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11:15 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.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Murkowski receives warm welcome from fellow senators as lame-duck begins
Alex Weprin / mediabistro.com:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Premiere Draws 5 Million, Breaks TLC Ratings Record
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski: Sarah Palin is no leader
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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE REPUBLICAN WANTS HIS GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDIZED HEALTH CARE NOW.... It perfectly reasonable for Andy Harris, like all Americans, to want health care coverage.  He's a husband and father of five, and I'm sure he worries about his family losing their health insurance, just like everyone else.
Josh Marshall / TPMDC:
Freshman GOPer: Hey, Where's My Health Care?
Discussion: First Draft and Balloon Juice
Robert J. Hawkins / SignOnSanDiego.com:
TSA to investigate body scan resister  —  Oceanside man took a stand against security, went viral  —  The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.
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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:
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: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
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 …
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
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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CNN:
Colin Powell: Obama lost focus
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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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Black caucus not ready to endorse Pelosi's deal
Discussion: The Note
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 …
Discussion: TPMDC
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 …
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 …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
How Partisanship Works.  —  Andrew Sullivan notes Ezra Klein's endless crusade to remind everyone that the Affordable Care Act was based on Republican proposals: … Sullivan says this contributes to the “Big Lie” of Obama's alleged “extremism,” but this is how partisanship works. and why the left …
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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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
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
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Angry left to Obama: Stop caving on agenda  —  Liberals furious with a White House they view as constantly telegraphing compromise with Republicans are pressuring President Obama to get tougher, arguing that is the only way he will win both progressives and independents in 2012.
June E. O'Neill / Wall Street Journal:
Washington's Equal Pay Obsession  —  There's no epidemic of gender discrimination.  So why is Congress proposing another law?  —  Women in the workplace don't face rampant pay discrimination, and yet the Senate may soon pass a bill—already passed in the House—premised on the erroneous charge that they do.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and National Review
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Congressional freshmen vow not to party like it's 1994  —  The sprawling new class of House Republicans — 84 at last count — arrived in Washington only Sunday, but they're already discussing how they can avoid being seduced by the capital.  —  They only have to look back 16 years for a primer on what not to do.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Contagion hits Portugal as Ireland dithers on rescue  —  The EU authorities have begun to vent their fury against Ireland over its refusal to accept a financial rescue, fearing that the crisis will engulf Portugal and Spain unless confidence is restored immediately to eurozone bond markets.
Discussion: Vox Popoli and AmSpecBlog
 
 
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