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3:40 PM ET, November 28, 2010

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New York Times:
Cables Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels  —  WASHINGTON — A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at backroom bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views …
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David Leigh / Guardian:
US cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis  —  • More than 250,000 dispatches reveal US foreign strategies  —  • Diplomats ordered to spy on allies as well as enemies  —  • Hillary Clinton leads frantic ‘damage limitation’  —  The United States was catapulted …
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Wikileaks' Newest Leak Leaked on Twitter  —  Twitter has out-leaked the leakers.  About 12 hours before Wikileaks latest enormous leak was scheduled to be released, a Twitter user bought a copy of a German news magazine outlining the leak after it was placed on newstands too early.
Spiegel Online:
A Superpower's View of the World  —  251,000 State Department documents, many of them secret embassy reports from around the world, show how the US seeks to safeguard its influence around the world.  It is nothing short of a political meltdown for US foreign policy.
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Made Last-Ditch Push to Try to Prevent WikiLeaks Release
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
McCain wants ‘regime change’ in North Korea  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is calling for “regime change” in North Korea - and blames the recent crisis on the failings of Pyongyang's lone international supporter, China.  —  “It's time we talked about regime change in North Korea …
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english.yonhapnews.co.kr:
N. Korea deploys SA-2 surface-to-air missiles near Yellow Sea border
Discussion: The Hill, Infowars, Guardian and Wizbang
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
China Seeks New Talks to Ease Korean Tensions
Discussion: CNN, New York Magazine and Gothamist
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
U.S., South Korea begin military exercises, as China calls …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and EA WorldView
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The FBI successfully thwarts its own Terrorist plot  —  The FBI is obviously quite pleased with itself over its arrest of a 19-year-old Somali-American, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who — with months of encouragement, support and money from the FBI's own undercover agents — allegedly attempted …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Politically correct Portland rejected feds who saved city from terrorist attack  —  In 2005, leaders in Portland, Oregon, angry at the Bush administration's conduct of the war on terror, voted not to allow city law enforcement officers to participate in a key anti-terror initiative …
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.
Molly Hottle / Oregonian:
Fire was intentionally set at Islamic Center in Corvallis where alleged bomb plot suspect attended  —  A fire reported early this morning at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis where Portland bomb plot suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud sometimes attended is being called arson.
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Frank Mungeam / KGW-TV:
Details emerge about Mohamud, Westview / OSU student
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Democratic South finally falls  —  For Democrats in the South, the most ominous part of a disastrous year may not be what happened on Election Day but what has happened in the weeks since.  —  After suffering a historic rout — in which nearly every white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jeffrey Rosen / Washington Post:
Why the TSA pat-downs and body scans are unconstitutional  —  The protest on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was called National Opt-Out Day, and its organizers urged air travelers to refuse the Transportation Security Administration's full-body scanning machines.  —  But many appeared to have opted out of opting out.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Our puritanical progressives  —  An eminent Harvard law professor, James Thayer (1831-1902), argued that although the judicial function is “merely that of fixing the outside border of reasonable legislative action,” this still gives courts “a great and stately jurisdiction.”
Wall Street Journal:
A Glossy Approach to Inciting Terrorism  —  Al Qaeda's edgy new online magazine is raising alarms by trying to recruit alienated American Muslims  —  The November special issue of Inspire, a slick new English-language Web magazine produced by Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula, aims to do more than report the news.
Discussion: Power Line and The Wire
Guardian:
Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme  —  King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear programme, according to leaked US diplomatic cables that describe how other Arab allies have secretly agitated for military action against Tehran.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Raw Story
Michael Morain / Des Moines Register:
Small-town Iowa embraces Grinnell's gay, black president  —  Grinnell, Ia.  — When Grinnell College's new president, Raynard Kington, bikes over to the Danish Maid Bakery a few blocks off campus, he doesn't play the VIP card.  —  He doesn't mention the medical degree he earned at 21 or his centuries-old vacation home in Crete.
Discussion: Advocate
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 …
Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Billionaires Buffett and Gates: Tax Us More!  —  Exclusive: Amanpour Interviews with Two of World's Richest Men  —  Tax Cuts Redux?  —  As the debate over the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts heats up in Washington, some of the world's richest men weighed in on the debate over taxes …
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Palin Sidesteps Politics at Iowa Book Signing
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Associated Press:
Charlie Rangel urges reprimand, not censure
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Kyl: START delay more ‘reality than policy’ with Reid's packed agenda
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Martin Wall / The Irish Times:
Ictu questions bailout terms
Yuval Levin / National Review:
The Fiscal Trap  —  Over at the Weekly Standard, Larry Lindsey makes …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Helena Christensen calls for action on climate change
Discussion: The Politico and Pirate's Cove
Lamar Smith / Washington Post:
The GOP's other Election Day victory