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11:50 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 and Vox Popoli
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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.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Sarah Palin, Media Critic
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cantor, Republicans signal Obama tax proposal is dead in the water
Discussion: FrumForum
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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Michelle Malkin:
Bush nostalgia: Let's not get carried away, ok?  —  As you all know, President George W. Bush is on his book/rehabilitation tour — hitting every MSM and cable news show from the Today Show to Hannity, plus Oprah, Rush Limbaugh, and beyond.  —  His candor, decency, self-effacement …
Discussion: TVNewser and The Hill
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'
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Plum Line
Myglesias / Yglesias:
DADT Repeal and the McConnell Way
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bennet: Dems likely to revisit health law  —  The Senate's likely to revisit the new healthcare law that became law earlier this year, a member of the chamber's health committee said Tuesday.  —  Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) …
Discussion: The Spot
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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
Manchin Fights Rumors of Deal to Switch Parties
Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Best Speech  —  In India, the president defended free markets, free trade and free societies.  —  Every now and then a columnist ought to shock and dismay his most faithful readers.  So here goes: Barack Obama gave a terrific speech yesterday to India's parliament …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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” …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Crossroads Nation  —  Bill Clinton used to talk about building a bridge to the 21st century.  President Obama talks about laying down a “new foundation.”  But Clinton was always vague about what the land on the other side of that bridge was going to look like, and Obama is vague …
Discussion: driftglass and Don Surber
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House transition team begins second day of meetings on the next Congress  —  The Republican transition team is beginning operational plans for the next Congress with a cooperative tone, invoking the Golden Rule when it comes to how it'll treat the new Democratic minority.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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.
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 and New York Times
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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