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2:20 PM 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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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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME.... I'm not surprised Sarah Palin would lend credence to the “birther” nonsense; I'm surprised it took her this long.  —  Alex Koppelman posted this transcript of Palin's on-air chat yesterday with far-right talk-show host Rusty Humphries.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Ezra Klein
Alex Koppelman / Salon:
Palin: Birthers have “fair question” about Obama
Discussion: pandagon.net and TPMDC
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 …
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.
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Finally, Some Very Good Jobs News
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BEST JOB NUMBERS SINCE THE RECESSION BEGAN.... Waiting …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Economix
Floyd Norris:   The Job Drought May Be Over  —  Jobs paranoia is at a high among Washington politicians.
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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David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
‘Medicare Advantage’ at Issue in Senate
Discussion: Weekly Standard and TRAIL BLAZERS
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.
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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.).
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 …
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 …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
C.I.A. 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.
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 …
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.
New York Times:
NATO Pledges 7,000 Troops, but Avoids Details  —  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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bernanke's Plan for Unemployment: Do Nothing  —  I've been holding out some kind of vague hope that Ben Bernanke's confirmation hearings might provide a way out of our political impasse on the jobs front.  After all, Bernanke's job is to try to achieve as close to full employment …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Who's Afraid of a 4 Story Building?  —  Courtesy of Google StreetView, here's 1242 H Street NE in the District of Columbia:  —  The owners of this vacant lot in this economically depressed retail corridor currently undergoing a bit of a renaissance would like to build a building here.
Discussion: DCmud and Eschaton
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
The battle for Teddy's seat  —  NEWTON, Mass. — For years, the anticipation loomed.  —  Just wait, Massachusetts politicos whispered, until one of the state's two coveted Senate seats comes open.  With all the ambitious, hard-charging Democrats in the House delegation and another generation …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Palin And The Wimmens Vote  —  I deeply suspect that one reason women don't respect Sarah Palin (among others) is because they think that men don't actually respect Sarah Palin.  Here's an interesting clip of Glenn Beck mocking the idea of a Palin-Beck ticket.  Feministing argues that Beck concludes it with a sexist remark.
 
 
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama praises labor statistics
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs takes a swipe at the GOP
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Paterson Sidelined in Push for Same-Sex Marriage
Paul Krugman:
Good news is bad news  —  Today's unemployment report was good news.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: Obama's “Safe Schools Czar” …
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Obamas will spend holidays in Hawaii
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