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4:05 PM ET, November 30, 2010


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Joe Scarborough / The Politico:
GOP should take on Palin  —  Republicans have a problem.  The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected.  And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private.
Washington Post:
Where we and Democrats can work together  —  When congressional leaders of both parties meet at the White House today, all of us will have an opportunity to show the American people that we got the message of the elections earlier this month.  —  Republicans heard the voters loud and clear.
Ed Henry / CNN:
Obama may delay Hawaiian vacation over tax fight
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tax fight pits Bush vs. Obama
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
In slideshow, Rep. Joe Barton declares war on the Obama administration  —  If the Obama administration was hoping to see hints of bipartisanship from the Hill, it might want to skip over the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  —  The committee's ranking Republican, Rep. Joe L. Barton …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Whack WikiLeaks  —  And there's a role for Congress.  —  Yesterday, Secretary of State Clinton called the disclosure of the WikiLeaks documents “an attack on America's foreign policy interests.”  She and her colleagues in the Obama administration have proceeded, as they must …
New York Times:
WikiLeaks and the Diplomats
Washington Post:
WikiLeaks founder could be charged under Espionage Act
The Official Home of the Department of Defense:
Mullen Endorses Working Group's Report  —  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today fully endorsed the report of the working group that assessed the impact of a possible repeal of the law that bans gay men and women from serving openly in the military. ...
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pentagon report will leave opponents of DADT repeal little to work with  —  Okay, I've got some more detail for you on the findings in that forthcoming Pentagon report on the impact repeal of Don't Ask Don't tell will have on the military.  The upshot: It will leave GOP moderates with no reasons left to oppose repeal.
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate votes down ban on earmarks  —  The Senate on Tuesday morning defeated a proposal from Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) to ban congressional earmarks.  —  In a 39-56 vote, members defeated a temporary ban on the appropriations procedure.  The moratorium was offered as an amendment …
David Rogers / The Politico:
Strong showing in anti-earmark vote  —  Thirty-nine senators voted Tuesday in support of a three-year moratorium on appropriations earmarks, the strongest showing ever by opponents of the current process and a potential game changer in the year-end budget debate.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Eight GOP senators vote to keep earmarks  —  Eight Republican senators on Tuesday voted to preserve earmark spending despite pressure from the Tea Party movement.  —  Sens. Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), James Inhofe (Okla.), Dick Lugar (Ind.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) …
David Dayen /
OFA Tries to Get Supporters to Write Letters to the Editor Praising a Federal Worker Pay Freeze  —  We've officially gone around the bend.  —  OFA, the organizing arm of the DNC, originally began its life as an organization trying to get someone elected on the platform of hope, change, and progressive policies.
Ezra Klein:
‘These people are living in a dream world’
Discussion: Free exchange
Triangles Are Two Dimensional
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Hot mic picks up discussion on Senate floor: 'It's all rigged'  —  A hot mic left on during a Senate vote Tuesday morning on the Food Safety Act caught a senator complaining that process of setting the agenda during the lame-duck session is “rigged.”  —  “It's all rigged.
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission probes allegations of antitrust violations by Google  —  The European Commission has decided to open an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google Inc. has abused a dominant position in online search, in violation of European Union rules (Article 102 TFEU).
Lyndsey Layton / Washington Post:
Senate passes sweeping food safety bill  —  The Senate on Tuesday approved the biggest overhaul to the nation's food safety laws since the 1930s.  The 73-to-25 vote gives vast new authorities to the Food and Drug Administration, places new responsibilities on farmers and food companies …
Julie Zhuo / New York Times:
Where Anonymity Breeds Contempt  —  THERE you are, peacefully reading an article or watching a video on the Internet.  You finish, find it thought-provoking, and scroll down to the comments section to see what other people thought.  And there, lurking among dozens of well-intentioned opinions, is a troll.
Jerusalem Post:
The WikiLeaks effect  —  Prominent pundits of Mideast affairs have argued Israel alone was pushing for military attack on Iran, WikiLeaks debunked these theories.  —  Talkbacks (5)  —  In recent years, prominent pundits of Middle East affairs such as Foreign Policy's Marc Lynch …
Discussion: The Nation
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Goldblog's Straw Man, Ctd
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Celebrating Secession Without the Slaves  —  ATLANTA — The Civil War, the most wrenching and bloody episode in American history, may not seem like much of a cause for celebration, especially in the South.  —  And yet, as the 150th anniversary of the four-year conflict gets under way …
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Suspect in sex assault case won pardon in 2008  —  Cleared by a panel that included Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Jeremy Giefer is now accused of assaulting a second girl hundreds of times before and after he received his pardon.  —  Two years ago, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and two other officials pardoned Jeremy Giefer …
Christina Wilkie / The Hill:
Cantor: Popular parts of health law will be tackled in GOP repeal plan  —  House Republicans are looking to repeal the healthcare reform law and replace it with one of their own early next year without interrupting two popular parts of it that the administration has already begun to be implement.
The Huffington Post:
Republican Calls Obama ‘Very, Very Urban’ On House Floor (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, referred to President Obama as “very, very urban,” while charging that as a senator he gave special favor to African American farmers who were victims of government discrimination.
Austrian Times:
Yodelling offends praying Muslims, say judges  —  An Austrian has been fined for yodelling while mowing his lawn, according to a report.  —  The Kronen Zeitung newspaper claims Helmut G. was told by a court in Graz, Styria, that his yodelling offended his next-door Muslim neighbours.
Ezra Klein:
Wonkbook: Dem compromise would extend 90% of Bush tax cuts; food-safety bill comes to vote; federal-pay freeze  —  President Obama is meeting with the Republican congressional leadership today, but it's hard to imagine much progress being made at the powwow: Obama has already embraced …
Mark Whitehouse / Wall Street Journal:
Economists' Grail: A Post-Crash Model  —  Physicist Doyne Farmer thinks we should analyze the economy the way we do epidemics and traffic.  —  Psychoanalyst David Tuckett believes the key to markets' gyrations can be found in the works of Sigmund Freud.  —  Economist Roman Frydman thinks …
The Politico:
House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson asks staff for resignations  —  House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson has asked for the resignation of his entire staff, anticipating deep budget cuts as his party goes into the minority.  —  Larson, a Connecticut Democrat …
Jeb Bush: Obama Should Take ‘A Three-Month Vacation’  —  How can America cure its economic recession?  —  One solution, according to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, is for President Barack Obama to “just chill” and take “a three-month vacation.”  —  In a wide-ranging interview …
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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Impotence of the Pan-Semitic Front
Discussion: RubinReports
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Bipartisan group of senators calls for ethanol subsidies to expire
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Jerry Lewis pledges to strip funds for climate rules
Discussion: Hot Air
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Pentagon Sees Little Impact if Ban on Gays Is Repealed
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Susan Dominus / New York Times:
The Mystery of the Red Bees of Red Hook
Discussion: City Room and Gothamist
Discussion: Don Surber and The Politico
Steve / CBS New York:
WikiLeaks ‘Cablegate’ Site Hit By Powerful Cyber-Attack
Discussion: Gothamist
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Sen. John McCain / Congress Blog:
Russ Feingold: An example of courage and conviction in the Senate (Sen. John McCain)
Discussion: The Politico and Wonkette
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Patty Murray to be DSCC Chair
Steve Kornacki / Capital New York:
Steve Solarz (1940-2010) and the making of Senator Schumer
Discussion: New York Times and Tablet Magazine
Agence France Presse:
China ‘scared to death’ of Pelosi: leaked cable
New York Post:
Saudi King takes up the entire VIP wing at New York hospital
Discussion: Gawker and Michelle Malkin
Jason Kottke /
Has NASA discovered extraterrestrial life?
Discussion: Gawker, Engadget and Suburban Guerrilla