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12:25 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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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.
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.
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 …
Alex Wagner / Politics Daily:
Obama Is Open to Extension of Bush Tax Cuts for All, Axelrod Says
Discussion: HotAirPundit
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Conrad: Extend All Tax Cuts; Time to Get ‘Serious’ About Deficit
Discussion: Firedoglake
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
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama may consider extension of all Bush tax cuts
Discussion: The Mahablog, Mediaite and msnbc.com
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Rumsfeld Attacks Defense Cuts, Which Garner Support From Tea Party …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
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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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.
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
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Bachmann Bows Out of Leadership Race
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
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 …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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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!
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 …
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 …
Huck PAC:
Huck PAC Releases Statement About Iowa Visit  —  Little Rock, AR - Huck PAC Executive Director Hogan Gidley released the following statement about Governor Mike Huckabee's upcoming keynote address to the Iowa Family Policy Center's “Celebrate the Family” event:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Grassley: 2012 GOP candidates face blank slate with Iowa voters
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
Lt. Dan Choi / The Huffington Post:
Veterans Day: How Gay Veterans Are Fighting a War at Home  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  Every year on this day, military veterans are asked to “come home.”  As they march down our city streets, it is clear that this day honors the service and sacrifice of those who survived, those who were lucky enough to come home.
Discussion: Advocate
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 …
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
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
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 …
 
 
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