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10:50 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.
Facebook:
Stupid Conspiracies  —  Voters have every right to ask candidates for information if they so choose.  I've pointed out that it was seemingly fair game during the 2008 election for many on the left to badger my doctor and lawyer for proof that Trig is in fact my child.
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Palin: Birthers have “fair question” about Obama
Discussion: TPMDC
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.... I'm not surprised Sarah Palin …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.
Discussion: QandO
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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 …
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Take back Al Gore's Oscar, 2 Academy members demand in light of Climategate  —  No, it wouldn't do anything for the environment.  —  But two Hollywood conservatives (yes, there are some) have called upon the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rescind the prestigious …
Discussion: The Foundry
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%
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Unemployment falls to 10 percent; Economy loses only 11,000 jobs
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Megan McArdle:
The Perils of Health Care Cost Control
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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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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Anders Fogh Rasmussen / Washington Post:
Anders Rasmussen on new momentum for Afghanistan
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Brown: Vitter, Coburn won't let me join amendment
Discussion: Think Progress and Ezra Klein
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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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Said to Need Treasury Stake Sale Before TARP Payment
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Brian Faler / Bloomberg:
Obama's Planned Medicare Cuts Distress Some Democrats
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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 and The Confluence
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Advocacy group drops its support for Lou Dobbs
Discussion: Firedoglake
Mary Fuchs / New Jersey Online:
N.J. gay marriage proposal will be considered by Senate next week
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
House votes to make current estate tax permanent