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7:30 PM ET, December 4, 2009

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin Puts The Trig Question Back On The Table  —  Sarah Palin has now made two very clear public statements in the last day about the legitimacy of questions about the maternity of her son Trig.  Here's the first, transcribed from the interview above: … And here's the second, a later Facebook attempt to walk back some of this:
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin, anti-abortion star
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Palin: Birthers have “fair question” about Obama
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.... I'm not surprised Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Politics Daily
New York Times:
Jobs Report Is Strongest Since the Start of the Recession  —  In the strongest jobs report since the recession began two years ago, the nation's employers all but stopped shedding jobs in November, the government reported on Friday, and they appeared to be on the verge of finally rebuilding the work force.
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Christina Romer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
On the Employment Situation in November  —  Today's employment report was the most hopeful sign yet that the stabilization of financial markets and the recovery in economic growth may be leading to improvements in the labor market.  —  Payroll employment declined 11,000 in November.
Spiegel Online:
Prostitutes Offer Free Climate Summit Sex  —  Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards to city hotels warning summit guests not to patronize Danish sex workers during the upcoming conference.  Now, the prostitutes have struck back, offering free sex to anyone who produces one of the warnings.
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
NV-Sen: Dear Harry, Kicking Your Ass is Going to be Fun  —  Harry Reid has raised a small fortune for his reelection campaign, and it's not working: … I've been talking to a lot of people in Arkansas recently, and they all say that Blanche Lincoln traded her vote on health care for her chairmanship of the Ag Committee.
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Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Senate to vote on health amendments over weekend
Discussion: The Hill, Open Congress and The Page
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Beck's movie bombs in New York, Boston — and Washington, D.C.  —  In New York, Beck sold 17 tickets.  In Boston, another 17.  And in Washington, D.C., the hotbed of political activism, his tearful film drew only 30, Raw Story has found.  —  Glenn Beck's new movie The Christmas Sweater …
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The Huffington Post:
Aetna Forcing 600,000-Plus To Lose Coverage In Effort To Raise Profits  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Health insurance giant Aetna is planning to force up to 650,000 clients to drop their coverage next year as it seeks to raise additional revenue to meet profit expectations.
Jim Tankersley / The Swamp:
Obama delays Copenhagen, raises stakes  —  by Jim Tankersley and updated 4:50 pm EST  —  President Barack Obama will push back his visit to the international climate change treaty negotiations in Copenhagen from the first week of the conference to its final scheduled day, a senior White House official said this afternoon.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs takes a swipe at the GOP  —  White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters in his West Wing office Friday that the Republican Party's approval rating is “only slightly above the national drinking age.”  —  Gibbs was criticizing GOP efforts to delay Senate passage of the healthcare bill.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
McCain's madder than he's ever been  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) says he's “madder than he's ever been.”  —  And that's saying something.  —  Don Imus and the Arizona Republican were talking Friday morning about the February stimulus vote when McCain, who kept his famous temper at bay during the '08 campaign, went Howard Beale.
Discussion: The Buzz
CNN:
CNN Poll: Obama approval under 50 percent  —  Washington (CNN) - Support for President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy is fairly high, but that hasn't stopped his approval rating from dropping below 50 percent for the first time in a CNN poll.  —  According to a CNN/Opinion Research …
Paul Krugman:
Good news is bad news  —  Today's unemployment report was good news.  But in a real sense good news is bad news, because this month's not-too-bad number deflates the sense of urgency.  —  The fact remains that realistic projections show unemployment staying disastrously high for many years.
Ezra Klein:
My theory of the public option fight, and of health care  —  Digby has a great post on the politics of the public option: … I'm a policy guy, arguably to the point of myopia.  The public option compromises that are on the table at this point aren't really compromises worth having.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Thomson Reuters Public Option Poll Details Obtained - Exclusively Here
Discussion: The Sundries Shack
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Analytic Mode  —  Many Democrats are nostalgic for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign — for the passion, the clarity, the bliss-to-be-alive fervor.  They argue that these things are missing in a cautious and emotionless White House.  —  But, of course, the Obama campaign …
Ezra Klein:
Can Congress cut Medicare costs?  —  Jim Horney is the director of federal fiscal policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Before that, he worked on the Senate Budget Committee, and before that, he served as chief of the Projections Unit in the Budget Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and cbpp.org
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's hollow speech on Afghanistan  —  We shall fight in the air, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields, we shall fight in the hills — for 18 months.  Then we start packing for home.  —  We shall never surrender — unless the war gets too expensive …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Obama's “Safe Schools Czar” Is Promoting Child Porn in the Classroom- Kevin Jennings and the GLSEN Reading List  —  Scott Baker from Breitbart-TV.com and Co-Host of ‘The B-Cast’ submitted this shocking report today on Obama's deviant Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings.
Washington Post:
Homeland Security panel faces ethics scrutiny after credit card hearing  —  At a hearing in late March, the nation's credit card companies faced the threat of expensive new rules from an unlikely regulator: the House Committee on Homeland Security, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.).
Paul Sullivan / Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich evidence stolen from his lawyers' offices  —  Chicago police were investigating a burglary at the offices of attorneys for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in which at least one computer containing undercover recordings from the sweeping corruption case was stolen, sources said.
Discussion: The Politico, Gawker and TPMMuckraker
 
 
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The $700 billion man  —  NEVADA COUNTY, CALIF. …
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
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Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Elizabeth Warren: Hey, Isn't America's Middle Class “Too Big to Fail”?
David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Going for gold: Rudy Giuliani takes job as security consultant …
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Comcast-NBC Deal: Does the Merger's Approval Rest on Health Care?
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
Michael King / WXIA-TV:
House Speaker Glenn Richardson Resigns
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ethics Committee issues subpoenas
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Blue America for Single Payer
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Palin And The Wimmens Vote
Richard Borreca / Star Bulletin:
Obamas will spend holidays in Hawaii
Discussion: TPMDC, The Page and The Hill
New York Times:
NATO Pledges 7,000 Troops, but Avoids Details