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6:40 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?
Fhardingj / CNN:
House and Senate Democrats plan tax cut votes after Thanksgiving  —  Washington (CNN) - Democratic leaders in the House and the Senate have decided to move ahead with votes after Thanksgiving to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less.  —  These decisions come hours …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Pelosi holds ground at W.H. meeting  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Barack Obama that House Democrats remain firmly committed to allowing Bush-era tax cuts expire for earners making more than $250,000 — a move that could complicate the administration's efforts to reach a compromise with Republicans.
Discussion: CNN and National Review
The Note:   Congressman Mike Pence, Sen. Jim DeMint Introduce Legislation …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
No. 2 Dem said House caucus needs ‘more openness and inclusiveness’
Discussion: The Politico, The Note and CNN
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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Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Will NPR's Mara Liasson defend her colleagues from Roger Ailes' “Nazi” attack?  —  Remember, NPR's Mara Liasson thinks Fox News is a legitimate news outlet and doesn't see anything wrong with getting paid to appear on its programs.  —  Keep that in mind as you read this crazy outburst from Fox News chief, Roger Ailes:
Discussion: Mediaite and Daily Kos
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
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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.
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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: Taylor Marsh
Philip Klein / American Spectator:
The Unorthodox Frontrunner  —  Viewed in isolation, Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential candidacy is doomed.  —  In 2008, Romney earned himself a reputation as a flip-flopper as he dramatically attempted to reshape himself as a stanch conservative despite having previously staked out liberal positions …
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Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
Mitt Romney eyes smaller footprint, later start for 2012
Discussion: GOP 12
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Virginia Republicans want Allen
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Ghailani verdict and American justice  —  A federal jury in New York yesterday returned a guilty verdict against accused Terrorist Ahmed Ghailani on one count of conspiracy to blow up a government building, a crime which entails a sentence of 20 years to life, but acquitted …
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The Note:
Pence: Don't Forget Social Issues; Decision on Presidential Run ‘Sometime Early Next Year’  —  ABC News' Rick Klein reports:  —  Rep. Mike Pence this week left his post in House leadership, with the wide presumption that he'll run for president or for governor of Indiana in 2012.
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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.
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 …
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.
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.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Sen. Rockefeller: FCC Should Take FOX News, MSNBC Off Airwaves  —  SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out.  Off.  End.  Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress …
Michelle Malkin:
D'oh: Sen. Dodd's Tweet of the Day Update: Dodd's office sends e-mail  —  This is from Corruptocrat Sen. Chris Dodd's official Twitter feed.  —  Leave your best guess about who the message was meant for and what “sh*t” his office is talking about...Angelo Mozilo and one last sweetheart deal?
Discussion: Mediaite, Capitol Watch and Gawker
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” …
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.
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
Ohhh, America, you're so strong  —  Oooh, you're so strong, baby, so handsome.  You're the greatest.  —  I'm talking about you, America.  You're . . . why, you're exceptional!  —  Does anyone else think there's something a little insecure about a country that requires its politicians to constantly declare how exceptional it is?
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Unemployment Insurance Bill Fails in House; Needed 2/3 Vote Under Suspension  —  As I mentioned this morning, the House tried today for a three-month extension of expiring unemployment benefits, which would have continued them until Feb. 28, 2011.  This was called under suspension of the rules …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Open Congress
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
Fortune:
A little advice for Obama at the half  —  Like any good coach, the president needs to make some halftime adjustments.  Here are a few that will work.  —  By Harold Ford Jr., contributor  —  Harold Ford Jr. is chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council and a visiting professor …
Discussion: The New Republic
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
DeLay Begins His Defense With A Big Mistake  —  Tom DeLay's lawyers began his defense yesterday by helping prove the prosecution's case.  —  DeLay, the former Republican House majority leader, is standing trial in Texas on allegations that he orchestrated a money swap.
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
Elizabeth Chuck / msnbc.com:
Gay couple reportedly ties the knot on commercial flight  —  Flight attendant says captain officiated ceremony over Canadian airspace  —  Below:  —  Passengers on a red-eye woke up to an announcement more interesting than the typical “fasten your seatbelts” as they approached New York early Thursday …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time for Holder to go  —  Let's face it.  Barack Obama and Eric Holder gambled their entire national-security credibility on the Ahmed “Foopie” Ghailani trial, arguing that they could get convictions of detainees captured abroad by military and intelligence assets while using federal courts …
Damian Grammaticas / BBC:
Chinese woman jailed over Twitter post  —  Twitter is banned in China but many use it by circumventing internet controls  —  A woman in China has been sentenced to a year in a labour camp after posting a message on the social networking website Twitter.  —  The fiance of human rights …
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.
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.
 
 
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why is Congress protecting a tax code that benefits the rich?
Discussion: TPMCafe and Swampland
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Unions and sick 9/11 responders agree only Sen. Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: The Reaction and PointOfLaw Forum
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Poll: Californians want it both ways on budget
Eugene / My Modern Metropolis:
Grandma's Superhero Therapy (18 photos)
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
‘Mission Accomplished’ banner could go up in Bush library
Discussion: CNN and Federal Eye
David Rogers / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell moves to block end of year spending bill
Discussion: Congress Blog and The Page
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans split on cutting government spending
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Survey: Barack Obama's religious views different
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BELIEVING WHAT THEY'RE TOLD TO BELIEVE.... A new report this week …
Discussion: Democracy in America
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
N.Y. Mayor Bloomberg: He says he won't run for president, but keep asking
Discussion: Commentary, Politics Daily and The Awl
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Unity at last  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows the country …