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7:20 PM ET, November 9, 2010

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CBS News:
Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast  —  Military Mum on Nature of “Big Missile” Rising Out of Pacific - a Possible Show of U.S. Military Might  —  (CBS) A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught by CBS affiliate KCBS's cameras Monday night …
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wonderful: Military not sure yet who fired “big missile” off California coast; Update: Airplane?  —  I'm at a loss.  Three obvious possibilities:  —  (1) It's one of ours but is being officially denied because it's part of some secret operation.  If that's true, though …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Video Catches Mystery ‘Missile’ Launch Near L.A. [Updated Once More]  —  Someone semingly launched a mysterious missile 35 miles off of the California coast last night — just west of Los Angeles and north of Catalina Island.  But anyone in the military knows who did it, or what the hell the thing was, they haven't told me yet.
San Diego, California News Station:
Mysterious missile lights up the sky over the Pacific  —  Pacific Ocean (CBS 8)- A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught on video Monday evening by a KCBS news helicopter.  —  The spectacular contrail could easily be seen up in Los Angeles …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Sarah Palin, Media Critic  —  The former veep candidate (and journalism major) misleads readers on the WSJ with selective quotes  —  Aw, shucks.  —  Sarah Palin is “just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, but even humble folks like (her) can read the newspaper.”  —  Reading's one thing.
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John Dickerson / Slate:
It doesn't take much to get deleted from the world of Sarah Palin.  —  Sarah Palin is fighting elites: the GOP establishment, know-it-alls like Karl Rove, the mainstream media, the Federal Reserve.  What unites all fronts in this battle is her conviction that people who claim to know the truth, or what's best for you, do not.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Pundit Press
Sudeep Reddy / Real Time Economics:
Sarah Palin's QE2 Criticism Includes Inflation Hyperbole  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in remarks to be delivered today as reported by The National Review, offers a largely conventional critique of the Federal Reserve's latest round of quantitative easing.
Real Time Economics:
Palin Responds to Real Time Economics and We Respond
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
For Indonesia and Obama, 4th Time's the Charm  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia — It is the presidential homecoming that wasn't meant to be.  —  Enlarge This Image  —  President Obama during a news conference with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia on Tuesday in Jakarta.
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Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Obama Visits a Nation That Knew Him as Barry  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia — The two houses where he spent part of his boyhood stand pretty much the way they did when he went back to Hawaii four decades ago.  The two schools he attended have grown larger but, in spirit, remain unchanged.
Matt DeLong / Washington Post:
Obama's Indonesian gay nanny and other things from his past
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Alvin Greene mulls presidential bid  —  'Maybe.  I'll have to see,' Alvin Greene said about running for president.  —  Alvin Greene might run for president.  —  Greene, the unlikely Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina who lost overwhelmingly to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint last week …
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The Note:   Is Alvin Greene Mulling a Presidential Run in 2012?
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
A New Bush, a Lot Like the Old One  —  He said he still felt sickened that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq.  Yet former President George W. Bush said that his worst moment in the Oval Office came when the rap star Kanye West claimed that the president didn't care about black people.
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Alex Barker / Westminster Blog:
Bush: “I probably won't even vote for McCain”
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bush revisited  —  Let's posit right now that George W. Bush loves …
Discussion: The Politico
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cantor, Republicans signal Obama tax proposal is dead in the water  —  The Obama administration's hopes of reaching a tax deal with Republicans that would decouple rates on the rich from the middle class appear dead.  —  House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) threw cold water on the proposed plan …
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Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Absentee ballot count gets under way  —  From Sean Cockerham at the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage-  —  We've got our first numbers, showing Joe Miller making small gains on Lisa Murkowski.  But they are from only three Anchorage districts, including ones where the military vote is heavy.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Miller makes slight gains as absentees are counted in Alaska
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans May Yet Have Upper Hand in Senate  —  On paper, the numbers tell you the Democrats held on to a majority in the Senate last week.  —  In reality, things won't be quite that neat.  In fact, on some issues the Republicans actually may have a functional majority …
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John / Verum Serum:
Ted Rall Book Excerpt: Let's Kill Some Christians and Tea Partiers  —  Ted Rall has a new book out titled The Anti-American Manifesto.  In it he makes an explicit call for a violent socialist revolution from within.  In case you think this is all a big joke, here's an excerpt from the book:
NationalJournal.com:
Presidential Power Rankings  —  The Hotline assesses which potential White House contenders are most likely to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  —  Welcome to The Hotline's inaugural edition of Presidential Power Rankings.  —  Who is best positioned to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination?
The Hill:
Dems' leadership race turns bitter as Clyburn slams Hoyer's tactics  —  Rep. James Clyburn said Rep. Steny Hoyer's tactics are breaking with tradition and making Democrats uncomfortable.  —  The comments are the first hint of bitterness between Clyburn (S.C.) and Hoyer (Md.) …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
No charges in destruction of CIA videotapes, Justice Department says  —  No one will face criminal charges for the destruction of CIA videotapes depicting harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects during the Bush administration, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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New York Times:
No Charges in Destruction of C.I.A. Interrogation Tapes
Discussion: Emptywheel and Cogitamus
Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Progressives don't really get progress, but the American people do  —  Progressives claim to have a monopoly on progress - designed by intellectuals who ‘know better’ and brought about by a big, beneficent government.  But Americans voted in last week's elections that this brand …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — November 2010  —  The November 2010 tracking poll was conducted in the days following the mid-term election that resulted in major gains for Republicans, including a shift in control of the House of Representatives.  The survey attempts to gauge …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Extreme divide on terror issues  —  The intense focus on the differences between President Barack Obama and House Republicans on government spending and tax cuts has eclipsed the yawning gulf that separates Obama and the incoming House leadership on counterterrorism policy …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH, THE FAMOUS, AND THE NEW JERSEY GOVERNORS.... New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a media darling and favorite of many Republican activists, has a penchant for complaining about wasteful government spending and public employees who abuse the system and fail to respect the taxpayers footing the bills.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
My Application for Peter Thiel  —  Via Twitter, I see that one of the questions Peter Thiel asks applicants to his fellowship program (which unlike some of his philanthropic endeavors sounds to me like a totally good idea) is “Tell us one thing about the world that you strongly believe is true, but that most people think is not true.”
Wall Street Journal:
Schools Chancellor Klein to Join News Corp.  —  New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein is resigning to join News Corp., ending an eight-year reign at the helm of the nation's largest school system.  —  In his place, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce Cathie Black, chairwoman of Hearst Magazines.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Best Speech  —  In India, the president defended free markets, free trade and free societies.  —  Every now and then a columnist ought to shock and dismay his most faithful readers.  So here goes: Barack Obama gave a terrific speech yesterday to India's parliament …
RushLimbaugh.com:
A Spirited Talk with President Bush  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: We are happy, as we always have been, to welcome back to the program President George W. Bush.  Mr. Bush, welcome back, and thank you for giving us some time today, sir.  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Rush, thank you.
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Sen. Mark Warner Equates Progressives With Tea Party Activists …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Cigna CEO: Don't repeal U.S. health law
Discussion: Swampland
Times of India:
On Xmas shopping spree at crafts village, Michelle runs out of cash
Discussion: Fox Nation and Weasel Zippers
NRSC:
Despite Campaign Rhetoric, Joe Manchin Backtracks, Sides With …
 Earlier Items: 
Barry Eichengreen / Project Syndicate:
Is America Catching the “British Disease?”
Discussion: RealClearWorld
Myglesias / Yglesias:
What Do People Think A Third Party President Would Do?
Discussion: The Plum Line
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
And the GOP primary numbers...
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Hot Air, Weigel and GOP 12
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finds A New Way To Liberate Your Gmail Contact Data
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Congressional Black Caucus: Black Republicans welcome
Discussion: FrumForum
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
The bashing of American exceptionalism
Associated Press:
NJ Transit Gets $271M Bill for Scrapped Tunnel