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7:15 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.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Many deficit commission staffers paid by outside groups
Discussion: Firedoglake
Fhardingj / CNN:
McConnell ‘willing to listen’ on temporary extension of Bush tax cuts
Discussion: The Page
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Conrad: Extend All Tax Cuts; Time to Get ‘Serious’ About Deficit
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.  —  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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Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Should this ballot count?  —  Floyd Brown, the man responsible for the …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Maddow Blog
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Murkowski Winning Nearly All Write-Ins
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.
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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Time says Tea Party will cause hyperinflation
Stephen Gandel / The Curious Capitalist:
Will Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Cause Hyperinflation?
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 …
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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.
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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.
Jana Winter / Fox News:
Some Muslims Attending Capitol Hill Prayer Group Have Terror Ties, Probe Reveals  —  An Al Qaeda leader, the head of a designated terror organization and a confessed jihadist-in-training are among a “Who's Who” of controversial figures who have participated in weekly prayer sessions …
People-Press.org:
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Sarah Palin plans heartland tour  —  Sarah Palin — accompanied at times by family members — later this month will launch a nine-day, 16-stop signing tour for her new book, “America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag.”  —  Among the destinations sure to get buzz: Des Moines and Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Discussion: GOP 12
The Huffington Post:
Media Matters Pays $86,000 In Auction To Have Lunch With Murdoch  —  What's Your Reaction?  —  facebook Twitter stumble reddit del.ico.us  —  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 …
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.
James Besser / The Jewish Week:
Glenn Beck's “monstrous” Soros accusations rile Holocaust survivors, Jewish groups  —  Fox news commentator Glenn Beck may have thought he had an easy target in the controversial financier George Soros - but he didn't reckon with Jews who care about Holocaust remembrance and don't take kindly …
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 …
Associated Press:
MN's Pawlenty mounts challenge to Obama health law  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is stepping up his attack on President Barack Obama's federal health care law with a court filing challenging its cost to states.  —  Pawlenty and Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Sources: Pelosi Says Obama Must Be ‘Perfect’ to Win Again
Mitchell Blumenthal / Capital New York:
Inside the Christie bubble: Jersey peers take the denials with a pound of salt
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Shushannah Walshe / The Daily Beast:
Inside Palin's Reality Show
Discussion: Mediaite
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Against The Revenue Cap  —  The worst thing about the Bowles …
Discussion: National Review
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
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Guardian:
Tory councillor arrested over tweet
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
The Marines And DADT.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Grassley: Health repeal will die in Senate
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Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Co-Chairmen of Obama's Fiscal Commission Unveil Real Tax Increases …