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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 …
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Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Absentee ballot count gets under way
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:   Write-in ballot count begins Wednesday in Alaska's Senate race
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
Dallas Morning News:
Thousands flock to George W. Bush book signing in North Dallas
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
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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 …
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
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 …
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.
Uncinus / Contrail Science Overflow:
Jet contrails from some angles look like missile trails  —  Note to the media - since this was almost certainly Flight AWE808 from Hawaii to Phoenix, why not have a camera crew somewhere in the vicinity (does not need to be exact, or a chopper), at around 5-5:30 today, and if the weather is right you'll see the same trail again.
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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 …
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.
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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.
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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and FrumForum
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
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 …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Barcepundit
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Dayton, Emmer preparing for the long count  —  Both sides are establishing war rooms and plans for fundraising for what could be a nasty recount battle.  —  On the surface, all is quite civil and orderly in Minnesota's lingering race for governor: DFLer Mark Dayton and Republican Tom Emmer hustled …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
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.
CNN:
Obama lauds Indonesia as a model of religious tolerance  —  Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — Indonesia and the United States share principles of unity and tolerance and both can benefit from strengthened ties that will bolster trade and combat terrorism, President Obama said in a highly anticipated speech Wednesday.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Big Lie  —  It seems to me that the last year or so in America's political culture has represented the triumph of untruth.  And the untruth was propagated by a deliberate, simple and systemic campaign to kill Obama's presidency in its crib.  Emergency measures in a near-unprecedented economic collapse …
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.
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.
Hillary Busis / Mediaite:
Olbermann's First Words Back On Air: “Oh, Hi! ...  So, What's New?”  —  A camera lingers on a darkened, seemingly empty set.  There are a few long seconds of tense silence.  Then, from off-screen, we hear a familiar voice: “Oh, hi! ...  So, what's new?”  —  That's how Keith Olbermann opened …
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
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