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November 25, 2009

News Open Thread

Kinduva slow day around here, but there is some genuine news out there. Here's what caught my eye:

(1) Speculation that the White House is purging its original far-Left torture and detainee policy guys is here.

(2) Seriously bad news for Obama in the polls is here. Definitely take a look at the graphic on the right left side showing that on Afghanistan most people split between sending more than 40,000 troops (generally the win-the-war folks) and retreating (Leftists). Sending less than 40,000 got a fraction of the votes. So, Obama chose that and managed to piss off both the Right and the Left (see Laura's post below).

(3) Politico finally notices something we've been remarking on here for months: the President's unprecedented misuse of the word "unprecedented." Almost every time Obama says he's done something "historic" or "unprecedented" it's really not. (See e.g. the "first" Hispanic Supreme Court Justice, the "first" presidential address to school children, the "first" presidential townhall in China, and on and on.)

(4) The Kindle now has PDF support. If they'd finally use ePub I'd buy one. As it is, I can read ePub on my iTouch as well as "Kindle for iPhone", so I'm not gonna bother to switch.

(5) The ClimateGate issue is slowly penetrating more mainstream (by which I mean Leftist) publications. I appreciated Megan McArdle's latest on it.

Ista-update: And of course, there's Ace. Scroll down, folks.

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