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11:55 AM ET, November 11, 2010

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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.
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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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum  —  UPDATE: White House denies giving in on Bush tax cuts: The White House is sharply denying the Huffington Post story I noted below claiming that David Axelrod signaled a willingness to accept a temporary extension of all the Bush tax cuts, claiming that their position remains unchanged.
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 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
President Obama ready to deal on Bush tax cuts for the wealthy  —  The White House signaled Wednesday that President Barack Obama is ready to cut a deal on the Bush-era tax cuts - accepting a temporary extension of the cuts for the wealthiest Americans to win renewal of tax breaks for middle-class taxpayers.
Discussion: Indecision Forever and FrumForum
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad: ‘If some of us have to sacrifice a political career ... then so be it’
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama may consider extension of all Bush tax cuts
Discussion: The Mahablog, Mediaite and msnbc.com
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Axelrod says Obama will agree to extend tax cuts for wealthy
Discussion: Firedoglake
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Rumsfeld Attacks Defense Cuts, Which Garner Support From Tea Party …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
Alister Bull / Reuters:
Obama at G20: U.S. needs faster growth to curb deficit
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Page
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Kentucky Republican Senator-elect Rand Paul is already making waves in Washington, D.C. with plans to organize either a Senate or bicameral Tea Party Caucus.  —  Paul said he's been chatting with several people from Kentucky about laying down a communications blueprint to keep …
Discussion: The Politico and USA Today
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann drops leadership bid  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann dropped out of the race for House Republican Conference chairwoman Wednesday night, ending a quixotic bid for leadership that many saw as the first real test of the tea party against the GOP establishment.
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Tea Party Leader to Romney: Massachusetts Health Law ‘Absolutely’ Unacceptable
Discussion: The Brody File
Ronald Grover / Bloomberg:
Bristol Palin Survives ‘Dancing’ Elimination Round With Help of Tea Party
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Bachmann drops bid for conference post, backs Hensarling
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Bachmann Bows Out of Leadership Race
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Washington Post:
Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war  —  A Pentagon study group has concluded that the military can lift the ban on gays serving openly in uniform with only minimal and isolated incidents of risk to the current war efforts, according to two people familiar …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Grassley: 2012 GOP candidates face blank slate with Iowa voters  —  Republican presidential candidates face a blank slate with Iowa voters heading into the 2012 cycle, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Thursday.  —  Grassley, the long-serving dean of Iowa's congressional delegation …
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The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi faces new resistance from Democrats  —  Nancy Pelosi is struggling to stand her ground as the effects of last week's Democratic debacle shift the political earth beneath her feet.  —  Pelosi announced Friday that she's running for minority leader in the new Congress, and her election still seems on track.
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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 …
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Possible Rival Says He Has No Confidence in RNC's Steele  —  Connecticut GOP Chairman Chris Healy is strongly considering a bid to replace Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, and on Wednesday he unleashed a scathing critique of Steele's leadership.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and HotAirPundit
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The Establishment candidate  —  John Thune's presidential hopes got a gorgeous rollout in the Weekly Standard in September.  The piece begins, vividly, with Thune in a small plane, looking down at his South Dakota hometown, Murdo.  —  “If he wins the nomination, it will be because he is …
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 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: The Note and CNN
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.
New York Post:
Bam AWOL on Vets Day  —  Tweet  —  WASHINGTON — Today is Veter ans Day.  Do you know where your president is?  —  With his feeble flame of “hope” thoroughly doused here in the United States by last week's elections, President Obama has set out around the globe in search of throngs still enthralled by his flowery rhetoric.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
U.S. Tweaks Message on Troops in Afghanistan  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is increasingly emphasizing the idea that the United States will have forces in Afghanistan until at least the end of 2014, a change in tone aimed at persuading the Afghans and the Taliban …
Dominic Tierney / Press Association:
Jefferson's Army of Nation Builders  —  THIS Veterans Day, a great debate is going on in the American military.  On one side are the traditionalists who believe that our armed forces should continue to maintain as their core mission waging conventional state-on-state wars, like the first Persian Gulf war.
Discussion: Wonk Room and SWJ Blog
 
 
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Associated Press:
Michelle Obama Serves U.S. Troops in Germany
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BBC:
Man arrested over website listing Iraq war MPs
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Eli Lake / Washington Times:
Obama bid to pick Iraq leader spurned
CBS News:
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Ken Maguire / New York Times:
Communities Embrace Veterans of Vietnam War
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