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4:35 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?
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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Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Senior Administration Official Defends Ghailani Trial, Verdict
First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Unity at last  —  NBC/WSJ poll shows the country …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Terror Verdict Tests Obama's Strategy on Trials
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
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
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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The Note:   Congressman Mike Pence, Sen. Jim DeMint Introduce Legislation …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Top governors turn against Michael Steele
Discussion: The Fix, The Note and GOP 12
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; to our ability to do our work …
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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: National Review
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
No. 2 Dem said House caucus needs ‘more openness and inclusiveness’
Discussion: CNN
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Incoming GOP senators demand say on New START  —  Ten of the new incoming Republican senators Thursday are planning to demand they get a say on the New START treaty, adding ten new voices to the growing cacophony pushing for a delay in consideration of the treaty until next year.
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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 …
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.
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.
OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY …:
CUOMO FILES TWO LAWSUITS AGAINST STEVEN RATTNER, FORMER FOUNDING PRINCIPAL OF QUADRANGLE, SEEKING AT LEAST $26 MILLION AND IMMEDIATE LIFETIME BAN FROM NEW YORK SECURITIES INDUSTRY  —  Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today filed two lawsuits against Steven L. Rattner, former founding principal …
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Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Settling With S.E.C., Rattner Is Sued by Cuomo
Discussion: Fortune, New York Magazine and The Page
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
McConnell: Health Care Reform Leads America On A Path To Tyranny  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took another step toward embracing the Republican Party's new tea party mandate in a speech before the Federalist Society's annual convention in Washington this morning.
Discussion: The Plum Line
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Mitch McConnell moves to block end of year spending bill
Discussion: Congress Blog and The Page
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?
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
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.
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
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Get Cocky, GOP  —  Obama is weak, but it is always difficult to defeat a sitting president.  —  It has been a brutal month for President Obama.  The historic electoral rebuke delivered to his party was followed at the G-20 meeting by a public rebuff of the Federal Reserve's QE2 program …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
BELIEVING WHAT THEY'RE TOLD TO BELIEVE.... A new report this week from the Pew Research Center shows what we probably could have guessed: conservatives in America reject evidence of global warming.  But Pew study also raises an important related point: it didn't use to be this way.
 
 
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Jobless benefits bill fails in House of Representatives
Discussion: Swampland and Open Congress
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
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Access Still Top Health Concern in U.S.; Gov't Role Gains Ground
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
‘Mission Accomplished’ banner could go up in Bush library
Discussion: CNN and Federal Eye
CNN:
CNN Poll: Americans split on cutting government spending
Discussion: Parker Spitzer
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Damian Grammaticas / BBC:
Chinese woman jailed over Twitter post
Discussion: The Wire, New York Times and BlogPost
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Survey: Barack Obama's religious views different
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun Blogs:
Ensign played Reid in Angle debate prep; Angle once said dictators …
Discussion: Raw Story and TPMDC
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Sweden Issues Warrant for WikiLeaks Founder
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
A Hedge Fund Republic?
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Swampland