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11:20 AM ET, December 8, 2009

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MyFox Twin Cities:
Man Chucks Tomatoes at Sarah Palin at MOA  —  The man misses and hits an officer instead  —  BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (FOX 9) - A man was arrested for throwing tomatoes at Sarah Palin during her book signing on Monday at the Mall of America.  —  Jeremy Olson, 33, allegedly threw two tomatoes …
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Stanley Fish / Opinionator:
Sarah Palin Is Coming to Town  —  When I walked into the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan last week, I headed straight for the bright young thing who wore an “Ask Me” button, and asked her to point me to the section of the store where I might find Sarah Palin's memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life.”
Leo Standora / NY Daily News:
Man arrested for throwing tomatoes at Sarah Palin during ‘Going Rogue’ book signing
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin dodges tomatoes
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and The Awl
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Public option deal takes shape  —  A potential deal took shape Monday that could eliminate the public option from the Senate health reform bill, as Democrats weighed big expansions of both Medicare and Medicaid in a bid to break an impasse over the government insurance plan.
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New York Times:
Liberal Senators Press for Expansion of Medicare  —  WASHINGTON — In return for concessions on their proposal for a new government-run health insurance plan, liberal Democratic senators pushed Monday for expansion of Medicare and Medicaid and more stringent federal regulation of the insurance industry.
Bryan Walsh / Time:
The Truth Behind the Leaked Climate-Change E-Mails  —  Icebergs float out of the Jacobshavn Fjord into the Jacobshavn bay near Ilulissat, Greenland  —  The controversy over e-mails stolen from global-warming researchers at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at Britain's University of East Anglia …
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George Monbiot / Guardian:
The climate denial industry is out to dupe the public.  And it's working  —  Think environmentalists are stooges?  You're the unwitting recruit of a hugely powerful oil lobby - I've got the proof  —  Read the case notes for this article here  —  When you survey the trail of wreckage left …
Asiaone:
Climate-gate global warming doubts ‘silly’: White House
Discussion: DeSmogBlog
Watts Up With That?:
The Smoking Gun At Darwin Zero  —  by Willis Eschenbach  —  People keep saying “Yes, the Climategate scientists behaved badly.  But that doesn't mean the data is bad.  That doesn't mean the earth is not warming.”  —  Darwin Airport - by Dominic Perrin via Panaramio  —  Let me start with the second objection first.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Gates: 'We're in this thing to win'  —  In a surprise visit to Afghanistan, he aims to reassure troops, Karzai  —  KABUL — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in this war-torn country Tuesday morning on an unannounced visit, prepared to offer U.S. troops a message from Washington …
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
In debate over nation's burgeoning deficit, a surplus of worry
Discussion: Townhall.com and Achenblog
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Shocker polls: That Sarah Palin-Barack Obama gap melts to 1 point  —  Lordy, Lordy, Lordy, look what the pollsters just brought in.  —  A pair of new surveys revealing that President Obama is still declining and has hit a new low in job approval among Americans just 56 weeks after they elected him with a decided margin.
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Michelle Malkin:
Shhh!  Don't confuse Reid with history while he's playing the race card!  —  It was the GOP that fought slavery and the Democrat Party that battled to preserve it.  —  It's the Democrat Party, not the GOP, that boasts an ex-Klansman among its senior leaders.
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The Hill:
GOP hits Reid on slavery comments
Discussion: Wonkette and Indecision Forever
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
President Obama told me to stop ‘demeaning’ him, says Rep. Conyers  —  President Barack Obama recently called Rep. John Conyers Jr. to express his frustrations with the Judiciary Committee chairman's criticism.  —  In an interview with The Hill, Conyers said his opinions of Obama's policies …
Discussion: MyDD and Political Punch
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Coordinated Bombings in Baghdad Kill at Least 101  —  BAGHDAD — In what appeared to be a coordinated assault, a series of car bombings across Baghdad on Tuesday killed at least 101 people and wounded scores more, according to preliminary accounts by police and hospital officials.
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BBC:
Scores killed in Baghdad bombings
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Xinhua News Agency:
Young Obama statue to be inaugurated in his Indonesian former neighborhood  —  A statue depicting young figure of the United States President Barrack Obama would be inaugurated in Obama's former neighborhood in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta, the group called “Friends of Obama” said on Tuesday.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   Obama statue set for Jakarta
David Brooks / New York Times:
An Innovation Agenda  —  The economy seems to be stabilizing, and this has prompted a shift in the public mood.  Raw fear has given way to anxiety that the recovery will be feeble and drab.  Companies are hoarding cash.  Banks aren't lending to small businesses.  Private research spending is drifting downward.
Wall Street Journal:
An Inconvenient Democracy  —  The EPA aims to bully Congress and business with its carbon ruling.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said yesterday that her ruling that greenhouses gases are dangerous pollutants would “cement 2009's place in history” …
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Gibbs: Poll like a six-year-old … No comments yet.  Be the first!
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Millions in U.S. Drink Dirty Water, Records Show  —  More than 20 percent of the nation's water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data.  —  That law requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents.
Discussion: Don Surber
Fox News:
Ahmadinejad Reportedly Claims U.S. is Blocking Return of Mankind's Savior  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims the United States is attempting to thwart the return of mankind's savior, according to reports from Al Arabiya, a television news station based in Dubai.
David Segal / New York Times:
Debt Raters Avoid Overhaul After Crisis  —  When the financial crisis began, few players on Wall Street looked more ripe for reform than the Big Three credit rating agencies.  —  It wasn't just that Moody's Investors Service, Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, played a crucial role …
John Vidal / Guardian:
Copenhagen in disarray after ‘Danish text’ leak  —  Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN's negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol  —  The UN Copenhagen climate talks are in disarray today …
 
 
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CNN:
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