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10:50 AM ET, November 10, 2010

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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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bush camp attacks ‘ridiculous’ story  —  Former President George W. Bush is denying a report that he once said he would have endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 if the Democrat had asked.  —  “This is ridiculous and untrue,” Bush spokesman David Sherzer told POLITICO.
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:   In 2008, Bush Said He 'Probably Won't Even Vote For' McCain
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 …
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Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
8:30 p.m. update: Miller trails write-in by 11,333 votes
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:   Write-in ballot count begins Wednesday in Alaska's Senate race
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
More federal workers' pay tops $150,000  —  The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office, a USA TODAY analysis finds.  —  The fast-growing pay of federal employees has captured the attention …
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 …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans attempt to recruit alternative to Michael Steele
New York Times:
In Message to G-20 Leaders, Obama Aims to Calm Tensions  —  SEOUL, South Korea — President Obama, marking the start of a summit meeting that has already tested the limits of international cooperation, implored other world leaders on Wednesday to shift global economic demand away …
Discussion: Online NewsHour and NPR
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Challenges Await U.S. at Group of 20 Meeting
CNN:
Obama lauds Indonesia as a model of religious tolerance
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Carlson sent fake ‘Olbermann’ emails to Philly columnist  —  Tucker Carlson boasted in July that his site, the Daily Caller, had bought the domain name for liberal MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.  Carlson, a conservative journalist and pundit, even said he would start using the email address keith@keitholbermann.com as a gag.
Dan Berman / The Politico:
Interior inspector general: White House skewed drilling-ban report  —  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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Room at the top?  Not for young Dems  —  A younger generation of Democrats is chafing at being asked to stand aside and let a triumvirate of elders keep their leadership positions in the wake of a catastrophic midterm election result.  —  Barring an unexpected shake-up …
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama officials moving away from 2011 Afghan date  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces …
Fox News:
Mystery Solved?  Missile Launch Could Be a Jet Contrail  —  A mysterious vapor trail caught on camera has the military scrambling for answers — but is it just a jet?  On the left, a still image from KCBS video of the launch.  On the right, a very similar event from Dec. 31, 2009 commonly believed to be an airplane.
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Uncinus / Contrail Science Overflow:
Jet contrails from some angles look like missile trails
Haaretz:
Netanyahu: Row over settlement construction ‘overblown’  —  U.S. anger over latest East Jerusalem building plan is misplaced and Palestinian foot-dragging is still the main obstacle to peace, insists PM in interview with Fox.  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday dismissed renewed furor …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMCafe
The Huffington Post:
First Salvo In Social Security Fight: OweNo, A $20 Million Campaign Launched With Bayh, Conrad As Allies  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — In what may be the first major move of the forthcoming Social Security debate, the Peterson Foundation launched on Tuesday a $20 million TV ad campaign …
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
GOP may be setting its sights on Ensign  —  Suffering from the enervating ennui of postelection depression, I always find there is only one cure: Look ahead to the next one.  —  No, I don't mean the yawnfest to succeed Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman — assuming he doesn't barricade himself in his office …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Daily Mail:
Modestly chic: Michelle Obama dons a headscarf as she visits mosque on Indonesia trip  —  Her impeccable dress sense has been praised throughout the world.  —  So it was no surprise that Michelle Obama managed to be stylish and show respect to her Muslim hosts when she visited a mosque on her tour of Indonesia.
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sec. of Defense Robert Gates Speak to Cynthia McFadden  —  From the Politics of Washington to the Causalities of War, the Powerful Duo Sit Down for a Joint Interview … Interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Discussion: The Politico
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Extending Tax Cuts, but With a Catch  —  Top Democrats Link Keeping Bush-Era Breaks to an Overhaul of Tax Code; Republican Aides Say They Are Open to the Idea  —  WASHINGTON—Two top Senate Democrats floated the idea Tuesday of extending the Bush-era income-tax rates for a limited time only …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Watchdog wants probe of Google's ‘unusually close’ ties to Obama  —  As House Republicans plan an ambitious oversight agenda for the next session of Congress, a watchdog group is calling for a probe into a company that it says is far too cozy with the Obama administration: Google.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Why Rush to Cut Nukes?  —  THE sweeping Democratic midterm losses last week raise serious questions for President Obama and a lame-duck Congress.  Voters want government brought closer to the vision the framers outlined in the Constitution, and the first test could be the fate of the flawed …
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The GOP can't be led by Sarah Palin.  But can it live without her?  —  Despite its considerable gains in the midterm elections, the GOP has a problem looming in the margins named Sarah Palin.  —  She who can rouse the base like none other is now She to Whom Respect Must Be Paid.  Like it or not.
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Jobs forecast can help Obama — if he can sell it to the nation  —  An exasperated Robert Gibbs said last summer: “Let's just be honest, the economy lost more jobs than it had in the last three recessions combined.  It's hard to message that.”  —  The verdict voters returned last week …
Discussion: James Pethokoukis
Oliver Willis / Media Matters for America:
Beck disappears Soros' support for pro-Western, anti-Communist political movements in order to further conspiracy theory  —  As examples, Beck cited Soros' purported roles in the Rose Revolution (Georgia), the Orange Revolution (Ukraine) and the Velvet Revolution (Czechoslovakia), as well as “coups” in Croatia and Yugoslavia.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's Reelect  —  On our final round of 18 polls conducted before last week's election we asked folks in every state included whether they would prefer Barack Obama or a generic Republican in 2012, and we asked folks who identified themselves as regular Republican primary voters …
afa.net:
Bryan Fischer: A hot dog on two legs - time for open season on Yellowstone grizzlies  —  One human being is worth more than an infinite number of grizzly bears.  Another way to put it is that there is no number of live grizzlies worth one dead human being.  If it's a choice between grizzlies and humans, the grizzlies have to go.
New York Post:
John King's magical wall sent him over the edge just days before the election  —  Tweet  —  CNN anchor John King's “magic wall” sent him over the edge when his beloved touch screen jammed.  —  The DC-based anchor had a meltdown while anchoring his 7 p.m. show, “John King USA,” …
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
2010's Surprise Developments  —  Whenever I'm asked what the biggest surprise was for me in this election, I confess that there were several, but not many occurred on election night.  —  I was stunned by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's GOP primary loss, something I did not see coming.
 
 
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Guardian:
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Massive Voting Fraud Reported in Massachusetts
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Hillary Busis / Mediaite:
Olbermann's First Words Back On Air: “Oh, Hi! ...So, What's New?”
Rachel La Corte / Associated Press:
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Susan Heavey / Reuters:
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