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10:20 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 is no leader  —  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 …
Alex Weprin / mediabistro.com:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Premiere Draws 5 Million, Breaks TLC Ratings Record
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Murkowski receives warm welcome from fellow senators as lame-duck begins
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, TechCrunch and Gizmodo
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.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
2 Dems claim Arianna 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 …
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
CNN:
Congressional Black Caucus Witholds Support For Pelosi  —  Washington (CNN) - The Congressional Black Caucus has decided to withhold its approval for the House Democratic leadership team, denying Speaker Nancy Pelosi full support of the 42-member organization as she campaigns to remain leader.
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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 …
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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Mark Penn / The Politico:
The big disconnect: D.C. elites think Obama will be re-elected, the public doubts it  —  The midterms not only dealt a big shock to the Democrats, but also sent a message to President Obama.  According to the new POLITICO “Power and the People” poll, only 26 percent of the public believes he will now be re-elected as President in 2012.
Discussion: Don Surber
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Full-Body Backlash  —  As full-body scanners come into more widespread use in American airports (they will be phased in soon at the three major airports in the New York City metro region), they are also coming under more frequent criticism.  —  The objections are coming from many different quarters:
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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Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
McConnell reverses position on earmarks  —  In an abrupt reversal, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday endorsed a moratorium on earmarks that GOP conservatives are seeking to send a signal that the Republican Party is serious about curbing federal spending.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Eduwonk
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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
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, Emptywheel and Firedoglake
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich: Obama should take off most of the rest of the year  —  President Obama should take off most of the rest of the year to concentrate on the lessons of the 2010 election, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Tuesday.  —  Gingrich urged the president to take some time away …
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Don't Tread On Meat: Tea Partying Singer Pat Boone Launches Mail-Order Steak Business  —  If you like steak but wish it were more conservative, then Tea Partier and 50s crooner Pat Boone has a new line of mail order meats that you should probably take a look at.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Plunderbund
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
Discussion: The Other McCain
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 …
Des Moines Register:
Vander Plaats to lead Iowa group with 2012 endorsement plans  —  Former Republican candidate for governor Bob Vander Plaats will lead a reorganized conservative policy and political advocacy group aimed in part at becoming an influential player in the campaign for Iowa's 2012 Republican presidential caucuses.
Discussion: GOP 12
 
 
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