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9:55 AM ET, November 11, 2010

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The Huffington Post:
White House Gives In On Bush Tax Cuts  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's top adviser suggested to The Huffington Post late Wednesday that the administration is ready to accept an across-the-board continuation of steep Bush-era tax cuts, including those for the wealthiest taxpayers.
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Is the Deficit Commission Serious?  —  I've been trying to figure out whether I have anything to say about the “chairman's mark” of the deficit commission report that was released today.  In a sense, I don't.  This is not a piece of legislation, after all.  Or a proposed piece of legislation.
Discussion: The Mahablog and Balloon Juice
Paul Krugman:
Unserious People  —  OK, let's say goodbye to the deficit commission.  If you're sincerely worried about the US fiscal future — and there's good reason to be — you don't propose a plan that involves large cuts in income taxes.  Even if those cuts are offset by supposed elimination of tax breaks elsewhere …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Pelosi, political left rip proposal from debt commission chairmen  —  The chairmen of President Obama's fiscal commission sparked a political firestorm Wednesday with the early release of a report proposing sweeping changes to Social Security, Medicare and the tax code.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
President Obama ready to deal on Bush tax cuts for the wealthy  —  The White House signaled Wednesday that President Barack Obama is ready to cut a deal on the Bush-era tax cuts - accepting a temporary extension of the cuts for the wealthiest Americans to win renewal of tax breaks for middle-class taxpayers.
Discussion: FrumForum
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Panel Seeks Social Security Cuts and Tax Increases
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs Simpson And Bowles Release Eye-Popping Recommendations
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gearing up: David Brock to launch outside group for 2012
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann drops leadership bid  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race for House Republican Conference chair on Wednesday night, ending a quixotic bid for leadership that many saw as the first real test of the tea party against the GOP establishment.
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Rep. Bachmann Bows Out of GOP Leadership Race
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Bachmann drops bid for conference post, backs Hensarling
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Nostalgic for George W. Bush  —  I miss George W. Bush.  —  I don't miss him in the sense that I wish he were still president.  If he were, we might be at war with Iran and North Korea by now, and perhaps Portugal.  Neither do I miss the endless debates over waterboarding and the Iraq war …
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
What Everything Means  —  I can't stop thinking about the elections.  Last weekend I saw “127 Hours,” and all I could think about was that this was a metaphor for the lame-duck session of Congress.  —  “127 Hours” is the hot new movie about Aron Ralston, a real-life hiker who went …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
George W. Bush Delivers a Basic Economics Lesson to Matt Lauer
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi faces new resistance from Democrats  —  Nancy Pelosi is struggling to stand her ground as the effects of last week's Democratic debacle shift the political earth beneath her feet.  —  Pelosi announced Friday that she's running for minority leader in the new Congress, and her election still seems on track.
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Reuters:
Nancy Pelosi wants DREAM Act vote
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
98 percent of write-in votes go to Murkowski  —  SPELL CHECK: Despite objections from Miller's team, most Murkowski votes are being accepted.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  JUNEAU — Almost 98 percent of write-in ballots opened Wednesday went to Lisa Murkowski on the first day of a count meant to decide Alaska's U.S. Senate race.
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Washington Post:
Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war  —  A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two people familiar …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
The Onion Strikes Comic Gold With Biden Spoofs  —  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has never smashed a Whac-A-Mole game in a drunken fit.  He has never invoked Freedom of Information laws to find out a female federal employee's work schedule.  And to the best of anyone's knowledge …
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
The Reign of Right-Wing Primetime … I'll name a hit TV show, and you guess if it's more popular among Republicans or Democrats.  —  First, NCIS — investigating military crimes on CBS.  Safe bet conservatives love it, right?  —  How about ABC's Desperate Housewives — a racy soap, female audience.
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Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
TV Preview: In 'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' there are many reasons …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Bombs Away: Afghan Air War Peaks With 1,000 Strikes in October  —  The U.S. and its allies have unleashed a massive air campaign in Afghanistan, launching missiles and bombs from the sky at a rate rarely seen since the war's earliest days.  In October alone, NATO planes fired their weapons …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Boehner's Image Improves, Reid's Does Not After Midterms  —  Four in 10 still unfamiliar with House Republican leader  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' opinions of House Republican Leader John Boehner, who is in line to be the speaker of the House in the new Congress, improved after the midterm elections.
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CBS News:
CIA May Face New Probe Over Destroyed Videos  —  National Archives Tells NBC its Investigation into Possible Violation of Federal Records Act by CIA may be Reopened  —  (CBS/AP) The CIA may face new legal challenges over its destruction of videotapes showing the waterboarding of terror suspects …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Christine O'Donnell considers reality show  —  The Tea Party favorite who may have cost Republicans a Senate seat won't rule out another run for office.  —  Christine O'Donnell won't rule out making another run for office.  The former Delaware Senate candidate told Jay Leno during an appearance on the …
Discussion: CNN
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Obama bid to pick Iraq leader spurned  —  Talabani rebuffs request to resign  —  POWER STRUGGLE: Iraqi President Jalal Talabani rejected a request by President Obama to give up his post in the new government.  (Associated Press)  —  Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, one of America's closest allies …
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Editor on the ‘Beauty’ of Readers' Ignorance  —  Gerald Marzorati, center, with Marc Jacobs (L) and Paul Krugman.  Image by Getty Images via @daylife  —  The New York Times cultivates an image as the preferred read of the intellectual elite, but at least one of the paper's higher-ups seems …
Lisa Lambert / Reuters:
Tensions with states grow over high speed rail  —  (Reuters) - The Transportation Department warned two governors-elect that federal money allocated to building high-speed passenger rail lines in their states cannot be used to pay for other infrastructure projects, as tensions grow over federal transportation spending.
 
 
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