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10:20 PM ET, November 12, 2010

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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Murkowski: DeMint will have to make first move for ‘making up’  —  If Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is interested in apologizing to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), he'll have to make the first move, Murkowski said Friday.  —  The Alaska senator, who appears poised to win reelection as a write …
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The Note:
Conservative Leaders Threaten Critics Of Sen. Jim DeMint  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  Prominent conservative leaders are putting critics of Sen. Jim DeMint on notice: Stop blaming the South Carolina Republican for the GOP's failure to take back the majority in the Senate — or else.
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing Watch
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Write-in count strong for Murkowski
Discussion: Power Line
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama miffed by questions on U.S.  —  President Obama faces a barrage of questions at the end of the G-20 summit.  —  AP Photo  —  SEOUL — In the homestretch of his nine-day, post-election foreign trip, a prickly President Barack Obama faced a barrage of questions about his domestic agenda …
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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Ed Henry / CNN:
Obama says he's not caving on tax cuts
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pelosi won't budge on Bush tax cuts
Washington Post:
One and done: To be a great president, Obama should not seek reelection in 2012  —  President Obama must decide now how he wants to govern in the two years leading up to the 2012 presidential election.  —  In recent days, he has offered differing visions of how he might approach the country's problems.
Ted Koppel / Washington Post:
Olbermann, O'Reilly and the death of real news  —  To witness Keith Olbermann - the most opinionated among MSNBC's left-leaning, Fox-baiting, money-generating hosts - suspended even briefly last week for making financial contributions to Democratic political candidates seemed like a whimsical …
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
51 p.m.: Military gay ban intact  —  UPDATE 1:51 p.m. The Supreme Court, without noting any dissent, agreed on Friday to leave the military's “don't ask/don't tell” policy in full effect while its constitutionality is under review in a lower court.  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy referred the issue to the full Court.
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Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Supreme Court declines to end 'don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: Politics Daily, Wonk Room and Advocate
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Supreme Court lets 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy remain in place
Brian Bolduc / National Review:
Olympia Snowe Is Getting a Challenger — And Soon  —  I have direct knowledge of a conservative in Maine who is preparing to challenge Olympia Snowe.  He has told me he is running but has asked me to keep things vague so as not to step on his announcement, which he plans to make early next year.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hijacked Commission  —  Count me among those who always believed that President Obama made a big mistake when he created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform — a supposedly bipartisan panel charged with coming up with solutions to the nation's long-run fiscal problems.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
At 52%, Palin's Unfavorable Score Hits a New High  —  Americans remain split in their reactions to Tea Party movement  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than half of Americans, 52%, now view Sarah Palin unfavorably, the highest percentage holding a negative opinion of the former Alaska governor …
Gordon Lubold / The Politico:
Robert Gates orders leak probe  —  Defense Secretary Robert Gates is opening an investigation to determine who in the Defense Department leaked information to The Washington Post that showed a majority of the military would not object if the “don't ask, don't tell” policy were lifted.
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Gates Launches Investigation of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Review Leak
Discussion: Daily Kos
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Top Palin aide is on Soros' payroll  —  Glenn Beck spent the past week denouncing the liberal billionaire and philanthropist George Soros as a “puppet master” who is orchestrating a coup “to bring America to her knees.”  —  Given Soros' alleged role plotting to destroy the United States …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Gmail Killer, Project Titan, Is Coming On Monday  —  Back in February we wrote about Facebook's secret Project Titan — a web-based email client that we hear is unofficially referred to internally as its “Gmail killer”.  Now we've heard from sources that this is indeed what's coming …
The Huffington Post:
George Bush Book ‘Decision Points’ Lifted From Advisers' Books  —  When Crown Publishing inked a deal with George W. Bush for his memoirs, the publisher knew it wasn't getting Faulkner.  But the book, at least, promises “gripping, never-before-heard detail” about the former president's key decisions …
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Pelosi: 'We Didn't Lose Because of Me'  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has the “overwhelming support” of fellow Democrats in her bid to become minority leader in the next Congress, and says she's not to blame for the Democrats' mid-term debacle.  —  “We didn't lose the election because of me …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
HHS falls short of pre-existing coverage prediction by ... 97.8%  —  255 million: The number of Americans with existing health insurance coverage.  —  20 million: The number of Americans without any health coverage at all due to economic circumstances.  —  375,000: The number of Americans …
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Wall Street Journal:
The 8,011-Person Crisis  —  ObamaCare's pre-existing condition program is a bust.
Discussion: Fox Nation and Verum Serum
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
In An ‘Unusual’ Meeting, Cantor Tells Netanyahu The GOP Majority ‘Will Serve As A Check’ On Obama's Israel Policy  —  Earlier this week, President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sharply criticized the Israeli government after it announced plans to build more than 1,000 Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
If You Want Liberals to Like a Deal, You Need to Invite Liberals to the Table  —  I'm not surprised that liberals don't like the Simpson-Bowles proposals and I'm not surprised that people who aren't liberal disagree with liberals about that.  But I am surprised that there are people …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Dennis the Peasant
Elissa Harrington / KTXL FOX40:
School Makes Boy Take American Flag Off Bike  —  DENAIR -  —  13-year-old Cody Alicea rides with an American flag on the back of his bike.  He says he does this to be patriotic and to honor veterans, like his own grandfather, Robert.  He's had the flag on his bike for two months but Monday, was told to take it down.
David Weigel / Weigel:
Chris Christie, the Justin Bieber of Political Media  —  This might be an obvious point about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but I haven't seen anyone make it yet.  The man's political operation is extraordinary.  The legend of Christie as blunt-talking master of truth and invective …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IF IT'S SUNDAY.... Mark Halperin called the guest list for Sunday's “Meet the Press” an “all-star lineup.”  That's not quite the description I'd use.  —  We'll first see an interview with Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod.  That makes sense.  —  Then viewers will see an “exclusive!” interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Saul Anuzis / That's Saul Folks!:
Why I'm Running for RNC Chairman  —  FROM: Saul Anuzis, MI-NCM  —  RE: Announcement for RNC Chairman  —  DATE: November 12, 2010  —  Congratulations on your success, nationwide and state-by-state.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Reid asked Bennet to lead DSCC  —  A senior Senate Democratic source told POLITICO this afternoon that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has asked Colorado Freshman Michael Bennet to head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.  —  Bennet, who won an uphill battle for election to his appointed seat …
Discussion: CNN, Politics Daily and The Spot
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Michael Bennet opts against DSCC chairmanship
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Rick Perry to lead Republican Governors Association  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be tapped as the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association when the organization meets next week in San Diego, GOP sources tell POLITICO.  —  Perry recently released a book taking aim …
National Review:
Korea: Too Green for Democrats  —  Obama discovers the downside of environmental regulation.  —  The Bush administration negotiated and signed a free-trade agreement with South Korea in 2007, but enough members of Congress found the deal unacceptable that it was never ratified.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner, Cantor vow vote to ban earmarks next Congress  —  The top two House Republican leaders said on Friday that they will hold a vote to ban all earmarks for the 112th Congress.  —  Presumptive Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and presumptive House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
 
 
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Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
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Moseley Braun Sharpens Anti-Rahm Strategy
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A bad news week for AGW proponents
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Social Security reforms could be bombshell for House GOP
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WTOP.com:
You live in nation's richest counties
Amanda Ripley / The Atlantic Online:
Your Child Left Behind
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David Brooks / New York Times:
National Greatness Agenda
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Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
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