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8:05 AM ET, November 12, 2010


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Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Observer Exclusive: Newsweek and Daily Beast to Merge  —  Newsweek and The Daily Beast will announce tomorrow morning that the two publications will merge, a source close to the deal tells The Observer.  —  It will be a 50-50 merger of the two companies.  The editorial staffs will combine under …
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Daily Beast, Newsweek to Wed!  —  Some weddings take longer to plan than others.  The union of The Daily Beast and Newsweek magazine finally took place with a coffee-mug toast between all parties Tuesday evening, in a conference room atop Beast headquarters, the IAC building on Manhattan's West 18th Street.
Jeremy Peters / Media Decoder:
Newsweek and Daily Beast Have a Deal
Allahpundit / Hot Air:   Report: Newsweek to merge with Daily Beast
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Debt Plan Ideas Draw Scorn of Liberals and Tea Party  —  WASHINGTON — By putting deep spending cuts and substantial tax increases on the table, President Obama's bipartisan debt-reduction commission has exposed fissures in both parties, underscoring the volatile nature and long odds …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hijacked Commission  —  Count me among those who always believed …
Charles Blahous / Economics Policies …:
Fairly Understanding the Simpson-Bowles Social Security Proposal
Matt Miller / PostPartisan:
Sorry, Alan and Erskine — it's not nearly enough
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
Worst Things About Simpson-Bowles
Discussion: TalkLeft and James Pethokoukis
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Should this ballot count?  —  Floyd Brown, the man responsible for the “Willie Horton” television ad that helped derail the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign in 1998, has signed up for the Joe Miller campaign.  —  Brown is here in Juneau today for the write-in ballot review and he has called …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
How strong is Joe Miller's argument against the Leeza Markovsky vote? … Like This Story … - Shafer: Why Do We Give Away So Much of Our Privacy on the Web?  - Oklahoma Tried To Invalidate Islamic Wills.  What Is an Islamic Will?  - Steve Jobs Reinvented Technology …
Seam Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski confident as write-in tally grows  —  WRITE-INS: Miller camp steps up challenges, threatens new lawsuit.  —  —  The Division of Elections has reviewed write-in ballots for almost half the precincts in Alaska and is counting nearly 98 percent of them for Lisa Murkowski.
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Sources: Pelosi Says Obama Must Be ‘Perfect’ to Win Again  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democratic leaders Wednesday afternoon that President Barack Obama has to be “perfect” to win a second term, several senior Democratic aides told Roll Call.  —  Pelosi told leaders on a conference call …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:   Pelosi for House minority leader: A bad idea or just what the Democrats need?
Voice of America:
Clinton Offers Netanyahu Security Pledge  —  U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel's security requirements will be fully taken into account in any future peace deal with the Palestinians.  —  Clinton and the visiting Israeli …
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Before Clinton meeting, Cantor's one-on-one with Bibi
Steve Bainbridge /
I Owe Bruce Bartlett an Apology  —  Back when Bush 43 was President, I was a huge fan of Bruce Bartlett.  I especially loved his book Impostor.  But when Bartlett broke with the Republicans back in 2008, it seemed to me that he had gone “from being inside the tent pissing out to being outside the tent pissing in.”
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Chris Christie's Star Turn Raises National Prospects, Nearly $9 Million for GOP … The unlikely emergence of Chris Christie proves once again that you can never tell who is going to take off in the public imagination.  The New Jersey governor not only rocked on the 2010 campaign trail …
Discussion: GOP 12
Mitchell Blumenthal / Capital New York:
Inside the Christie bubble: Jersey peers take the denials with a pound of salt
Discussion: Quinnipiac University and Weigel
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
Cindy McCain does video opposing DADT, accuses ‘our government’ of sending signal that bullying is okay - her hubbie is the lead defender of DADT  —  John McCain is leading the filibuster against the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” “repeal” legislation in the Senate (it's not an actual repeal, but we'll leave that for another time).
Discussion: Raw Story and The Washington Note
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sarah Palin plans heartland tour  —  Sarah Palin — accompanied at times by family members — later this month will launch a nine-day, 16-stop signing tour for her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.”  —  Among the destinations sure to get buzz: Des Moines and Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Discussion: TBogg, CNN, Gawker and GOP 12
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
Glenn Beck's Anti-Semitic Attacks  —  The Fox host's stunning two-day tirade against George Soros is a new low on American television.  Michelle Goldberg on the roots of his hatred—and the Anti-Defamation League's shameful silence.  —  Anti-Semitism, like all ideologies, tells a story about the world.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Some Muslims Attending Capitol Hill Prayer Group Have Terror Ties, Probe Reveals  —  An Al Qaeda leader, the head of a designated terror organization and a confessed jihadist-in-training are among a “Who's Who” of controversial figures who have participated in weekly prayer sessions …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Bobby Jindal hammers Barack Obama in new book  —  NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal uses a new book to portray President Obama as disconnected from the Gulf oil spill, charging that he was more focused on the political aftermath than the actual impact of the crisis.
Discussion: The Page and HotAirPundit
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep.-elect West says conservative talk radio host won't be his chief of staff  —  Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) announced Thursday that a controversial radio host would not serve as his chief of staff after all.  —  West said in a statement that Joyce Kaufman, the conservative radio talk show host …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Chickens Home to Roost?
Discussion: WSVN-TV and TPMDC
Jim Newell / Gawker:
Does This Google Veterans Day Logo Look Muslim to You?  —  Boy howdy, Google has done it now!  The company's special Veterans Day logo this year, you see, features a mysterious crescent shape.  And you know who loves crescent shapes?  The Muslims.  Yeah, some people are actually upset about this.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
2012 Contenders to Bet Against  —  I'm not quite sure whom I'd call the odds-on favorite to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  But I have a pretty good idea of who I'd bet against.  —  The table below compiles a number of statistics related to prospective G.O.P. candidates in 2012.
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Gov.-elect Cuomo opposes 9/11 trial in New York
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Ben Smith's Blog
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Liberals plan to push Obama not to compromise with GOP
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jean-François Lisée /
If U.S. Won't Prosecute Bush, at Least 145 Other Countries Should
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Byron York / Beltway Confidential:
Obama panel probes stimulus waste — at Ritz Carlton
Lynn Sweet:
Alexi Giannoulias draft for Chicago mayoral run?
 Earlier Items: 
Karl Smith / Ezra Klein:
The soft paternalism of tough choices
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
NPR says it's ‘imperative’ that its federal funding not be cut
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein:
How Joe Lieberman helped the Democrats lose the election