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12:45 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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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.
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.
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.
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: Firedoglake, Hullabaloo and FrumForum
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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?
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:
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
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
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
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 …
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.
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 and The Page
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
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” …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
DeMint will lead push for earmark moratorium in Senate GOP  —  Eleven GOP senators will push colleagues to adopt an earmark moratorium for the next two years in a closed-doors vote next week.  —  Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will lead an initiative to put a two-year ban on earmarking …
Discussion: The Politico
Rasmussen Reports:
Most GOP Voters Critical of Republicans in Congress, Like Tea Party  —  Republican voters remain strongly critical of how their party's representatives in Congress are performing and have a highly favorable opinion of the Tea Party movement that is pushing the GOP more to the political right.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Some judges chastise banks over foreclosure paperwork
Matt Bai / New York Times:
‘Blame the Blue Dogs’ Theory for Democratic Losses Doesn't Add Up
Discussion: The Caucus, Betsy's Page and Emptywheel
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
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Huckabee defends the costs of Obama's trip to India
National Review:
Stopping Judicial Imperialism
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Gloria Galloway / Globe and Mail:
Harper pledges ‘relentless’ stand against anti-Semitism
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The Crossroads Nation  —  Bill Clinton used to talk about building …
Discussion: driftglass and Don Surber
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Two senators eye gas tax hike to pay for highways and bridges
Discussion: RedState and FrumForum
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Oklahoma Shariah Ban Is Blocked
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Glen Carey / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Advocate
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
The absurdity of Olbermann's sin
Carol Cratty / CNN:
Wife of terrorism convict pleads guilty; will have to leave U.S.