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10:10 AM ET, November 17, 2010


 Top Items: 
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Few U.S. Voters Look For Love In White House Meeting, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Down On Obama, Democrats And Republicans  —  Three out of four American voters think the White House meeting Thursday between congressional leaders and President Barack Obama is unlikely …
Discussion: CNN and The Page
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
That's the Story? (#GalacticFail Edition)
House Democrats and Republicans to choose leadership
Discussion: The Page and The Politico
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” …
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
G.O.P. Opposition Dims Hope for Arms Treaty With Russia  —  President Obama's hopes of ratifying a new arms control treaty with Russia by the end of the year appeared to come undone on Tuesday as the chief Senate Republican negotiator moved to block a vote on the pact, one of the White House's …
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 …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Senate Leader Deals Blow to President on Arms Treaty
Fhardingj / CNN:
President to push DREAM Act
Discussion: Wake up America
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.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Murkowski on verge of win in Alaska
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
SARAH PALIN TO ROBERT DRAPER: 'I'M ENGAGED IN THE INTERNAL DELIBERATIONS' ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL RACE— GOP insisted White House postpone summit - Dan Bartlett promoted — Boehner, Dean, Susan Rice b'days  —  GAME CHANGE — ROBERT DRAPER goes deep in PalinWorld for the cover story of the forthcoming …
Washington Post:
Payroll tax holiday and other measures to reduce the debt  —  This morning, a bipartisan task force that we co-chair unveils a bold, comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce America's deficits and debt and strengthen our economy, enabling the nation to reclaim its future.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
One Way to Trim Deficit: Cultivate Growth
Discussion: Washington Post
The Huffington Post:
Health Care Law Gives ‘Notable Improvement’ …
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 …
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Since the TSA molested my family, why doesn't Obama volunteer …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
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 …
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The gallant story of Salvatore Giunta, America's newest Medal of Honor recipient
Discussion: American Spectator
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ChattahBox News 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.
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box
Nick Summers / New York Observer:
The Tina Brown Turnaround  —  Tina Brown was in a state.  It was Tuesday morning, Nov. 9, and the Daily Beast editor was in Barry Diller's office at IAC headquarters on the West Side.  Talks with Sidney Harman about merging the site with his recently acquired Newsweek were back on—big time …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Sources: Sen. Baucus may introduce compromise package on Bush tax cuts  —  Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) is considering introducing a tax package by the end of the week that would include a two-year extension of all the Bush-era tax cuts, sources told The Hill on Tuesday.
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's email-voting feature, allowing infinite votes.
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
Nathan Guttman / The Jewish Daily Forward:
AIPAC Gets Down and Dirty in Pushback Against Rosen Defamation Suit  —  WASHINGTON — The espionage case against two senior officials of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington was dropped last year.  But it has not been forgotten, and is now threatening to draw the lobby into new depths of mudslinging.
Discussion: Salon, TPMCafe and War in Context
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Schakowsky, Debt Commission Member, Introduces Proposal That Doesn't Raise Taxes On Middle Class  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — After rejecting the deficit-reduction recommendations offered by the chairmen of President Obama's debt commission last week, Rep. Jan Schakowsky …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Firedoglake
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Why Do Leftist Jewish Bloggers Love The Dual Loyalty Smear?  —  I posted earlier about how left-wing bloggers deliberately misrepresented a statement issued by Eric Cantor's office about a meeting Cantor had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  —  Glenn Greenwald accused Cantor …
Discussion: American Power
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
F.B.I. Seeks Wider Wiretap Law for Web
Discussion: Hit & Run and The BLT
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP freshman feel Tea Party pressure
Discussion: Prairie Weather
New York Times:
NATO Is Razing Booby-Trapped Afghan Homes
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
Washington Post:
States, mortgage lenders in talks over fund for borrowers in foreclosure mess
Discussion: naked capitalism
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Top Republican Official, Breaking With Party Chairman, Resigns
Discussion: National Review
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Times:
Obama's hand in your crotch
Alexander Benard / National Review:
The Wall Street Journal Needs an Anti-Krugman
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla and Vox Popoli
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Dick Cheney: History “Beginning to Come Around” on Bush
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Don Surber