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5:05 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
Fhardingj / CNN:
In turnaround, McConnell backs ban on earmarks
Discussion: The Politico, The Hill and Hot Air
Aaron Gardner / RedState:
A Note to GOProud and Other Libertarian Tea Partiers
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David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
House Panel Says Facts in Rangel Case Are Undisputed
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
A weary Rangel mounts defense in ethics trial
Discussion: CNN and USA Today
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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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Shannon Behnken / TBO.com:   Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for federal investigation of reusable grocery bags
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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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
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
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
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Matt Barreto / Latino Decisions:
Proving the exit polls wrong - Harry Reid did win over 90% of the Latino vote
Discussion: America's Voice Blog
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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 …
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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In-state tuition for illegal immigrants is preserved with California …
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Please stop asking Newt Gingrich if he'll run for president
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Why We Need More Money  —  I saw this on the FT earlier today:
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
More Cameras in the House?  —  House Republican Leader John Boehner …
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
DeMint: Steele botched ground game, needs to be replaced
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Blames Himself for Tone in Washington
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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
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