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3:28 AM ET, November 10, 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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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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wonderful: Military not sure yet who fired “big missile” …
Alex Barker / Westminster Blog:
Bush: “I probably won't even vote for McCain”  —  George W. Bush's bombastic return to the world stage has reminded me of my favourite Bush anecdote, which for various reasons we couldn't publish at the time.  Some of the witnesses still dine out on it.  —  The venue was the Oval Office.
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
In 2008, Bush Said He 'Probably Won't Even Vote For' McCain  —  With stories about President Bush's new memoir dominating the headlines this week, Financial Times Westminster correspondent Alex Barker reports on his “favourite Bush anecdote,” which he writes, “for various reasons we couldn't publish at the time.
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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Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Miller sues to force exact spelling rule for write-in votes  —  JUNEAU — GOP nominee Joe Miller is asking a federal judge to keep the state from using discretion in counting write-in ballots in Alaska's hotly contested Senate race.  —  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, comes …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Miller makes slight gains as absentee votes are counted in Alaska Senate race
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Aharding / CNN:
Democrats want leadership elections delayed  —  (CNN) - Two House Democrats are circulating a letter asking Democratic leaders to push their party's leadership elections for the next Congress until December.  —  Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D- Ohio) and Peter Defazio (D-Oregon) say in the letter that the …
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The Hill:
Clyburn knocks Hoyer's tactics as Dems' leadership race intensifies  —  The leadership race between Reps. James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer took a sharp turn Tuesday when Clyburn criticized his opponent's tactics and said they were making other Democrats uncomfortable.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: Dems will work with new GOP majority when possible
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Republicans Maneuver to Oust Their Leader  —  WASHINGTON — Turning their attention to the 2012 presidential election, Republican leaders are digging in for a battle over control of the Republican National Committee, judging that its role in fund-raising, get-out-the-vote operations and other tasks …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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?
Discussion: CNN
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.
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Name Program That Already Expired As First Spending Item They Would Cut  —  ThinkProgress has been documenting the struggles that House Republicans have been having as they attempt to claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility without laying out any real spending cuts to which anyone might object.
Discussion: NationalJournal.com and Daily Kos
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RSC:
Tackling Spending: Save $25 Billion by Restoring Welfare Reform
Discussion: Wonk Room
Frank Newport / Gallup:
As Book Tour Begins, George W. Bush's Favorable Rating at 44%  —  Nearly two years after leaving office, Bush's image remains more negative than positive  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As he begins promoting his new memoir “Decision Points,” former President George W. Bush receives a 44% favorable and 53% unfavorable rating from Americans.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Hot Air
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John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bush revisited  —  Let's posit right now that George W. Bush loves …
Discussion: The Politico
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?
David Leonhardt / Economix:
The Myth of Record-High Gold  —  2:14 p.m. |  Updated with more detail  —  “Gold sets record high amid economic fears,” The Associated Press recently wrote.  “Gold surges to record high,” CNN said.  Gold closed Monday “at a record $1,402.80 per troy ounce,” the front page of The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
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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Dan Berman / The Politico:
Report: White House edited to favor drilling ban  —  The White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling, the Interior inspector general says in a new report.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Racist Cartoonist Ted Rall Calls For Violent ‘Revolt’ Against Right, MSNBC Not Opposed to Idea  —  And herein lies my real problem with NBC/MSNBC.  What Keith Olbermann does as a private citizen and with his own money should be the least of NBC/MSNBC's concerns.
Discussion: RedState
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John / Verum Serum:
Ted Rall Book Excerpt: Let's Kill Some Christians and Tea Partiers
Rachel La Corte / Associated Press:
Wiggins takes lead in WA Supreme Court race  —  Charlie Wiggins took a slim lead Tuesday over incumbent Justice Richard Sanders after trailing him for nearly a week of vote counting in the race for state Supreme Court.  —  Wiggins had a 3,517-vote lead following the vote count update from King County …
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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Gail the Actuary / The Oil Drum:
Jeff Rubin: Oil and the End of Globalization - ASPO-USA  —  One of the keynote speakers at the recent ASPO-USA conference was Jeff Rubin, former Chief Economist with CIBC World Market.  Rubin talked about why he believes high oil prices caused the recent recession.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Cigna CEO: Don't repeal U.S. health law  —  (Reuters) - Repealing the new U.S. healthcare law would be a waste of time, but there is room to improve it, the chief executive of health insurer Cigna Corp (CI.N) said on Tuesday.  —  “I don't think it's in our society's best interest to expend energy …
Discussion: Swampland
P. Solomon Banda / Associated Press:
Court: No campaign finance limits for small groups  —  DENVER—A federal appellate court on Tuesday deemed unconstitutional Colorado's voter-approved campaign reporting requirement for small groups promoting ballot initiatives, raising hopes that the ruling could be used to overturn similar requirements …
Jose Lambiet / Page2Live.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Allen West dials radio talker Joyce Kaufman for chief of staff  —  Fiery afternoon radio talker Joyce Kaufman is headed to Washington.  —  The husky-voiced 56-year-old has accepted Republican U. S. Congressman-elect Allen West's offer to become his chief of staff.
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Sen. Mark Warner Equates Progressives With Tea Party Activists …
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NRSC:
Despite Campaign Rhetoric, Joe Manchin Backtracks, Sides With …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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Republicans May Yet Have Upper Hand in Senate
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