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4:25 PM ET, November 15, 2010

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The Politico:
Mitch McConnell reverses; backs earmark ban  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Monday that he now supports a GOP ban on earmarks, a stunning reversal that puts the Kentucky Republican in line with the tea-party wing of his party and conservative senators who have long sought to kill off pet projects.
Discussion: The Page and James Pethokoukis
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U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:
McConnell on Earmarks: The People Have Spoken—I'm Listening  —  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor Monday regarding the united Republican Leadership moratorium on earmarks in the 112th Congress:
Fhardingj / CNN:
In turnaround, McConnell backs ban on earmarks
Discussion: The Politico
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
FIRST ON CNN: Romney to support earmark ban
Discussion: The Politico, Ballot Box and The Hill
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Ethics office not focus of GOP transition, leader says
Discussion: CNN and The Note
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
A weary Rangel mounts defense in ethics trial
Discussion: CNN and USA Today
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
More Cameras in the House?  —  House Republican Leader John Boehner …
Discussion: MyFox Philadelphia
Peter Orszag / New York Times:
Safer Social Security  —  Social Security is not the key fiscal problem facing the nation.  Payments to its beneficiaries amount to 5 percent of the economy now; by 2050, they're projected to rise to about 6 percent.  Over the same period, federal health care costs will increase six times as much.
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Party of No  —  By offering up their joint recommendation last week for balancing the budget, the co-chairmen of Barack Obama's fiscal commission didn't solve our deficit problem once and for all, or clear a path through the political thickets facing would-be budget cutters.
Digby / Hullabaloo:   DC wisdom — …
Manny Gamallo / Tulsa World:
Westboro protesters face jeers and slashed tires  —  Related Story: McAlester soldier mourned  —  McALESTER - Members of a Kansas church that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town Saturday.  —  Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army …
Niall Ferguson / Real Time Economics:
Open Letter to Ben Bernanke  —  The following is the text of an open letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke signed by several economists, along with investors and political strategists, most of them close to Republicans:  —  We believe the Federal Reserve's large-scale asset purchase plan …
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Vicious Infighting at NBC News  —  MSNBC's president vowed to fire Keith Olbermann after he threatened to take his case to other networks.  Howard Kurtz on the civil war that has NBC brass—and his own staff—fuming.  —  Keith Olbermann was having dinner with his manager at an Upper East Side restaurant …
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Virginia Thomas stepping down as head of Liberty Central  —  Virginia Thomas, political activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, has decided to relinquish control of Liberty Central, the conservative group she founded less than a year ago, so that the organization can escape the …
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Junior Democrats in Senate seek to change the way chamber does business  —  Senate Democrats are expected to elect the same party veterans as their leaders when they return to work this week, but a new class of junior lawmakers is exerting its influence by challenging the chamber's sacred traditions …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Burris says Reid apologized over ethics admonishment
Discussion: The Politico and Lynn Sweet
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Please stop asking Newt Gingrich if he'll run for president  —  News consumers woke up this morning to yet another round of headlines touting the possibility that Newt Gingrich will run for president in 2012, and that he and his wife, Callista, will make a decision in February or March of next year.
Discussion: USA Today
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David Brody / The Brody File:
Newt Gingrich on Brody File: Partially Defends Romney on Massachusetts …
Discussion: GOP 12
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The World as He Finds It  —  On Wednesday David Axelrod, President Obama's top political adviser, appeared to signal that the White House was ready to cave on tax cuts — to give in to Republican demands that tax cuts be extended for the wealthy as well as the middle class.
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Breaks TLC Ratings Record  —  Sarah Palin's documentary / travelogue / reality / biopic shattered TLC ratings records Sunday night.  —  The debut of Sarah Palin's Alaska delivered a whopping 5 million viewers.  —  The first episode of the eight-part series was the most-watched program launch in TLC's history.
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Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Sarah Palin's Alaska: Politics Lurk Beneath the Surface in TLC Show
Cubachi:
Sen. Schumer wants a federal investigation and ban of reusable grocery bags  —  How many times have we heard from Al Gore, Hollyweird celebrities, and other environmentalists that the use of reusable bags are not only necessary for the environment, but is also useful for carrying those heavy items …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A lame and spineless duck?  —  The lame-duck session of Congress that kicks off this week will test whether Democrats have spines made of Play-Doh and whether President Obama has decided to pretend that capitulation is conciliation.  —  Congress faces an enormous amount of unfinished business …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Bringing the Pain  —  Washington pundits love to bash politicians because they won't make “painful choices” about the budget.  But what happens when politicians actually do it?  The pundits bash them anyway.  And that's not just unfair to the politicians.  It actually makes solving the country's fiscal problems more difficult.
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Michael Steele / msnbc.com:
Meet the Press Netcast
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Election not a mandate for GOP  —  Washington (CNN) - Americans approve of the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in the midterms, but only one in six say the election results were a mandate for the GOP, according to a new national poll.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Medicare After Obama  —  Playing around with the NYT's deficit calculator I came up with a plan that involves raising the eligibility age for Medicare.  —  I'm a bleeding heart, at heart, and don't like the idea of any kind of cut on social welfare expenditures.
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Foreclosure King Defaults on Rent, $15 Million Loan  —  For people pushed out of their own homes by the law firm of foreclosure king David J. Stern, consider Monday's news a piece of sweet irony.  Stern, the South Florida lawyer who built a business empire in the foreclosure industry …
Discussion: Emptywheel
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Europe stumbles blindly towards its 1931 moment  —  It is the European Central Bank that should be printing money on a mass scale to purchase government debt, not the US Federal Reserve.  —  Unless the ECB takes fast and dramatic action, it risks destroying the currency it is paid to manage …
 
 
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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
In-state tuition for illegal immigrants is preserved with California …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Calitics
Bob Minzesheimer / USA Today:
Obama shares dreams for his kids in book on 13 Americans
Discussion: Washington Wire and Gawker
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Gov-elect Andrew Cuomo taps former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to keep New Yorkers safe
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Gothamist
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Is America bribing Bibi or blackmailing him?
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
DeMint: Steele botched ground game, needs to be replaced
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican: Hoyer is ‘the only one we really talk to’
Discussion: The Politico and Taylor Marsh
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Blames Himself for Tone in Washington
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Daily Kos
Aaron Blake / The Fix:
Kay Bailey Hutchison weighs reelection, could face real primary
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Ensign Privately Lobbied Obama Admin For Nearly $1 Million …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Reaction
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Allen West: Congressional Black Caucus is ‘monolithic’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Times of India:
Talaq uttered by Muslim man on cellphone valid: Deoband
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Lieberman's 2012 Race Calculus Is Big Mystery
Discussion: New York Magazine
 

 
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Daniel Ek says Spotify is working on a deluxe Spotify tier, around a $17-$18 price point, that has “a lot more control, a lot higher quality across the board”

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

Robbie Whelan / Wall Street Journal:
Former Marvel chairman Ike Perlmutter, who backed Nelson Peltz in a failed proxy fight for two Disney board seats, sells his stake of nearly 26M Disney shares

 
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