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12:15 AM ET, November 10, 2010

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CBS News:
Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast  —  Military Mum on Nature of “Big Missile” Rising Out of Pacific - a Possible Show of U.S. Military Might  —  (CBS) A mysterious missile launch off the southern California coast was caught by CBS affiliate KCBS's cameras Monday night …
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Video Catches Mystery ‘Missile’ Launch Near L.A. [Updated Once More]  —  Someone semingly launched a mysterious missile 35 miles off of the California coast last night — just west of Los Angeles and north of Catalina Island.  But anyone in the military knows who did it, or what the hell the thing was, they haven't told me yet.
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Mystery ‘missile’ launch near L.A. no threat to national security …
Discussion: Instapundit and FP Passport
Alex Barker / Westminster Blog:
Bush: “I probably won't even vote for McCain”  —  George W. Bush's bombastic return to the world stage has reminded me of my favourite Bush anecdote, which for various reasons we couldn't publish at the time.  Some of the witnesses still dine out on it.  —  The venue was the Oval Office.
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
In 2008, Bush Said He 'Probably Won't Even Vote For' McCain  —  With stories about President Bush's new memoir dominating the headlines this week, Financial Times Westminster correspondent Alex Barker reports on his “favourite Bush anecdote,” which he writes, “for various reasons we couldn't publish at the time.
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Absentee ballot count gets under way  —  From Sean Cockerham at the Alaska Division of Elections office in Anchorage-  —  We've got our first numbers, showing Joe Miller making small gains on Lisa Murkowski.  But they are from only three Anchorage districts, including ones where the military vote is heavy.
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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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Miller makes slight gains as absentee votes are counted in Alaska Senate race
Discussion: HotAirPundit
Aharding / CNN:
Democrats want leadership elections delayed  —  (CNN) - Two House Democrats are circulating a letter asking Democratic leaders to push their party's leadership elections for the next Congress until December.  —  Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D- Ohio) and Peter Defazio (D-Oregon) say in the letter that the …
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The Hill:
Clyburn knocks Hoyer's tactics as Dems' leadership race intensifies  —  The leadership race between Reps. James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer took a sharp turn Tuesday when Clyburn criticized his opponent's tactics and said they were making other Democrats uncomfortable.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Pelosi: Dems will work with new GOP majority when possible
Discussion: The Politico
CNN:
Obama lauds Indonesia as a model of religious tolerance  —  Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — Indonesia and the United States share principles of unity and tolerance and both can benefit from strengthened ties that will bolster trade and combat terrorism, President Obama said in a highly anticipated speech Wednesday.
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
For Indonesia and Obama, 4th Time's the Charm  —  JAKARTA, Indonesia — It is the presidential homecoming that wasn't meant to be.  —  Enlarge This Image  —  President Obama during a news conference with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia on Tuesday in Jakarta.
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Obama Visits a Nation That Knew Him as Barry
New York Times:
Republicans Maneuver to Oust Their Leader  —  WASHINGTON — Turning their attention to the 2012 presidential election, Republican leaders are digging in for a battle over control of the Republican National Committee, judging that its role in fund-raising, get-out-the-vote operations and other tasks …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and NPR
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Alvin Greene mulls presidential bid  —  'Maybe.  I'll have to see,' Alvin Greene said about running for president.  —  Alvin Greene might run for president.  —  Greene, the unlikely Democratic Senate nominee in South Carolina who lost overwhelmingly to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint last week …
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The Note:
Is Alvin Greene Mulling a Presidential Run in 2012?
Discussion: CNN
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH, THE FAMOUS, AND THE NEW JERSEY GOVERNORS.... New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a media darling and favorite of many Republican activists, has a penchant for complaining about wasteful government spending and public employees who abuse the system and fail to respect the taxpayers footing the bills.
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NationalJournal.com:
Presidential Power Rankings  —  The Hotline assesses which potential White House contenders are most likely to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  —  Welcome to The Hotline's inaugural edition of Presidential Power Rankings.  —  Who is best positioned to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination?
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:
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John Nolte / Big Hollywood:
Racist Cartoonist Ted Rall Calls For Violent ‘Revolt’ …
Discussion: RedState
David Leonhardt / Economix:
The Myth of Record-High Gold  —  2:14 p.m. |  Updated with more detail  —  “Gold sets record high amid economic fears,” The Associated Press recently wrote.  “Gold surges to record high,” CNN said.  Gold closed Monday “at a record $1,402.80 per troy ounce,” the front page of The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bush revisited  —  Let's posit right now that George W. Bush loves his parents, his wife, his kids, his siblings, his Maker and America, and all of that love is a good thing, and helps to make him a good person.  —  You may think that the Bush administration was the greatest eight years …
Discussion: The Politico
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New York Times:
No Criminal Charges Sought Over C.I.A. Tapes  —  WASHINGTON — Central Intelligence Agency officials will not face criminal charges for the destruction of dozens of videotapes depicting the brutal interrogation of terrorism suspects, the Justice Department said Tuesday.
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Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
No charges in destruction of CIA videotapes, Justice Department says
Discussion: ThinkProgress
John Dickerson / Slate:
It doesn't take much to get deleted from the world of Sarah Palin.  —  Sarah Palin is fighting elites: the GOP establishment, know-it-alls like Karl Rove, the mainstream media, the Federal Reserve.  What unites all fronts in this battle is her conviction that people who claim to know the truth, or what's best for you, do not.
Donald J. Boudreaux / Christian Science Monitor:
Progressives don't really get progress, but the American people do  —  Progressives claim to have a monopoly on progress - designed by intellectuals who ‘know better’ and brought about by a big, beneficent government.  But Americans voted in last week's elections that this brand …
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel
Times of India:
On Xmas shopping spree at crafts village, Michelle runs out of cash  —  Indrani Basu, TNN, Nov 9, 2010, 12.32am IST  —  NEW DELHI: While her husband talked trade, Michelle Obama did what most women love to do — shop.  The First Lady, who has quite a reputation as a fashionista and is known …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Fox Nation and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Schools Chancellor Klein to Join News Corp.  —  New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein is resigning to join News Corp., ending an eight-year reign at the helm of the nation's largest school system.  —  In his place, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce Cathie Black, chairwoman of Hearst Magazines.
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Cigna CEO: Don't repeal U.S. health law  —  (Reuters) - Repealing the new U.S. healthcare law would be a waste of time, but there is room to improve it, the chief executive of health insurer Cigna Corp (CI.N) said on Tuesday.  —  “I don't think it's in our society's best interest to expend energy …
Discussion: Swampland
RushLimbaugh.com:
A Spirited Talk with President Bush  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: We are happy, as we always have been, to welcome back to the program President George W. Bush.  Mr. Bush, welcome back, and thank you for giving us some time today, sir.  —  PRESIDENT BUSH: Rush, thank you.
Gail the Actuary / The Oil Drum:
Jeff Rubin: Oil and the End of Globalization - ASPO-USA  —  One of the keynote speakers at the recent ASPO-USA conference was Jeff Rubin, former Chief Economist with CIBC World Market.  Rubin talked about why he believes high oil prices caused the recent recession.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jillian Rayfield / TPMMuckraker:
Social Conservative Bryan Fischer: Get Rid Of The ‘Curse’ That Is The Grizzly Bear  —  Bryan Fischer really hates it when animals attack.  Like, hates it so much that he thinks we'd be better off without them.  —  Which is why Fischer, who is the “Director of Issues Analysis” …
 
 
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