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9:15 AM ET, November 10, 2010

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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.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Write-in ballot count begins Wednesday in Alaska's Senate race  —  JUNEAU, ALASKA — Rows of gray plastic tables fill a sprawling room that overlooks the snow-covered peaks of this port town, where America will begin to learn the answers Wednesday to the final pressing questions of the elections of 2010 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Miller makes slight gains as absentee votes are counted in Alaska Senate race
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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
Discussion: American Power and FrumForum
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.
Uncinus / Contrail Science Overflow:
Jet contrails from some angles look like missile trails  —  [Edit - This post was originally from Jan 19th, 2010.  I've updated it with information about the “Mystery Missile” contrail of Nov 8, 2010, at the bottom of this post.  Clearly it's the same thing]
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Fox News:
Mystery Solved? Missile Launch Could Be a Jet Contrail
Discussion: alicublog, NPR Topics and Pajamas Media
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Video Catches Mystery ‘Missile’ Launch Near L.A. [Updated Once More]
CBS News:
Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast
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 …
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: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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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.
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Dallas Morning News:
Thousands flock to George W. Bush book signing in North Dallas
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.
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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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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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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?
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's Reelect  —  On our final round of 18 polls conducted …
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Beck disappears Soros' support for pro-Western, anti-Communist …
Guardian:
Bush's waterboarding claim rejected
Martin Solomon / Pajamas Media:
Massive Voting Fraud Reported in Massachusetts
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Telegraph:
Christian woman sentenced to death in Pakistan ‘for blasphemy’
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Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Cigna CEO: Don't repeal U.S. health law
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Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Progressives don't really get progress, but the American people do
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