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Powerful NYT piece on soldier just awarded Medal of Honor—he sees futility of war, after place where friends died is abandoned. Also on "60 Minutes" last night…. US and NATO allies late this week to announce "transition" strategy in Afghan war, over next four years, to reduce outside military. Gen. Petreaus upset about Karazai’s criticism of war effort.
Unintentionally comic Wash Post piece of the weekend: alleged or former Democrats Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell say Obama should announce now that he’s not seeking re-election…. David Axelrod exiting White House soon to run Obama’s 2012 campaign….
Krugman: Obama not prepared for real world when he took office—and still isn’t.
Keith Olbermann promises a "special comment" tonight roasting Ted Koppel’s "false equivalency" blast a few days ago at him and MSNBC and Fox. And new Howie Kurtz piece on "infighting" at NBC over Olbermann—expect some return fire today (I was on Countdown w/ Kurtz last week). UPDATE Keith O responds via Twitter this afternoon: "Wont waste everybody’s time responding to Kurtz’s hysteric source. But doesnt all anonymous bashing sound oddly familiar?"
This year: Sarah Palin’s Alaska. Next year, as her high unfavorable rating (little noted by media) continues to climb, a sequel (we predict): Sarah Palin’s Waterloo.
Controversy raging over new airport scanning and invasive patdowns, as Janet Napolitano defends in USA Today. CBS travel editor predicts delays for Thanksgiving travelers due to new airport security checks.