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7:15 PM ET, November 10, 2010

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Panel Weighs Deep Cuts in Tax Breaks and Spending  —  WASHINGTON — A draft proposal released Wednesday by the chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan commission on reducing the federal debt calls for deep cuts in domestic and military spending starting in 2012, and an overhaul of the tax code to raise revenue.
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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 …
Bloomberg:
U.S. Debt Proposal Would Cut Social Security, Medicare  —  The co-chairmen of President Barack Obama's debt-reduction commission will propose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as reductions in income tax rates in exchange for curbing tax breaks, according to a Republican aide who attended the meeting.
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs Simpson And Bowles Release Eye-Popping Recommendations  —  The White House's fiscal commission's co-chairs, Erskine Bowles and former-Sen. Alan Simpson today released their draft recommendations on how to reduce the country's budget deficit.
Ezra Klein:
There is no report from the fiscal commission  —  Here is the most important fact about the proposal released by the co-chairmen of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform: It is not the commission's report.  And here is the second most important fact to remember …
Speaker Pelosi / The Gavel:
On the Proposal Released by Co-Chairs of the Fiscal Commission  —  Our nation is facing two challenges: the need to create jobs and address our budget deficit.  Any viable proposal from the President's Fiscal Commission must strengthen our economy, but it must do so in a fair way …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drop Everything: The Simpson-Bowles Breakthrough
Discussion: msnbc.com
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Poll: Voters Would Rather Tax The Wealthy Than Cut Social Security
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drop Everything: The Simpson-Bowles Reax
Ezra Klein:
The fiscal commission reports — sort of
Discussion: The New Republic
Wall Street Journal:
Panel Chairmen Recommend Cutting Federal Spending by $200 Billion
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Jonathan Cowan / The Politico:
Cuts so Medicare, Social Security and defense politically viable?
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Hill and Daily Kos
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
More federal workers' pay tops $150,000  —  The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office, a USA TODAY analysis finds.  —  The fast-growing pay of federal employees has captured the attention …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Boehner's Image Improves, Reid's Does Not After Midterms
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and CNN
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
John Boehner Skipping Military Jets, Will Fly Commercial
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Palin most polarizing of 2012 crowd
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Write-in counting begins  —  Counting ballots in Juneau today.  —  There have been questions from the ballot observers about the criteria Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai is using to rule on the Miller campaign challenges of Murkowski ballots.  —  Here's what Fenumiai told me:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Miller: We Can Assume All Poor Spellers Support Me
Discussion: Wonkette
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Miller sues to force exact spelling rule for write-in votes
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Joe Miller And “Voter Intent.”
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos, Election Law and FrumForum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
House Republican: Bush ‘destroyed GOP’  —  Former President George W. Bush is no “class act,” a Republican lawmaker insisted Wednesday.  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said Bush had “destroyed” the GOP during his eight years in office in a blunt shot at the former Republican president …
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Geoffrey Dickens / NewsBusters.org blogs:
George W. Bush Delivers a Basic Economics Lesson to Matt Lauer
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Jan Crawford / CBS News:
Bush: “The Wolves of Washington” and the Roberts/Miers/Alito Nominations  —  In his new book “Decision Points,” former President George W. Bush offers some fascinating tidbits about what could be his most lasting legacy: the nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito Dismisses His Profligate …
Discussion: Raw Story
Seton Motley / Big Government:
28-Year Democrat Rep. Ortiz Loses, But Keeps ‘Finding’ Ballots in Recount  —  What we're witnessing in the south Texas (TX-27 - Corpus Christi and Brownsville) Congressional recount that followed the race is a dramatic interpretation of the old Rocky and Bullwinkle magic act.
Discussion: Hot Air and Brownsville Herald
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Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
Texas Democratic Rep. Ortiz files for re-count
Discussion: Ballot Box
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Whoa!  SEIU Members Are Counting the Ballots in Hotly Contested US House Race
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kennebec Journal:
DAVID B. OFFER: Collins optimistic that moderation is key to success by Congress  —  The votes were barely counted last week before national columnists and pundits began analyzing the impact of the Republican victories.  Many predicted more gridlock.  —  “Moderate Republicans will be less likely …
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MIke Lillis / The Hill:
New GOP chief of staff calls Pelosi ‘garbage’  —  A newly named GOP chief of staff called the outgoing Democratic majority — and in particular Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — “garbage.”  —  Joyce Kaufman, the incoming chief of staff to Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.), said …
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 …
fda.gov:
Proposed Cigarette Product Warning Labels  —  Overview  —  The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) requires that cigarette packages and advertisements have larger and more visible graphic health warnings.  —  FDA issued a proposed rule …
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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
New, more graphic cigarette warnings unveiled
Sarah Bloomquist / WPVI-TV:
Controversy over Palin's cookie comments at Pa. school  —  sarah palin, tea party, bucks county, pennsylvania, inside politics  —  Call it “Cookiegate”.  Sarah Palin is baking up a little controversy in Pennsylvania.  She was the guest speaker last night at a fundraiser at Plumstead Christian School in Plumstead Township.
Discussion: theblogprof, The Politico and Daily Kos
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Carlson sent fake ‘Olbermann’ emails to Philly columnist  —  Tucker Carlson boasted in July that his site, the Daily Caller, had bought the domain name for liberal MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.  Carlson, a conservative journalist and pundit, even said he would start using the email address keith@keitholbermann.com as a gag.
New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie says he's skeptical that global warming is caused by humans  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie says he's skeptical that humans are responsible for global warming.  —  The governor, a new darling of the Republican Party, made the remark at a town hall meeting he hosted in Toms River Tuesday afternoon.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
LaHood Threatens to Take High Speed Rail Stimulus from OH, WI  —  My favorite cabinet secretary is the one who knows how to play hardball with Republican obstructionists, who knows the leverage he holds and is not afraid to use it.  I guess that's because he's the only Republican in the cabinet*.
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Rick Santorum: No real tea party candidates in 2012 mix  —  Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum says none of the GOP presidential hopefuls can truly be called tea party candidates — but he and Gary Johnson come close.  —  “There isn't a single candidate running for president who can claim …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and GOP 12
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Lou Dobbs joining Fox Business Network  —  Just about a year to the day that he left CNN, Lou Dobbs is returning to cable news, this time as host of his own show on News Corp.'s Fox Business Network.  —  Fox Business Network is expected to announce that it has signed Dobbs as early as Wednesday afternoon.
 
 
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Gearing up: David Brock to launch outside group for 2012
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Back to a Gold Standard?  —  Robert Zoellick, the president …
Jeremy P. Jacobs / Hotline On Call:
Another GOP Civil War Brewing In 2012
Discussion: USA Today
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Obama's Clever Way to Punt the Tough Calls: Driving the Dollar Down
Discussion: Hot Air and MyDD
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Christie names names in fight against inflated education salaries
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Balloon Juice
Pat Sajak / Ricochet.com:
Mea Culpa: I Put Keith Olbermann on National TV
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Taking Rick Perry With a Grain of Salt.
Discussion: Yglesias and Erick's blog
 Earlier Items: 
Michael McDonald / Bloomberg:
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Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama officials moving away from 2011 Afghan date