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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Woodward Book Says Afghanistan Divided White House  —  WASHINGTON — Some of the critical players in President Obama's national security team doubt his strategy in Afghanistan will succeed and have spent much of the last 20 months quarreling with one another over policy, personalities and turf, according to a new book.
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Steve Luxenberg / Washington Post:
Bob Woodward book details Obama battles with advisers over exit plan for Afghan war  —  President Obama urgently looked for a way out of the war in Afghanistan last year, repeatedly pressing his top military advisers for an exit plan that they never gave him, according to secret meeting notes …
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
CONFIRMED: Sen. Saxby Chambliss Admits “All Faggots Must Die” Comment Came From His Atlanta Headquarters  —  I've just gotten off the phone with Atlanta Journal-Constitution political writer Jim Galloway who says that Sen. Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that the “All faggots must die” …
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Joe / Joe. My. God.:
“All Faggots Must Die”  —  The above comment was left today by “Jimmy” on my post about the DADT cloture vote.  The IP address *appears* to resolve to the neighborhood of GOP U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss' Atlanta office.  The ISP is “United States Senate.”  I'm confident that the JMG internet sleuths can get to the source.
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Did Saxby Chambliss aide leave threatening slur?  —  U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss confirmed Tuesday that he investigating whether one of his staffers left a threatening slur on an Internet discussion of the right of gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Summers Expected to Leave White House After Election  —  White House officials expect Lawrence Summers to leave his job as the president's National Economic Council director after November's congressional elections, according to three people familiar with the matter.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama's Economics Chief Is Set to Leave  —  WASHINGTON — The White House said Tuesday that Lawrence H. Summers, the chief architect of President Obama's economic policy, would leave at the end of the year, continuing an exodus of top-level advisers at a time when voters are expressing deep dissatisfaction …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:   Three Reasons You'll Miss Larry Summers
Wall Street Journal:
Economy Czar Summers to Depart
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / The Caucus:   Top White House Economic Adviser to Depart
The Politico:
Harry Reid's botched battles  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hoped the defense policy bill would help make a final pre-election argument for Democrats while energizing the base on gay rights and immigration.  —  But what he got was a failed vote and a mix of frustration and disappointment from the people he was trying to help.
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Move to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Stalls in Senate  —  WASHINGTON — With Congress increasingly paralyzed by the partisan fury of the midterm elections, the Senate on Tuesday voted against taking up a major military bill that includes a provision allowing the repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell policy” regarding gay soldiers.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Al Franken Chokes Up Over Don't Ask, Don't Tell (VIDEO)  —  Shortly after Senate Republicans and two Democrats blocked a vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Sen. Al Franken gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor.  —  Franken (D-MN) told a story about one of his trips to entertain …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
McCain Wins On DADT
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell: Coons has made ‘some very anti-American statements’  —  Tea Party-backed Christine O'Donnell (R) took aim at New Castle County Executive Chris Coons (D) Tuesday night during an appearance on Fox News.  —  O'Donnell referenced an article Coons wrote in college in which he referred to himself as “a bearded Marxist.”
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Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jackson: I did nothing wrong but ‘deeply sorry’ over ‘social acquaintance’  —  Chicago congressman vows to remain in office in wake of Sun-Times report regarding fund-raiser  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said Tuesday he is “deeply sorry” for having “disappointed some supporters” …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Bill Clinton: Russian immigrants and settlers obstacles to Mideast peace  —  Russian immigrants to Israel have emerged as a central obstacle to achieving a Middle East peace deal, according to former President Bill Clinton.  He voiced fears that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) …
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Dana Goldstein / The Daily Beast:
Clinton Warns Liberals
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Why Generic Ballots May Underestimate Democrats  —  In the last couple of posts on our House forecasts, I've noted that the generic congressional ballot tends to show worse results for Democrats than other indicators like polls of individual House races.  The generic ballot, as of last week …
Igor / Wonk Room:
McCain Ignores Testimony Before His Committee, Claims Military Doesn't ‘Seek Out’ Orientation  —  This afternoon, immediately after the Senate failed to invoke cloture on a defense authorization measure which included an amendment to gradually repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell …
Ezra Klein:
Federal Reserve won't help, won't explain why  —  As expected, the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee met today, and decided against doing anything further to stimulate the economy.  But it's worth reading their news release explaining — or, more accurately, not explaining — why.
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John Fritze / USA Today:
Tea Party group gets $1 million anonymous donation  —  A donor who does not want to be named has written a $1 million check to Tea Party Patriots, and the organization's national coordinators intend to push the funds out into the field by the beginning of next month — in time to help …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Clinton to Dems: Don't underestimate Tea Party movement
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama: “Mexicans” Were Here “Long Before America Was Even An Idea”  —  “Long before America was even an idea, this land of plenty was home to many peoples.  The British and French, the Dutch and Spanish, to Mexicans, to countless Indian tribes.  We all shared the same land.”
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
GOP sends a message on spending  —  Republicans will try to block money requested by the Obama administration to implement Democrats' signature Wall Street and healthcare reforms in a stopgap spending measure expected to clear Congress next week.  —  The GOP is seizing on the administration's …
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Yitzhak Benhorin / Ynetnews:
No peace in NY: Fayyad-Ayalon meeting ends on sour note  —  Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad leaves meeting with Danny Ayalon angry, after Israel's deputy foreign minister demands that meeting summary refer to notion of ‘two states for two peoples’  —  WASHINGTON - Palestinian Prime …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP House candidate invokes idea of ‘victory mosque’ in campaign ad  —  A Republican House candidate claims in new ad that Muslims want to build “victory mosque” near Ground Zero.  —  The building of an Islamic cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero has faded from the midterm campaign conversation …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Fox News:
Ahmadinejad Warns of Capitalism's Defeat in Tepid U.N. Speech  —  Before a sparse audience, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used 10 minutes on the world stage Tuesday to declare capitalism near death while urging world leaders to “spare no effort” in starting to plan for a new world order.
Margaret Talev / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Romney No. 1 for GOP presidential nod, Palin No. 2  —  WASHINGTON — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the early front-runner among potential Republican candidates for president in 2012, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.  —  While former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin commands …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
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