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6:25 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.
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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:
The Politico:
GOP is urged to avoid social issues  —  A gay conservative group and some Tea Party leaders are campaigning to keep social issues off the Republican agenda.  —  In a letter to be released Monday, the group GOProud and leaders from groups like the Tea Party Patriots and the New American Patriots …
Patrik Jonsson / Christian Science Monitor:
Tea party groups push GOP to quit culture wars, focus on deficit
Discussion: protein wisdom
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
2012 Republicans virtually united behind earmarks ban
Discussion: CNN, NewsMax.com and The Hill
Daniel Foster / National Review:
McConnell Does About-Face on Earmarks: ‘The People Have Spoken’
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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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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Sarah Palin's Alaska: Politics Lurk Beneath the Surface in TLC Show
The Note:
“Sarah Palin's Alaska”: Mama Bears, Glaciers and Nosey Neighbors, Oh My!
Discussion: Politics Daily
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Big Ratings for Sarah Palin Premiere
Discussion: The Wire
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 …
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 …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ethics trial ends, Charlie Rangel awaits fate  —  After his dramatic walkout from a high stake ethics trial, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) now awaits judgment from the ethics panel that has heard the evidence against him and has ended the public portion of the trial.
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David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
House Panel Says Facts in Rangel Case Are Undisputed
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Page
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Silver Lining: Why Dems' Big Loss Could Pave The Way For Obama Nominees
Discussion: Yglesias and The Atlantic Online
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Burris says Reid apologized over ethics admonishment
Discussion: The Politico and Lynn Sweet
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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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 …
Discussion: CNN
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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.
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
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 …
Lexington / Lexington's notebook:
Is America bribing Bibi or blackmailing him?  —  THE way the New York Times reports it, you might think that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are treating Israel's prime minister with more solicitude than he deserves.  If he will only agree to freeze Israeli settlement building in the West Bank …
Bob Minzesheimer / USA Today:
Obama shares dreams for his kids in book on 13 Americans  —  President Obama's picture book for kids, Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters (Knopf, $17.99), pays tribute to 13 Americans whose traits he sees in his own children.  —  The 31-page book, for kids ages 3 and up …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Blames Himself for Tone in Washington  —  Just 20 days after his inauguration, with Republicans trying to block his stimulus bill, President Obama refused to acknowledge that he had underestimated how hard it would be to change the way Washington works.
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Gov-elect Andrew Cuomo taps former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to keep New Yorkers safe  —  How's this for strange bedfellows: Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will co-chair Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo's transition committee on public safety, the Daily News has learned.  —  Sources in the Cuomo transition say Giuliani …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Gothamist
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 …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog, EconLog and Hit & Run
 
 
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CNN:
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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
In-state tuition for illegal immigrants is preserved with California …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Calitics
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Please stop asking Newt Gingrich if he'll run for president
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Times of India:
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