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7:45 PM ET, November 19, 2010

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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Joe Scarborough suspended from MSNBC for campaign donations  —  MSNBC said Friday that it is suspending “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough for two days after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices during …
Ezra Klein:
The Democrats have picked the wrong strategy on the Bush tax cuts  —  The Democrats are converging around a strategy on the Bush tax cuts that, if it works, would potentially eliminate the tax cuts for the rich.  The votes in the Senate are such that legislators on both sides say the strategy won't work …
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Extend the Bush Tax Cuts Below $1 Million? I'm Intrigued...
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Politico
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Don't touch my junk  —  Ah, the airport, where modern folk heroes are made.  The airport, where that inspired flight attendant did what everyone who's ever been in the spam-in-a-can crush of a flying aluminum tube - where we collectively pretend that a clutch of peanuts is a meal and a seat cushion is a …
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New York Times:
Minority Report  —  As the speaker of the House of Representatives, where Democrats just lost 60-odd seats as well as their controlling majority, you led your party into the worst electoral defeat in decades.  And yet you chose to run for Democratic leader in the next Congress.  Why not just step down?
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Pelosi: Boehner is ‘known to cry’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Note:
Fmr Sen. Alan Simpson Predicts Govt. Shutdown  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, the top Republican on the President's bipartisan debt commission, painted a vivid picture of what Washington will look like when the national debt limit must …
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Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Another shutdown?  —  Grover Norquist wants a do-over.  —  The head of the influential Americans for Tax Reform is encouraging the new House Republican majority to adopt a take-no-prisoners approach to federal spending — and if that leads to a 1995-style government shutdown, so be it.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Alan Simpson: Deficit Plan Can Pass After Debt Limit ‘Blood Bath’
Discussion: The Confluence, Daily Kos and CFR.org
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
FEC won't punish Ensign for cash to mistress  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint against Sen. John Ensign over a $96,000 payment his parents made to his former mistress and her family.  —  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington …
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
FEC dismisses complaint against Sen. Ensign over payments to former mistress
Discussion: The Politico
Tim Sahd / Hotline On Call:
Etheridge Concedes To Ellmers  —  Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) formally conceded this afternoon after results from a completed recount were expected to show he didn't make up any significant ground in his race against Rep.-elect Renee Ellmers (R).  —  In his concession statement …
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Etheridge hits ‘distortions’ and ‘dirty politics’ in concession
GQ:
$#!% Joe Biden Says  —  Can he raise the rafters like his boss?  No. But nobody can flat-out talk like Joe Biden.  And these days, everybody's listening  —  There are only two reporters traveling coast-to-coast with the vice president on Air Force Two on a clear day in early October.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war  —  The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics …
The Hill:
Waters accuses Ethics of having weak case after calling off her trial  —  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) accused the ethics committee of having a weak case that is unraveling after the panel abruptly canceled her upcoming public trial.  —  “The committee's decision to cancel the hearing …
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Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Maxine Waters Ethics Trial Put On Hold
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Cathy Bossi / WBTV-TV:
Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down … Most Viewed Stories  —  RSS Feeds  —  Get sports stories via RSS.  —  Add headlines to your RSS news reader.  More>>
The Politico:
Senate Democrats vent anger with Barack Obama  —  Senate Democrats - including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida - lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.
BBC:
Spain ‘orgasm’ video criticised by politicians  —  An excerpt from the video shows the woman getting ‘excited’ about voting  —  Spanish politicians have criticised a video by the Young Socialists in Catalonia in which a woman simulates an orgasm while casting her vote.
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com
Howard LaFranchi / Christian Science Monitor:
At NATO summit, Obama's ride is talk of the town  —  Some heads of state are zipping around Lisbon, host city of the NATO summit, in no-emission electric vehicles.  Security dictates that Obama travel in the no-efficiency ‘Beast,’ a vehicle that fascinates the local press.  —  Lisbon
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Slams Michelle Obama in Racially Charged Passage From New Book  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  In passages leaked from her forthcoming book America by Heart, Sarah Palin — the erstwhile quitter governor of Alaska, who now, by all indications, fancies herself as President of the United States …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Michele Bachmann's Popularity Puts G.O.P. on the Spot  —  WASHINGTON — Even from thousands of miles away, through a computer screen, over Skype, and into a packed room in Fresno, Calif., Representative Michele Bachmann knows how to ignite a crowd.  —  During the run-up to the health care vote this year …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE WRONG QUESTION AT THE WRONG TIME.... CBS News sent around a press release yesterday afternoon about a special “In Focus: Debt and Deficit,” hosted by Katie Couric.  —  The release noted, “With this year's record-breaking deficit of $1.5 trillion — the biggest ever in U.S. history …
Discussion: The New Republic and Time
KMOV-TV:
Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault  —  (KMOV) — More Americans are growing angrier, over what the Transportation Security Administration, admits are more intrusive security put downs at airports.  —  One woman is comparing her experience at Lambert Airport to a sexual assault.
George E. Condon Jr / NationalJournal.com:
Meditation Diet  —  Now out of prison, a slimmed-down Bob Ney spends his days in India with devotees of the Dalai Lama.  —  Former Rep. Bob Ney and Tenzin Sherab by the prayer wheels at Sarah College.  —  Most Americans got their last glimpse of Bob Ney in 2006 when the powerful Ohio …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Forces Showdown With G.O.P. on Arms Pact  —  WASHINGTON — Just two weeks after an election that left him struggling to find his way forward, President Obama has decided to confront Senate Republicans in a make-or-break battle over arms control that could be an early test of his mettle heading into the final two years of his term.
Conservative Generation / Left Coast Rebel:
Fog over NY-25 absentee count clears and Ann Marie Buerkle emerges as likely winner  —  It's nearly a “mathematical certainty” according to a spokeperson associated with Ann Marie Buerkle's campaign.  Thanks to a recanvass of Wayne County and the final absentee count in Onondaga County.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Other McCain
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Axis of Depression  —  What do the government of China, the government of Germany and the Republican Party have in common?  They're all trying to bully the Federal Reserve into calling off its efforts to create jobs.  And the motives of all three are highly suspect.  —  It's not as if the Fed is doing anything radical.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Another TSA Outrage  —  UPDATE: I'm getting a lot of emails asking if this is actually true and is this person actually someone I know.  (1) Yes it is true — it is too absurd to be made up.  (2) Yes, I know the person.  —  A friend of mine sent me this about his TSA experience.
 
 
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New York Times:
NATO Leaders Agree to Build Missile Defense System
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
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Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
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Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Daily Dish
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Unlearning to Tawk Like a New Yorker
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 Earlier Items: 
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Parking in New Haven  —  I never like to visit a place without checking …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Washington Post:
Aggressive lobbying defends mortgage-trading system
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
CNN:
Senate passes black farmers settlement
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Miller seeks to stop election certification
Discussion: Raw Story, TPMDC and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Centrifuges