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9:25 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 …
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
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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.
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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
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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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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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 …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Sen. Reid has recipe for getting health-care deal done  —  Senate's point man for bill has been slow to tip his hand as he faces challenges  —  Of the Democratic senators who have set out to transform the nation's health-care system, one of the least likely is Majority Leader Harry M. Reid …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Nelson amendment expected to fall short even with GOP support
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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 …
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;
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Chris Irvine / Telegraph:
Climategate: Phil Jones accused of making error of judgment by colleague
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 …
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.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Coburn, Vitter want to force Congress into public health plan  —  Two of the Senate's most ardent opponents of a public health program, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and David Vitter (R-La.), are preparing an amendment to force members of Congress into any plan that is passed.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 
 
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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
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
Discussion: Macleans.ca
Mary Fuchs / New Jersey Online:
N.J. gay marriage proposal will be considered by Senate next week
Ben Armbruster / Think Progress:
Coburn Claims The U.S. Is ‘The Best Place To Get Sick’
 Earlier Items: 
Nathan Hodge / Danger Room:
How the Afghan Surge Was Sold
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iranian Crackdown Goes Global
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Jason Zengerle / The New Republic:
So Much Gasbaggery, So Little Time  —  Why Obama is obsessed with summits.
Discussion: Hot Air and Betsy's Page