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2:45 PM ET, November 10, 2010

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Panel Weighs Deep Cuts in Tax Breaks and Spending  —  WASHINGTON — A draft proposal to be released Wednesday by the chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan commission on reducing the federal debt calls for deep cuts in domestic and military spending starting in 2012, and an overhaul of the tax code to raise revenue.
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Bloomberg:
U.S. Debt Proposal Would Cut Social Security, Medicare  —  The co-chairmen of President Barack Obama's debt-reduction commission will propose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as reductions in income tax rates in exchange for curbing tax breaks, according to a Republican aide who attended the meeting.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Poll: Voters Would Rather Tax The Wealthy Than Cut Social Security
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Catfood Commission Presser Livestream at 1pm ET; Cuts to Social …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
Kennebec Journal:
DAVID B. OFFER: Collins optimistic that moderation is key to success by Congress  —  The votes were barely counted last week before national columnists and pundits began analyzing the impact of the Republican victories.  Many predicted more gridlock.  —  “Moderate Republicans will be less likely …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Collins says Kirk wants to join centrist ‘mod squad’
Discussion: FrumForum
Aaron Blake / The Fix:   Did the tea party cost Republicans the Senate?
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
More federal workers' pay tops $150,000  —  The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office, a USA TODAY analysis finds.  —  The fast-growing pay of federal employees has captured the attention …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House Republican: Bush ‘destroyed GOP’  —  Former President George W. Bush is no “class act,” a Republican lawmaker insisted Wednesday.  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said Bush had “destroyed” the GOP during his eight years in office in a blunt shot at the former Republican president …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, USA Today and Raw Story
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bush camp attacks ‘ridiculous’ story
Discussion: Hot Air
Scott Wong / The Politico:
George W. Bush still unpopular in new poll
Discussion: CNN, Gallup and Top of the Ticket
Dan Berman / The Politico:
Interior inspector general: White House skewed drilling-ban report  —  The White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling, the Interior inspector general says in a new report.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner anticipates ‘nice conversation’ with Obama at White House  —  The presumptive Speaker of the 112th Congress, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), anticipates having a “nice conversation” with President Obama next week at the White House.  —  The meeting on Nov. 18 will be the first face …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Associated Press:
Inspector: Drilling Moratorium Report Altered by White House
Discussion: Moonbattery
fda.gov:
Proposed Cigarette Product Warning Labels  —  Overview  —  The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) requires that cigarette packages and advertisements have larger and more visible graphic health warnings.  —  FDA issued a proposed rule …
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
New, more graphic cigarette warnings unveiled
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
F.D.A. Unveils Graphic Warning Labels for Cigarettes
Discussion: The Awl and New York Magazine
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Miller sues to force exact spelling rule for write-in votes  —  JUNEAU — GOP nominee Joe Miller is asking a federal judge to keep the state from using discretion in counting write-in ballots in Alaska's hotly contested Senate race.  —  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, comes …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Carlson sent fake ‘Olbermann’ emails to Philly columnist  —  Tucker Carlson boasted in July that his site, the Daily Caller, had bought the domain name for liberal MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.  Carlson, a conservative journalist and pundit, even said he would start using the email address keith@keitholbermann.com as a gag.
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:   Tucker Carlson Sent Insulting E-mails To Philadelphia Columnist …
Sarah Bloomquist / WPVI-TV:
Controversy over Palin's cookie comments at Pa. school  —  sarah palin, tea party, bucks county, pennsylvania, inside politics  —  Call it “Cookiegate”.  Sarah Palin is baking up a little controversy in Pennsylvania.  She was the guest speaker last night at a fundraiser at Plumstead Christian School in Plumstead Township.
Discussion: The Politico
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Jennifer Lin / Philly.com:
Palin wows the crowd at Bucks County fund-raiser
Michael McDonald / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Collects $4 Billion From Taxpayers as Swaps Backfire  —  The subprime mortgage crisis isn't the only calamity Wall Street created that's upending the finances of U.S. states and cities.  —  For more than a decade, banks and insurance companies convinced governments and nonprofits …
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Barry Ritholtz / Bloomberg:
Kiss Your Assets Goodbye If Certainty Reigns: Barry Ritholtz
Discussion: The Big Picture and Economix
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
LaHood Threatens to Take High Speed Rail Stimulus from OH, WI  —  My favorite cabinet secretary is the one who knows how to play hardball with Republican obstructionists, who knows the leverage he holds and is not afraid to use it.  I guess that's because he's the only Republican in the cabinet*.
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant and CNN
The Huffington Post:
Chris Christie Skeptical That Global Warming Is Caused By Humans  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has developed a reputation for endearing political bluntness.  But comments he reportedly made about global warming on Tuesday afternoon do seem …
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New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie says he's skeptical that global warming is caused by humans
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama officials moving away from 2011 Afghan date  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces …
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Lou Dobbs joining Fox Business Network  —  Just about a year to the day that he left CNN, Lou Dobbs is returning to cable news, this time as host of his own show on News Corp.'s Fox Business Network.  —  Fox Business Network is expected to announce that it has signed Dobbs as early as Wednesday afternoon.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Room at the top?  Not for young Dems  —  A younger generation of Democrats is chafing at being asked to stand aside and let a triumvirate of elders keep their leadership positions in the wake of a catastrophic midterm election result.  —  Barring an unexpected shake-up …
New York Times:
Why Rush to Cut Nukes?  —  THE sweeping Democratic midterm losses last week raise serious questions for President Obama and a lame-duck Congress.  Voters want government brought closer to the vision the framers outlined in the Constitution, and the first test could be the fate of the flawed …
Discussion: Philly.com and The Monkey Cage
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: Had You Seen This Hillary Clinton in 2008 She Might Be President  —  Chris Matthews is suddenly getting a thrill up his leg for somebody other than Barack Obama.  —  On Tuesday's “Hardball,” before playing a video clip of the Secretary of State joking around with some comedians in Australia …
Angela Harrison / BBC:
Student tuition fee protest breaks into Conservative HQ  —  Angry scenes at 30 Millbank at student fees protest  —  There have been violent scenes as tens of thousands of people protested against plans to treble tuition fees and cut university funding in England.
New York Post:
John King's magical wall sent him over the edge just days before the election  —  Tweet  —  CNN anchor John King's “magic wall” sent him over the edge when his beloved touch screen jammed.  —  The DC-based anchor had a meltdown while anchoring his 7 p.m. show, “John King USA,” …
New York Times:
Republicans Maneuver to Oust Their Leader  —  WASHINGTON — Turning their attention to the 2012 presidential election, Republican leaders are digging in for a battle over control of the Republican National Committee, judging that its role in fund-raising, get-out-the-vote operations and other tasks …
 
 
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dem lawmaker warns of Issa ‘witch hunt’
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Blank Slate: Jacob Weisberg Was a Web Pioneer. …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Whoa!  SEIU Members Are Counting the Ballots in Hotly Contested US House Race
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Angela Doland / The Daily Caller:
Sarkozy signs the law: French retire at 62, not 60
Discussion: Don Surber
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
After a Personal Scandal, a Small Political Upswing
Discussion: New York Magazine, FrumForum and GOP 12
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Bush: “The Wolves of Washington” and the Roberts/Miers/Alito Nominations
Discussion: New York Times, Wonk Room and Law Blog
Charles Hawley / Spiegel Online:
Bush-Schröder Enmity Continues in Memoirs
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Geiger / Chicago Tribune:
Congressmen pay wives from campaign funds
Discussion: NBC Chicago
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Election of 1860 Counterfactuals  —  Seth Masket is doing …
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
GOP may be setting its sights on Ensign
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
Daily Mail:
Modestly chic: Michelle Obama dons a headscarf as she visits mosque …
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Jobs forecast can help Obama — if he can sell it to the nation
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Watchdog wants probe of Google's ‘unusually close’ ties to Obama
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers