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3:15 PM ET, November 15, 2010

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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Charlie Rangel walks out of ethics trial  —  Complaining bitterly that he was denied the right to have an attorney present, an emotional Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) walked out of his highly publicized public ethics trial Monday morning, an unexpected twist in the ethics inquiry has tarnished Rangel's four-decade congressional career.
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City Room:
Live-Blogging the Rangel Hearing: Rangel Walks Out
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
A weary Rangel mounts defense in ethics trial
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 …
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HotAirPundit:
Westboro Baptist Protesters Get Tires Slashed Following Protest Saturday
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 — …
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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Liz Capo McCormick / Bloomberg:
Options Showing Quantitative Easing Working Before It Begins
Discussion: Felix Salmon
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 …
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.
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Ensign Privately Lobbied Obama Admin For Nearly $1 Million …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Reaction
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
GREEDY GEEZERS?  —  As shellackings go, the 2010 election was as comprehensive as it gets.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Coburn: Earmark-Supporting Republicans Should Worry About Primary Challengers  —  Earmark debate pits Coburn against Inhofe.  —  The proposed earmark moratorium that the Republican Senate caucus will vote on tomorrow has pitted Oklahoma's two conservative senators against one another.
Discussion: The Hill and Ben Smith's Blog
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Mike Lee: GOP should hold open earmark vote
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Spending Tests
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
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.
David Carr / New York Times:
Newsweek Weds Daily Beast?  Good Luck With That  —  Putting together The Daily Beast and Newsweek makes little financial sense, includes not much in the way of editorial synergies — is it The News Beast or The Daily Week? — and marries two properties that have almost nothing in common …
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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 …
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 …
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Eliza Newlin Carney / NationalJournal.com:
House Ethics Tightrope
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.
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 …
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 …
Becky Bohrer / Associated Press:
Murkowski maintains election write-in lead  —  COUNTING: About 89 percent of ballots for senator unchallenged.  —  JUNEAU — Sen. Lisa Murkowski retained 89 percent of the undisputed write-in votes in Alaska's still-undecided Senate race, as the fifth day of the ballot hand count ended.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
MCCAIN MOVES THE GOAL POSTS.... A couple of months ago, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) led the charge to kill “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” repeal, he specifically relied on a Pentagon survey on the issue.  How, McCain said, could Congress possibly act before lawmakers know the results?
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 …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Hatch calls Romney ‘his preference’ in 2012  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said over the weekend that he expects former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will run for president in 2012 and that he “would be my preference” for the GOP nomination.  —  It's one of the first statements of 2012 support from a congressional Republican.
Discussion: The Park Record
 
 
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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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Bringing the Pain  —  Washington pundits love to bash politicians …
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Is America bribing Bibi or blackmailing him?
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Cantor: Votes honoring sports teams could go by the wayside
Discussion: aolnews.com
Jan Moller / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Gov. Bobby Jindal denies his new book is stepping stone to national office
Discussion: Ballot Box
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Why We Need More Money  —  I saw this on the FT earlier today:
Discussion: Financial Times and Free exchange
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
More Cameras in the House?  —  House Republican Leader John Boehner …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
DeMint: Steele botched ground game, needs to be replaced
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Top Republican: Hoyer is ‘the only one we really talk to’
Discussion: 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
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