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5:45 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.
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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
McConnell ‘willing to listen’ on temporary extension of Bush tax cuts  —  Washington (CNN) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who supports making permanent all the Bush-era tax cuts, signaled Thursday he's open to considering compromises with the White House to temporarily extend them instead.
Discussion: The Page
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.
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.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Many deficit commission staffers paid by outside groups
Discussion: Firedoglake
Michael Konczal / Ezra Klein:
Speaking with Greg Anrig about the chairman's mark
Discussion: National Review
Karl Smith / Ezra Klein:
The soft paternalism of tough choices
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.  —  —  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.
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.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Kentucky Republican Senator-elect Rand Paul is already making waves …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Grassley: Health repeal will die in Senate
Discussion: 1380 KCIM
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.
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
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.
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: Hot Air, Outside the Beltway and TPMDC
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Why the GOP Should Insist on New Debate Rules for 2012
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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.
Mixed Reactions to Republican Midterm Win  —  Public Less Happy Than After 2006 and 1994 Elections  —  The public, voters and non-voters alike, has a subdued reaction to the Republican Party's midterm election victory.  Four years ago, the response to the Democrats regaining full control …
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
Washington Post:
Sources: Pentagon group finds there is minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war
Stephen Gandel / The Curious Capitalist:
Will Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Cause Hyperinflation?  —  Hey inflation, I'm going to pump you up, maybe (Scott Audette/REUTERS)  —  But could the greatest potential culprit of wealth-destroying, Germany-1930s-type hyper-inflation be, not the central bank, but Palin and the Tea Party?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Time says Tea Party will cause hyperinflation
Ezra Klein:
How Joe Lieberman helped the Democrats lose the election  —  Since the election, there's been a lot of talk about what President Obama and the Democratic leadership could've done differently.  I offered six ideas here.  But there's been rather less discussion of what individual legislators could've done differently.
The Huffington Post:
Media Matters Pays $86,000 In Auction To Have Lunch With Murdoch  —  What's Your Reaction?  —  facebook Twitter stumble reddit  —  Amazing  —  Inspiring  —  Important  —  Weird  —  WASHINGTON — In one of the more clever moments of issue advocacy in recent memory …
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 …
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 …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Against The Revenue Cap  —  The worst thing about the Bowles …
Discussion: National Review
Boston Review:
Midterm Postmortem  —  Eric McGhee, Brendan Nyhan, and John Sides
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and Enik Rising
The Politico:
John Boehner offers sweeteners to tea party
Discussion: FrumForum and Derek Wallbank
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
NPR says it's ‘imperative’ that its federal funding not be cut
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Steele Coalition In Danger Of Collapse
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Bank of America Allegedly Foreclosing Fraudulently in Kentucky
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Phil Bredesen wants President Obama ‘mea culpa’
Discussion: The Note
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Co-Chairmen of Obama's Fiscal Commission Unveil Real Tax Increases …