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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Unclear on the contraception:
  • Is Israel's attack on Gaza preparation for an attack on Iran?
    Beyond neutralizing Hamas, the current operation is helpful in other ways in preparing for an Iran attack. If Israel were to attack Iran, the likelihood of a direct Iranian or a combined Iranian-Hezbollah response against Israeli cities is high. The heavy exchange of fire with Gaza is an excellent opportunity for the Israeli authorities to examine the preparedness of its home front, emergency infrastructure, defensive military capabilities, and Hezbollah's response. Immediately after the Thursday attack near Tel Aviv, many Israelis have begun preparing their shelters in case the fight escalates.
  • Companies eager to hire job seekers from Team Obama: The campaign's success against Mitt Romney, especially the revolutionary stuff it built in social media and other on-line platforms, means the ringtones are chirping for the out-of-work make-it-happen guys on the reelection team. The number of donors rose from 3.95 million in 2008 to 4.4 million. More young people voted than in '08. On-line fund-raising climbed from half-a-billion to $690 million. In some cases, what some folks ridiculed proved to be bonanzas. For instance, Jim Messina was laughed at when he took Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour’s advice to create a line of Obama fashions. The take for the campaign? More than $40 million.
  • Eighty members departing the Congress, taking their fashion and personality eccentricities with them: Not to worry, there will be quirky replacements for Olympia Snowe's ponytail, Barney Frank's salty language and even Allen West's...uh...offbeat perspective.
  • The Gingriches laud the "very first Americans," the Pilgrims.
  • More Americans will use food stamps for Thanksgiving this year than ever before: Forty-two million Americans will be on food stamps this year, budgeting about $1.25 per meal. You can't even buy a drumstick for that.
  • Ecologically correct drones may soon be killing people.
  • Complete instructions on how to gay hack your Eagle Scout pin.
  • CIA Climate Center killed off before it turned three: Republican climate-change deniers unsuccessfully tried to block the center's funding when it was launched in 2009. But a former official told Greenwire that after Leon Panetta left the CIA last year to become secretary of defense, "there wasn't a lot of love" for the center. Republican Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, who has made clear he doesn't accept scientific consensus about human-caused climate change, was elated at the closing of the center. However, one official said that the closing has not affected the CIA's efforts on the matter because the agency still looks at the impact of climate change in its other departments.

    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, who worked as a CIA intelligence officer for 23 years and led the Department of Energy's intelligence unit from 2005 to 2008, said:

    "You can't have a five-minute discussion with someone with a brain and not realize that this is going to have a huge impact on security [...] Love us or hate us, we're always action-oriented [...] The climate community is filled with intellectuals who write about it, blog about it, but they don't do anything. Intelligence—you get them involved and they'll do something."
  • Iowa deer try to get a head start on Black Friday.
  • The deer left on their own; the teenagers got kicked out: A chair-throwing melee at Minnesota's sprawling Mall of America last Christmas has spurred the operators to extend its weekend rules to Black Friday against anyone under 16 from shopping alone. Anyone who is 15 or younger will have to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
  • A Thanksgiving week blogathon in support of the fourth annual Kossack-organized fund raiser to provide propane and portable heaters to the low-income community living on the Rosebud Indian Reservation of South Dakota is in its third day of a run that will last through Sunday. The propane project, initiated by navajo and the Native American Netroots in the winter of 2009-2010 in the midst of a devastating ice storm, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in assistance thanks to a mention by Keith Olbermann, then on MSNBC's Countdown. Since then, thousands of dollars have been raised each winter. Money is being sought specifically for the Rosebud reservation this year. You can learn how to contribute by watching for posts that include "propane project" in the headline.
  • Bill O'Reilly is gonna be p.o.ed: NASA has set up a way for people to send "holiday greetings" to the crew of space station.
  • Be sure to listen to today's extended Kagro in the Morning show! In fact, if you don't listen to anything else today, make sure it's that bonus 3rd hour, because that's when we talked to Mike Hummell, known to Daily Kos readers as bluebarnstormer. He's the author of the insider's diaries on the Hostess strike, and a member of the Bakers' Union at the center of the drama. And frankly, he's the only one making a lick of common sense in this whole thing. Be sure to listen in and find out why.

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