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10:00 AM ET, December 4, 2009

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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; Update: Palin responds  —  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.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Palin: Birthers have “fair question” about Obama  —  Of the president's birth, the former governor says, “the public is still, rightfully, making it an issue”  —  During her year in the spotlight, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has jumped on her fair share of conspiracy bandwagons.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Have the greens failed?  —  On May 3, 2007, League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski realized that the plan was working.  —  That morning, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), then a presidential contender, attached his name to a model piece of climate legislation that sought …
The Politico:
POLITICO Q & A: Al Gore  —  Former Vice President Al Gore, who won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on climate change, talked with POLITICO's John F. Harris and Mike Allen about climate issues and the upcoming United Nations conference in Copenhagen.  Here are edited excerpts.
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Take back Al Gore's Oscar, 2 Academy members demand in light of Climategate
Javier C. Hernandez / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Lost Only 11,000 Jobs in November  —  The United States economy shed 11,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate fell to 10 percent, down from 10.2 percent in October, the Labor Department said Friday.  —  The government also revised the October number to show …
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Wall Street Journal:
Unemployment Rate Falls to 10%  —  U.S. job losses slowed sharply in November and the unemployment rate unexpectedly declined, in a sign the labor market is finally starting to heal as the economy recovers.  —  Nonfarm payrolls fell by just 11,000 last month, slowing down from a downwardly …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Unemployment falls to 10 percent; Economy loses only 11,000 jobs
Discussion: The Swamp
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 …
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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.
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Obama takes the wrong path in Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Nelson amendment expected to fall short even with GOP support  —  An amendment restricting abortions does not appear to have enough support to be attached to the Senate healthcare bill.  —  Senate Republican Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.) said he expected that all but a few Republicans would support …
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New York Times:
NATO Pledges 7,000 More Troops for Afghanistan  —  BRUSSELS — Responding to American entreaties for more soldiers in Afghanistan, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary general, announced Friday that the alliance had agreed to contribute a further 7,000 “new forces” to the coalition …
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Anders Fogh Rasmussen / Washington Post:
Anders Rasmussen on new momentum for Afghanistan
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
SENATE RACE: Reid in a battle, poll reveals  —  Nine Republicans running for seat  —  Nevadans aren't warming up to Sen. Harry Reid, despite plenty of early advertising designed to boost his image, a new poll shows.  —  Just 38 percent of respondents said they had a favorable opinion …
CNN:
Romney defends Huckabee's clemency decision  —  Washington (CNN)- Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney defended Mike Huckabee's clemency decision that allegedly led to the shooting death of four police officers in Washington state..  —  During an interview Thursday night with CNN's Larry King Live …
Discussion: Ben Smith's 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 …
Mark Steyn / Macleans.ca:
The ‘science’ of global warming  —  These leaked documents reveal the greatest scientific scandal of our times—and a tragedy  —  “The gravest challenge that we face is climate change . .  . Every one of our compatriots must feel concerned”—Nicolas Sarkozy, president of the French Republic;
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 …
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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John Boehner / Morning Call:
Republicans have the answers Obama seeks on creating jobs
Discussion: The Caucus and The Page
Houston Chronicle:
It's official: White will run for governor
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and Off the Kuff
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The battle for Teddy's seat
Discussion: Weekly Standard
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Coburn, Vitter want to force Congress into public health plan
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Advocacy group drops its support for Lou Dobbs
Discussion: Firedoglake
 Earlier Items: 
David Frum / FrumForum:
We Don't Need Another Churchill to Win in Afghanistan
Discussion: Macleans.ca
Mary Fuchs / New Jersey Online:
N.J. gay marriage proposal will be considered by Senate next week
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
So Much Gasbaggery, So Little Time  —  Why Obama is obsessed with summits.
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page