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11:30 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
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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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.
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Bernanke's Plan for Unemployment: Do Nothing
Discussion: The Hill and Eschaton
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Unemployment falls to 10 percent; Economy loses only 11,000 jobs
Discussion: The Swamp, DaTechguy's Blog and Hot Air
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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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: NewsBusters.org and The Foundry
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Gore cancels climate conference event
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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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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 …
New York Times:
Senate Backs Preventive Health Care for Women
Discussion: Commentary
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Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Obama takes the wrong path in Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Split on Whether Goals in Afghanistan Will Be Met  —  Forty-eight percent say the U.S. is certain or likely to meet its goals  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The unveiling of President Obama's new military strategy for Afghanistan has not left Americans overly confident that it will succeed …
Discussion: The Swamp and D.C. Now
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama's Plan for Afghanistan Finds Bipartisan Support
Discussion: USA Today and Politics Daily
Ben Pershing / Capitol Briefing:
House votes to make current estate tax permanent
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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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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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 …
 
 
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obama's hollow speech on Afghanistan
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Betsy's Page
Bradley Keoun / Bloomberg:
Citigroup Said to Need Treasury Stake Sale Before TARP Payment
Discussion: DealBook
CNN:
Romney defends Huckabee's clemency decision
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Houston Chronicle:
It's official: White will run for governor
Discussion: Scorecard's Blog and Off the Kuff
 Earlier Items: 
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The battle for Teddy's seat
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Martina Stewart / CNN:
Advocacy group drops its support for Lou Dobbs
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