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5:40 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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Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Says She Could Beat Obama  —  In Interview With Barbara Walters, Palin Says She Is Seriously Considering Entering Race in 2012  —  Sarah Palin says she is seriously considering a run for the White House, and she believes she could beat President Obama in 2012, the former Alaska governor told ABC News' Barbara Walters.
NY Daily News:
Cupp: Happiness is a Warm Gun (and Sarah Palin)
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Nancy Pelosi Elected to Lead House Dems in New Congress; Boehner to Lead GOP  —  Updated 4:07 p.m. Eastern Time  —  Nancy Pelosi has been elected to lead House Democrats in the new Congress despite presiding over the loss of more than 60 House seats in the midterm elections.
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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.
The Politico:
Why Democrats don't dump Nancy Pelosi
CNN:
House lawmakers pick their leaders
Discussion: Wonk Room, The Page and American Power
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.
Jezebel:
How Palin Conservatives Are Cheating The DWTS Voting System  —  It's been alleged that the Tea Party's “Operation Bristol” is keeping the teen mom in the competition.  However, the real conspiracy is that her conservative supporters have figured out a way to exploit ABC.com's email-voting feature, allowing infinite votes.
Ed Treleven / host.madison.com:
Bristol Palin's dancing on TV set off man in standoff, complaint says
Discussion: theblogprof and Show Tracker
Speakeasy:
Bristol Palin Makes ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Finals
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Show Tracker
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
That's the Story? (#GalacticFail Edition)
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.
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
Fhardingj / CNN:
BREAKING: GOP Sen. Murkowski to declare victory in Alaska Senate race
Discussion: The Politico
David Dayen / news.firedoglake.com:
Reed, Casey Seek One-Year Extension of Unemployment Benefits  —  Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Bob Casey (D-PA) want the Senate to take up and pass a one-year extension of unemployment insurance benefits from 26 to 99 weeks, but they did not sound hopeful on a conference call that this could get done …
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
GOP to jobless: Drop dead
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Lets Rip  —  UPDATE: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Wednesday that he was not surprised by Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes quotes about President Obama to The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz.  “I think if you watch most of the programming on the channel …
Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Only one-third favor tax cut extension for wealthy  —  Washington (CNN) - Only a third of all Americans think Bush-era tax cuts should be extended for families regardless of how much money they make, according to a new national poll.  —  A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Wednesday …
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Brian Montopoli / CBS News:   Democrats Press GOP Lawmakers to Turn Down Government Health Care
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
White House backs ‘Four Loko’ ban  —  The White House on Wednesday threw its support behind a ban on beverages that infuse alcohol and caffeine.  —  Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske said he welcomed a ruling by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would effectively ban drinks like Four Loko and Joost …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gawker
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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 …
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 …
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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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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Yes, DADT repeal could still pass, Senate staffers say  —  Good news: Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal is not dead yet.  —  It's widely assumed that the reason the White House and Dems will punt on holding a vote on Don't Ask Don't Tell during the lame duck session is that there aren't 60 votes …
Bloomberg:
Bloomberg Says Independent Candidate Can't Win Contest for U.S. Presidency  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has been mentioned as a potential U.S. presidential candidate, said he doesn't believe an independent can win.  —  Bloomberg, who isn't affiliated with Republicans or Democrats …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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The Huffington Post:
Michael Bloomberg & Joe Scarborough: The Independent Odd Couple
 
 
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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
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCaskill: I'm not disloyal to Obama
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
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