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5:25 PM ET, November 12, 2010

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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 …
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Pelosi won't budge on Bush tax cuts
Frank James / NPR:
Nancy Pelosi: 'We Don't Let Republicans Choose Our Leaders'
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Write-in count strong for Murkowski
Discussion: Power Line
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Miller challenged in wrong court, state says
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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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
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’
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and GOP 12
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 …
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, The Spot and The Page
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:   Michael Bennet opts against DSCC chairmanship
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.
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.).
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 and Mediaite
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The 2012 Presidential Line!  —  The wait is over!  —  After two years of behind-the-scenes jockeying, the 2012 Republican presidential race has broken out into the open with several candidates openly acknowledging their interest in the job of late.  (As Politico's Jonathan Martin and Ben Smith point out …
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 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Emptywheel:
“The President Ultimately Made the Call”  —  GQ has another of those articles describing Eric Holder's failed efforts to restore DOJ's independence and sustain rule of law as Attorney General.  There are a few new details in there — such as details of what torture was described in the CIA IG Report …
Discussion: Mother Jones and GQ
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
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 …
 
 
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The Atlantic Online:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Shuler may officially launch bid against Pelosi on Sunday talk show, ‘Morning Joe’
Liz Hull / Daily Mail:
Gingerbread ‘person’, the PC pudding: Now even biscuits can't escape …
Discussion: Moonbattery and Weasel Zippers
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama miffed by questions on U.S.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
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
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Social Security reforms could be bombshell for House GOP
Discussion: Oliver Willis
WTOP.com:
You live in nation's richest counties
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Turns 10  —  Today we're kicking off our celebration of TPM's 10th anniversary.
Discussion: Althouse and The Impolitic
Wall Street Journal:
Top Earners May Face Big Hit
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Gingrich's plan  —  (CNN) - Newt Gingrich has a 10-year plan …
Discussion: The Politico