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1:20 PM ET, November 13, 2010

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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
An Open Letter to Republican Freshmen Members of Congress  —  Welcome to all Republican Freshmen and congratulations!  —  Congratulations to all of you for your contribution to this historic election, and for the contributions I am certain you will make to our country in the next two years.
Associated Press:
House Dems Avert Leadership Battle  —  WASHINGTON — House Democrats averted a messy leadership struggle Friday night, clearing the way for Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remain in a top position and preventing a battle between other representatives as the party becomes the minority.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Pelosi backs Clyburn for new No. 3 post
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and FrumForum
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHEN THE 'WATER'S EDGE' STANDARD DISAPPEARS.... If our political system made more sense, this would be an astounding scandal that would dominate the discourse. … This just isn't normal.  Laura Rozen called the meeting itself “unusual, if not unheard of.”  But it's what Cantor said that's astounding.
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.
William Yardley / The Caucus:
Lawyers Depart Alaska as Miller's Chances Dim  —  JUNEAU, Alaska - The lawyers have started leaving.  —  That is perhaps the surest sign that Joe Miller's chances of becoming the next senator from Alaska are evaporating.  With each passing day that election workers here in the state capital …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Obama's iPad: iReggie  —  Washington (CNN) - Apparently President Obama doesn't need an iPad; he's got an aide for that: iReggie.  —  At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' retreat in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday, a print pool reporter was within earshot of a brief exchange between …
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
American Narcissus  —  The vanity of Barack Obama  —  Why has Barack Obama failed so spectacularly?  Is he too dogmatically liberal or too pragmatic?  Is he a socialist, or an anticolonialist, or a philosopher-president?  Or is it possible that Obama's failures stem from something simpler: vanity.
Discussion: Power Line and Pundit & Pundette
Phil Gast / CNN:
Growing backlash against TSA body scanners, pat-downs  —  (CNN) — A growing pilot and passenger revolt over full-body scans and what many consider intrusive pat-downs couldn't have come at a worse time for the nation's air travel system.  —  Thanksgiving, the busiest travel time of the year, is less than two weeks away.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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New York Times:
Burmese Dissident Is Freed After Long Detention  —  YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was freed from house arrest on Saturday, setting her on the path to a possible new confrontation with the generals who had kept her out of the public eye for 15 of the past 21 years.
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Expert: past 10 days have been worst of President Obama's ‘political life’  —  WASHINGTON - President Obama is coming home from his overseas trip pretty much empty-handed.  —  After watching his party take a beating in the midterm elections, Obama wasn't able to secure even a symbolic victory …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama miffed by questions on U.S.
Discussion: Beltway Confidential
The Salinas Californian:
(2 of 2)  —  President Barack Obama supports the DREAM Act, which would allow illegal immigrants brought to this country as children by their parents to become legal residents - and eventually U.S. citizens - if they attend college or serve in the U.S. military for at least two years.
Meredith Jessup / The Blaze:
HONEST CRITIQUE: JON STEWART CLASHES WITH RACHEL MADDOW  —  In a primetime interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Thursday evening, comedian (and stomach flu patient) Jon Stewart gave a candid assessment of the 24-hour cable news “arms race” and how they've missed the point of his “Rally to Restore Sanity.”
Discussion: Hot Air and Liberty Pundits Blog
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
GOP wants Obama veto of earmarks  —  The top two House Republican leaders are calling on President Barack Obama to veto any spending bill containing earmarks, raising the stakes in a battle to claim purity on project-specific spending by Congress.  —  The joint statement …
Discussion: Raw Story and FrumForum
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner, Cantor vow vote to ban earmarks next Congress
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
For Catholics, Interest in Exorcism Is Revived  —  The rite of exorcism, rendered gory by Hollywood and ridiculed by many modern believers, has largely fallen out of favor in the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.  —  There are only a handful of priests in the country trained as exorcists …
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Exports & Earmarks  —  The President explains his push for exporting American goods in Asia, and urges Congress to address earmarks as a signal of fiscal reform.  —  Click here to see the video.
Discussion: Politics Daily and CNN
Peggy Noonan:
Obama's Gifts to the GOP  —  Republicans own the political center for now.  Not because they deserve it.  —  Democrats are down, and sniping at each other.  That's the way it goes when parties lose.  What's interesting is the mood this week among Republicans on the ground.  It's not triumphal.
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.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
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The Note:
Gates Launches Investigation of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Review Leak
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Entitlement Crisis  —  On Meet the Press, Sen. Jim DeMint …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Missing from 2012 presidential field: Military service
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Iron Mill News Service:
Don't Let Them Steal OUR New Members of Congress: DC Insiders …
Sajid Farooq / NBC Bay Area:
Next on San Francisco's Hit List: Circumcision
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP's transition leader says common sense ‘an endangered species’ in D.C.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Fiscal commission report doesn't go far enough
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John Carney / CNBC:
Get Ready for the Great MERS Whitewash Bill
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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Cindy McCain Breaks with Her Husband in Gay Rights Video
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Rick Perry to lead Republican Governors Association
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