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11:50 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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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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
That's the Story?  (#GalacticFail Edition)  —  The Politico has a story up tonight about how and why the bipartisan, everybody-get-along summit between President Obama and congressional Republicans ended up getting postponed.  And a key part of it, according to Hill Republicans …
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 …
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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” …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘I am’ thinking about 2012 bid
Discussion: New York Times
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  —  We look back on the late 1990s as a rare time when the federal government ran budget surpluses.  We tend to forget that those surpluses came as a surprise to almost everybody.  —  As late as 1998, the Congressional Budget Office was predicting a deficit for 1999.
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Schakowsky, Debt Commission Member, Introduces Proposal …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Firedoglake
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.
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 …
Ed Treleven / host.madison.com:
Bristol Palin's dancing on TV set off man in standoff, complaint says  —  Allegedly set off by Bristol Palin's appearance on “Dancing with the Stars,” a rural Black Earth man kept police at bay outside his home for 15 hours Monday and Tuesday before he surrendered to police.
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Noah Shachtman / Wall Street Journal:
Has Airport Security Gone Too Far?  —  Pilots and travelers are rebelling against scanners that douse them with X-rays and reveal their private parts.  There must be a better way.  —  In May, Transportation Security Administration screener Rolando Negrin pummeled a co-worker with his government-issued baton.
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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.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Health insurance companies likely to break profit records for 2010
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Discussion: Commentary and Mediaite
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.
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.
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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
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Republican Proposal Takes Aim at Fed's Dual Role  —  WASHINGTON — Criticism of the Federal Reserve intensified on Tuesday as conservative Republican lawmakers called for limiting the central bank's mandate to keeping inflation low.  They said that the Fed should stop trying to pursue …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Swampland
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
GOP to jobless: Drop dead
Discussion: Daily Kos
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Are Democrats Becoming a Two-State Party?  —  Percentage of Democratic U.S. House Seats from California and New York soars to a record high of 28.1 percent after the 2010 elections  —  Despite losing six U.S. House seats in New York on November 2nd (with defeats in NY-01 and NY-25 still tentative) …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Tax Carbon Consumption  —  Recently Paul Krugman argued that the only realistic solution to our long-term fiscal problem is some combination of death panels and sales taxes.  Specifically, on the revenue side “we'll need more revenue — several percent of GDP — which might most plausibly come from a value-added tax.”
Discussion: Ezra Klein
 
 
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