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12:20 AM ET, November 19, 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?
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 …
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 …
ABCNEWS:
Are GOP Leaders Quietly Trying to Axe Office of Congressional Ethics?  —  Rep. Dreier Called Office Three Days After GOP Won Majority  —  Is the House GOP Targeting Ethics Office?  —  “If you drain the swamp,” said Leonard, “all the crocodiles get nervous.”
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William Branigin / Washington Post:
Charlie Rangel censure recommended by House ethics committee
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.
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
The Huffington Post:
Republican Push To Defund NPR Fails (VIDEO)
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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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Midwest gains boost GOP confidence
Discussion: CNN
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Triumphs of 2010 May Serve Barbour Well in 2012
Discussion: CNN
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:   Texas Gov. Perry to head Republican Governors Association
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
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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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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.
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.
Jack Goldsmith / Lawfare:
Ghailani and Military Detention, continued  —  I agree with Ben and Bobby that the disappointing Ghailani verdict does not imply that the prosecution should have been brought in a military commission.  As they argue, most if not all of the challenges of Ghailani's trial would have been replicated …
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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 …
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Newbies among House GOP leaders
Discussion: The Note
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
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.
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.
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 …
David Bosco / Foreign Policy:
Is it OK to hope the EU fails?  —  At Power Line, John Hinderaker admits that he “rather hopes” the European Union fails (h/t Instapundit).  I would dismiss this as throw-away snark, but I think it reflects a real undercurrent in conservative foreign-policy thought, and maybe American political thought on a grumpy day.
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Boing Boing
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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Haaretz:
‘War criminals’ site exposing personal details of IDF soldiers taken down
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thegwpf.org:
IPCC Official: “Climate Policy Is Redistributing The World's Wealth”
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Gateway Pundit
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Van Hollen defends DCCC strategy; says 2010 ‘could have been even worse’
Discussion: The Politico
Reza Sayah / CNN:
Family waits to see if mother, accused of blasphemy, will be hanged
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why is Congress protecting a tax code that benefits the rich?
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Virginia Republicans want Allen
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Fortune:
A little advice for Obama at the half
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Unemployment Insurance Bill Fails in House; Needed 2/3 Vote Under Suspension
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Michelle Malkin:
D'oh: Sen. Dodd's Tweet of the Day Update: Dodd's office sends e-mail
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