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10:40 AM ET, November 29, 2010

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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 …
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Pvictorwins / CBS New York:
King: WikiLeaks Release ‘Worse Than Military Attack’  —  WASHINGTON (AP/1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — Hundreds of thousands of State Department documents leaked Sunday revealed a hidden world of backstage international diplomacy, divulging candid comments from world leaders and detailing occasional …
The Independent:
John Kampfner: Wikileaks shows up our media for their docility at the feet of authority  —  Mr Assange is an unconventional figure, a man who lives in the shadows and enjoys doing so  —  You should never shout “fire” in a crowded theatre.  Once you have accepted this old adage, you accept that there are limits to free expression.
Scott / Power Line:
The Times then and now  —  The New York Times is participating in the dissemination of the stolen State Department cables that have been made available to it in one way or another via WikiLeaks.  My friend Steve Hayward recalls that only last year the New York Times ostentatiously declined …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House Republican wants WikiLeaks labeled as terrorist group  —  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should review whether WikiLeaks can be declared a terrorist organization, according to a senior Republican.  —  Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), the incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Guardian editor says they gave cables to the NY Times  —  New York Times editors said Sunday that although the paper's reporters had been digging through WikiLeaks trove of 250,000 State Department cables for “several weeks,” the online whistleblower wasn't the source of the documents.
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Bradley Manning: The prime suspect of giving files to WikiLeaks
Spiegel Online:
A Superpower's View of the World
Simon Jenkins / Guardian:
WikiLeaks: The job of the media is not to protect the powerful from embarrassment
New York Times:
A Note to Readers: The Decision to Publish Diplomatic Documents
Chris Fenn / Guardian:
US embassy cables: browse the database
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.
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Kimberly Nordyke / Hollywood Reporter:
Leslie Nielsen Dies at Age 84
Discussion: Pharyngula and Tuned In
Stuart Tomlinson / Oregonian:
Portland bomb plot suspect felt betrayed by family, thought living in U.S. was sin  —  Mohamed Osman Mohamud was angry at his parents for keeping him from jihad and had thought about carrying out an operation, “something like Mumbai,” since he was 17.  On the two-year anniversary of the shooting …
Discussion: TalkLeft and ABCNEWS
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Los Angeles Times:
Mixed portraits of Oregon terrorism suspect
Discussion: Power Line and Oregonian
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Spanish Prisoner  —  The best thing about the Irish right now is that there are so few of them.  By itself, Ireland can't do all that much damage to Europe's prospects.  The same can be said of Greece and of Portugal, which is widely regarded as the next potential domino.  —  But then there's Spain.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Liberal Groups to Propose Routes to Smaller Deficit  —  WASHINGTON — As President Obama's fiscal commission faces a deadline this week for agreement on a plan to shrink the mounting national debt, liberal organizations will unveil debt-reduction proposals of their own in the next two days …
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
PRECEDENT AND PROLOGUE  —  Momentous Supreme Court cases tend to move quickly into the slipstream of the Court's history.  In the first ten years after Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision that ended the doctrine of separate but equal in public education, the Justices cited the case more than twenty-five times.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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 …
Mark Kirk / Chicago Tribune:
First priority?  Control federal spending  —  Today is my first day in the U.S. Senate.  With this honor comes a tremendous responsibility to accomplish much for our nation.  —  My top priority is turning our economy around.  In Congress, we had a vigorous debate about the trillion-dollar stimulus.
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Wonk Room
Peg Tyre / New York Times:
A's for Good Behavior  —  A few years ago, teachers at Ellis Middle School in Austin, Minn., might have said that their top students were easy to identify: they completed their homework and handed it in on time; were rarely tardy; sat in the front of the class; wrote legibly; and jumped at the chance to do extra-credit assignments.
People-Press.org:
Most Continue to Favor Gays Serving Openly in Military  —  As the Pentagon prepares to release its highly anticipated survey of military personnel about the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, most Americans (58%) say they favor allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the armed forces.
Discussion: Politics Daily and Hotline On Call
Richard Wolffe / Los Angeles Times:
Obama could learn from Bush  —  The president could solve his communications problem by studying how his predecessor did it.  —  The day before his party's shellacking in this month's elections, President Obama sat down with his economic team to examine the single most important issue for voters across the country: jobs.
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New York Post:
How the nanny president sees himself — and us
 
 
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The Note:
Former Ambassador Ann Wagner Launches Bid For Republican National Committee Chair
Discussion: CNN and National Review
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN ELDER STATESMEN NO LONGER HAVE THEIR PHONE CALLS RETURNED. …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
N.Y. House battle moves to court this week
Wall Street Journal:
Pajama Party: New to Congress, Many Members Plan to Sleep Over
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
California prison case reaches U.S. Supreme Court
Discussion: Politics Daily
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
American exceptionalism: an old idea and a new political battle
Discussion: The New Republic and Pirate's Cove
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Conlon / CNN:
Leaked cable suggests American diplomats told to gather intelligence
Discussion: This Just In and CANNONFIRE
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Blasts target Iranian nuclear scientists
Rachel E. Stassen-Berger / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Who's who in Dayton-Emmer recount?
Deutsche Welle:
Swiss voters approve harsher deportation plan
David A. Lieb / Associated Press:
Talent, Steelman eyeing 2012 Senate bid
Discussion: The Fix and The Hill
Simon Johnson / The Baseline Scenario:
The Eurozone Endgame: Four Scenarios
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
The Huffington Post:
Jon Kyl: START Won't Happen Because Of Process, Not Policy