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9:45 AM ET, November 11, 2010

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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 …
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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: Balloon Juice
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.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Panel Seeks Social Security Cuts and Tax Increases
Ezra Klein:
There is no report from the fiscal commission
Megan Carpentier / TPMDC:
Fiscal Commission Co-Chairs Simpson And Bowles Release Eye-Popping Recommendations
Ezra Klein:
The fiscal commission reports — sort of
Discussion: The New Republic
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Drop Everything: The Simpson-Bowles Breakthrough
Discussion: msnbc.com and Talking Points Memo
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.
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  —  House Republicans dodged another potentially damaging leadership fight when Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a darling of the tea party movement, abandoned her bid for the No. 4 post in the House hierarchy.  —  Ms. Bachmann ended her campaign …
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
Reuters:
Nancy Pelosi wants DREAM Act vote  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to push for a vote during the lame-duck session on a bill that would legalize young, undocumented immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military, according to Democratic sources familiar with a leadership conference call Wednesday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Gateway Pundit
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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 …
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.
Discussion: Associated Press and USA Today
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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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP poll: Palin's favorable rating highest in almost a year  —  Actually, Rasmussen put her favorables at 48 percent back in September, but Nate Silver's argued at length lately that Ras polls showing rosy numbers for a Republican should be taken with a goodly chunk of salt.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Ross Douthat
Sen. Tom Coburn / National Review:
Earmark Myths and Realities  —  As Senate Republicans prepare to vote on an earmark moratorium, I would encourage my colleagues to consider four myths and four realities of the debate.  —  Myths of the earmark debate:  —  1. Eliminating earmarks does not actually save any money
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Being a Tutsi  —  I just watched Glenn Beck's program “the Puppet Master” about the nefarious, money-changing, New World Order, self-hating Jew conspirator, George Soros.  I don't think I could do it again.  —  I listened to an hour or so of Limbaugh and had to turn it off, when I heard this line …
Fox News:
U.N. Rejects Iran's Bid for Seat on Women's Rights Panel  —  The United Nations on Wednesday rejected Iran's bid for a seat to the board of the new U.N. agency to promote equality for women after fierce opposition from the United States and human rights groups to Tehran's treatment of women.
 
 
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