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9:15 AM ET, November 13, 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
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing Watch
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Write-in count strong for Murkowski
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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.
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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The Note:
Gates Launches Investigation of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Review Leak
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Palin's unfavorables reach all time high
Discussion: Politics Daily
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.
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Supreme Court declines to end 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Rejecting a request by a Republican gay rights group, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Friday to stop enforcement of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy while a lower court hears a challenge to the ban.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Supreme Court lets 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy remain in place
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 …
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Pelosi backs Clyburn for new No. 3 post  —  Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she intends to back Democratic Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (S.C.) for a new third-ranking leadership post next week.  —  In a statement released late Friday night, Pelosi signaled an end …
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and FrumForum
John Carney / CNBC:
Get Ready for the Great MERS Whitewash Bill  —  When Congress comes back into session next week, it may consider measures intended to bolster the legal status of a controversial bank owned electronic mortgage registration system that contains three out of every five mortgages in the country.
Discussion: Emptywheel
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Cindy McCain Breaks with Her Husband in Gay Rights Video  —  Speaking in a video for an ad campaign aimed at ending the bullying toward gay teenagers, Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain of Arizona, sounds like she's talking about her husband when she faces the camera and says …
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof and Hot Air
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 …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP's transition leader says common sense ‘an endangered species’ in D.C.  —  Republicans are working to make sure the House of Representatives functions better than ever, the leader of the GOP's effort to transition into power said Saturday.  —  Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) …
Discussion: Pirate's Cove
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
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
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Fiscal commission report doesn't go far enough  —  The draft report issued by President Obama's fiscal commission does not do enough to bring down the nation's debt and deficits, Sen.-elect Rand Paul said Friday.  —  Paul (R-Ky.) wants the changes proposed by the bipartisan commission …
Discussion: Hot Air and FrumForum
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.
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 …
 
 
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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