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9:10 PM ET, November 29, 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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Economist's View
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
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 …
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.
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?
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 …
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 …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Netflix Partner Says Comcast ‘Toll’ Threatens Online Video Delivery  —  Updated  —  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.
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Left and the Budget
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: Hot Air and Gothamist
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Palin not seen as electable
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Marc Caputo / St. Petersburg Times:
Former New Mexico Gov. Gary E. Johnson tests Florida waters for presidential bid  —  TALLAHASSEE — A self-made millionaire Republican is campaigning in Florida on a platform of spending cuts and less government.  —  It's not Rick Scott, anymore.  —  This is Gary E. Johnson …
Discussion: Ballot Box and Hit & Run
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.
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.
Delen Goldberg / Las Vegas Sun:
Latino leaders swirl around idea of Tequila Party  —  Latino leaders in Nevada and nationwide are quietly debating whether to sever their traditional Democratic ties and form an independent grass-roots political group.  —  The idea, born of frustration over the party's inaction on immigration reform …
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