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4:50 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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Real Time Economics:
Palin Responds to Real Time Economics and We Respond  —  Real Time Economics yesterday looked at Sarah Palin's remarks about monetary policy to a trade association conference.  On Monday night, she responded on Facebook: … Sudeep Reddy responds:  —  Our post on Monday examined the assertion …
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
Sudeep Reddy / Real Time Economics:
Sarah Palin's QE2 Criticism Includes Inflation Hyperbole
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.
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Netanyahu Sharply Insists on Building in Jerusalem
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Two Dems push tax cut compromise
Discussion: Firedoglake
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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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.
The Politico:
Mitch McConnell fights GOP earmark ban
Discussion: The Hill and Erick's blog
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:
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 …
CNN:
No prosecution for destruction of CIA tapes, Justice Department says  —  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, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Discussion: FrumForum
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New York Times:
No Charges in Destruction of C.I.A. Interrogation Tapes
Discussion: Emptywheel
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
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.) …
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Manchin Fights Rumors of Deal to Switch Parties  —  West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) on Monday evening batted down any suggestion that he is considering a party switch following his scheduled swearing-in next week as the Mountain State's junior Senator.  —  Additionally, a Senate Republican …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bennet: Dems likely to revisit health law
Discussion: The Spot
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?
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 …
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.”
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 …
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Congressional Black Caucus: Black Republicans welcome  —  The Congressional Black Caucus says it will gladly accept the two newly elected black Republicans into its group, opening the door to partisan diversity in a caucus that has been historically Democratic.
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Washington Examiner editorial: Don't let Upton lead House panel  —  The Washington Examiner editorial board took a strong position against Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) as a potential Republican chairman on Monday, casting him as too moderate to lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
Barry Eichengreen / Project Syndicate:
Is America Catching the “British Disease?”  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  BERKELEY - In the United States, the scent of decline is in the air.  Imperial overreach, political polarization, and a costly financial crisis are weighing on the economy.
Discussion: RealClearWorld
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
And the GOP primary numbers...  PPP numbers looking ahead to the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination contest in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania find Mitt Romney looking strong in New England and the West and Mike Huckabee with a slight edge in the Midwest.
Discussion: Hot Air, GOP 12 and Weigel
Associated Press:
NJ Transit Gets $271M Bill for Scrapped Tunnel  —  NEWARK, N.J., (AP) — NJ Transit owes the federal government $271 million for the Hudson River rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christie scrapped last month.  —  The Federal Transit Administration on Monday sent the railroad the bill, saying interest and penalty charges will be added.
 
 
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
DADT and the Courts  —  Responding to my post earlier today …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Tony Perry / L.A. NOW:
Tugboats, Navy copters head for cruise ship damaged by fire off Mexico
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Trade and QE2  —  The cavalcade of international whinging about QE2 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
What Do People Think A Third Party President Would Do?
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Wall Street Journal:
Union Card Checkmate
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Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
The bashing of American exceptionalism
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eunomia
The Huffington Post:
Pollsters Raise Alarm: Inaccurate Polls May Be Impacting Campaigns
Discussion: msnbc.com and Ben Smith's Blog
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval Advances to 47%, Up From 43% Pre-Election
Discussion: Hot Air, The Page and Left Coast Rebel
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Two senators eye gas tax hike to pay for highways and bridges
Discussion: National Review, RedState and FrumForum
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Company Accused of Firing Over Facebook Post
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Schwarzenegger admission: Who cares if you smoke pot?