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4:15 PM ET, November 29, 2010


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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Freezes Pay for Federal Workers for Two Years  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers on Monday as he sought to address concerns over sky-high deficit spending and appeal to Republican leaders to find a common approach to restoring the nation's economic and fiscal health.
The White House:
Fact Sheet: Cutting the Deficit by Freezing Federal Employee Pay  —  Because of the irresponsibility of the past decade, the President inherited a $1.3 trillion projected deficit upon taking office and an economic crisis that threatened to put the nation into a second Great Depression.
Charles Riley /
Obama to freeze federal wages for 2 years  —  NEW YORK ( — President Obama will announce a two-year freeze in the wages of federal employees Monday, with the intention of saving $60 billion over the next 10 years.  —  Obama was scheduled to announce the proposal later Monday.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Obama's Federal Worker Pay Freeze Was Blasted By Democrats Months Ago
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Republican wants WikiLeaks labeled as terrorist group
Megan Carpentier / TPMMuckraker:
Bomb, Bomb Iran: The Top 5 Most Shocking Things About The Wikileaks  —  Yesterday, Wikileaks released a selection of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables dating from the mid-sixties to the present day — widely presumed to have been provided to them by the currently-incarcerated Private Bradley Manning …
Raymond Bonner / The Atlantic Online:
‘By Whatever Means Necessary’: Arab Leaders Want Iran Stopped
Scott / Power Line:
The Times then and now  —  The New York Times is participating …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Liberal groups blast Obama pay-freeze proposal, release alternative plan  —  Representatives of three liberal advocacy groups on Monday blasted President Obama's proposed two-year freeze on federal civilian worker pay.  —  John Irons of the Economic Policy Institute, Tamara Draut of Demos …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Left and the Budget
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.
Justices turn aside another challenge over Obama's citizenship
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: Washington Wire and CNN
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Kirk's arrival boosts GOP
Discussion: Wonk Room
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.
Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: NJ must pay $271M for killing tunnel  —  TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey owes the federal government more than $271 million after canceling a rail tunnel connecting the state with New York, according to a debt notice obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Blasts target Iranian nuclear scientists  —  One professor dies, another is injured on their morning commutes.  The attacks prompt a stern warning by the head of IranÂ's atomic energy agency.  —  Reporting from Beirut — Two separate explosions killed a nuclear scientist and injured another …
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Democrats warm to tax-cut compromise  —  A faction of congressional Democrats is making a push to persuade President Obama to consider a compromise on tax policy that would leave only the nation's 315,000 richest households facing higher taxes in January.  —  Over the past few days …
Picasso's electrician reveals artist's ‘treasure trove’  —  The works include a portrait of the late artist's first wife, Olga  —  A retired electrician in southern France who worked for Pablo Picasso says he has hundreds of previously unknown works by the artist.
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.
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world  —  Global warming is now such a serious threat to mankind that climate change experts are calling for Second World War-style rationing in rich countries to bring down carbon emissions.
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Partisan Mind  —  Imagine, for a moment, that George W. Bush had been president when the Transportation Security Administration decided to let Thanksgiving travelers choose between exposing their nether regions to a body scanner or enduring a private security massage.
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: National Review
Azi Paybarah / The Empire:
Source: GOP tries blocking George Soros' ballot  —  George Soros, a man who's spent a few million dollars promoting progressive causes, may not get his vote counted in a local race in New York.  —  In the November 2 elections, George Soros mailed in an absentee ballot.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Wire
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
American exceptionalism: an old idea and a new political battle  —  Is this a great country or what?  —  “American exceptionalism” is a phrase that, until recently, was rarely heard outside the confines of think tanks, opinion journals and university history departments.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Pence touts flat tax in economic address
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‘Plagiarized’ GOP-Commissioned Climate Change Report Laid Groundwork …
Discussion: Open Left and First Draft
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Killing the omnibus would deal blow to Republican senators' earmarks
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New York Times:
The Fed and Foreclosures
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Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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