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12:00 AM ET, November 30, 2010


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Amid Deficit Fears, Obama Freezes Pay  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers as he sought to address concerns over high annual deficits and appealed to Republicans to find a common approach to restoring the nation's economic and fiscal health.
Scarecrow / Scarecrow's myFDL diary:
Obama Flunks Economics with Pointless Federal Wage Freeze  —  The Obama White House just announced details of a two-year federal wage freeze as a means to reduce federal spending and deficits.  [David Dayen has more.]  The move is obviously political and only symbolic …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Everyone Hates Obama's Pay Freeze Plan... Except Republicans  —  The early reviews of President Obama's plan to freeze federal worker pay are in — and it gets a resounding “F” from just about everybody outside of GOP leadership.  —  Michael Linden, a budget expert at the liberal Center …
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Cutting the Deficit by Freezing Federal Employee Pay
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Liberal groups blast Obama pay-freeze proposal, release alternative plan
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Obama's Federal Worker Pay Freeze Was Blasted By Democrats Months Ago
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama to freeze federal worker pay, save $5 billion over two years
Discussion: Associated Press and Hit & Run
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Serious Questions about the Obama Administration's Incompetence in the Wikileaks Fiasco  —  We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe.  However, the latest round of publications …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sarah Palin blasts Obama administration for WikiLeaks ‘fiasco’  —  Sarah Palin says the U.S. government's inability to stop the latest WikiLeaks release is all President Barack Obama's fault.  —  Sunday's document dump of classified State Department cables is the result of the …
Nuclear scientist killed in Tehran was Iran's top Stuxnet expert  —  World Exclusive from DEBKAfile's intelligence sources:  —  Prof. Majid Shahriari, who died when his car was attacked in North Tehran Monday, Nov. 29, headed the team Iran established for combating the Stuxnet virus rampaging through its nuclear and military networks.
Raymond Bonner / The Atlantic Online:
‘By Whatever Means Necessary’: Arab Leaders Want Iran Stopped  —  LONDON — Rather than prosecuting Julian Assange for what he calls his “outrageous, reckless, and despicable” action in leaking thousands of sensitive government cables, Joe Lieberman might want to consider praising the head of WikiLeaks.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Starr Report Of American Foreign Policy?
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Iranian nuclear scientist killed, another injured in Tehran bombings
WikiLeaks plans to release a U.S. bank's documents  —  (Reuters) - The founder of whistle-blower website WikiLeaks plans to release tens of thousands of internal documents from a major U.S. bank early next year, Forbes Magazine reported on Monday.  —  Julian Assange declined in an interview …
Andy Greenberg  —  When will WikiLeaks return to its older model of more frequent leaks of smaller amounts of material?  —  If you look at the average number of documents we're releasing, we're vastly exceeding what we did last year.  These are huge datasets.  So it's actually very efficient for us to do that.
Discussion: Gawker and Hullabaloo
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
An Interview With WikiLeaks' Julian Assange  —  Admire him or revile him, WikiLeaks' Julian Assange is the prophet of a coming age of involuntary transparency, the leader of an organization devoted to divulging the world's secrets using technology unimagined a generation ago.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
In Which I Become a Conservative  —  Ross Douthat, an Atlantic alumnus, contends in the NY Times that the recent controversy over “enhanced” TSA procedures illustrates the dominance of partisan reflex in today's politics.  Liberals complained about excessive state power when Bush and Cheney were in charge …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Netflix Partner Says Comcast ‘Toll’ Threatens Online Video Delivery  —  Level 3 Communications, a central partner in the Netflix online movie service, accused Comcast on Monday of charging a new fee that puts Internet video companies at a competitive disadvantage.
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit Features Ant-Covered Jesus, Naked Brothers Kissing, Genitalia, and Ellen DeGeneres Grabbing Her Breasts  —  WARNING: This story contains graphic photographs of items on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Americans not impressed with Bloomberg  —  Massive amounts of attention have been given over the last few years to a possible Michael Bloomberg Presidential run in 2012.  And a new PPP poll finds that he is indeed a unifier- Democrats, Republicans, and independents all don't like him.
Discussion: Gothamist and Hot Air
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin not seen as electable
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
A Witness Lies, the Court Shrugs and Veterans Are Outraged  —  Elven J. Swisher wore a replica of a Purple Heart on the witness stand when he testified that the defendant had tried to hire him to kill three federal officials.  —  Asked about the medal, Mr. Swisher pulled a document …
U.S., EU Expect Limited Progress at Climate Talks, No Treaty  —  U.S. and European Union envoys said they expect progress on forming a $100 billion fund to fight global warming and on protecting forests at climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, though no treaty will be agreed.
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
China ‘ready to abandon North Korea’  —  Leaked dispatches show Beijing is frustrated with military actions of ‘spoiled child’ and increasingly favours reunified Korea  —  China has signalled its readiness to accept Korean reunification and is privately distancing itself from the North Korean regime …
Justices turn aside another challenge over Obama's citizenship  —  Washington (CNN) — The Supreme Court has again cast aside an appeal that raised doubts about President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, a grass-roots legal issue that has gained little legal or political footing, but continues to persist in the courts.
James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Judge Blocks Oklahoma's Ban on Using Shariah Law in Court  —  HOUSTON — An Oklahoma constitutional amendment aimed at stopping the use of Islamic law in its courts was dealt a serious blow on Monday when a federal judge temporarily blocked the state from putting it into effect.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Washington Post:
‘The criminalization of politics’  —  THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT that former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) schemed to get around a Texas law prohibiting corporate contributions to political campaigns.  Mr. DeLay's state political action committee accepted $190,000 in (legal) corporate contributions.
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Mark Kleiman / The Reality-Based Community:
Of WikiLeaks and the Pentagon Papers  —  In connection with the latest WikiLeaks flap, commenter Brett Bellmore asks rhetorically, “Do you think America would be better off if the Pentagon Papers hadn't been leaked?”  —  Yes!  Hell, yes!  Much better off.  —  The Pentagon Papers leak didn't end the Vietnam War.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
WikiLeaked: John Kerry calls for Israel to cede Golan Heights and East Jerusalem  —  On a February trip to the Middle East, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman John Kerry (D-MA) told Qatari leaders that the Golan Heights should be returned to Syria, that a Palestinian capital …
Ezra Klein:
What happens when Medicare controls costs too well  —  There's one school of thought that says Congress is incapable of controlling costs in Medicare, and then there's, well, this: … One of the dirty little secrets of the health-care system is that Medicare has done a much better job controlling costs …
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
How To Open A Lameduck Session: Harry Reid Tells A 5-Minute College Football Story  —  This weekend, the University of Nevada won a big upset against Boise State.  It was an exciting upset and a great game between conference rivals.  Why am I discussing this here and not over at SportsGrid?
Discussion: Hot Air and
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Joe Lieberman: Fox News ‘Is My Favorite,’ ‘Anything Rupert Murdoch Owns’  —  This morning, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) took to Don Imus's radio show to discuss the Wikileaks story.  Lieberman did little to dissuade his critics on the left when he declared that his favorite television channels are …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Raw Story
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Marc Caputo / St. Petersburg Times:
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary E. Johnson tests Florida waters for presidential bid
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hit & Run
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Civil unions, ‘not good enough’
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Boehner's Staff Meets With Terrorists
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and ThinkProgress
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Earth 6 Brings Integrated Street View And 3D Trees. …
Jedediah Bila / Human Events:
Exclusive Interview: Governor Sarah Palin
Discussion: The Huffington Post and sisu
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Vilsack looks to House to finalize black farmers' settlement
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Deadweight Loss of Liquor License Restrictions
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Judges for Prop. 8 hearing
Discussion: Law Blog and The Volokh Conspiracy
Azi Paybarah / The Empire:
Source: GOP tries blocking George Soros' ballot
Discussion: The Wire and Ben Smith's Blog
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: NJ must pay $271M for killing tunnel