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1:40 PM 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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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.
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.
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Conrad: Extend All Tax Cuts; Time to Get ‘Serious’ About Deficit  —  The White House conceded that in order to get the middle class tax cuts passed in the lame duck session they would need to agree to extend all of them - the Huffington Post reported - and they will have the full support of Sen. Kent Conrad.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katy O'Donnell / NationalJournal.com:   Axelrod Denies Obama Would Concede Tax Cuts
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Axelrod says Obama will agree to extend tax cuts for wealthy
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Dem donors split on 2012 strategy
Discussion: The Plum Line
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.
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Felix Salmon:
The deficit commission's plan
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Rumsfeld Attacks Defense Cuts, Which Garner Support From Tea Party …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
Paul Krugman:
Unserious People  —  OK, let's say goodbye to the deficit commission.
Ronald Grover / Bloomberg:
Bristol Palin Survives ‘Dancing’ Elimination Round With Help of Tea Party  —  Bristol Palin survived another elimination round on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars” as fans including Tea Party supporters mustered enough votes to overcome low scores from the talent show's judges.
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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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Grassley: Health repeal will die in Senate
Discussion: 1380 KCIM
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.
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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
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 …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Marines And DADT.  —  While most of the military leadership has signaled their support for ending the military's discriminatory “don't ask, don't tell” policy prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving openly, the Marine leadership has consistently been opposed.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Salon and AmSpecBlog
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.
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Tea Party Leader to Romney: Massachusetts Health Law ‘Absolutely’ Unacceptable … Likely Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the former governor of liberal Massachusetts, is not a favorite of tea party activists for 2012.  Now a tea party leader has made explicit one reason why.
Discussion: The Brody File
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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 …
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
It's “Otb” Time: One-Term Barack  —  The wreckage of the Democratic Party is strewn just about everywhere.  President Obama's carefully constructed 2008 Electoral College breakthrough is now just broken, a long-ago memory of what might have been a lasting shift in partisan alignment.
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Co-Chairmen of Obama's Fiscal Commission Unveil Real Tax Increases and Fake Spending Cuts  —  I have many pet peeves, but one that causes me endless frustration is the Washington “spending cut” scam.  This happens when politicians increase spending, but claim that they're cutting spending …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad: ‘If some of us have to sacrifice a political career ... then so be it’
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
Daily Mail:
Poppy-burning Muslim protesters mar Armistice Day commemorations as millions fall silent to remember war dead  —  Islamic protesters sparked fury today after they burned a model of a poppy and deliberately broke the silence at Armistice Day commemorations in central London.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Kaplan, Inc  —  The Washington Post company is most identified with its newspaper, the Washington Post.  But in fact its biggest source of revenue is its Kaplan subsidiary.  Kaplan, in turn, is primarily identified with test prep work.  In fact, however, its low-performing for-profit university unit …
Discussion: Gawker, Wonk Room and New York Times
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Polling Conservative Bloggers On The 2010 Election And The Aftermath  —  Right Wing News polled more than 250 right-of-center bloggers on election 2010 and the aftermath. 70 bloggers responded (This one time, the respondents ARE NOT going to be listed.  Expect them to be listed as per usual, on the next poll).
Discussion: Don Surber
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Lou Dobbs' Big Fox Comeback  —  The former CNN anchor tells The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz why he's dropping his political aspirations to return to television, how his stance on immigrants has changed—and what he's planning for his new show.  —  One year after quitting CNN with a vow to help lead a …
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.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Phil Bredesen wants President Obama ‘mea culpa’  —  CHICAGO - President Obama should come back to the health care bargaining table with a “mea culpa” if Democrats want to have a meaningful conversation about improving the future of health care, a key Democratic governor tells POLITICO.
Discussion: The Note
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 …
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.
 
 
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Dominic Tierney / Press Association:
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Associated Press:
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
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CBS News:
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
AP poll: Palin's favorable rating highest in almost a year
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and Ross Douthat
Gallup:
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Discussion: Fausta's Blog and National Review
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
NY Times Editor on the ‘Beauty’ of Readers' Ignorance