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6:15 PM ET, November 10, 2010

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Panel Weighs Deep Cuts in Tax Breaks and Spending  —  A plan released by a bipartisan commission on reducing the federal debt calls for deep cuts in domestic and military spending and an overhaul of the tax code.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drop Everything: The Simpson-Bowles Breakthrough
Discussion: msnbc.com
Wall Street Journal:
Panel Chairmen Recommend Cutting Federal Spending by $200 Billion
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Pajamas Media
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Catfood Commission Presser Livestream at 1pm ET; Cuts to Social …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
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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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
John Boehner to fly commercial as speaker  —  House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday he intends to take commercial flights home when he moves up to speaker in the new Congress.  —  “Over the last 20 years, I have flown back and forth to my district on commercial aircraft …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Boehner's Image Improves, Reid's Does Not After Midterms
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and CNN
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Palin most polarizing of 2012 crowd
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
John Boehner Skipping Military Jets, Will Fly Commercial
Discussion: USA Today and HotAirPundit
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Miller sues to force exact spelling rule for write-in votes  —  JUNEAU — GOP nominee Joe Miller is asking a federal judge to keep the state from using discretion in counting write-in ballots in Alaska's hotly contested Senate race.  —  The lawsuit, filed Tuesday, comes …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Miller: We Can Assume All Poor Spellers Support Me
Discussion: Wonkette
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Joe Miller And “Voter Intent.”
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos, Election Law and FrumForum
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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: Christie names names in fight against inflated education salaries
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Balloon Juice
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
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: The Politico and Daily Kos
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Jennifer Lin / Philly.com:
Palin wows the crowd at Bucks County fund-raiser
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 …
Discussion: USA Today, Weasel Zippers and Raw Story
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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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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
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 …
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.
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Paul J. Weber / Associated Press:
Texas Democratic Rep. Ortiz files for re-count
Discussion: Ballot Box
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
‘The Onion’ Strikes Comic Gold With Biden Parodies  —  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 …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Awl
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
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.
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*.
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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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
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 RedState
David Martin / CBS News:
Military Says Missile-Like Object Wasn't Missile
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Dem lawmaker warns of Issa ‘witch hunt’
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Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama officials moving away from 2011 Afghan date