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2:00 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.
Federal Eye:
Obama announces 2-year pay freeze for federal workers
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  —  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 …
David Leigh / Guardian:
How 250,000 US embassy cables were leaked
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 …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Guardian editor says they gave cables to the NY Times
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WIKILEAKS HAMPERS U.S. DIPLOMACY.... American officials were bracing …
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.
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 …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
EXPLOSIONS IN TEHRAN - Nuclear Scientists Targeted, One Dead
Discussion:, Moe Lane and Daily Pundit
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
John D. Sutter / CNN:
Why ‘Cyber Monday’ is mostly myth  —  (CNN) — Five years ago, published a press release:  —  “While traditional retailers will be monitoring store traffic and sales on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), online retailers have set their sights on something different …
Wall Street Journal:
Black Friday Starts to Brighten
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 …
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
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Waters wants ethics trial now  —  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is calling on the ethics committee to hold her public ethics trial before the end of the year.  —  “I am here because I am disappointed that the committee has chosen not to hold my hearing,” she said.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Yglesias and Overcoming Bias
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Killing the omnibus would deal blow to Republican senators' earmarks
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The Fed and Foreclosures
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Are We Entering Another Phase of Financial Crisis?
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
In bid for Appropriations gavel, Rep. Kingston calls for mandatory spending caps
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
The Note:
Palin Tweets About WikiLeaks
Discussion: The Politico
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Cancun climate change summit: scientists call for rationing in developed world
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Dead Green Treaty Stinks Up The Room
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Howard Mintz / Mercury News:
California prison case reaches U.S. Supreme Court
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Stuart Tomlinson / Oregonian:
Portland bomb plot suspect felt betrayed by family, thought living in U.S. was sin
Discussion: TalkLeft and ABCNEWS