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4:55 PM ET, November 28, 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 …
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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.
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Made Last-Ditch Push to Try to Prevent WikiLeaks Release
CNN:
News outlets publish Wikileaks documents
Discussion: Pajamas Media and This Just In
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 …
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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Barbara Demick / Los Angeles Times:
China seeks emergency meeting on Korea
Discussion: Hullabaloo
english.yonhapnews.co.kr:
N. Korea deploys SA-2 surface-to-air missiles near Yellow Sea border
Discussion: The Hill, Infowars, Guardian and Wizbang
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.
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
The Country's Wealthiest Men: No, Really, Tax Us More!  —  Not that this will matter to the congressional Republicans, whose agenda is not actually improving the economy nor listening to economists, the wealthiest 2%, or any other American, come to that.  But the country's wealthiest men …
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Joshua Miller / ABCNEWS:
Billionaires Buffett and Gates: Tax Us More!
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
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
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
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Got to Get This Right  —  On Nov. 19, Rasmussen Reports published results from a national telephone poll that showed that 47 percent of America's likely voters said the nation's “best days are in the past,” 37 percent said they are in the future.  Sixteen percent were undecided.
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 …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Althouse
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.
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 …
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's New Top Cop
Discussion: Pajamas Media and CNN
 
 
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Guardian:
Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme
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Molly Hottle / Oregonian:
Fire was intentionally set at Islamic Center in Corvallis …
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Palin Sidesteps Politics at Iowa Book Signing
Discussion: The Hill and Associated Press
Margaret Wente / Globe and Mail:
Can environmentalism be saved from itself?
John / Power Line:
CAIR: Unindicted, But Still A Co-conspirator
Jack Hedin / New York Times:
An Almanac of Extreme Weather
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BRODER BEING BRODER.... A week ago, David Broder mentioned …
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A Glossy Approach to Inciting Terrorism
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Charlie Rangel urges reprimand, not censure
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Kyl: START delay more ‘reality than policy’ with Reid's packed agenda
Discussion: CNN
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Our puritanical progressives  —  An eminent Harvard law professor …
Martin Wall / The Irish Times:
Ictu questions bailout terms
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
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Despite Alaska Senate race results, Joe Miller presses on in principle