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5:10 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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Raw Story
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” …
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,” Scar Will Help Him Stare Down Ahmadinejad and Kim Jong Il...  Oh yeah, instead of staring down a sissy, now they'll be staring down a sissy with a scar...  That Fat Lip Might Give Obama Some Street Cred- NPR
William McCall / Associated Press:
Feds: Somali-born teen plotted car-bombing in Ore.  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal agents in a sting operation arrested a Somali-born teenager just as he tried blowing up a van he believed was loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, authorities said.
Jon Bernstein / The Staggers:
Christopher Hitchens vs. Tony Blair: the full transcript  —  “Be it resolved, religion is a force for good in the world”  —  You may need to set aside the rest of your Saturday to get through this, but here in full is the transcript of the long-anticipated Munk debate between Christopher Hitchens and former prime minister Tony Blair.
Discussion: Informed Comment
Tony Blair defends religious faith
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 …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Asking China to Act Like the U.S.  —  WASHINGTON — A fundamental tenet of foreign policy says that nations will seldom voluntarily act against what they have determined, for whatever reason, to be their own national interest.  —  Somebody needs to tell that to the United States when it comes to China, many foreign policy experts say.
Discussion: Right Wing News
The Politico:
United Nations climate talks in limbo  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), co-author of several unsuccessful cap-and-trade bills over the past decade, suggested an under-the-radar approach could yield results.  —  “Perhaps what Copenhagen has contributed to this moment, pre-Cancun, is low expectations,” Lieberman said.
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
Willie Nelson Freed After Drug Arrest  —  SIERRA BLANCA, Texas (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.  —  Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca …
Mark Whitehouse / Real Time Economics:
Number of the Week: 492 Days From Default to Foreclosure  —  492: The number of days since the average borrower in foreclosure last made a mortgage payment.  —  Banks can't foreclose fast enough to keep up with all the people defaulting on their mortgage loans.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi may go to Nobel peace award  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is mulling a trip to Oslo to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for a jailed Chinese dissident.  —  The California Democrat might fly to Norway in December as the Nobel Institute bestows one of its highest honors to Liu Xiaobo …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:   Pelosi to be ‘most prominent’ American at Nobel ceremony for Chinese dissident
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
A Nuclear Standoff With Libya  —  In November 2009, six years after the government of Libya first agreed to disarm its nuclear weapons program, Libyan nuclear workers wheeled the last of their country's highly enriched uranium out in front of the Tajoura nuclear facility, just east of Tripoli.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Daily Mail:
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