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10:15 AM ET, November 19, 2010

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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
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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 …
Matt Finkelstein / Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Pence Inadvertently Admits Bush Tax Cuts Did Not Work
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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: Hit & Run
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Scott / Power Line:
Revolt against the TSA  —  The revolt against the TSA is a sign of the times.  Popular frustration with the TSA dates back to its establishment during the Bush administration.  It is another big government bureaucracy that performs ineptly and with gross inconvenience.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Axis of Depression  —  What do the government of China, the government of Germany and the Republican Party have in common?  They're all trying to bully the Federal Reserve into calling off its efforts to create jobs.  And the motives of all three are highly suspect.  —  It's not as if the Fed is doing anything radical.
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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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Forces Showdown With G.O.P. on Arms Pact  —  WASHINGTON — Just two weeks after an election that left him struggling to find his way forward, President Obama has decided to confront Senate Republicans in a make-or-break battle over arms control that could be an early test of his mettle heading into the final two years of his term.
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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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David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
House Panel Recommends Censure for Rangel  —  WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee on Thursday recommended that Representative Charles B. Rangel be formally censured for ethical misconduct, the most serious punishment the House can mete out to a member short of expulsion.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Lieberman on DADT: We Have 60  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman said Thursday that repealing “don't ask, don't tell” as part of the National Defense Authorization Act is no longer a question of votes, it's a question of process.  —  “I am confident that we have more than 60 votes prepared …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Towleroad News #gay
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afa.net:
Bryan Fischer: The feminization of the Medal of Honor - Part II  —  The blowback to my column of two days ago, in which I argued that we seem to have become reluctant to award the Medal of Honor to those who take aggressive action against the enemy and kill bad guys, has been fierce.
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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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.
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Miller seeks to stop election certification  —  LAWSUIT: Candidate asserts misspelled votes shouldn't count.  —  The Republican candidate in the Alaska U.S. Senate race asked a federal judge Thursday for a preliminary injunction stopping officials from certifying the election.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: BlogPost, The Confluence and Gawker
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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Thank the Courts  —  “America has reached a fork in the road …
The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Extension Defeated In House
Discussion: Politics Daily and Wonk Room
David Bosco / Foreign Policy:
Is it OK to hope the EU fails?
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Midwest gains boost GOP confidence
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
Haaretz:
‘War criminals’ site exposing personal details of IDF soldiers taken down
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Pot growers portrayed as terror threat
Discussion: Raw Story
thegwpf.org:
IPCC Official: “Climate Policy Is Redistributing The World's Wealth”
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Gateway Pundit
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
House fails to eliminate NPR funding
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CARVILLE: OBAMA NEEDS A PAIR