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6:20 AM ET, November 17, 2010

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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.
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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  —  Washington (CNN) - Several Congressional Hispanic leaders met with President Obama Tuesday to ask for his help in building support for a bill, known as the DREAM Act, which would award citizenship to illegal immigrants who have gone to college or served in the military.
Discussion: Wake up America
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Kyl leans against START vote in lame duck
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Mother Jones
The Note:
Boehner Challenges Constitutionality of Health Reform Law  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson reports:  —  Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, filed an amicus brief Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the health care law passed by Democrats earlier this year.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Behind postponed summit: GOP distrust of Obama  —  The roots of the partisan suspiciousness 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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Washington Post:
Obama's bipartisan meeting on tax cuts postoned
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Blunt to vote no on Senate GOP earmarks prohibition
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” …
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.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Murkowski on verge of win in Alaska
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski's lead more than 10,000 votes
Discussion: Gawker, The Nation and The Page
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 …
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
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Democrats in chaos over Nancy Pelosi power  —  The Democratic old guard will try to hold the line Wednesday against a rank-and-file rebellion intent on winning some concession — no matter how small — from a leadership team seeking reelection despite having presided over the loss of at least 59 Democratic seats earlier this month.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem leader: Party ‘responded like Hoover’ to unemployment crisis
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Gene Taylor: Pelosi should ‘walk away’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
One Hundred Naked Citizens: One Hundred Leaked Body Scans  —  At the heart of the controversy over “body scanners” is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public.  U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner.  These are those images.
Paul Farhi / Arts Post:
PBS edits Tina Fey's remarks from Twain event  —  Tina Fey got a little political airbrushing from PBS Sunday night during its annual broadcast of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  —  Fey, this year's recipient of the prize, caused a few ripples during her acceptance speech …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Top RNC aide quits, blasts Michael Steele  —  Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins resigned from his post Tuesday morning with a stinging indictment of Chairman Michael Steele's two-year tenure at the committee.  —  In a four-page letter to Steele …
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Top Republican Official, Breaking With Party Chairman, Resigns
Discussion: National Review
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
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush and Cheney, Together Again at Groundbreaking
Center for American Progress:
The Power of the President  —  Recommendations to Advance Progressive Change  —  A podium bears the seal of the President of the United States.  —  SOURCE: AP/J. Scott Applewhite  —  Statement from John Podesta  —  Introduction and summary  —  The opportunity
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Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
No, Obama's Problem Is Not that He “Focused Obsessively” …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE LATEST (AND PROBABLY) FINAL ATTEMPT TO EXTEND JOBLESS AID.... Here we go again. … The larger dynamic is practically Dickensian — Republicans are fighting tooth and nail for $700 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest people in the country, but they're very likely to kill extended unemployment benefits …
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Bachmann Supports Tax Cut Compromise, But Not if Tied to Unemployment Benefits
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.
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 …
Discussion: Gawker, GOP 12 and The Moderate Voice
Joshua Melvin / Mercury News:
Neil Young warehouse blaze started in hybrid ‘LincVolt’ car  —  The three-alarm blaze that caused $1.1 million in damage to a warehouse filled with rock legend Neil Young's music equipment and memorabilia appears to have started in a one-of-a-kind hybrid car stored at the site, a fire official said Monday.
The Hill:
House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts of rule violations  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), once one of the most powerful members of the House, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of violating ethics rules and now faces punishment.  —  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) …
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
 
 
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States, mortgage lenders in talks over fund for borrowers in foreclosure mess
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Nathan Guttman / The Jewish Daily Forward:
AIPAC Gets Down and Dirty in Pushback Against Rosen Defamation Suit
Discussion: TPMCafe and War in Context
Alexander Benard / National Review:
The Wall Street Journal Needs an Anti-Krugman
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Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen fatally shot in Beverly Hills attack [Updated]
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Movieline
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Royal Wedding and the Case for Monarchy
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
How Rep. Louie ‘Terror Babies’ Gohmert Got A College Art Director Fired
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