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3:35 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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Politics Daily
New York Times:
Jobs Report Is the Strongest Since the Start of the Slump  —  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.
CNN:
Two very different takes on the jobs report
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Finally, Some Very Good Jobs News
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Dish
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BEST JOB NUMBERS SINCE THE RECESSION BEGAN.... Waiting …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Economix
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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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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Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
NV-Sen: Dear Harry, Kicking Your Ass is Going to be Fun
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CNN Poll: Majority Now Sees Afghan Conflict As Obama's War
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Brown: Vitter, Coburn won't let me join amendment  —  Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and David Vitter (R-La.) are preparing an amendment to force members of Congress into any public option health plan that becomes law, frustrating at least one Senate Democrat who wants to join the effort.
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Coburn, Vitter want to force Congress into public health plan
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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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.).
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
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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Obamas will spend holidays in Hawaii
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