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Paul Krugman:
Unserious People  —  OK, let's say goodbye to the deficit commission.  If you're sincerely worried about the US fiscal future — and there's good reason to be — you don't propose a plan that involves large cuts in income taxes.  Even if those cuts are offset by supposed elimination of tax breaks elsewhere …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Panel Seeks Deep Cuts in Tax Breaks and Spending  —  WASHINGTON — The chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan commission on reducing the national debt outlined a politically provocative and economically ambitious package of spending cuts and tax increases on Wednesday, igniting a debate that is likely to grip the country for years.
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs Simpson And Bowles Release Eye-Popping Recommendations  —  The White House's fiscal commission's co-chairs, Erskine Bowles and former-Sen. Alan Simpson today released their draft recommendations on how to reduce the country's budget deficit.
Ezra Klein:
There is no report from the fiscal commission  —  Here is the most important fact about the proposal released by the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform: It is not the commission's report.  And here is the second most important fact to remember …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pelosi, political left rip proposal from debt commission chairmen  —  The chairmen of President Obama's fiscal commission sparked a political firestorm Wednesday with the early release of a report proposing sweeping changes to Social Security, Medicare and the tax code.
Ezra Klein:
The fiscal commission reports — sort of
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drop Everything: The Simpson-Bowles Breakthrough
Discussion: msnbc.com
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drop Everything: The Simpson-Bowles Reax
Jonathan Cowan / The Politico:
Cuts so Medicare, Social Security and defense politically viable?
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and Firedoglake
Wall Street Journal:
Panel Chairmen Recommend Cutting Federal Spending by $200 Billion
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann drops out of leadership race  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race for House Republican Conference chair on Wednesday night, ending a quixotic bid for leadership that many saw as the first real test of the tea party against the GOP establishment.
Discussion: The Note, CNN, msnbc.com and Gateway Pundit
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Bachmann drops bid for conference post, backs Hensarling
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
MIke Lillis / The Hill:
New GOP chief of staff calls Pelosi ‘garbage’  —  A newly named GOP chief of staff called the outgoing Democratic majority — and in particular Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — “garbage.”  —  Joyce Kaufman, the incoming chief of staff to Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), said …
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Reuters:
Nancy Pelosi wants DREAM Act vote
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TPMDC
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
House leadership elections Wednesday
Discussion: Reuters and Daily Kos
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
The Reign of Right-Wing Primetime … I'll name a hit TV show, and you guess if it's more popular among Republicans or Democrats.  —  First, NCIS — investigating military crimes on CBS.  Safe bet conservatives love it, right?  —  How about ABC's Desperate Housewives — a racy soap, female audience.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
‘The Onion’ Strikes Comic Gold With Biden Spoofs  —  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has never smashed a Whac-A-Mole game in a drunken fit.  He has never invoked Freedom of Information laws to find out a female federal employee's work schedule.  And to the best of anyone's knowledge …
Washington Post:
Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war  —  A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two people familiar …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Boehner's Image Improves, Reid's Does Not After Midterms  —  Four in 10 still unfamiliar with House Republican leader  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' opinions of House Republican Leader John Boehner, who is in line to be the speaker of the House in the new Congress, improved after the midterm elections.
Discussion: USA Today, CNN and The Hill
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Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Bush: “The Wolves of Washington” and the Roberts/Miers/Alito Nominations  —  In his new book “Decision Points,” former President George W. Bush offers some fascinating tidbits about what could be his most lasting legacy: the nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito Dismisses His Profligate …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Impolitic
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Tensions with states grow over high speed rail  —  (Reuters) - The Transportation Department warned two governors-elect that federal money allocated to building high-speed passenger rail lines in their states cannot be used to pay for other infrastructure projects, as tensions grow over federal transportation spending.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
LaHood Threatens to Take High Speed Rail Stimulus from OH, WI
Pat Sajak / Ricochet.com:
Mea Culpa: I Put Keith Olbermann on National TV  —  This YouTube video reminded me that I was the person who introduced Keith Olbermann to America.  —  Keith was a sportscaster at the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles at the same time I was doing a talk show for that network.
Fox News:
U.N. Rejects Iran's Bid for Seat on Women's Rights Panel  —  The United Nations on Wednesday rejected Iran's bid for a seat to the board of the new U.N. agency to promote equality for women after fierce opposition from the United States and human rights groups to Tehran's treatment of women.
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Write-in counting begins  —  Counting ballots in Juneau today.  —  There have been questions from the ballot observers about the criteria Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai is using to rule on the Miller campaign challenges of Murkowski ballots.  —  Here's what Fenumiai told me:
Steve Randy Waldman / interfluidity:
Tragedy of the technocrats  —  The good guys will always lose if they don't have the courage to be the good guys.  —  Brad DeLong writes … DeLong tries to remedy this with a list of specific proposals.  As advertised, they constitute a “platform for the bipartisan technocrats of the center”.
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Brad DeLong's fiscal plan
Discussion: National Review
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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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
GOP Sen. Collins: Palin ‘Likes Being A Celebrity Commentator’ Instead Of Governing
Eli Sanders / Slog:
How Justice Richard B. Sanders Lost It  —  Yesterday I called the race for State Supreme Court Position No. 6 in favor of challenger Charlie Wiggins, and said I'd explain this morning what I think happened in this intense, down-to-the-wire contest.  Here goes.
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 …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Rick Santorum: No real tea party candidates in 2012 mix  —  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum says none of the GOP presidential hopefuls can truly be called tea party candidates — but he and Gary Johnson come close.  —  “There isn't a single candidate running for president who can claim …
Discussion: CNN and GOP 12
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Editor on the ‘Beauty’ of Readers' Ignorance  —  Gerald Marzorati, center, with Marc Jacobs (L) and Paul Krugman.  Image by Getty Images via @daylife  —  The New York Times cultivates an image as the preferred read of the intellectual elite, but at least one of the paper's higher-ups seems …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Dire Consequences of NIH Cuts  —  I'm pretty sure the new House majority will succeed in enacting pretty severe cuts to means-tested programs that benefit poor people.  But any talk of sweeping budget cuts is going to keep running into stories like this one:
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Bombs Away: Afghan Air War Peaks With 1,000 Strikes in October  —  The U.S. and its allies have unleashed a massive air campaign in Afghanistan, launching missiles and bombs from the sky at a rate rarely seen since the war's earliest days.  In October alone, NATO planes fired their weapons …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Maddow Blog
Dina Kraft / New York Times:
Rapper Finds Order in Orthodox Judaism in Israel  —  JERUSALEM — The tall man in the velvet fedora and knee-length black jacket with ritual fringes peeking out takes long, swift strides toward the Western Wall.  It's late in the day, and he does not want to miss afternoon prayers at Judaism's holiest site.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Christie names names in fight against inflated education salaries  —  “The new poster boy for all that's wrong with the public-school system...”  —  As part of his efforts to reform public school systems in New Jersey and apply resources more directly to students …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Balloon Juice
 
 
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Mchapman / CNSNews:
Fiscal Commission Calls for Elimination of Safe Schools Czar's Office
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sen. Tom Coburn / National Review:
Earmark Myths and Realities
Nils August Andresen / FrumForum:
Why the GOP Needs the Academic Elite
Wall Street Journal:
Commodity Prices Surge
Robin Bravender / The Politico:
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Fox News, GOP killed climate bill
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Rahm Emanuel's tenant mulling racing against him for mayor
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Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
George W. Bush Delivers a Basic Economics Lesson to Matt Lauer
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gearing up: David Brock to launch outside group for 2012
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Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Another GOP Civil War Brewing In 2012
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Seton Motley / Big Government:
28-Year Democrat Rep. Ortiz Loses, But Keeps ‘Finding’ Ballots in Recount
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House Republican: Bush ‘destroyed GOP’
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