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9:50 AM ET, November 28, 2010


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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Former Republican Sen. Warns GOP May ‘Have Gone So Far Overboard That We Are Beyond Redemption’  —  In an age when far-right tea party activists have taken over the Republican Party and demanded lockstep allegiance, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been one of the few GOP lawmakers to step out of line.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Senator Lugar Charts His Course Against the Winds  —  WASHINGTON — Mavericks are not in vogue these days on Capitol Hill, a place where hyper-partisanship and obduracy seem to be their own rewards.  —  But Senator Richard G. Lugar, an Indiana Republican who played that role long before it had a brand name …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Chairman Seeks New Power for U.S. Watchdogs  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican who will lead the chief investigative committee in the House is planning to vastly expand scrutiny of the Obama administration by seeking new subpoena powers for dozens of federal agency watchdogs in hopes …
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Helena Christensen calls for action on climate change  —  Climate change is like ‘groundhog day’ for poor people suffering floods and droughts year after year as the temperature rises, Helena Christensen has said after visiting communities hit by extreme weather.
Discussion: The Politico and Pirate's Cove
Scott Simon / NPR:
Simon Says  —  That Fat Lip Might Give Obama Some Street Cred … Gauze in hand, President Barack Obama walks to his car after the game of basketball Friday at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.  —  Just three weeks after getting a shellacking in the midterm elections, President Obama got a fat lip.
ZIP / Weasel Zippers:   NPR: Obama's Fat Lip Gives Him “Street Cred,” …
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
U.S., South Korea begin military exercises, as China calls for emergency talks on North Korea  —  SEOUL - South Korea and the United States on Sunday began joint naval exercises that will include live fire and bombing drills as hermetic North Korea deployed missiles close to the Yellow Sea …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and EA WorldView
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Asking China to Act Like the U.S.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Still the Best Congress Money Can Buy  —  SO America's latest crisis — until it wasn't — was airport screeners touching our junk.  As this long year lurches toward its end, we all agree that something has gone wrong in America, and we're desperately casting about for a coherent explanation for our discontent, if not a scapegoat.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Despite Alaska Senate race results, Joe Miller presses on in principle  —  Much of America may have moved on, but Joe Miller has not.  More than a week after the last vote was counted in Alaska's closely watched U.S. Senate race, the Republican nominee continues to press his case in court …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Charles Krauthammer Rips Liberal Media for Being Obsessed with Sarah Palin  —  Charles Krauthammer on Friday tore into the liberal media for being obsessed with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.  —  After Krauthammer scolded the “editorial judgment” of the producers of PBS's “Inside Washington” …
David Segal / New York Times:
A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web  —  SHOPPING online in late July, Clarabelle Rodriguez typed the name of her favorite eyeglass brand into Google's search bar.  —  In moments, she found the perfect frames — made by a French company called Lafont — on a Web site that looked snazzy and stood at the top of the search results.
Lamar Smith / Washington Post:
The GOP's other Election Day victory  —  The conventional wisdom has already settled like a blanket over Washington.  Allegedly, Hispanics flocked to the polls to punish Republicans for the Arizona immigration law.  They “saved” the Senate for Democrats.  And on and on.  The conventional wisdom, however, is wrong.
Yuval Levin / National Review:
The Fiscal Trap  —  Over at the Weekly Standard, Larry Lindsey makes a very important point, pertinent to both the QE2 debate and the conversation in recent weeks about various proposals to reduce the deficit and debt.  Most of the baseline assumptions about the size of our debt assume …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Phil Aldrick / Telegraph:
First Greece, then Ireland - Europe's debt problem has gone from bad to worse  —  After German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments on bondholders, the single currency finds itself skidding ever closer to collapse.  —  Another week, another crisis for the euro.  In April, the single currency wobbled as Greece was rescued.
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi may go to Nobel peace award
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United Nations climate talks in limbo
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A Nuclear Standoff With Libya
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Africa Needs Aid, Not Flawed Theories
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