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9:35 AM ET, November 17, 2010

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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Behind delayed summit: Republican distrust of President Obama  —  The roots of the partisan standoff that led to the postponement of the bipartisan White House summit scheduled for Thursday date back to January, when President Barack Obama crashed a GOP meeting in Baltimore to deliver a humiliating rebuke of House Republicans.
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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Obama wants DREAM Act in lame duck  —  President Barack Obama told Democratic members of Congress Tuesday he wants the DREAM Act passed in the lame duck session as a “down payment” on substantial immigration reform, according to members at the meeting.  —  And, he said, he'd call resistant senators to get them on board.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
G.O.P. Opposition Dims Hope for Arms Treaty With Russia  —  President Obama's hopes of ratifying a new arms control treaty with Russia by the end of the year appeared to come undone on Tuesday as the chief Senate Republican negotiator moved to block a vote on the pact, one of the White House's …
Quinnipiac University:
Few U.S. Voters Look For Love In White House Meeting, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Down On Obama, Democrats And Republicans  —  Three out of four American voters think the White House meeting Thursday between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely …
Discussion: CNN and The Page
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE FALLOUT OF KYL'S BETRAYAL.... The optimism hadn't been expressed publicly, but the White House really did think it finally had a deal in place for Senate ratification of the new arms control treaty with Russia, New START.  —  Republicans had made Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) their point man on the issue …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Senate Leader Deals Blow to President on Arms Treaty  —  The Senate should not vote on a new arms control treaty with Russia during the lame-duck session that opened this week, a Senate Republican leader said on Tuesday in what could be a devastating blow to President Obama's most tangible foreign policy achievement.
Fhardingj / CNN:
President to push DREAM Act
Discussion: Wake up America
TMZ.com:
Sarah Palin's Daughter Uses Homophobic Slurs  —  Sarah Palin's 16-year-old daughter Willow Palin used multiple homophobic slurs — including the word f**got — to attack a Facebook user who criticized her mom's new reality show .... TMZ has learned.  —  During the premiere of “Sarah Palin's Alaska” …
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Robert Draper / New York Times:
The Palin Network  —  On the night of the midterm elections earlier this month, Sarah Palin stayed up until 3 in the morning.  From her hotel bedroom in Manhattan, she and her husband, Todd, followed the returns while she wrote e-mails on her iPad — congratulating winners, consoling losers …
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski's lead more than 10,000 votes  —  Today's review of write-in ballots ended with Sen. Lisa Murkowski enjoying an apparently insurmountable 10,420-vote lead over Joe Miller.  —  Murkowski also now has collected more votes that went unchallenged by Miller ballot observers than Miller's total vote count.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski: Jim DeMint cost us Senate majority  —  'So the real question is, what's his desire?'  Lisa Murkowski (left) said about Jim DeMint.  AP Photos  —  After ripping Sarah Palin, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn't mincing words about another one of her high-profile GOP critics: South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Murkowski on verge of win in Alaska
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
Washington Post:
Payroll tax holiday and other measures to reduce the debt  —  This morning, a bipartisan task force that we co-chair unveils a bold, comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce America's deficits and debt and strengthen our economy, enabling the nation to reclaim its future.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
One Way to Trim Deficit: Cultivate Growth
Discussion: Washington Post
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Schakowsky, Debt Commission Member, Introduces Proposal …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Firedoglake
The Huffington Post:
Michael Bloomberg & Joe Scarborough: The Independent Odd Couple  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — There's no campaign yet, and there may never be, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and MSNBC's morning talk-show host Joe Scarborough have begun trying to figure out whether …
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
SARAH PALIN TO ROBERT DRAPER: 'I'M ENGAGED IN THE INTERNAL DELIBERATIONS' ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL RACE— GOP insisted White House postpone summit - Dan Bartlett promoted — Boehner, Dean, Susan Rice b'days  —  GAME CHANGE — ROBERT DRAPER goes deep in PalinWorld for the cover story of the forthcoming …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: 4 in 5 Support Full-Body Airport Scanners  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Americans have differing views on two potentially inconvenient and invasive practices that airports could implement …
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Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
If you won't submit to screening, you won't fly, TSA says
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Since the TSA molested my family, why doesn't Obama volunteer …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Bald Racism Of Rush Limbaugh  —  The image above appears on Rush Limbaugh's Web site.  Is any American more adept at exploiting racial dog whistles?  It's always egregious enough to be calculatingly offensive, but never quite an open and shut case, because most of all the talk radio host revels …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Rare Honor for a Living Service Member  —  WASHINGTON — In an emotional ceremony, President Obama on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Honor to an Army staff sergeant who placed himself in the line of fire in Afghanistan to try to save his squad mates and to protect and comfort a dying American soldier.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The gallant story of Salvatore Giunta, America's newest Medal of Honor recipient
Discussion: American Spectator
Drew Armstrong / Bloomberg:
Insurers Gave U.S. Chamber $86 Million Used to Oppose Obama's Health Law  —  Health insurers last year gave the U.S. Chamber of Commerce $86.2 million that was used to oppose the health-care overhaul law, according to tax records and people familiar with the donation.
Dan Rozek / Chicago Sun Times:
Bean concedes; Walsh wins seat by 291 votes  —  By a margin of 291 votes out of more than 200,000 cast, GOP challenger Joe Walsh emerged Tuesday as the winner over U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean in their nail-biting 8th District congressional race.  —  Bean, a three-term Democrat …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Lets Rip  —  In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the Fox News chief says Obama thinks differently from most Americans, defends Murdoch's GOP donations, and admits Beck sometimes goes too far.  —  In the media world, as in politics, having a high-profile target can be a very good thing.
Jean Eaglesham / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sets 50 Bank Probes  —  FDIC Steps Up Investigations at Failed Lenders; ‘These Numbers Will Increase’  —  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is conducting about 50 criminal investigations of former executives, directors and employees at U.S. banks that have failed since the start of the financial crisis.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
The Tina Brown Turnaround  —  Tina Brown was in a state.  It was Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, and the Daily Beast editor was in Barry Diller's office at IAC headquarters on the West Side.  Talks with Sidney Harman about merging the site with his recently acquired Newsweek were back on—big time …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP freshman feel Tea Party pressure  —  The overwhelming majority of Republican challengers ran on pledges to repeal the law and already face pressure from Tea Party activists to act on those promises — particularly if they want the grassroots movement's support in 2012.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Nathan Guttman / The Jewish Daily Forward:
AIPAC Gets Down and Dirty in Pushback Against Rosen Defamation Suit  —  WASHINGTON — The espionage case against two senior officials of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington was dropped last year.  But it has not been forgotten, and is now threatening to draw the lobby into new depths of mudslinging.
Discussion: Salon, TPMCafe and War in Context
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Top Republican Official, Breaking With Party Chairman, Resigns  —  WASHINGTON — The political director of the Republican National Committee resigned Tuesday, delivering a scathing condemnation of Michael Steele, the embattled party chairman, whom he criticized as spending too much …
Discussion: National Review
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Sources: Sen. Baucus may introduce compromise package on Bush tax cuts  —  Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is considering introducing a tax package by the end of the week that would include a two-year extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts, sources told The Hill on Tuesday.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Dick Cheney: History “Beginning to Come Around” on Bush  —  At groundbreaking ceremony in Dallas for the George W. Bush Presidential Center today, former Vice President Dick Cheney said “history is beginning to come around” to a more positive view of former President George W. Bush.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Don Surber
Washington Times:
Obama's hand in your crotch  —  White House denial of Islamic threat to blame for TSA groping  —  The Transportation Security Administration's demeaning new “enhanced pat-down” procedures are a direct result of the Obama administration's willful blindness to the threat from Islamic radicals.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Dolan Chosen as President of U.S. Bishops' Group  —  BALTIMORE — In a surprise move, the bishops that lead the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, elected Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York to be their president on Tuesday, rejecting the conference's more liberal vice president.
Warren E. Buffett / New York Times:
Pretty Good for Government Work  —  My mother told me to send thank-you notes promptly.  I've been remiss.  —  Let me remind you why I'm writing.  Just over two years ago, in September 2008, our country faced an economic meltdown.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the pillars that supported …
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
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