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10:40 AM 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 …
Quinnipiac University:
Few U.S. Voters Look For Love In White House Meeting, Quinnipiac …
Discussion: CNN and The Page
CNN:
House Democrats and Republicans to choose leadership
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
That's the Story? (#GalacticFail Edition)
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Dems vent to leaders as losses set in
Discussion: Instapundit
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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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” …
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Palin: ‘I am’ thinking about 2012 bid  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin appears to be inching the ball ever slightly toward acknowledging she is seriously thinking about running for president next year.  —  In a lengthy interview for a profile in this weekend's New York Times magazine …
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
One Way to Trim Deficit: Cultivate Growth
Discussion: Economix, The Agonist and TaxVox
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Schakowsky, Debt Commission Member, Introduces Proposal …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Firedoglake
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 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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Health insurance companies likely to break profit records for 2010
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Since the TSA molested my family, why doesn't Obama volunteer …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ChattahBox News Blog
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
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.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The gallant story of Salvatore Giunta, America's newest Medal of Honor recipient
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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 …
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
Susan Gardner / Daily Kos:
Republican fiscal hawks avoid Appropriations Committee like the plague  —  Turns out they're all talk and no action: … Yeah, be careful what you ask for.  You get elected grandstanding about government overspending, you might actually have to ... you know, put your name to specifics on where to cut government spending.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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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Nathan Guttman / The Jewish Daily Forward:
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The Hill:
House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts of rule violations