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5:25 PM ET, November 11, 2009

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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Republicans Edge Ahead of Democrats in 2010 Vote  —  Registered voters prefer Republicans for the House, 48% to 44%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans have moved ahead of Democrats by 48% to 44% among registered voters in the latest update on Gallup's generic congressional ballot for the 2010 House elections …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Big news: New poll shows GOP leading Dems in congressional preference ballot
Discussion: MyDD and Politics Daily
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
Democrat Ben Nelson Draws a Line in the Sand on Health Care  —  Nelson Won't Vote for Health Care Bill That Looks Like the House Version  —  In a warning sign for the White House, Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska tells ABC News that he'll vote to block any health care bill that looks like the bill passed by the House.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A JOBS BILL ON THE AGENDA?.... Federal Reserve officials warned yesterday …
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Halperin / The Page:
What's In Sarah Palin's Book  —  Nervous and curious McCain-Palin staffers have been buzzing for weeks with speculation about what Sarah Palin has chosen to include in “Going Rogue.”  —  Books have begun being shipped out in advance of the November 17th release date.  Last week, some of Palin's associates received copies.
Rasmussen Reports:
60% Want Fort Hood Shooting Investigated as Terrorist Act  —  Sixty percent (60%) of likely voters nationwide say last week's shootings at Fort Hood should be investigated by military authorities as a terrorist act.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 27% …
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Fred Barbash / The Politico:   GOP sees Ft. Hood as act of terror
Ronald Goldfarb / Pundits Blog:   Maj. Hasan's evil deeds
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Liberal Radio Host Blames George Bush, Bullying Muslims As 'Real …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
The $900 billion mistake  —  Barack Obama has not given much in the way of specifics for health-care reform.  Few policies have been nonnegotiable and virtually none have been dictated.  The exception is a number that was neither nonnegotiable nor dictated, but was received on the Hill as if it was both …
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Jason English / mental_floss Blog:
The Late Movies: Dogs Welcoming Home Soldiers  —  I can't begin to imagine how hard it would be to leave my family for months at a time, especially if my destination were Iraq or Afghanistan.  And I don't know how I could deal with my wife being deployed overseas.
Robert Behre / Local News:
County Republican Party leaders censure Sen. Graham  —  The Charleston County Republican Party's executive committee took the unusual step Monday night of censuring U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for stepping across the GOP party line.  —  County Chairwoman Lin Bennett said the unanimous vote “is an effort to get his attention.
Discussion: The Plum Line and TPMDC
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Bernie Becker / The Caucus:
S.C. Senator Gets Slammed Back Home  —  Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican with a maverick streak, has been censured by local Republican Party officials in his home state of South Carolina.  —  The executive committee of the Charleston County Republican Party voted unanimously on Monday …
Pew Research Center:
A Year Out, Widespread Anti-Incumbent Sentiment  —  Obama's Afghanistan Rating Declines  —  The mood of America is glum.  Two-thirds of the public is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country.  Fully nine-in-ten say that national economic conditions are only fair or poor …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
What's Up With Keith Olbermann's Three Finger Salute to Carrie Prejean?  —  Last night on Countdown, Keith Olbermann did another in a long series of segments castigating former Miss California Carrie Prejean, but he added a little something extra at the end.
Discussion: Villainous Company
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Pelosi's victory for women  —  Sure, her healthcare bill is a mess, but her gritty maneuvering shows her mettle.  Plus: Gainsbourg and Gaga  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi scored a giant gain for feminism last weekend.  In shoving her controversy-plagued healthcare reform bill …
New York Times:
3 Obama Advisers Favor More Troops for Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are coalescing around a proposal to send 30,000 or more additional American troops to Afghanistan …
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Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Is The Washington Times' Continued Operation In Jeopardy?  —  Things seem to be going from bad to worse at the Washington Times.  And the continued operation of the newspaper, which is owned by Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, seems to be in serious doubt.
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Security amped up at WashTimes
Discussion: TPM LiveWire, City Desk and Wonkette
Ezra Klein:
Four ways to end the filibuster  —  Steve Pearlstein wants to bring the filibuster back to its first principles: Ensuring unlimited debate.  His suggestion is to kill the filibuster but promise the minority that debate can continue until “a bill is passed or defeated or Senators agree to give up and go home.”
Discussion: Washington Post
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Pawlenty moves raise questions  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is widely regarded as one of the Republican Party's rising national leaders.  The runner-up to Sarah Palin to be John McCain's vice presidential running mate, he is a conservative whose blue-collar roots, amiable personality …
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Andrew Romano / Newsweek Blogs:
Absurdly Premature 2012 Watch, Vol. I: Who's Afraid of Tim Pawlenty?
Eric Kleefeld / TPM LiveWire:
Even Fox News Fact-Checks Palin's Claims About Dollar Coin  —  Sarah Palin's public pronouncements have now reached an amazing point — where even Fox News is fact-checking her.  —  As Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted this evening, picking up on a Politico report, Palin said this past Friday …
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
DADT Likely To Be Part of Defense Bill  —  Repealing “don't ask, don't tell” will likely be included as part of next year's Department of Defense authorization bill in both chambers of Congress, Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) said Wednesday.  —  “Military issues are always done as part …
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Frank: DADT repeal will go in Defense authoriztion
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Paranoid Style  —  There are many ways in which the political moment (hyper-polarizing) and the technological moment (Twitter, instant news cycles) creates a self-perpetuating arms race of hyperbole.  On the other hand, some of these new publishing and communications systems do allow us …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Republicans concerned with ascent of young Florida candidate  —  A brash, young political newcomer is causing a fuss in GOP circles in the race against Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).  —  And what else would you expect in a district that has produced the most colorful member of Congress?
Discussion: TPMDC and msnbc.com
Sarah Weinman / DailyFinance:
Sarah Palin's memoir: Why the math might not add up for HarperCollins  —  Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, is always a hot topic of conversation in the media.  Her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life …
Fox News:
Free Speech Rights Prevented Probe Into Hasan E-Mails, Investigators Say  —  The claim comes as officials in different branches of law enforcement and the military squabble over who knew what when about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's leanings toward faith-inspired violence, and as charges fly …
 
 
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Hannity to Address Protest Video Questions
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Vice President Biden's motorcade was involved in a fatal accident Wednesday
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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
DeMint tries to ban ‘permanent politicians’
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Microsoft disconnects Xbox gamers
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Why Home-Grown Islamic Terrorism Isn't A Threat
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Affirmative Action for Males - Gender Discrimination in College Admissions
Megan McArdle:
Pulling the Plug  —  Remember how we had to bail out Chrysler …
Discussion: USA Today and QandO
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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Crist fires longtime communications director
Ottawa Citizen:
You can't ignore the role of radical Islam
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