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8:40 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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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski passes Miller in vote count  —  The Division of Elections has counted 1,000 more votes for Lisa Murkowski than Joe Miller, and the absentees Miller was banking on didn't go his way.  —  The current count stands at 92,164 votes for Murkowski and 90,448 for Miller.
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: The Big Picture and Gizmodo
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 …
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 …
Alex Weprin / mediabistro.com:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Premiere Draws 5 Million, Breaks TLC Ratings Record  —  The ratings are in, and it looks like “Sarah Palin's Alaska” is a hit.  TLC says nearly 5 million total viewers tuned in to the premiere of the series.  —  In case you haven't seen our previous coverage …
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James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Breaks TLC Ratings Record
Matt Bai / New York Times:   A Political Persona as Big as the Crowd Will Allow
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 …
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 …
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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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
McConnell reverses position on earmarks
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Eduwonk
Ezra Klein:
Jim DeMint 1, Mitch McConnell 0
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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Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Powell: Advocates Should Not Pressure Congress To Repeal DADT Before It Is Ready, Study Completed  —  This evening, during an interview on CNN's Larry King Live, Gen. Colin Powell reiterated his belief that repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell must “take into account the views of our military leaders …
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Lieberman, Collins seek earlier release of Pentagon 'don't ask, don't tell' report
Discussion: Wonk Room
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Justice Thomas's Wife May Be Exiting Advocacy Group  —  WASHINGTON — Liberty Central, the conservative organization founded last year by Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, appears to be confronting major changes, including the possibility that Ms. Thomas will step aside.
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Virginia Thomas stepping down as head of Liberty Central
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
GOP frosh: Where's my health care?  —  A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan from the government takes a month to kick in.
Discussion: TPMDC, Gawker and Balloon Juice
BBC:
Government to compensate ex-Guantanamo Bay detainees  —  UK resident Binyam Mohamed had sought compensation following his release  —  Around a dozen men who accused British security forces of colluding in their torture overseas are to get millions in compensation from the UK government.
Discussion: msnbc.com, Firedoglake and Emptywheel
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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Jon Friedman / MarketWatch:
What might Comcast make of Olbermann?
Guardian:
Ireland told: Take EU bailout  —  Dublin warned it has 24 hours to make decision as EU emergency talks loom amid fears Irish banks' contagion may spread to other eurozone countries  —  More at the Guardian's new Ireland business blog  —  Comment: Crisis puts Germany in the driving seat
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New York Times:   Europe Fears That Debt Crisis Is Ready to Spread
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
Glenn Hubbard / New York Times:
Left, Right and Wrong on Taxes  —  GIVEN the furor from both the left and the right, one would be tempted to think that the initial proposal from the co-chairmen of President Obama's fiscal commission, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, must offer an excellent starting point for a discussion of deficit reduction.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
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 …
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
 
 
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
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Congressional Black Caucus Witholds Support For Pelosi
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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In praise of Renee Ellmers
The Note:
Kalpen Modi Returns To White House Job After Leaving To Film ‘Harold & Kumar’ Sequel
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Silver Lining: Why Dems' Big Loss Could Pave The Way For Obama Nominees
Discussion: Yglesias
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The best campaign of the 2010 election
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse