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5:50 AM ET, November 15, 2010

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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Uncertainty Meme  —  Why does the economy continue to suck?  The LA Times is hosting a symposium on the topic today, and USC business professor Ayse Imrohoroglu says the answer is uncertainty: … OK, let's take these one by one:  — Interest rates will remain very low for a very long time.
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Uncertainty and Aggregate Demand  —  I agree with much of what Kevin Drum has to say about the notion that the economy is being held back by a mysterious increase in “uncertainty.”  —  But a deeper lancing of this particular boil starts with the observation that it's totally unclear what's supposed …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Tea Party irks new members with tactic to promote its event  —  A Tea Party tactic to pressure new lawmakers not to attend a privately sponsored orientation event in D.C. this weekend was unwarranted, according to frustrated incoming GOP House members.  —  Competing freshmen lawmaker orientation events …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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The Politico:
Avoid social issues, GOP urged  —  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 …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and FrumForum
Sara Jerome / The Hill:
DeMint: Tea Party is ‘support group’ for trying to kick earmarks
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Ben Smith's Blog and CNN
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
Paul Krugman Recommends ‘Death Panels’ to Help Balance Budget  —  Although he was likely taking a swipe at former governor Sarah Palin with the reference, Paul Krugman on Sunday recommended “death panels” as a means of helping to balance the federal budget.  —  In a Roundtable discussion on ABC's …
Discussion: Cubachi and Doug Ross
Political Punch:
Obama to Redouble Effort on Core Principles  —  From Tahman Bradley:  —  En route back to Washington after a 10-day trip overseas, President Obama was introspective about his first two years in office.  The president told reporters aboard Air Force One that he had an “obsessive focus” …
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
BUSH: ‘CLINTON AND I ARE BUDDIES’  —  Despite their political differences, the Bush family has really taken to Bill Clinton.  (Clinton has worked with both the 41st and 43rd presidents on humanitarian efforts.)  —  And CNN's Candy Crowley, during her Sunday interview with George W. Bush and his brother …
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco  —  We here at TLC realize that our fabulous new hit series Sarah Palin's Alaska may not appeal to all our viewers.  We understand that a substantial segment of the population has no interest in watching Sarah Palin or taking a tour of Alaska.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
‘Soul-searching’ Obama aides: Democrats' midterm election losses a wake-up call  —  After nearly two weeks of introspection, President Obama's top advisers have concluded that the “shellacking” Democrats took on Election Day was caused in large part by their own failure to live …
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Grace Rauh / NY1.com:
NY1 Exclusive: Rangel Feels “Confident” About Upcoming House Ethics Trial … In a rare House ethics trail set to start Monday morning, Congressman Charles Rangel will be defending himself against 13 alleged ethics violations, and he is going to do it on his own.
Discussion: Fox News and Politics Daily
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
McCain Moves The Goal Posts Again On DADT, Now Claiming The Pentagon Study Isn't Good Enough  —  This week, Cindy McCain caused a stir when she seemingly broke with her husband, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy when she appeared in an ad calling for repealing the ban on gays serving openly.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:   TRENDING: McCain vs. McCain
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
TSA Opt-Out Day, Now with a Superfantastic New Twist!  —  November 24th, as many of you already know, is National Opt-Out Day, when airline passengers should refuse to submit themselves to those privacy-invading, genital-picture-taking, radiation-delivering back-scatter imaging machines now installed at many American airports.
New York Times:
G.M. Retirees Weigh Buying Its Stock Again  —  DETROIT — John Christie, who worked for 36 years building Chevrolet and Cadillac cars, once thought owning General Motors stock was a safe bet.  —  Mr. Christie of suburban Detroit now says he cannot afford to make the same mistake twice.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner tells freshmen to stay humble, fight big government  —  House Republican Leader John Boehner told members of the incoming GOP class Sunday that the No. 1 goal for House Republicans over the next two years is to end the federal government's “spending binge” and “job-killing policies.”
Discussion: The Politico
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Heath Shuler Says He'll Challenge Nancy Pelosi for Democratic Leader Post … North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler said Sunday he would challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the leadership of the Democratic minority in the next Congress although he acknowledged that he does not have the votes to win.
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Shuler on Pelosi: If 'she doesn't step aside, I will challenge her'
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and HotAirPundit
 
 
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James Barron / City Room:
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Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
For energy chief, race is on to find fuel alternatives
Discussion: EconLog and The Hill
Tim Graham / NewsBusters.org:
Daily Kos: The American Dream Is a Virus Like AIDS, and Rick Perry is Satan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama can't get G-20 nations to follow his lead
Discussion: Hot Air and TigerHawk
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