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8:55 AM ET, November 9, 2010

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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
White House open to Democratic outside groups in 2012  —  The White House is bracing for an onslaught of $500 million or more in spending by outside Republican groups opposed to President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election, prompting Obama advisers to give the green light to big Democratic donors …
Discussion: The Page
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Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Even with tax cuts, GOP appears willing to shoot the hostage  —  Adam Serwer is a staff writer at The American Prospect, where he writes his own blog.  —  The debate on ABC's This Week between former Reagan Office of Management and Budget director David Stockman and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
W.H.: Biden meeting unrelated to Issa
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and USA Today
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Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Joe Manchin Party Switch?  GOP Reportedly Enticing Democratic Senator-Elect
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Monthly
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Olbermann Apologizes to Viewers, But Not to MSNBC  —  6:15 p.m. |  Update In an aggressive statement questioning the legitimacy of his two-day suspension from MSNBC, Keith Olbermann addressed his fans Monday night, saying that they were responsible for his scheduled return to the air on Tuesday …
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Wall Street Journal:
Palin's Dollar, Zoellick's Gold  —  An unlikely pair elevate the monetary policy debate.  —  It would be hard to find two more unlikely intellectual comrades than Robert Zoellick, the World Bank technocrat, and Sarah Palin, the populist conservative politician.
New York Times:
Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Faces Struggle in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Prospects for Congress to authorize repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy face new uncertainties as time runs out for the Senate to act and strong objections remain among Republicans and the most senior ranks of the military.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Grief counseling after the wipeout  —  A staffer for a congressional Democrat who came up short on Tuesday reports that a team of about five people stopped by their offices this morning to talk about payroll, benefits, writing a résumé, and so forth, with staffers who are now job hunting.
Nir Hasson / Haaretz:
Netanyahu faces embarrassment in U.S. over new Jerusalem building plan  —  Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee published details of program that will allow 930 new housing units to be built beyond the Green Line.  —  New embarrassment threatened to cast a cloud …
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Associated Press:
US ‘disappointed’ by plans for 1,345 east J'lem homes
Discussion: Jerusalem Post and Power Line
Jan Griffey / Shelby County Reporter:
Spencer Bachus: Sarah Palin cost GOP control of U.S. Senate  —  COLUMBIANA — Shelby County's congressman, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., said former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin likely cost the Republican Party control of the U.S. Senate.
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Michelle Malkin:
Karl Rove's water boy strikes again
Carol Cratty / CNN:
Wife of terrorism convict pleads guilty; will have to leave U.S.  —  Alexandria, Virginia (CNN) — The Ugandan wife of an American-born man who pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists entered her own guilty plea on Monday.  —  Proscovia Kampire Nzabanita …
Rachel La Corte / Associated Press:
Challenger Wiggins pulls closer to Justice Sanders  —  Incumbent Justice Richard Sanders watched his lead over challenger Charlie Wiggins shrink in Monday's vote-counts for a contested seat on the state Supreme Court.  —  Meanwhile, in an e-mail headlined “Don't Let Wiggins Steal This Election …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
Johnny Dollar takes Rachel Maddow to school  —  It's becoming clearer by the hour that the hallowed halls of MSNBC are in utter chaos.  Johnny Dollar provides further proof via the simple method of repeating their own words back to them:  —  You tell 'em, Keith!  Much more at Johnny Dollar's Place.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Money concerns didn't drive Deepwater Horizon decisions, panel counsel says  —  The chief counsel for the president's oil spill commission said Monday that he had not found any evidence that workers onshore or on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig cut corners on safety for the sake of saving money …
Discussion: Achenblog and Balloon Juice
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John M. Broder / New York Times:
BP Inquiry: No Sign of Cost Over Safety
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama arrives in Indonesia; volcano may shorten stay  —  JAKARTA - President Obama arrived in Indonesia Tuesday for a short stay that may be made shorter by the erupting Mount Merapi volcano.  —  Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, told reporters traveling aboard Air Force …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
5th Circuit Rules That High School Cheerleader Is Required To Cheer For Her Alleged Rapist  —  Fifth Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen and former President George W. Bush  —  The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, one of the most right-wing courts in the country …
Ben Pershing / Virginia Politics Blog:
Fimian will concede defeat to Connolly in 11th district  —  This post has been updated to include a statement on Rep. Connolly's health.  —  Republican Keith Fimian will concede defeat Tuesday in the congressional race in Virginia's 11th district, paving the way for Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) to serve a second term in the seat.
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
Rama Lakshmi / Washington Post:
Obama's speech, his teleprompter, the reaction  —  He thrilled them by calling for India to have a permanent seat on an expanded U.N. Security Council.  He reassured them by demanding that Pakistan bring those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks to justice.  He flattered them by recalling India's
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Black Caucus mum on Tea Party Republican who wants to join  —  Rep.-elect Allen West (Fla.) said last week, “I'm gonna find out when they meet, and I will be a member.”  —  The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is staying silent about a Tea Party Republican's bid to join the group.
Discussion: Examiner
Hillary Rodham Clinton / US Department of State:
Interview with Hamish and Andy  —  University of Melbourne  —  QUESTION: Madam Secretary, thank you so much for joining us.  —  SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you for having me.  —  QUESTION: It's very exciting.  And we start with a gift.  —  SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, excellent.
The Politico:
Darrell Issa plans hundreds of hearings  —  California Rep. Darrell Issa is already eyeing a massive expansion of oversight for next year, including hundreds of hearings; creating new subcommittees; and launching fresh investigations into the bank bailout, the stimulus and, potentially, health care reform.
MiamiHerald.com:
Rubio's party loyalty is clear: GOP not tea  —  Marco Rubio's winning Senate campaign message got early traction with tea party backers, but he appears to be firmly linked to the Republican Party leadership.  —  WASHINGTON — When a French TV station set out to understand the American phenomenon known …
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
The absurdity of Olbermann's sin  —  My first job as an editor was at the Washington Monthly, then, as now, a small, lovable, money-losing magazine that counts the editor-in-chief of POLITICO himself as one of its more distinguished alumni.  The Monthly's editor, Charlie Peters …
Times of India:
Obama acknowledges decline of US dominance  —  MUMBAI: Implicitly acknowledging the decline of American dominance, Barack Obama on Sunday said the US was no longer in a position to “meet the rest of the world economically on our terms”.  —  Speaking at a town hall meeting in Mumbai, he said …
Lindsey Boerma / NationalJournal.com:
Rep. Alec Baldwin?  Maybe, if Bishop Loses  —  Actor Alec Baldwin may be mulling a run for Congress.  —  America's favorite fictional mogul could be looking to move his office from 30 Rock to Capitol Hill, MSNBC reported today.  —  The network is quoting sources close to actor Alec Baldwin …
Discussion: FrumForum, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Veronique de Rugy / National Review:
Is Rand Paul Already Selling Out?  —  On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal ran this piece on senators-elect Rand Paul and Roy Blunt.  The piece is organized to contrast Blunt, who's been around for a long time, with first-timer Paul.  One is presented as being comfortable with compromises …
Jim Forsyth / WOAI-TV:
‘Arizona Style’ Immigration Law Proposed in Texas  —  conservative lawmaker files bill in first hour of filing period for 2011 session  —  Less than an hour after the period began for filing bills for consideration in the 2011 Legislative session, State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) …
 
 
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David Cameron / Wall Street Journal:
Building British Cooperation With China
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
New GOP governors will affect health law
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Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
Introducing HuffPost Divorce: Everything You Wanted to Know About …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
Now It's All About Pelosi
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Matthew Rosenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Taliban Seek to Sway U.S. Congress With ‘Open Letter’
Discussion: FrumForum
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Sources: Hoyer's Official Bid For Whip Indicates He Has The Votes To Win
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP leadership creating new post for freshmen GOPers …
Discussion: Daily Kos and FrumForum
 Earlier Items: 
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Fighting the Last War: Toner and Ink Cartridges Prohibited from Overseas Flights
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
GOP Leaders Give Freshmen More Say
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and The Caucus
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Steele: 'They don't want me in this job'
Discussion: NPR and Ben Smith's Blog
Nancy Franklin / New Yorker:
Sarah Palin takes us for a ride.
Discussion: Cubachi and Liberty Pundits Blog
Ezra Klein:
How to spend $140,000,000 on American politics
Discussion: Yglesias