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2:00 PM 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 …
Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
Nuclear Treaty Blow Has Political Fallout, Too
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
START Takes Another Hit
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” …
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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.
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  —  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.
Speakeasy:
Bristol Palin Makes ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Finals
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Show Tracker
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
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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Joshua Norman / CBS News:
Senators and TSA Defend “Love Pats” at Airports
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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.
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.
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 …
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: City Room, 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.
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 …
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
Health panel brings out big guns  —  The state's health insurance connector — the highly touted agency that aims to bring cheap medical care to the masses — has turned into a legal pit bull by aggressively going after a growing number of Bay Staters who say they can't afford mandated insurance …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
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: GOP 12
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Alvin Greene: ‘Born to be president’  —  Former South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene has only the highest hopes for his political future despite his crushing defeat two weeks ago — he thinks he will be the next president.  —  In an interview outside a Columbia …
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 …
Discussion: Weigel and FishbowlDC
The Politico:
Why Democrats don't dump Nancy Pelosi  —  To the outside world, what House Democrats are poised to do later this morning seems to defy logic: Why would politicians who supposedly care above all about public opinion and their own hides stick with an unpopular leader who just carried them through …
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McCaskill: I'm not disloyal to Obama  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said she's not “disloyal” to President Obama, but is willing to differ with him and other Democrats when necessary.  —  The centrist Missouri senator said she believes Obama has done many good things …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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