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5:20 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
George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Sen. Conrad: Extend All Tax Cuts; Time to Get ‘Serious’ About Deficit
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.
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
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Miller's Chances of Victory Dim as Alaska Senate Write-In Count Begins
Discussion: Weigel, The Caucus, The Note and Firedoglake
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Murkowski Winning Nearly All Write-Ins
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 …
Stephen Gandel / The Curious Capitalist:
Will Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Cause Hyperinflation?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Time says Tea Party will cause hyperinflation
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.
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.
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.
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: 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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
David Brody / The Brody File:
Brody File Video: Mitt Romney Healthcare Plan Rebuked by Tea Party Express Chairwoman  —  On this week's edition of The Brody File Show, Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer says a Mitt Romney presidential bid will run into major trouble with the Tea Party because of the healthcare plan …
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:   Tea Party Leader to Romney: Massachusetts Health Law ‘Absolutely’ Unacceptable
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 …
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
NPR says it's ‘imperative’ that its federal funding not be cut
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Steele Coalition In Danger Of Collapse
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Bank of America Allegedly Foreclosing Fraudulently in Kentucky
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Investors Show Obama No Respect in Poll as Profits Surge
Wall Street Journal:
Wind Jammers at the White House
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Tory councillor arrested over tweet
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Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Phil Bredesen wants President Obama ‘mea culpa’
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Grassley: Health repeal will die in Senate
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Polling Conservative Bloggers On The 2010 Election And The Aftermath
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Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Co-Chairmen of Obama's Fiscal Commission Unveil Real Tax Increases …