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11:20 AM ET, November 9, 2010

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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.
Discussion: protein wisdom, Vox Popoli and The Page
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Sudeep Reddy / Real Time Economics:
Sarah Palin's QE2 Criticism Includes Inflation Hyperbole  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in remarks to be delivered today as reported by The National Review, offers a largely conventional critique of the Federal Reserve's latest round of quantitative easing.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Do Wall Street Journal Reporters Read the Wall Street Journal?
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
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
White House reiterates support for repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  The Obama administration reiterated its support Monday for repealing the military's “don't ask, don't tell” law and policy as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) worked to strip language repealing the ban from the annual defense authorization bill.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Myglesias / Yglesias:
DADT Repeal and the McConnell Way
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Alessandra Stanley / New York Times:
A New Bush, a Lot Like the Old One  —  He said he still felt sickened that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found in Iraq.  Yet former President George W. Bush said that his worst moment in the Oval Office came when the rap star Kanye West claimed that the president didn't care about black people.
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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 …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Tax Cut Timing Is Proving Problematic for Democrats
Discussion: The Page
Boston Globe:
House Democrats split on direction  —  Two vying to be Pelosi's No. 2  —  Representative Steny Hoyer.  —  WASHINGTON — The expectation that House Democrats will soon confirm Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their new minority leader, despite her leading role in last week's disastrous midterm elections …
Discussion: The Politico
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:   Matthews Confuses Cummings With Clyburn
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
No. 2 House Democrat Will Try to Retain Post
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Jennifer Ditchburn / Canadian Press:
Harper vows to stand up for Israel  —  OTTAWA - Stephen Harper says he'll take a forceful stand against anti-Israel rhetoric no matter the political cost to his government at international organizations such as the United Nations and the Francophonie.  —  The prime minister delivered …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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Gloria Galloway / Globe and Mail:
Harper pledges ‘relentless’ stand against anti-Semitism
Discussion: normblog
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Department of Justice: Chris Christie spent big on hotels  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has elevated his national political profile as a conservative cost cutter since taking the state's highest office, used taxpayer money to stay at luxury hotels while serving as a federal prosecutor …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Report Faults Christie, as Prosecutor, on Hotel Stays
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 …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama, in Indonesia, Criticizes Israel on Housing  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia — President Obama, stepping into an Israeli-Palestinian dispute during a homecoming visit to the world's largest Muslim majority nation, criticized Israel on Tuesday for its decision to advance the approval of some 1,000 …
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Obama Visits a Nation That Knew Him as Barry  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia — The two houses where he spent part of his boyhood stand pretty much the way they did when he went back to Hawaii four decades ago.  The two schools he attended have grown larger but, in spirit, remain unchanged.
John / Verum Serum:
Ted Rall Book Excerpt: Let's Kill Some Christians and Tea Partiers  —  Ted Rall has a new book out titled The Anti-American Manifesto.  In it he makes an explicit call for a violent socialist revolution from within.  In case you think this is all a big joke, here's an excerpt from the book:
Discussion: Hot Air, Breitbart.tv, Doug Ross and Wizbang
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Proficiency of Black Students Is Found to Be Far Lower Than Expected  —  An achievement gap separating black from white students has long been documented — a social divide extremely vexing to policy makers and the target of one blast of school reform after another.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Swampland
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Global Backlash Grows  —  China and Russia Join Germany in Scolding; Obama Defends Move as Pro-Growth  —  NEW DELHI—Global controversy mounted over the Federal Reserve's decision to pump billions of dollars into the U.S. economy, with President Barack Obama defending the move as China …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: New Jersey Gov. more popular than Obama in home state  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is more popular in the heavily Democratic Garden State than is President Obama, but New Jersey voters still don't think he should make a run for president in 2012.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
TRENDING: Schwarzenegger admission: Who cares if you smoke pot?  —  (CNN) - With only a couple months left in office, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently feels free to speak his mind - at least when it comes to marijuana.  —  Appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday …
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.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Gay Couples Begin Attack on U.S. Marriage Law  —  Joanne Pedersen tried to add her spouse to her federal health insurance on Monday.  She was rejected.  Again.  —  The problem is that while Ms. Pedersen is legally married to Ann Meitzen under Connecticut law, federal law does not recognize same-sex unions.
The Huffington Post:
Pollsters Raise Alarm: Inaccurate Polls May Be Impacting Campaigns  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON - A remarkable bi-partisan group of campaign pollsters released an open letter this afternoon that assailed the “sometimes uncritical media coverage” of the “proliferation” …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval Advances to 47%, Up From 43% Pre-Election  —  Weekly average of 45% and demographic support patterns are unchanged  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama earned a 47% approval rating from the American public in Gallup Daily tracking from Friday through Sunday …
Discussion: The Page
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Two senators eye gas tax hike to pay for highways and bridges  —  A bipartisan pair of senators has urged President Obama's debt commission to consider raising the gas tax to pay for infrastructure projects.  —  Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) have written to the chairmen …
Discussion: RedState and FrumForum
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
New GOP governors will affect health law  —  Republicans' consolidation of power in state capitols is likely to expand the number of states that employ a far more limited, free-market-oriented approach to implementing the nation's new health-care law than the robust regulatory model favored by its supporters.
Gil Shefler / Jerusalem Post:
Left-wingers interrupt PM's speech in Louisiana  —  Jewish Voices for Peace activists heckle as Netanyahu addresses Jewish Federation in New Orleans; 6 demonstrators removed from hall.  —  Talkbacks (15)  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture  —  Français
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 …
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 …
 
 
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