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12:15 PM ET, November 10, 2010

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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 …
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Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
8:30 p.m. update: Miller trails write-in by 11,333 votes
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:   Write-in ballot count begins Wednesday in Alaska's Senate race
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 …
Nancy A. Youssef / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama officials moving away from 2011 Afghan date  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has decided to begin publicly walking away from what it once touted as key deadlines in the war in Afghanistan in an effort to de-emphasize President Barack Obama's pledge that he'd begin withdrawing U.S. forces …
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Nancy A. Youssef / Seattle Times:   White House moves away from 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal timeline
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Bush camp attacks ‘ridiculous’ story  —  Former President George W. Bush is denying a report that he once said he would have endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 if the Democrat had asked.  —  “This is ridiculous and untrue,” Bush spokesman David Sherzer told POLITICO.
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
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Jennifer Lin / Philly.com:
Palin wows the crowd at Bucks County fund-raiser  —  PLUMSTEAD - Sarah Palin wasted no time Tuesday night teasing her audience of supporters at a fund-raiser for Plumstead Christian School.  —  After an alumnus of the private school, north of Doylestown in Bucks County …
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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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*.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Michael McDonald / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Collects $4 Billion From Taxpayers as Swaps Backfire  —  The subprime mortgage crisis isn't the only calamity Wall Street created that's upending the finances of U.S. states and cities.  —  For more than a decade, banks and insurance companies convinced governments and nonprofits …
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Barry Ritholtz / Bloomberg:
Kiss Your Assets Goodbye If Certainty Reigns: Barry Ritholtz
Discussion: Economix and The Big Picture
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 …
Dan Berman / The Politico:
Interior inspector general: White House skewed drilling-ban report  —  The White House rewrote crucial sections of an Interior Department report to suggest an independent group of scientists and engineers supported a six-month ban on offshore oil drilling, the Interior inspector general says in a new report.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Room at the top?  Not for young Dems  —  A younger generation of Democrats is chafing at being asked to stand aside and let a triumvirate of elders keep their leadership positions in the wake of a catastrophic midterm election result.  —  Barring an unexpected shake-up …
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 …
New York Times:
Why Rush to Cut Nukes?  —  THE sweeping Democratic midterm losses last week raise serious questions for President Obama and a lame-duck Congress.  Voters want government brought closer to the vision the framers outlined in the Constitution, and the first test could be the fate of the flawed …
Discussion: Philly.com and The Monkey Cage
The Huffington Post:
First Salvo In Social Security Fight: OweNo, A $20 Million Campaign Launched With Bayh, Conrad As Allies  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — In what may be the first major move of the forthcoming Social Security debate, the Peterson Foundation launched on Tuesday a $20 million TV ad campaign …
New York Post:
John King's magical wall sent him over the edge just days before the election  —  Tweet  —  CNN anchor John King's “magic wall” sent him over the edge when his beloved touch screen jammed.  —  The DC-based anchor had a meltdown while anchoring his 7 p.m. show, “John King USA,” …
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
Watchdog wants probe of Google's ‘unusually close’ ties to Obama  —  As House Republicans plan an ambitious oversight agenda for the next session of Congress, a watchdog group is calling for a probe into a company that it says is far too cozy with the Obama administration: Google.
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
GOP may be setting its sights on Ensign  —  Suffering from the enervating ennui of postelection depression, I always find there is only one cure: Look ahead to the next one.  —  No, I don't mean the yawnfest to succeed Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman — assuming he doesn't barricade himself in his office …
Discussion: Politics Daily
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Jobs forecast can help Obama — if he can sell it to the nation  —  An exasperated Robert Gibbs said last summer: “Let's just be honest, the economy lost more jobs than it had in the last three recessions combined.  It's hard to message that.”  —  The verdict voters returned last week …
Kim Geiger / Chicago Tribune:
Congressmen pay wives from campaign funds  —  Practice is legal, but some see potential for abuse  —  The campaign to re-elect Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., left, has given wife Sandi Jackson's company at least $315,000 for her work.  (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / January 7, 2010)
Discussion: NBC Chicago
Daily Mail:
Modestly chic: Michelle Obama dons a headscarf as she visits mosque on Indonesia trip  —  Her impeccable dress sense has been praised throughout the world.  —  So it was no surprise that Michelle Obama managed to be stylish and show respect to her Muslim hosts when she visited a mosque on her tour of Indonesia.
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Extending Tax Cuts, but With a Catch  —  Top Democrats Link Keeping Bush-Era Breaks to an Overhaul of Tax Code; Republican Aides Say They Are Open to the Idea  —  WASHINGTON—Two top Senate Democrats floated the idea Tuesday of extending the Bush-era income-tax rates for a limited time only …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Election of 1860 Counterfactuals  —  Seth Masket is doing some mythbusting with reference to the electoral college: … Indeed, the fragmentation of the opposition had almost no impact on the outcome.  Lincoln won two states—California and Oregon—by mere plurality.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Matthews: Had You Seen This Hillary Clinton in 2008 She Might Be President  —  Chris Matthews is suddenly getting a thrill up his leg for somebody other than Barack Obama.  —  On Tuesday's “Hardball,” before playing a video clip of the Secretary of State joking around with some comedians in Australia …
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
2010's Surprise Developments  —  Whenever I'm asked what the biggest surprise was for me in this election, I confess that there were several, but not many occurred on election night.  —  I was stunned by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's GOP primary loss, something I did not see coming.
Guardian:
Bush's waterboarding claim rejected  —  British officials say there is no evidence that waterboarding saved lives of UK citizens, as Bush claimed in his memoirs  —  British officials said today there was no evidence to support claims by George Bush, the former US president …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Jim DeMint: “You can't be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative”  —  That's the money line from tonight's Fox News “12 in '12″ presidential profile; skip ahead to 3:00 if you don't want to watch it all.  He made this same point, albeit in a more elaborate way, at the Values Voter Summit in September.
 
 
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz Willing To Investigate Bush For Torture …
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Bloomberg:
IAC's Barry Diller Surrenders to Google, Ends Ask.com's Search Effort
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Ben Bernanke's Impossible Dream
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell to file brief backing court challenge to health reform
Discussion: The Note and Weasel Zippers
Haaretz:
Netanyahu: Row over settlement construction ‘overblown’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and TPMCafe
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sec. of Defense …
Discussion: The Politico and AMERICAblog Gay
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
In Message to G-20 Leaders, Obama Aims to Calm Tensions
Discussion: Online NewsHour and NPR
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Dayton, Emmer preparing for the long count
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's Reelect  —  On our final round of 18 polls conducted …