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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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Ed Henry / CNN:
Obama says he's not caving on tax cuts  —  Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that his “number one priority” is preserving tax cuts for the middle class, and sharply denied that comments by his senior adviser David Axelrod suggest that his administration …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Obama's Glow Dims on Trip to Asia  —  YOKOHAMA, Japan — President Obama arrived in this bustling port city Friday evening for the second of two back-to back summit meetings.  He hoped to to wrap up his 10-day economic and diplomatic tour of Asia on a high note despite failing to secure …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Liberals plan to push Obama not to compromise with GOP
NPR:
Pelosi: Economy Key In Democrats' Election Losses … The 2010 midterm elections dealt the Democrats a blow, especially in the House of Representatives, where they lost the majority.  Renee Montagne sits down with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to talk about Pelosi's next steps — and those of her party.
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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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pelosi won't budge on Bush tax cuts
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.
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Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Steele's race talk to fall on ‘deaf ears’
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Supreme Court lets 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy remain in place  —  The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Friday to pause enforcement of the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members while that policy faces a legal challenge.  —  The high court sided against the Log Cabin Republicans …
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and FrumForum
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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.
Seam Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski confident as write-in tally grows  —  WRITE-INS: Miller camp steps up challenges, threatens new lawsuit.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  The Division of Elections has reviewed write-in ballots for almost half the precincts in Alaska and is counting nearly 98 percent of them for Lisa Murkowski.
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Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller challenged in wrong court, state says
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog Gay:
Cindy McCain does video opposing DADT, accuses ‘our government’ of sending signal that bullying is okay - her hubbie is the lead defender of DADT  —  John McCain is leading the filibuster against the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” “repeal” legislation in the Senate (it's not an actual repeal, but we'll leave that for another time).
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Cindy v. John McCain on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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 …
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.
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.
Tina Brown / The Daily Beast:
Daily Beast, Newsweek to Wed!  —  Some weddings take longer to plan than others.  The union of The Daily Beast and Newsweek magazine finally took place with a coffee-mug toast between all parties Tuesday evening, in a conference room atop Beast headquarters, the IAC building on Manhattan's West 18th Street.
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: Right Wing Watch
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Bobby Jindal hammers Barack Obama in new book  —  NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal uses a new book to portray President Obama as disconnected from the Gulf oil spill, charging that he was more focused on the political aftermath than the actual impact of the crisis.
David Brooks / New York Times:
National Greatness Agenda  —  Elections come and go, but the United States is still careening toward bankruptcy.  By 2020, the U.S. will be spending $1 trillion a year just to pay the interest on the national debt.  Sometime between now and then the catastrophe will come.  —  It will come with amazing swiftness.
Discussion: Eunomia and The Other McCain
Amanda Ripley / The Atlantic Online:
Your Child Left Behind  —  For years, poor performance by students in America relative to those in other countries has been explained away as a consequence of our nationwide diversity.  But what if you looked more closely, breaking down our results by state and searching not for an average, but for excellence?
Discussion: Mother Jones and Joanne Jacobs
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Unexplored Revenues  —  The flipside of the Simpson-Bowles document's unsound aggregate cap on revenue is that they were very uncreative in their exploration of revenue options.  For example, what about a tax on greenhouse gas emissions?  The mere fact that the conservative movement …
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.).
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Sarah Palin E-mail Hacker Sentenced to 1 Year in Custody  —  David Kernell, the former Tennessee student convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account, was sentenced on Friday to one year in custody.  —  Kernell, 22, was convicted earlier this year of misdemeanor computer intrusion …
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Turns 10  —  Today we're kicking off our celebration of TPM's 10th anniversary.  You can read the first TPM post here.  (If you look closely you'll see it's dated November 13th 2000.  So yes, don't tell anyone, but tomorrow is actually the day.  But we're kicking off the celebration today.
Discussion: The Impolitic and Althouse
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: Politics Daily and The Page
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rush: Clyburn could be ‘driving Miss Nancy’  —  Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday suggested that Rep. Jim Clyburn — the highest-ranking African American in Congress — serve as chauffeur to Nancy Pelosi in the event he fails to win the race for House minority whip.
Discussion: CNN, RushLimbaugh.com and FrumForum
Urban Cowgirl / texasobserver.org:
DNA Tests Undermine Evidence in Texas Execution  —  New results show Claude Jones was put to death on flawed evidence.  —  Claude Jones always claimed that he wasn't the man who walked into an East Texas liquor store in 1989 and shot the owner.  He professed his innocence right up until …
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The 2012 Presidential Line!
New York Times:
G-20 Meeting Puts Off Hard Calls on Trade Imbalances
Discussion: Mother Jones and Cato @ Liberty
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Palin book tour includes stops in Iowa and South Carolina
Discussion: freerepublic.com and FrumForum
Rahm Emanuel / CBS Chicago:
Moseley Braun Sharpens Anti-Rahm Strategy
Discussion: FrumForum
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
A bad news week for AGW proponents
Chris Stirewalt / Fox News:
Bush Cuts Loose With Administration Alumni
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Social Security reforms could be bombshell for House GOP
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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Pilots and passengers rail at new airport patdowns
Wall Street Journal:
Top Earners May Face Big Hit
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Gingrich's plan  —  (CNN) - Newt Gingrich has a 10-year plan …
Discussion: The Politico
Michael Martinez / CNN:
San Francisco mayor to veto city's ban on Happy Meals
 

 
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