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4:25 PM ET, November 17, 2010

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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 …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘I am’ thinking about 2012 bid
The Smoking Gun:
Man Shoots TV Over Bristol Palin Dancing  —  Suspect surrendered after 15-hour standoff with Wisconsin cops … Like most Americans, Steven Cowan has been perplexed by Bristol Palin's curious ability to keep advancing in TV's “Dancing with the Stars” competition.
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JSOnline:
Bristol Palin's dancing prompts man to shoot his TV  —  By Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel  —  A rural Dane County man believes Bristol Palin should not be on “Dancing With The Stars.”  —  He demanded his wife get his pistols to emphasize his point.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jezebel:
How Palin Conservatives Are Cheating The DWTS Voting System
Ed Treleven / host.madison.com:
Bristol Palin's dancing on TV set off man in standoff, complaint says
Discussion: Show Tracker and Instapundit
TMZ.com:
Sarah Palin's Daughter Uses Homophobic Slurs
Speakeasy:
Bristol Palin Makes ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Finals
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Show Tracker
The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi survives Democratic revolt  —  Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi as their minority leader on Wednesday, but only after a brutal two days of arguing behind closed doors and a 150-43 vote that revealed a bloc of disgruntled Democrats to be firmly in the anti-Pelosi camp.
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Pelosi Elected House Democratic Leader  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats in the House of Representatives voted 150-43 Wednesday to keep House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as their leader in the new Congress, a number of lawmakers said as they emerged from the caucus meeting.
The Politico:
Why Democrats don't dump Nancy Pelosi
CNN:
House lawmakers pick their leaders
Discussion: Wonk Room, The Page and American Power
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 …
Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
Nuclear Treaty Blow Has Political Fallout, Too
Discussion: Booman Tribune and ATTACKERMAN
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Leader of TSA offers pat-downs to senators  —  The head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) offered on Wednesday to have airport screeners come to Capitol Hill to give senators a pat-down so they could fully understand the mechanics of the newly deployed, controversial technique.
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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.
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Full-body scanners violate Fourth Amendment
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.
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Domenici, Rivlin Offer Another Deficit Commission Report …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The New Republic
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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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Lisa Murkowski Makes History, Wins Alaska Senate Race
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.
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 …
Kris Kitto / The Hill:
The speaker who speaks softly  —  John Boehner doesn't yell.  —  Unlike other powerful Washington insiders, the soon-to-be-Speaker of the House doesn't berate his staff or colleagues.  The Ohio Republican has a management style that is unique, one that will be tested repeatedly in the next Congress.
Discussion: The Politico
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner favored as 61st House Speaker on his 61st birthday
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Albert Bozzo / CNBC:
Members of US Congress Get Richer Despite Sour Economy  —  Despite a long and deep recession, the collective personal wealth of congressional members increased by more than 16 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to a study released Wednesday by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Discussion: Moonbattery
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Communications / OpenSecrets.org:
Congressional Members' Personal Wealth Expands Despite Sour National Economy
Discussion: YID With LID
Aaron Wiener / The Washington Independent:
The Washington Independent, signing off  —  Nearly three years ago, The Washington Independent was launched as a bold experiment in online journalism.  The idea was to combine hard-nosed investigative reporting with all the web had to offer: the nimbleness of real-time coverage …
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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Bloomberg:
Bloomberg Says Independent Candidate Can't Win Contest for U.S. Presidency
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Fighting the Fed  —  Sarah Palin is leading conservatives' most sinister campaign to date.  —  Last week, in between leading a graduate seminar on Proust and delivering a long-scheduled lecture on mass spectrometry, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ventured a few ticks beyond her acknowledged area …
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
GOP to jobless: Drop dead
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:
State representatives file birth certificate bill filed for presidential candidates  —  AUSTIN — A state representative on Tuesday filed a bill that would require any candidate for president or vice president of the United States to show his or her birth certificate to the Texas secretary of state …
Discussion: Weigel and Taegan Goddard's …
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Texas State Rep. Introduces Birther Bill Because 'People Don't …
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Too Good to Check  —  On Nov. 4, Anderson Cooper did the country a favor.
Discussion: Mediaite and Booman Tribune
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Health panel brings out big guns
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Are Democrats Becoming a Two-State Party?
Discussion: Hot Air