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6:45 AM ET, November 29, 2010


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New York Times:
Cables Obtained by WikiLeaks 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 …
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  —  • Saudi king urged Washington to bomb Iran  —  Read the full coverage of the US embassy cables
New York Times:
A Note to Readers: The Decision to Publish Diplomatic Documents  —  The articles published today and in coming days are based on thousands of United States embassy cables, the daily reports from the field intended for the eyes of senior policy makers in Washington.
Spiegel Online:
Diplomatic Cables Reveal US Doubts about Turkey's Government  —  The leaked diplomatic cables reveal that US diplomats are skeptical about Turkey's dependability as a partner.  The leadership in Ankara is depicted as divided and permeated by Islamists.  —  US diplomats have grave doubts about Turkey's dependability.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
WikiLeaks, Secret Cables and the Downside of America's Security Mania … The embarrassing release of more than a quarter million confidential U.S. diplomatic cables Sunday by WikiLeaks is certain to spawn a hand-wringing national debate over why America cannot keep its secrets.
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Guardian editor says they gave cables to the NY Times
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wikileaks servers under DOS attack ahead of diplomatic document dump …
Chris Fenn / Guardian:
US embassy cables: browse the database
Omri Ceren / Mere Rhetoric:
Wikileaks - Anti-Israel Foreign Policy Experts Got Saudi Arabia, Other Arab Countries 100% Backward On Iran Attack  —  By  —  It didn't get nearly as much play as it should have, but Obama's June 2009 meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ended with the monarch flying into a tirade …
New York Times:
Around the World, Distress Over Iran  —  In late May 2009, Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, used a visit from a Congressional delegation to send a pointed message to the new American president.  —  In a secret cable sent back to Washington, the American ambassador to Israel …
WikiLeaks exposé: Barak warned strike on Iran was viable until end of 2010
Discussion: The Beirut Spring … and Guardian
King Abdullah / Guardian:
US embassy cables: Saudi king's advice for Barack Obama
Anita Gates / New York Times:
Leslie Nielsen, Actor, Dies at 84  —  Leslie Nielsen, the Canadian-born actor who in middle age tossed aside three decades of credibility in dramatic and romantic roles to make a new, far more successful career as a comic actor in films like “Airplane!” and the “Naked Gun” series, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.
Dan Snierson /
Leslie Nielsen, ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun’ star, dies at 84  —  Leslie Nielsen, who dazzled with deadpan in The Naked Gun and Airplane!, passed away on Sunday at a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was being treated for pneumonia, according to the New York Times.  He was 84.
Discussion: Rumproast
Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
Leslie Nielsen Dies at Age 84  —  Leslie Nielsen in “Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad” … UPDATED  —  Leslie Nielsen, the actor best known for starring in such comedies as Airplane! and the Naked Gun film franchise, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.
Discussion: Pharyngula and Tuned In
Associated Press:
Leslie Nielsen, Actor, Dies at 84  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Leslie Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in “Airplane!” and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in “The Naked Gun” comedies, has died.  He was 84.  —  His agent John S. Kelly …
Los Angeles Times:
Mixed portraits of Oregon terrorism suspect  —  Classmates of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, accused of trying to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting, describe a typical teen.  Fire ravages an Islamic center in Corvallis, Ore.  —  The Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Center in Corvallis, Ore. …
Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Neighbors say wannabe Christmas bomber Mohamed Mohamud embraced …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Spiegel Online:
US Diplomats Told to Spy on Other Countries at United Nations  —  The US State Department gave its diplomats instructions to spy on other countries' representatives at the United Nations, according to a directive signed by Hillary Clinton.  Diplomats were told to collect information about e-mail accounts …
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
U.S. Expands Role of Diplomats in Spying
Discussion: War Is A Crime .org
US diplomats spied on UN leadership
Discussion: Focal Point and Raw Story
Washington Post:
McCain compares Sarah Palin to Ronald Reagan  —  Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.  —  CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - McCain compares Sarah Palin to Reagan  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said China is not doing its part to avert a conflict between North Korea and South Korea …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Thomas L. Friedman: Nation-Building at Home Just as Crucial a Slogan Now as it Was 14 Columns Ago  —  Today's Thomas L. Friedman column is a familiar if distasteful brew of what-Americans-want ventriloquism and public policy by bumper sticker.  Sample: … And so on.
New York Post:
How the nanny president sees himself — and us  —  Tweet  —  What's it like inside the Obama White House?  A lot like what you'd guess from outside the Obama White House.  —  In “Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside Obama's White House,” MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe …
Discussion: Erick's blog, Tim Blair and Instapundit
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Presidential historian curses, calls Americans ‘lazy and obese’  —  Presidential biographer Edmund Morris delivered one of the more, well, colorful lines on this week's Sunday morning shows.  —  On CBS's “Face the Nation,” host Bob Schieffer, anchoring an authors roundtable discussion …
David Carr / New York Times:
A Media False Alarm Over the T.S.A.  —  If a squadron of mad scientists surrounded by supercomputers gathered in a laboratory to try to conjure a single news topic that would blow up large, they could not touch the T.S.A. pat-down story.  —  It began with a Drudge Report link to a video …
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Bradley Manning: The prime suspect of giving files to WikiLeaks  —  The prime suspect in the leaking of top secret documents to the WikiLeaks website is currently confined to a cell at a military base in Quantico, Virginia.  —  Bradley Manning, 23, enlisted in the US Army in 2007 and became …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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The Huffington Post:
Jon Kyl: START Won't Happen Because Of Process, Not Policy
Agence France Presse:
WikiLeaks: Yemeni president covers up U.S. strikes
Godfrey Bloom given the Soviet treatment at the EU
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
McCaskill: How I'm not like Obama  —  Facing a tough re-election …
Halimah Abdullah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Blue Dog survivor blames Obama, Pelosi for losses
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Country's Wealthiest Men: No, Really, Tax Us More!
Discussion: blogs and ABCNEWS