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3:55 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 …
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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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Do Wall Street Journal Reporters Read the Wall Street Journal?  —  Ever since 2008, people seem inordinately interested in my reading habits.  Among various newspapers, magazines, and local Alaskan papers, I read the Wall Street Journal.  —  So, imagine my dismay when I read an article …
Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Dollar, Zoellick's Gold  —  An unlikely pair elevate the monetary policy debate.  —  It would be hard to find two more unlikely intellectual comrades than Robert Zoellick, the World Bank technocrat, and Sarah Palin, the populist conservative politician.
Sudeep Reddy / Real Time Economics:
Sarah Palin's QE2 Criticism Includes Inflation Hyperbole
Real Time Economics:
Palin Responds to Real Time Economics and We Respond
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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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Tax Cut Timing Is Proving Problematic for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — When one party controls the White House and Congress, it controls the calendar for what gets done and when.  So how is it that Democrats ended up in such a fix over what to do about the expiring Bush-era tax cuts?
Discussion: The New Republic and The Page
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Two Dems push tax cut compromise
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
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:
CNN:
Justice source: No charges to be brought for destruction of CIA tapes  —  Washington (CNN) — Criminal charges will not be brought in the Justice Department's long-running investigation of the destruction of CIA videotapes of terrorism detainee interrogations, a senior Justice Department source said Tuesday.
Discussion: FrumForum
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New York Times:
No Charges in Destruction of C.I.A. Interrogation Tapes
Discussion: Emptywheel
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Gay Couples to Sue Over U.S. Marriage Law
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Sources: No Charges In CIA Interrogation Tape Case
Discussion: TPMMuckraker and Raw Story
Myglesias / Yglesias:
DADT Repeal and the McConnell Way  —  Looks like Republicans aren't going to back down on their threat to filibuster a defense appropriations bill unless it's stripped of Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal legislation, and it looks like Democrats are going to cave.  —  Just as a pure political spectacle here, this is a thing to behold.
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The Politico:
Mitch McConnell fights GOP earmark ban
Discussion: The Hill and Erick's blog
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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Anne Applebaum / Washington Post:
In Alaska, a preview of the GOP's future  —  Alaska is darker in winter, colder all year and less densely populated than any other state.  Alaskans are unique, too: They enjoy a higher level of per capita federal spending than anyone else in the union, as well as a state constitution …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Miller says he's ‘cautiously optimistic’ as vote count begins in Alaska Senate race
Discussion: The Politico
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Report Faults Christie, as Prosecutor, on Hotel Stays  —  WASHINGTON — When he was a top federal prosecutor, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey routinely billed taxpayers for hotel stays whose cost exceeded government guidelines, according to a report the Justice Department released on Monday.
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Department of Justice: Chris Christie spent big on hotels
Discussion: Raw Story and Alternate Brain
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 …
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 …
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 …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hoyer picks up support from senior Dems  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) picked up endorsements from five more senior Democrats on Tuesday in his battle against Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) for the position of minority whip.  —  A total of seven Democratic committee leaders …
Discussion: The Note
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Boston Globe:
House Democrats split on direction
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.”
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval Advances to 47%, Up From 43% Pre-Election  —  Weekly average of 45% and demographic support patterns are unchanged  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama earned a 47% approval rating from the American public in Gallup Daily tracking from Friday through Sunday …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Page and Left Coast Rebel
Myglesias / Yglesias:
What Do People Think A Third Party President Would Do?  —  Ben McGrath's discussion of the endless discussion of a Michael Bloomberg third party presidential bid is appropriately arch, but still doesn't, I think, quite get at the core madness of this talk:
Discussion: The Plum Line
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected  —  An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Trade and QE2  —  The cavalcade of international whinging about QE2—the Federal Reserve's effort to lower medium-term interest rates—is really telling and important to understand.  The first thing to understand it, I think, is that QE2 is not primarily about international trade.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
The bashing of American exceptionalism  —  Leftists mocking those who believe in the greatness of the U.S. is nothing new.  But their bizarre insistence that it's an artifact of right-wing jingoism and xenophobia certainly isn't helping Obama.  —  Last year, when asked if he believed …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eunomia
 
 
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Congressional Black Caucus: Black Republicans welcome
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Associated Press:
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Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bennet: Dems likely to revisit health law
Discussion: The Spot
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
When Privatization Increases Public Spending
The Huffington Post:
Pollsters Raise Alarm: Inaccurate Polls May Be Impacting Campaigns
Discussion: msnbc.com and Ben Smith's Blog
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: New Jersey Gov. more popular than Obama in home state
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Schwarzenegger admission: Who cares if you smoke pot?
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Global Backlash Grows