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10:00 PM ET, November 18, 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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David Leonhardt / Economix:
Were the Bush Tax Cuts Good for Growth?  —  Liz Peek at FoxNews.com congratulates me for writing about the importance of economic growth.  So in the spirit of maximizing growth, I want to pose a question: Why should we believe that extending the Bush tax cuts will provide a big lift to growth?
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Democrats hold ground at White House meeting  —  For a day at least, House and Senate Democrats agreed on a tax-cut strategy, taking a hard-line stance that only the middle class should continue to get the savings but that taxes should rise on the wealthy.  —  But there's no indication they're close to having a clear path for a deal.
Fhardingj / CNN:
House and Senate Democrats plan tax cut votes after Thanksgiving
The Note:   Congressman Mike Pence, Sen. Jim DeMint Introduce Legislation …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Chief Blasts NPR ‘Nazis’  —  Roger Ailes slams Jon Stewart as a conservative-basher, explains why he rode to Juan Williams' rescue—and sees NPR as taxpayer-funded propaganda.  Part II of Howard Kurtz's interview.  —  When Jon Stewart was appearing on the O'Reilly Factor a few weeks back …
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Ailes apologizes to ADL for “Nazi” remark  —  Roger Ailes has apologized to the Anti-Defamation League for his use of the expression “Nazi attitudes” to describe NPR executives in an interview with Howard Kurtz, and the ADL has accepted his apology.  —  “I was of course ad-libbing …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Fox News chief apologizes to ADL for ‘Nazi’ remark
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
CARVILLE: OBAMA NEEDS A PAIR  —  Speaking to reporters Thursday, Democratic strategist James Carville dropped this one-liner: “If Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he'd have two.”  —  The quote was first noted by Tribune reporter Mike Memoli on his Twitter account.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:   Top Dem strategists claim White House was ‘out of touch’ during 2010 campaign
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
The Junk Grabbing Photo You'll Be Seeing All Day Today  —  Sometimes all it takes to launch another wave of talk about a hot topic is an image.  And when it comes to junk grabbing, that picture comes to us today from Denver.  —  The Denver Post, in a front-page story Thursday morning …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Taylor Marsh
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Jeffrey Leib / Denver Post:
Controversy over pat-downs, body scans lands at DIA  —  Despite ongoing criticism from some Washington lawmakers and many travelers, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole refused Wednesday to back off the agency's position that tougher airport screening techniques are needed to counter evolving threats.
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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ABCNEWS:
Are GOP Leaders Quietly Trying to Axe Office of Congressional Ethics?
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Charlie Rangel censure recommended by House ethics committee
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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Bernie Becker / The Caucus:
Move to Cut NPR Funding Is Defeated in House
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
House GOP: No U.S. Funds for NPR
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
READ the 20th Amendment: New Republican Senators Violating US Constitution  —  A handful of newly elected Republican US Senators have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trying to undo the Constitutional authority of other elected incumbent US Senators.  —  That's right.
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Ezra Klein:
Have Scott Brown and Ron Wyden figured out the way forward on health care?  —  The GOP's slogan on health-care reform has, till now, been “repeal and replace.”  But they don't have the votes for either.  What they might have the votes for is reform that, maybe, one day, if all goes well, could lead to replacement.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Virginia Republicans want Allen  —  Virginia Republicans overwhelmingly want George Allen to be their candidate for the Senate in 2012.  46% say he'd be their pick with the second (and unlikely) choice of Eric Cantor falling all the way back at 18%.  16% would like Ken Cuccinelli and then there's …
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
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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.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Vote on Whether This Couple Gets an Abortion  —  The Arnolds are having a baby.  Unless the public votes to have the child aborted.  Meet the couple behind Birthornot.com, where “you can vote and choose whether we abort or keep our unborn child.”  —  Pete and Alisha Arnold, both 30 …
Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Rick Perry open to sending the US military into Mexico  —  Gov. Rick Perry says he's open to the idea of sending U.S. troops into Mexico to fight the drug war.  The Texas governor told MSNBC this morning that border violence has escalated dramatically since George W. Bush was governor a decade ago.
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Texas Gov. Perry to head Republican Governors Association
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Palin Adviser Wanted Execution Without Trial For Convicted Terrorist Ahmed Ghailani  —  A Federal District Court in Manhattan convicted Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani yesterday on one count of of conspiracy for the 1998 terror bombings of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, City Room and Wonk Room
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Dear Airline, I'm Leaving You  —  But don't feel too bad.  It's not you, it's me.  Or rather, it's the TSA.  —  I'm not going to lie.  It's come between us.  If I have to let someone else see me naked in order to be with you—well, I'm just not that kinky.  And deep down, I don't think you are either.
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Pot growers portrayed as terror threat  —  What were they smoking?  —  Federal, state and local officials carrying out a counter-terrorism drill in Northern California Wednesday played out a scenario in which local marijuana growers set off bombs and took over the Shasta Dam, the nation's second largest, to free an imprisoned comrade.
Wall Street Journal:
‘Refudiation’ of $600 Billion Printed Out of Thin Air  —  While on a United Airlines flight from New York City to Los Angeles this week, a fellow passenger handed me a copy of the The Wall Street Journal Nov. 15 op-ed by Alan Blinder—"In Defense of Ben Bernanke"—and suggested that I write …
Discussion: GOP 12
thegwpf.org:
IPCC Official: “Climate Policy Is Redistributing The World's Wealth”  —  Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection, says the German economist and IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer.  The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and AmSpecBlog
Thomas Joscelyn / Weekly Standard:
Ghailani Verdict a Miscarriage of Justice  —  Al Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ghailani is certainly guilty of mass murder.  —  A New York jury delivered a stunning verdict Wednesday.  Ahmed Ghailani, an al Qaeda terrorist who conspired to blow up American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Ghailani verdict and American justice
Marva Hinton / Homepage on wdbo.com:
Sanford Airport to opt out of TSA screening  —  Reporter: Ken Tyndall  —  The backlash continues over those new TSA screening measures, and now one Central Florida airport has decided to go with a private security screening firm.  —  Orlando Sanford International Airport has decided to opt out from TSA screening.
Agence France Presse:
Clinton critical of religious freedom in Europe  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Wednesday the state of religious freedom in Europe, as Washington highlighted policies and attitudes toward Muslim veils and Islam as a whole.
 
 
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Reza Sayah / CNN:
Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Brian Bond / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Vice President Biden: It Gets Better
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why is Congress protecting a tax code that benefits the rich?
Discussion: TPMCafe, Swampland and Daily Kos
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Unions and sick 9/11 responders agree only Sen. Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: The Reaction and PointOfLaw Forum
Fortune:
A little advice for Obama at the half
Discussion: The New Republic
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Unemployment Insurance Bill Fails in House; Needed 2/3 Vote Under Suspension
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
The Note:
Pence: Don't Forget Social Issues; Decision on Presidential Run …
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
DeLay Begins His Defense With A Big Mistake
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
Michelle Malkin:
D'oh: Sen. Dodd's Tweet of the Day Update: Dodd's office sends e-mail
Discussion: Mediaite, Capitol Watch and Gawker
Damian Grammaticas / BBC:
Chinese woman jailed over Twitter post
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Survey: Barack Obama's religious views different
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Althouse