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12:20 PM 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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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Do Wall Street Journal Reporters Read the Wall Street Journal?  —  Ever since 2008, people seem inordinately interested in my reading habits.  Among various newspapers, magazines, and local Alaskan papers, I read the Wall Street Journal.  —  So, imagine my dismay when I read an article …
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
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
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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.
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 …
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msnbc.com:
‘Building bridges’: Obama courts Muslims
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama arrives in Indonesia; volcano will shorten stay
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:
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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Myglesias / Yglesias:
DADT Repeal and the McConnell Way
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cantor, Republicans signal Obama tax proposal is dead in the water  —  The Obama administration's hopes of reaching a tax deal with Republicans that would decouple rates on the rich from the middle class appear dead.  —  House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) threw cold water on the proposed plan …
Discussion: FrumForum
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Tax Cut Timing Is Proving Problematic for Democrats
Discussion: The Page
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
U.S. Report Faults Christie, as Prosecutor, on Hotel Stays  —  WASHINGTON — When he was a top federal prosecutor, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey routinely billed taxpayers for hotel stays whose cost exceeded government guidelines, according to a report the Justice Department released on Monday.
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Department of Justice: Chris Christie spent big on hotels
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
Gloria Galloway / Globe and Mail:
Harper pledges ‘relentless’ stand against anti-Semitism  —  Prime Minister Stephen Harper told an international group of parliamentarians in Ottawa to discuss anti-Semitism that he will continue to be a vocal supporter of Israel even if it costs Canada international honours like a seat on the UN Security Council.
Discussion: normblog
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Jennifer Ditchburn / Canadian Press:
Harper vows to stand up for Israel
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
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: CNN and The Politico
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
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 …
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
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” …
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.
Associated Press:
NJ Transit Gets $271M Bill for Scrapped Tunnel  —  NEWARK, N.J., (AP) — NJ Transit owes the federal government $271 million for the Hudson River rail tunnel that Gov. Chris Christie scrapped last month.  —  The Federal Transit Administration on Monday sent the railroad the bill, saying interest and penalty charges will be added.
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
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 …
Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
When Privatization Increases Public Spending  —  What should the G.O.P. do after last week's recapture of the House of Representatives?  “Real spending reductions, an extension of the Bush tax cuts, ending earmarks, using the returns from the bailouts to reduce the debt and turning Fannie …
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
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — November 2010  —  The November 2010 tracking poll was conducted in the days following the mid-term election that resulted in major gains for Republicans, including a shift in control of the House of Representatives.  The survey attempts to gauge …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, The Fix, NPR Topics and CNN
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.
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Spreading the wealth  —  The gap between rich and poor in the U.S …
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
The bashing of American exceptionalism
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Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Huckabee defends the costs of Obama's trip to India
National Review:
Stopping Judicial Imperialism
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Two senators eye gas tax hike to pay for highways and bridges
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Boston Globe:
House Democrats split on direction
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