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7:30 PM ET, December 5, 2009


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Marc Morano / Climate Depot:
Climategate Professor to Skeptic on Live BBC TV: ‘What an Assh*le’  —  Professor in at University in Center of Climategate Loses Cool on Live BBC TV Debate  —  A professor who is accusing global warming skeptics of engaging in “tabloid-style character assassination” of scientists caught …
Steven F. Hayward / Weekly Standard:
Scientists Behaving Badly  —  A corrupt cabal of global warming alarmists are exposed by a massive document leak.  —  Slowly and mostly unnoticed by the major news media, the air has been going out of the global warming balloon.  Global temperatures stopped rising a few years ago, much to the dismay of the climate campaigners.
Washington Post:
In e-mails, science of warming is hot debate  —  Stolen files of ‘Climate-gate’ suggest some viewpoints on change are disregarded  —  It began with an anonymous Internet posting, and a link to a wonky set of e-mails and files.  Stolen, apparently, from a research center in Britain …
Noel Sheppard /
ClimateGate Professor Calls G-Warming Skeptic ‘A**hole’ on Live TV  —  A professor at the university in the middle of the ClimateGate scandal called global warming skeptic Marc Morano “an a**hole” on live television Friday.  —  This marvelously came moments after Andrew Watson …
The Politico:
Obama to Hill as Dems discuss deal  —  President Barack Obama will meet Sunday with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill, as a group of moderate and liberal senators plan to negotiate through the weekend in hopes of striking a deal on the public option by early next week.
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Page, TPMDC and The Hill
Heather / Crooks and Liars:
Sherrod Brown Co-sponsors Coburn-Vitter Public Option Amendment  —  Sherrod Brown explains to David Shuster why he signed decided to co-sponsor Tom Coburn and David Vitter's amendment which would require members of Congress to enroll in whatever version of the public option ends up being passed in the health care bill.
Discussion: Raw Story
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Beautiful  —  The Republican braintrust of Coburn and Vitter thought …
Discussion: Open Left and The Agonist
Stephen Koff / Plain Dealer:
Sen. Sherrod Brown joins Republicans in demanding that Congress …
Discussion: Salon
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney  —  Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus' office confirmed late Friday night that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an affair with his state office director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. attorney in Montana.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Baucus nominated girlfriend for U.S. Attorney job
Discussion: MyDD and Associated Press
Peter Baker / New York Times:
How Obama Came to Plan for ‘Surge’ in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — On the afternoon he held the eighth meeting of his Afghanistan review, President Obama arrived in the White House Situation Room ruminating about war.  He had come from Arlington National Cemetery, where he had wandered among …
Washington Post:
Decision on troop increase for unfolded during review sessions
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexandra Berzon / Wall Street Journal:
The Gambler Who Blew $127 Million  —  LAS VEGAS — During a year-long gambling binge at the Caesars Palace and Rio casinos in 2007, Terrance Watanabe managed to lose nearly $127 million.  —  The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama supporters get a dose of reality  —  Some parishioners in the Church of Obama discovered last week that their spiritual leader is a false prophet.  —  Consider the blow suffered by the liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, who issued a plaintive plea to the president on the eve of his announcement …
Brad / Think Progress:
Watergate redux: Break-ins reported at another climate research center.  —  Burglars and hackers have attacked the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, apparently in an attempt to further the “Climategate” intimidation of global warming researchers.
Kejda Gjermani / Commentary:
The True Administration of Justice is the Firmest Pillar of Good Government  —  About an hour ago I was holding an umbrella against the wind and rain, in the outer skirts of the crowd that had gathered on Foley Square, Manhattan, to protest Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's impending civil trial.
911 Never Forget Coalition:
Speaker List 9/11 Never Forget Coalition Dec 5 Rally, Noon, Rain or Shine
Discussion: HazZzMat
Political Punch:
Gibbs Tells a Female White House Correspondent to ‘Calm Down’  —  ABC News' Jordyn Phelps reports:  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and American Urban Radio's White House Correspondent April Ryan have long had a contentious relationship.  An exchange they had yesterday has started …
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Anill / Think Progress:
Report: CNBC Was Considering Hiring Dobbs Until Latino Groups Pushed Back
Mike / Rortybomb:
Persistence of Poverty, and Increasing Marginal Utility
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The only doctor in town  —  Health-care reform hits …
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Sarah Palin says US should rededicate itself to God
Discussion: Liberal Values and
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Bill Schneider / National Journal Online:
The Conformity Movement  —  IN A RECENT CNN POLL …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ramesh Ponnuru / The Corner on National Review Online:
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Discussion: Sadly, No!
Gail Collins / New York Times:
The Lost Weekend  —  The Senate is going to be in session all weekend …
Discussion: Prairie Weather