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2:15 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 …
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Sarah Palin, Media Critic  —  The former veep candidate (and journalism major) misleads readers on the WSJ with selective quotes  —  Aw, shucks.  —  Sarah Palin is “just a former governor and current housewife from Alaska, but even humble folks like (her) can read the newspaper.”  —  Reading's one thing.
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 …
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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Tax Cut Timing Is Proving Problematic for Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — When one party controls the White House and Congress, it controls the calendar for what gets done and when.  So how is it that Democrats ended up in such a fix over what to do about the expiring Bush-era tax cuts?
Discussion: The New Republic and The Page
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Two Dems push tax cut compromise
Discussion: Firedoglake
CBS News:
Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast  —  Military Mum on Nature of “Big Missile” Rising Out of Pacific - a Possible Show of U.S. Military Might  —  (CBS) A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught by CBS affiliate KCBS's cameras Monday night …
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San Diego, California News Station:
Mysterious missile lights up the sky over the Pacific  —  Pacific Ocean (CBS 8)- A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught on video Monday evening by a KCBS news helicopter.  —  The spectacular contrail could easily be seen up in Los Angeles …
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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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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
In Indonesia, Obama hits Israel on new settlement building
Discussion: The Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Republicans May Yet Have Upper Hand in Senate  —  On paper, the numbers tell you the Democrats held on to a majority in the Senate last week.  —  In reality, things won't be quite that neat.  In fact, on some issues the Republicans actually may have a functional majority …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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The Politico:
Mitch McConnell fights GOP earmark ban
Discussion: The Hill and Erick's blog
Myglesias / Yglesias:
DADT Repeal and the McConnell Way
New York Times:
Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Faces Struggle in Congress
Discussion: New York Times and Prairie Weather
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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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:
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 …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Miller says he's ‘cautiously optimistic’ as vote count begins in Alaska Senate race
Discussion: The Politico
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
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 …
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bennet: Dems likely to revisit health law
Discussion: The Spot
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 …
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: Hot Air, The Page and Left Coast Rebel
Myglesias / Yglesias:
My Application for Peter Thiel  —  Via Twitter, I see that one of the questions Peter Thiel asks applicants to his fellowship program (which unlike some of his philanthropic endeavors sounds to me like a totally good idea) is “Tell us one thing about the world that you strongly believe is true, but that most people think is not true.”
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.
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
The bashing of American exceptionalism  —  Leftists mocking those who believe in the greatness of the U.S. is nothing new.  But their bizarre insistence that it's an artifact of right-wing jingoism and xenophobia certainly isn't helping Obama.  —  Last year, when asked if he believed …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Eunomia
Nadav Shragai / Jerusalem Post:
A Jewish holy site  —  Rachel's Tomb is located on the northern outskirts of Bethlehem some 460 meters south of Jerusalem's municipal boundary.  The site has been identified for over 1,700 years as the grave of the Jewish matriarch Rachel.  The copious literature of Jewish …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Israel Matzav
Dan Berman / Reuters:
Former BP CEO Tony Hayward has no regrets  —  Tony Hayward, the former BP CEO who became a media symbol of the oil giant's uneven response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, doesn't regret taking some time off to go yachting.  —  Earlier this summer, as BP's Macondo well was spilling what turned …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann: I helped put gavel in Boehner's hands  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann's bid for conference chairwoman against Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) has picked up the support of Reps. Steve King of Iowa, John Kline of Minnesota and Louie Gohmert of Texas — as well as off-the-hill heavyweight Glenn Beck.
Carrie Johnson / NPR:
Sources: No Charges In CIA Interrogation Tape Case  —  No one will face criminal charges for destroying CIA videotapes that depicted interrogation of terrorism detainees during President George W. Bush's administration, NPR has learned.  —  Two sources close to the investigation …
Discussion: msnbc.com, TPMMuckraker and Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Union Card Checkmate  —  Voters in four states protect the secret ballot.  —  As the lame duck session of the Pelosi Congress nears, one fear is that Democrats will try to force through some last-minute liberal legislation, in particular “card check” to kill the secret ballot in union elections.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and Hot Air
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Gay Couples to Sue Over 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.
 
 
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Associated Press:
NJ Transit Gets $271M Bill for Scrapped Tunnel
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Edward L. Glaeser / Economix:
When Privatization Increases Public Spending
The Huffington Post:
Pollsters Raise Alarm: Inaccurate Polls May Be Impacting Campaigns
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Crossroads Nation  —  Bill Clinton used to talk about building …
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Two senators eye gas tax hike to pay for highways and bridges
Discussion: RedState and FrumForum
Boston Globe:
House Democrats split on direction
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: New Jersey Gov. more popular than Obama in home state
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Schwarzenegger admission: Who cares if you smoke pot?
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Global Backlash Grows
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
The absurdity of Olbermann's sin