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4:40 PM ET, November 11, 2009

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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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Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
Senator Reid tees up 2010 jobs bill  —  Senate Democrats will take up a new job-creation bill in the wake of the 10.2 percent unemployment rate, Majority Leader Harry Reid told his colleagues Tuesday.  —  Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) told The Hill that Reid (D-Nev.) made the announcement …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A JOBS BILL ON THE AGENDA?.... Federal Reserve officials warned yesterday …
Discussion: Associated Press
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: Politics Daily
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.
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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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 …
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.
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Security amped up at WashTimes  —  There's still a lot of confusion in the Washington Times newsroom, two days after the removal of three top business-side executives and high-ranking members of the Unification Church.  —  Executive Editor John Solomon hasn't been in the office for several days, and it's unclear whether he'll return.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire, City Desk and Wonkette
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Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Is The Washington Times' Continued Operation In Jeopardy?
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 …
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 …
Jacob T. Levy:
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month  —  There's commemorative cannon-fire outside my office right now, and I'm more disgusted than moved.  Yet more artillery fire seems to me to miss what should be the point.  —  A Veteran's/ Armistice/ Remembrance Day observed …
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Jquiggin / John Quiggin:
Armistice Day  —  91 years ago, the world marked the end …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and EconLog
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 …
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 …
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 …
Boston Globe:
Stimulus job boost in state exaggerated, review finds  —  Errors, incomplete data, estimated positions go into federal report  —  Revere spent $485,500 in stimulus funds to install solar panels on the roof of the Beachmont School and claimed to have created 64 jobs on the project.  (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Sen. Reed: Forcing People to Buy Health Insurance is Constitutionally Justified Because It's Like Making People ‘Sign Up for the Draft’  —  (CNSNews.com) - When asked where specifically the Constitution authorized Congress to mandate that individuals buy health insurance, Sen. Jack Reed …
Discussion: Moe Lane
CNN:
Poll: Opinion split with Obama's wait on Afghanistan decision  —  Washington (CNN) — Americans are split over whether President Obama is taking too long to decide whether to send more U.S. troops to the war in Afghanistan, according to a new national poll.  —  The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey …
Discussion: Sweetness & Light and The Page
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
‘No easy way out’ for Dems on abortion  —  The sudden spasm of intense debate over abortion on Capitol Hill this week threatens not only to stall the passage of health care legislation, but also to shatter the delicate cease-fire that has governed the abortion issue during the Obama era.
Ronald Bailey / Hit & Run:
Affirmative Action for Males - Gender Discrimination in College Admissions  —  NPR's Morning Edition aired a story in which the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is beginning an investigation into claims that colleges are favoring the admission of less qualified males over more qualified women.
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% …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Vice President Biden's motorcade was involved in a fatal accident Wednesday  —  Two Secret Service employees driving along the Suitland Parkway struck and killed a man early Wednesday morning in the vehicles the agency uses to transport Vice President Joe Biden.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Page and Wonkette
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Pfizer and Kelo's Ghost Town  —  Pfizer bugs out, long after the land grab.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The Supreme Court's 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London stands as one of the worst in recent years, handing local governments carte blanche to seize private property in the name of economic development.
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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S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Microsoft disconnects Xbox gamers
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Megan McArdle:
Pulling the Plug  —  Remember how we had to bail out Chrysler …
Discussion: USA Today and QandO
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blog:
Crist fires longtime communications director
Ottawa Citizen:
You can't ignore the role of radical Islam
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Israel Matzav
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