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2:45 PM ET, November 30, 2010


 Top Items: 
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.
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.
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 …
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) …
Associated Press:
Senate Rejects GOP Proposal to Ban Earmarks
Discussion: Hot Air
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  —  Federal authorities are investigating whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange violated criminal laws in the group's release of government documents, including possible charges under the Espionage Act, sources familiar with the inquiry said Monday.
Steve / CBS New York:
WikiLeaks ‘Cablegate’ Site Hit By Powerful Cyber-Attack
Discussion: Gothamist and The Politico
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
Directorblue / Doug Ross:
Say, About That Old ‘Bush Lied’ …
Heather Hurlburt / The New Republic:
Why Wikileaks Is Bad for Progressive Foreign Policy
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Goldblog's Straw Man, Ctd
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Nation President Says It ‘Makes A Lot Of Sense’ To Restrict Voting Only To Property Owners  —  Every week, the Tea Party Nation hosts a weekly radio program, calling itself a “home for conservatives.”  Two weeks ago, Tea Party Nation President Judson Phillips hosted the program …
Tea Party Nationalism:
Tea Party Leaders Attack Constitution
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Federal Eye
Federal Eye:
'Don't ask, don't tell' report: Little risk to enlisting gays  —  The Pentagon's long-awaited report on gays in the military concludes that repealing the 17-year-old “don't ask, don't tell” law would present only a low risk to the armed forces' ability to carry out their missions and that 70 percent …
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.
Discussion: The Politico, Hot Air and Swampland
Triangles Are Two Dimensional
Discussion: TalkLeft
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Murray to head DSCC for 2012 cycle  —  Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will take the helm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2012, according to a Democrat with knowledge of the decision.  —  Murray previously headed the DSCC in 2002, a year that saw Republicans net two Senate seats.
Discussion: The Note
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Patty Murray to be DSCC Chair
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.
Sen. John McCain / Congress Blog:
Russ Feingold: An example of courage and conviction in the Senate (Sen. John McCain)  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered the following remarks honoring Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) today on the floor of the U.S. Senate:  —  Mr. President, I want to say a few words about a friend and colleague …
Discussion: The Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
McCain heaps praise on ‘true friend’ Feingold in farewell speech
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
Timothy Karr / The Huffington Post:
Comcast Busted: New Tolls for Netflix Aren't All You Should Worry About  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  In the past 24 hours Comcast has been exposed committing blatant abuses of its power over all things media.  —  The New York Times reported last night that the cable giant has threatened …
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.
Discussion: protein wisdom
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 …
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 …
Jason Kottke /
Has NASA discovered extraterrestrial life?  —  Here's a curious press release from NASA: … I did a little research on the news conference participants and found:  —  1. Pamela Conrad (a geobiologist) was the primary author of a 2009 paper on geology and life on Mars
Discussion: Gawker, Engadget and Suburban Guerrilla
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.
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Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Hot mic picks up discussion on Senate floor: 'It's all rigged'
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Instapundit
Discussion: Don Surber and The Politico
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Santorum stumps in New Hampshire
Dennis G. / Balloon Juice:
Corrections  —  There is still something about thumbing through …
Discussion: Focal Point and Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
Russian Missiles Fuel U.S. Worries
Discussion: Commentary, The Foundry and Danger Room
Jeb Bush: Obama Should Take ‘A Three-Month Vacation’
 Earlier Items: 
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: Michelle Malkin and Gawker
Ten questions science must answer
Discussion: normblog
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Vitamin D - Just Hype?  —  The NY Times covers some pushback …
Discussion: New York Times
Digby / Hullabaloo:
With friends like these …