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9:50 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.
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
Sources: Pelosi Says Obama Must Be ‘Perfect’ to Win Again  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democratic leaders Wednesday afternoon that President Barack Obama has to be “perfect” to win a second term, several senior Democratic aides told Roll Call.  —  Pelosi told leaders on a conference call …
Fhardingj / CNN:
McConnell ‘willing to listen’ on temporary extension of Bush tax cuts
Discussion: The Page and Firedoglake
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Conrad: Extend All Tax Cuts; Time to Get ‘Serious’ About Deficit
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Many deficit commission staffers paid by outside groups  —  The leaders of President Obama's deficit commission sparked criticism from both sides of the political aisle Wednesday for proposing broad cuts to federal programs.  —  But the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Is the Deficit Commission Serious?
Karl Smith / Ezra Klein:
The soft paternalism of tough choices
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Alaska_Politics / Anchorage Daily News:
Should this ballot count?  —  Floyd Brown, the man responsible for the “Willie Horton” television ad that helped derail the Michael Dukakis presidential campaign in 1998, has signed up for the Joe Miller campaign.  —  Brown is here in Juneau today for the write-in ballot review and he has called …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Maddow Blog
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
Observer Exclusive: Newsweek and Daily Beast to Merge  —  Newsweek and The Daily Beast will announce tomorrow morning that the two publications will merge, a source close to the deal tells The Observer.  —  It will be a 50-50 merger of the two companies.  The editorial staffs will combine under …
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
Why the GOP Should Insist on New Debate Rules for 2012
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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 …
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: CNN, Gawker and GOP 12
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
Glenn Beck's Anti-Semitic Attacks
Discussion: Salon and NewsReal Blog
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 …
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 …
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Robert Kagan / Washington Post:
Why Senate Republicans should pass the New START treaty
Discussion: Eunomia, FrumForum and Wonk Room
Associated Press:
MN's Pawlenty mounts challenge to Obama health law
Discussion: Hot Air
Mitchell Blumenthal / Capital New York:
Inside the Christie bubble: Jersey peers take the denials with a pound of salt
Discussion: Weigel
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
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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
Wall Street Journal:
Wind Jammers at the White House
Discussion: Beltway Confidential and Hit & Run
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Grassley: Health repeal will die in Senate
Discussion: The Politico and 1380 KCIM