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5:45 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 to be 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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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and The Plum Line
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Catfood Commission Presser Livestream at 1pm ET; Cuts to Social …
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and Eschaton
Wall Street Journal:
Panel Chairmen Recommend Cutting Federal Spending by $200 Billion
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Pajamas Media
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
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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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 …
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Charles Babington / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Palin most polarizing of 2012 crowd
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Boehner's Image Improves, Reid's Does Not After Midterms
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
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 …
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
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: The Politico and Daily Kos
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Jennifer Lin / Philly.com:
Palin wows the crowd at Bucks County fund-raiser
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 Right-Wing Fundraising As ‘Not Important’  —  Last night, the American Spectator — a right-wing magazine known for its role in the “Arkansas Project,” a well-funded effort to invent stories with the goal …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Weasel Zippers, USA Today and Raw Story
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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 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
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*.
Pat Sajak / Ricochet.com:
Mea Culpa: I Put Keith Olbermann on National TV  —  This YouTube video reminded me that I was the person who introduced Keith Olbermann to America.  —  Keith was a sportscaster at the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles at the same time I was doing a talk show for that network.
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.
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Liberalism  —  Jon Chait had a good post this morning about how there's no contradiction between Barack Obama praising the liberalization of the Indian economy and also being a liberal in the US political context.  Indeed, one hint might be that the letter-string “l-i-b-e-r-a-l” occurs in both terms.
 
 
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Taking Rick Perry With a Grain of Salt.
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