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3:00 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.
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 and Firedoglake
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
President Obama ready to deal on Bush tax cuts for the wealthy
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Axelrod says Obama will agree to extend tax cuts for wealthy
Katy O'Donnell / NationalJournal.com:   Axelrod Denies Obama Would Concede Tax Cuts
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Dem donors split on 2012 strategy
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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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Many deficit commission staffers paid by outside groups
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad: ‘If some of us have to sacrifice a political career ... then so be it’
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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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Alaska write-in tallying crawls along
Discussion: Power Line
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Some good signs for Palin  —  PPP's newest batch of 2012 Republican primary polls conducted right before last week's election finds Mitt Romney ahead in the critical early state of Florida, Tim Pawlenty surprisingly weak in his home state of Minnesota, and Sarah Palin posting leads in Texas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Maine.
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.
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 …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
POLITICO, NBC News co-host first 2012 debate at Reagan Library  —  Former first lady Nancy Reagan announced plans Thursday to invite the leading Republican contenders to the first debate of the presidential primary season, to be held at her late husband's presidential library and co-hosted by POLITICO and NBC News.
Discussion: Politics Daily and TPMDC
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
NBC, POLITICO to co-host first 2012 GOP debate
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Salon and AmSpecBlog
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 …
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time says Tea Party will cause hyperinflation  —  If hyperinflation arrives, Time Magazine wants its readers to know who the real culprits are.  It won't be the federal government that hiked annual spending by 38% in three years and began running trillion-dollar deficits.
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Stephen Gandel / The Curious Capitalist:
Will Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Cause Hyperinflation?
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 …
The Politico:
FreedomWorks does its own freshman orientation  —  Official freshman orientation begins in Washington on Sunday for newly elected lawmakers, but FreedomWorks has its own plans for incoming tea partiers.  —  The organization, led by former Majority Leader Dick Armey, is quietly running …
Discussion: Weigel
 
 
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Guardian:
Tory councillor arrested over tweet
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John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
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New York Post:
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Phil Bredesen wants President Obama ‘mea culpa’
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 Earlier Items: 
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Tea Party Leader to Romney: Massachusetts Health Law ‘Absolutely’ Unacceptable
Discussion: The Brody File
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Christine O'Donnell considers reality show
Discussion: CNN and The Note