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8:45 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  —  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 …
The Note:   Congressman Mike Pence, Sen. Jim DeMint Introduce Legislation …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Growth and the Bush Tax Cuts
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
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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.
William Branigin / Washington Post:
Charlie Rangel censure recommended by House ethics committee  —  The House ethics committee on Thursday recommended that Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) face a censure for 11 violations of congressional rules related to his personal finances, a penalty that would be a major rebuke for a lawmaker …
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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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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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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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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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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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged  —  Itan Wali, Pakistan (CNN) — In this village in Pakistan's Punjab province a tearful 12-year-old girl ponders if the Pakistani government will soon hang her mother.  —  “Whenever I see her picture I cry,” Isham Masih told CNN.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
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
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: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Survey: Barack Obama's religious views different  —  Most Americans think President Barack Obama's religious beliefs are different than their own, according to a poll released Wednesday.  —  The post-election survey by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute offers a glimpse …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Althouse
 
 
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Van Hollen defends DCCC strategy; says 2010 ‘could have been even worse’
Discussion: The Politico
The Local:
Suspected bomb meant for Munich-bound flight
Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Rick Perry open to sending the US military into Mexico
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Newbies among House GOP leaders
Discussion: The Note
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 and Swampland
Michael McAuliff / NY Daily News:
Unions and sick 9/11 responders agree only Sen. Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: The Reaction and PointOfLaw Forum
 Earlier Items: 
Cathleen Decker / Los Angeles Times:
Poll: Californians want it both ways on budget
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans split on cutting government spending
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
DeLay Begins His Defense With A Big Mistake
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
Damian Grammaticas / BBC:
Chinese woman jailed over Twitter post
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BELIEVING WHAT THEY'RE TOLD TO BELIEVE.... A new report this week …
Discussion: Democracy in America
Matt Miller / Washington Post:
Ohhh, America, you're so strong