Stories You Should Know (12/1/09)

Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX)
Just when independents and moderates were considering revisiting the GOP tent. Just when a near-perfect storm of unpopular Democratic ideas are coagulating over 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Just when the GOP was gaining traction following gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey … Republicans perform a rain dance at their own garden party.

Politico (Washington, DC)
A former Republican New York State Senator and state homeland security official, Mike Balboni, is weighing a challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand next year, associates said today.

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
President Obama plans to send 30,000 to 35,000 additional soldiers and Marines to Afghanistan, U.S. officials said Monday, the largest single U.S. deployment since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Hotline On Call (Washington, DC)
A week after RNC comms director Trevor Francis left under unpleasant circumstances, his top deputy has left the committee as well. Deputy RNC comms director Todd Irons left the committee Monday, sources tell Hotline OnCall.

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