reid During the Senate Armed Services hearing today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates was pressed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. on whether the July 2011 date for beginning to withdrawal troops is “locked in.”
Josh Rogin / The Cable:
Exclusive: White House aides insisted F-22 be removed from Obama speech venue  —  When President Obama spoke to troops at Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base last month, the unit there parked a shiny new F-22 fighter plane in the hanger.  But according to multiple sources …
P.J. Gladnick /
Huffington Post Suffers ClimateGate Panic Attack  —  Your humble correspondent has been checking the Huffington Post Green section every day since the ClimateGate scandal exploded.  After all, that Green section is pretty much predicated on the theory that the earth is warming dangerously and that Man is the cause of it.
Discussion: Instapundit and GINA COBB
David Harsanyi / Denver Post:
A reason to be skeptical
Discussion: The Foundry
Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
Senator Moves to Hold Up Bernanke Confirmation  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont said on Wednesday that he would try to block the Senate from confirming Ben S. Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.  —  The move is unlikely to derail Mr. Bernanke's reappointment …
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders:
RELEASE: SANDERS PUTS HOLD ON BERNANKE  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today placed a hold on the nomination of Ben Bernanke for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.  —  “The American people overwhelmingly voted last year for a change in our national priorities to put the interests …
The Caucus:
White House Blocks Testimony on Party Crashers  —  Updated |  10:22 p.m. The White House on Wednesday invoked the separation of powers to keep Desiree Rogers, President Obama's social secretary, from testifying on Capitol Hill about how a couple of aspiring reality television show celebrities crashed …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Did you hear the one about Washington lecturing Afghans on corruption?  —  President Obama, who with his latest troop moves has taken ownership of the 8-year-old war in Afghanistan, has based at least part of his ongoing support on the government there erasing corruption as a condition for such expensive American aid.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Don Surber
Jonathan Liew / Telegraph:
All men watch porn, scientists find  —  Scientists at the University of Montreal launched a search for men who had never looked at pornography - but couldn't find any.  —  Researchers were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Franken fallout has GOP fuming  —  Republican senators feel burned by Al Franken — and not by his old jokes.  —  The Republicans are steamed at Franken because partisans on the left are using a measure he sponsored to paint them as rapist sympathizers — and because Franken isn't doing much to stop them.
Erin Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Anderson Cooper's Ratings Plummet  —  Anderson Cooper is fading in the ratings.  —  The respected CNN anchor has seen his numbers slip significantly through the past year.  His 10 p.m. show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” has declined 62% in total viewers and 70% in adults 25-54 from November 2008, according to Nielsen figures.
Michelle Malkin:
Unbelievable update: The crappiest NYTimes column on Obamacare just got crappier; Update: Kristof's disingenuous non-response  —  Scroll for updates...Kristof non-responds...holes remain...  Today, I did something that Pulitzer Prize-winning NYTimes columnist Nick Kristof apparently didn't do …
Lee Davidson / Deseret News:
Utahns growing tired of Bennett  —  Poll shows most want a change — but rivals trail far behind senator  —  Two of every three Utahns want to see Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, ousted in his re-election bid next year.  —  However, all of the challengers seeking to unseat him currently trail far behind …
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate Dems prep for hardball tactics in health debate after floor strategizing
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 …
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?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Kos / Daily Kos:
Sens. Feinstein and Durbins attack on citizen journalism  —  The Senate is currently considering a media shield law, pushed by media outfits that want federal protection for their journalists.  —  The legislation originally had a broad definition of “journalist”, but that was curtailed thanks …
Ezra Klein:
If you give away the public option, what do you get?  —  Most of the energy in the Senate right now is being directed into a mad rush for compromise proposals on the public option.  This reflects the sense that the right compromise on the public option is a compromised public option.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Changing the goalposts on healthcare reform
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 …
William Kaempffer / New Haven Register:
New Haven fire board approves long-sought promotions (full coverage)  —  NEW HAVEN — The Board of Fire Commissioners today approved the promotions of one Hispanic and 13 white firefighters, giving them the advancement they fought for all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Discussion: Bench Memos …
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Long Hot Winter
Elizabeth Weil / New York Times:
A More Perfect Union
Discussion: Althouse, Politics Daily and The Awl
Bree Palin:
Sarah Palin's Fee Schedule - Found!
Spencer Morgan / New York Observer:
Rrrowl! Beware Cougar's Young Niece, the Cheetah
Discussion: Alas, a blog, Feministe and Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Gordonskene / Crooks and Liars:
And Thirty Years Ago This Month Somebody Else Had A Great Idea About Afghanistan
Robert Kagan / PostPartisan:
Obama's lonely decision
David Frum / FrumForum:
Obama Passed His Test, Now Republicans Face Ours
Scott McLemee / Inside Higher Ed:
Decline of the West  —  Ten years ago, in the final pages …
Discussion: Guardian and First Thoughts