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12:25 AM ET, November 16, 2010

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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Lisa Murkowski: Sarah Palin Lacks “Intellectual Curiosity” to be President  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowki told CBS News' Katie Couric today that she would not support Sarah Palin for president because Palin lacks the “leadership qualities” and “intellectual curiosity” to craft great policy.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Murkowski receives warm welcome from fellow senators as lame-duck begins  —  Sen. Lisa Murkowski received a warm welcome from fellow Senators on the Senate floor Monday and congratulations from National Republican Senate Campaign Chairman John Cornyn.  —  Ballots are still being counted …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The rest of the 2012 polls...  PPP's final six state level 2012 GOP primary surveys, conducted right before this month's election, find Mitt Romney strong in another key early state, Sarah Palin weak at home, and Newt Gingrich's only first place finish out of the 18 states we polled.
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski: Sarah Palin lacks ‘intellectual curiosity’  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she would not support Sarah Palin if she decides to seek the presidency because the former governor lacks the “intellectual curiosity” for the job.  —  “I just do not think she has those leadership qualities …
Lauren / OUPblog:
OUP USA 2010 Word of the Year: Refudiate … Refudiate  —  has been named the New Oxford American Dictionary's 2010 Word of the Year!  —  refudiate verb used loosely to mean “reject”: she called on them to refudiate the proposal to build a mosque.  —  [origin — blend of refute and repudiate]
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The Note:
Congratulations, Sarah Palin: “Refudiate” Named Word of the Year  —  ABC News' Mary Bruce reports:  —  Sarah Palin has officially changed the modern lexicon, one tweet at a time.  While one might expect the New Oxford American Dictionary to refudiate the former Alaska governor's favorite verb …
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.
The Note:
“Sarah Palin's Alaska”: Mama Bears, Glaciers and Nosey Neighbors, Oh My!
Discussion: The Awl and Politics Daily
Manu Raju / The Politico:
McConnell bows to right on earmarks  —  As he worked the phones over the past week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell concluded he was in a no-win situation over earmarks.  —  The Kentucky Republican could dig in and fight a proposed ban on earmarks, opening him up to attacks …
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Ezra Klein:
Jim DeMint 1, Mitch McConnell 0
Daniel Foster / National Review:
McConnell Does About-Face on Earmarks: ‘The People Have Spoken’
Discussion: Daily Kos, Vox Popoli and msnbc.com
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Finally Snares Beatles  —  Steve Jobs is nearing the end of his long and winding pursuit of the Beatles catalog.  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to disclose that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation …
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New York Times:
Working It Out, iTunes to Sell Beatles Titles
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 …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:   Justice Thomas's Wife May Be Exiting Advocacy Group
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Wow!  HUNDREDS OF RIDERS WITH US FLAGS Escort Cody Alicea to School Today (Video)  —  Hundreds of American Legion Riders and fellow patriots escorted Cody Alicea to Denair Middle School this morning.  They all had American Flags on their bikes.  —  A veteran brings Cody to tears when he gives …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
2 Dems claim Huffington stole website idea  —  Two Democratic consultants are accusing Arianna Huffington and her business partner of stealing their idea for the powerhouse liberal website Huffington Post.  —  Peter Daou and James Boyce charge that Huffington and partner Ken Lerer designed …
Discussion: Althouse
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Inquiry Finds Evidence Beyond Dispute  —  The House ethics committee ruled on Monday that there was evidence to support 13 counts of misconduct by Representative Charles B. Rangel, and began considering whether to formally convict and recommend punishment against him.
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Tom Scocca / Slate:
Two Full-Time Obama Opponents Say Obama Should Pledge Not to Run Again  —  What would really help President Barack Obama through the current tough political spell?  If he just gave up his foolish desire to be president and announced he would not seek reelection.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican: Hoyer is ‘the only one we really talk to’  —  Outgoing House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is the GOP's primary source of contact within the Democratic leadership, a top Republican said Monday.  —  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee …
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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Obama, Dems to meet on DREAM Act
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Art Carden / The Economic Imagination:
Full Frontal Nudity Doesn't Make Us Safer: Abolish the TSA  —  The Republicans control the House of Representatives and are bracing for a long battle over the President's health care proposal.  In the spirit of bipartisanship and sanity, I propose that the first thing on the chopping block …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Vicious Infighting at NBC News  —  Steve Capus, the NBC News president, strongly echoed this theme.  Some of Olbermann's behavior was bad for the company.  —  Griffin, who had been friends with Olbermann since they first worked together at CNN three decades ago, pleaded for understanding.
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Vicious Infighting at NBC News
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Amidst National Islamophobic Upheaval, Arizonans Protest Mosque That's Actually A Church  —  In an era saturated with absurd moments of anti-Muslim fear-mongering, mosques have become a touchstone for Islamophobia.  Even unbuilt mosques have set off a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in Tennessee …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
The Note:
Kalpen Modi Returns To White House Job After Leaving To Film ‘Harold & Kumar’ Sequel  —  ABC's Michael Falcone reports:  —  After a brief hiatus to film a sequel to the popular “Harold & Kumar” movie, the actor, Kalpen Modi (also known as Kal Penn), is returning to a job in the White House
Discussion: Washington Post
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dejected House Dems wipe away tears as GOP celebrates victory  —  Dejected Democrats wiped away tears on the House floor Monday night while Republicans congratulated themselves on winning back control of the lower chamber.  —  House members returned to the nation's capital …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
John Yoo / National Review:
The Smart, the Dumb, and the Election  —  AEI's political analysts have posted an eye-opening analysis of the midterm election results, and this fact caught my eye.  —  Postgraduates, by which I believe the AEI analysts mean those with something more than a bachelor's degree, were 20 percent of the electorate.
Discussion: Sadly, No! and The New Republic
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Rules Gun Use in Drug Crimes Means Added 5 Years  —  WASHINGTON — People convicted of possessing a gun while selling drugs are subject to five-year mandatory minimum sentences on top of most of other sentences, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.  —  The ruling was the first signed decision of the term, and it was unanimous.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The best campaign of the 2010 election  —  The Fix spends an inordinate amount of time thinking and talking about campaign politics.  —  Given that, we like to think of ourselves as connoisseurs of the political game — we know what's good, what's bad and what's just plain odd.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
Ezra Klein:
Four budget calculators, one story  —  The New York Times' deficit-reduction calculator is worth playing around with, though the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget's calculator is more comprehensive, and the calculator from the Center for Economic and Policy Research works harder …
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Lieberman, Collins seek earlier release of Pentagon 'don't ask, don't tell' report
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Scott / Power Line:
In praise of Renee Ellmers
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A Political Persona as Big as the Crowd Will Allow
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Silver Lining: Why Dems' Big Loss Could Pave The Way For Obama Nominees
Discussion: Yglesias
Z. Byron Wolf / ABCNEWS:
Tea Party Newbees: ‘No Compromise’
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Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Gov-elect Andrew Cuomo taps former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to keep New Yorkers safe
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gothamist
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Is America bribing Bibi or blackmailing him?
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Europe stumbles blindly towards its 1931 moment
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
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