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5:30 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 …
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.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Wikileaks' Newest Leak Leaked on Twitter (Updated)  —  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
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  —  Chinese leaders, stung by accusations that they haven't done enough to rein in North Korea, call for an international summit, but U.S. and South Korea remain noncommittal.  —  Dai Bingguo, China's state councilor, left, speaks with Lee Myung Bak …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
Iran Fortifies Its Arsenal With the Aid of North Korea
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
english.yonhapnews.co.kr:
N. Korea deploys SA-2 surface-to-air missiles near Yellow Sea border
Discussion: The Hill, Infowars, Guardian and Wizbang
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 …
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
News Talk Radio 77 WABC New York:
Aaron Klein Investigative Radio  —  Aaron Klein is a Jerusalem-based investigative reporter and author with a rolodex that includes world leaders, news makers and some of the world's most deadly terrorists  —  He is senior reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief for Internet news giant WorldNetDaily.com …
Discussion: CNN and Ben Smith's Blog
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
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.
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.”
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
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
The GOP's New Top Cop  —  Darrell Issa is itching to delve into Democratic malfeasance as the House's tough-talking oversight boss.  He talks with Howard Kurtz about how partisan his probes will be.  —  Darrell Issa is trying very hard to sound reasonable.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and CNN
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Mark Thoma / Economist's View:
The Administration's “Communication Problem”
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Got to Get This Right  —  On Nov. 19, Rasmussen Reports published …
Guardian:
Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme
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
John / Power Line:
CAIR: Unindicted, But Still A Co-conspirator
Jeffrey Rosen / Washington Post:
Why the TSA pat-downs and body scans are unconstitutional
Jack Hedin / New York Times:
An Almanac of Extreme Weather
Discussion: Climate Progress
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BRODER BEING BRODER.... A week ago, David Broder mentioned …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
A Glossy Approach to Inciting Terrorism
Discussion: Power Line and The Wire
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
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
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Despite Alaska Senate race results, Joe Miller presses on in principle