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8:45 AM ET, November 19, 2010

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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems will vote on just middle class tax cuts, Hoyer says  —  Steny Hoyer, the number two in the House Dem leadership, told Democrats at a caucus meeting this morning that they would get to vote this year on just extending the Bush tax cuts for the middle class, a senior Dem aide tells me …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, Senate Dems go hardball on taxes  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has adopted a hardball strategy for dealing with Republicans on the expiring Bush-era tax cuts.  —  Reid will force a vote on extending tax cuts for families earning below $250,000 and individuals below $200,000 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Growth and the Bush Tax Cuts  —  David Leonhardt notes that evidence of the Bush tax cuts' beneficial impact on growth is difficult to find: … This is an under-discussed issue but I think it has a relatively clear answer.  The theoretical case for the supply-side growth-enhancing impact …
Fhardingj / CNN:
House and Senate Democrats plan tax cut votes after Thanksgiving
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP response: Vote to continue just middle class tax cuts = tax hike
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Bernanke Takes Aim at China  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is firing back amid criticism at home and abroad of the Fed's easy-money policies, arguing that China and others are causing global problems by preventing their currencies from strengthening as their economies boom.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Axis of Depression
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Bernanke Presses China on Imbalances, Echoing Obama
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:   Emerging from the Crisis: Where Do We Stand?
Wall Street Journal:
‘Refudiation’ of $600 Billion Printed Out of Thin Air
Discussion: The Confluence and GOP 12
Daniel Freedman / The Politico:
War of military vs. civil terrorism trials  —  If you rely on headlines and partisan politicians for news, you'd be forgiven for believing that the just-concluded civilian trial of former Guantanamo detainee, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, was, as Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) described, “a total miscarriage of justice.”
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Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski Tells Local TV She Will Vote For Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal  —  Last night during an appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) refused to say if she would vote for a National Defense Authorization Act that included a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but this afternoon …
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Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Lieberman on DADT: We Have 60  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman said Thursday …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Towleroad News #gay
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Don't touch my junk  —  Ah, the airport, where modern folk heroes are made.  The airport, where that inspired flight attendant did what everyone who's ever been in the spam-in-a-can crush of a flying aluminum tube - where we collectively pretend that a clutch of peanuts is a meal and a seat cushion is a …
Discussion: Power Line
PewResearch.org:
Public Knows Basic Facts about Politics, Economics, But Struggles with Specifics  —  Few Aware of Inflation Rate or TARP and Deficit Specifics  —  Take the Latest Quiz Online!  —  Before you read the report, we invite you to test your own News IQ by taking the latest interactive knowledge quiz.
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Boehner Warns GOP on Debt Ceiling  —  Raising the debt ceiling is shaping up as a difficult early vote for the new House GOP majority.  Many of the new Republican lawmakers harshly criticized their Democratic opponents during the campaign for voting to raise the limit in the past …
Wookie / Media Matters for America:
Fox's “Nazi” rhetoric also comes straight from the top  —  In a recent interview, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes referred to National Public Radio executives as “Nazis” with a “Nazi attitude,” and claimed “[t]hey are the left wing of Nazism.”  Ailes' employees at Fox News, particularly Glenn Beck …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House fails to eliminate NPR funding  —  The House on Thursday voted to move forward on legislation without voting on a proposal put forth by Republicans to defund NPR.  —  Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the next majority leader, said the vote demonstrates that Democrats “are still not ready to listen” …
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war  —  The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
John Hayward / Human Events:
McConnell Refuses To Throw America Under The Omnibus  —  The federal budget should not be written on Post-It Notes.  —  Trackback Link (Loading. . .)  —  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky declared today that he would not support an omnibus spending bill to fund the government.
Andy Newman / City Room:
Live Blog: Committee Recommends Censure for Rangel  —  Representative Charles B. Rangel at the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct hearing on Thursday.  —  Update, 6:29 p.m. |  The House ethics committee has recommended censure for Representative Charles B. Rangel for ethics violations.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Midwest gains boost GOP confidence  —  SAN DIEGO - The party's Midwestern resurgence signals serious trouble for President Barack Obama's reelection bid, GOP governors asserted Thursday at the Republican Governors Association meeting in San Diego.  —  Following a string of GOP wins in Senate …
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
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Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Rick Perry open to sending the US military into Mexico
Yeshiva World News:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: NYC Legislators Seek Ban On Full Body Scanners In New York  —  New York — Today on the steps of City Hall, Councilman David G. Greenfield was joined by Council Members Gale Brewer, Fernando Cabrera, Debi Rose, Robert Jackson, Jumaane Williams, and Brad Lander in support …
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Sources: Cornyn Jabs at DeMint's Interference in Primaries  —  Sen. John Cornyn said during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he expects colleagues to bring their concerns to him about candidates he recruits as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman — and not to help mount challenges …
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and RedState
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Afghan Hero Dog Is Euthanized by Mistake in U.S.  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. — When a suicide bomber entered an American military barracks in Afghanistan in February, it was not American soldiers but Afghan stray dogs that confronted him.  Target and two other dogs snarled, barked and snapped at the man …
Discussion: Gawker
David Bosco / Foreign Policy:
Is it OK to hope the EU fails?  —  At Power Line, John Hinderaker admits that he “rather hopes” the European Union fails (h/t Instapundit).  I would dismiss this as throw-away snark, but I think it reflects a real undercurrent in conservative foreign-policy thought, and maybe American political thought on a grumpy day.
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
New York Times:
Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Centrifuges  —  Experts dissecting the computer worm suspected of being aimed at Iran's nuclear program have determined that it was precisely calibrated in a way that could send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control.  —  Their conclusion, while not definitive …
Discussion: ChattahBox News Blog
 
 
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Pot growers portrayed as terror threat
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