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10:50 PM ET, November 13, 2010

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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi offers Clyburn ‘assistant leader’ title in leadership peace bid  —  Trying to resolve a dispute among her top lieutenants, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Saturday that she will offer Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) the newly created position of “assistant leader,” calling the No. 3 leadership position.
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Page
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Online NewsHour:
Shields and Brooks on Tax Cuts, Debt, Lame-Duck Congress, Bush Book  —  JIM LEHRER: And to the analysis of Shields and Brooks, syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks.  —  First, Mark, on the don't ask, don't tell issue, do you think the lame-duck Congress will take that up?
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Nancy Pelosi creates new leadership post for Clyburn in bid …
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
Los Angeles Times:
Myanmar frees opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi  —  The Nobel laureate greets a jubilant crowd outside her home after being held in detention for 15 years by the country's military rulers.  She promises to speak at greater length Sunday.  The conditions of her release are not immediately clear.
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and AmSpecBlog
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BBC:
Burma releases pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Cubachi:
Aung San Suu Kyi ‘completely free’ after 15 years of arrest
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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.
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski on track to win on write-ins  —  CHALLENGES: Miller camp raises questions of election integrity.  —  scockerham@adn.com  —  JUNEAU — The Division of Elections has finished reviewing the write-in ballots for nearly three-quarters of the precincts, and the results show Lisa Murkowski …
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William Yardley / The Caucus:
Lawyers Depart Alaska as Miller's Chances Dim
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Hot Air and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Redistricting Hype Blurs Reality  —  Gerrymandering isn't all it is cracked up to be.  —  Republicans' broad gains at the state level in last week's election should give them a major advantage over Democrats when it comes to deciding how to divvy up congressional districts.
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.
Sean Rayment / Telegraph:
Britain's top soldier says al-Qaeda cannot be beaten  —  The new head of Britain's armed forces, Gen Sir David Richards, has warned that the West cannot defeat al-Qaeda and militant Islam.  —  He said defeating Islamist militancy was “unnecessary and would never be achieved”.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Raw Story
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.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Nicer Emanuel woos Chicago voters  —  CHICAGO — In a city known for its cutthroat politics, Rahm Emanuel's first public approach to winning the votes and, perhaps more importantly, the hearts of Chicago voters is as simple as it is disarming: be nice.  —  It's not a usual pose for a man …
Discussion: CNN
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Clout St:
Emanuel kicks off Chicago mayoral campaign
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News and The Hill
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Obama assures Medvedev START will get ‘done’ in lame-duck  —  President Obama assured Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday that the lame-duck session will be used to ratify the START nuclear-arms treaty.  —  According to the White House pool report, Obama gave his commitment …
Discussion: The Politico
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Backers of Legal Marijuana Find Silver Lining in Defeat of California Measure  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Proposition 19, which would have legalized marijuana in California, received more votes than the Republican nominee for governor, Meg Whitman.  —  It also received untold news coverage …
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
A Journey From Lawmaker to Lobbyist and Back  —  WASHINGTON — When Cooper Industries, a century-old manufacturing company based in Texas, moved its headquarters to Bermuda to slash its American income tax bill, it had to turn to a Washington insider with extraordinary contacts to soothe a seething Congress.
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 …
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Rachel Zoll / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Catholic bishops say more exorcists are needed
 
 
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Steve Miletich / Seattle Times:
Wiggins finally prevails in state Supreme Court race, unseating Sanders
Discussion: Associated Press
Felicity Lawrence / Guardian:
McDonald's to help set health policy
Discussion: Raw Story and Suburban Guerrilla
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Looking to 2012, Republicans Vie for Big Donors
Dunstan McNichol / Bloomberg:
New Jersey Auditor Questions $27 Light Bulbs Billed Under Stimulus Program
Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Weekly Address: Exports & Earmarks
Discussion: Politics Daily and CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Wehner / Commentary:
The Entitlement Crisis  —  On Meet the Press, Sen. Jim DeMint …
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Missing from 2012 presidential field: Military service
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Phil Gast / CNN:
Growing backlash against TSA body scanners, pat-downs
Kenneth R. Bazinet / NY Daily News:
Expert: past 10 days have been worst of President Obama's ‘political life’
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Obama's iPad: iReggie
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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