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7:25 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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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 …
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Bernanke Takes Aim at China  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is firing back amid criticism at home and abroad of the Fed's easy-money policies, arguing that China and others are causing global problems by preventing their currencies from strengthening as their economies boom.
Discussion: The Page and New York Magazine
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Bernanke Faults China for ‘Persistent Imbalances’
Wall Street Journal:
‘Refudiation’ of $600 Billion Printed Out of Thin Air
Discussion: The Confluence and GOP 12
Wookie / Media Matters for America:
Fox's “Nazi” rhetoric also comes straight from the top  —  In a recent interview, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes referred to National Public Radio executives as “Nazis” with a “Nazi attitude,” and claimed “[t]hey are the left wing of Nazism.”  Ailes' employees at Fox News, particularly Glenn Beck …
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Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Chief Blasts NPR ‘Nazis’
Andy Newman / City Room:
Live Blog: Committee Recommends Censure for Rangel  —  Representative Charles B. Rangel at the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct hearing on Thursday.  —  Update, 6:29 p.m. |  The House ethics committee has recommended censure for Representative Charles B. Rangel for ethics violations.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Midwest gains boost GOP confidence  —  SAN DIEGO - The party's Midwestern resurgence signals serious trouble for President Barack Obama's reelection bid, GOP governors asserted Thursday at the Republican Governors Association meeting in San Diego.  —  Following a string of GOP wins in Senate …
Discussion: CNN
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Wayne Slater / TRAIL BLAZERS:
Rick Perry open to sending the US military into Mexico
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:   Texas Gov. Perry to head Republican Governors Association
Washington Post:
Ghailani verdict makes stronger case for military detentions  —  The Obama administration's critics are missing the point on Ahmed Ghailani.  Their reaction to his acquittal this week on 284 criminal counts and conviction on only one exaggerates both the vices of civilian courts and the virtues of military commissions.
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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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Yeshiva World News:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: NYC Legislators Seek Ban On Full Body Scanners In New York  —  New York — Today on the steps of City Hall, Councilman David G. Greenfield was joined by Council Members Gale Brewer, Fernando Cabrera, Debi Rose, Robert Jackson, Jumaane Williams, and Brad Lander in support …
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Afghan Hero Dog Is Euthanized by Mistake in U.S.  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. — When a suicide bomber entered an American military barracks in Afghanistan in February, it was not American soldiers but Afghan stray dogs that confronted him.  Target and two other dogs snarled, barked and snapped at the man …
Discussion: Gawker
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.
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Sources: Cornyn Jabs at DeMint's Interference in Primaries  —  Sen. John Cornyn said during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he expects colleagues to bring their concerns to him about candidates he recruits as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman — and not to help mount challenges …
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and National Review
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.
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski Tells Local TV She Will Vote For Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal  —  Last night during an appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) refused to say if she would vote for a National Defense Authorization Act that included a repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but this afternoon …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Politico and DownWithTyranny!
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.
thegwpf.org:
IPCC Official: “Climate Policy Is Redistributing The World's Wealth”  —  Climate policy has almost nothing to do anymore with environmental protection, says the German economist and IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer.  The next world climate summit in Cancun is actually an economy summit during …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and The Gateway Pundit
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.
Fox News:
Senator Jay Rockefeller Wishes FCC Would Shut Down Fox News  —  A powerful Democratic senator, pointing the finger at cable news for a politically toxic climate in Washington, unleashed a stunning tirade in which he expressed his desire to see the Federal Communications Commission shut down Fox News and MSNBC.
 
 
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Belinda Luscombe / Time:
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Haaretz:
‘War criminals’ site exposing personal details of IDF soldiers taken down
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
John Ensign prepped Sharron Angle for Harry Reid debate
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and TPMDC
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Why is Congress protecting a tax code that benefits the rich?
Discussion: TPMCafe and Swampland
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Virginia Republicans want Allen
Discussion: Ballot Box and GOP 12
 Earlier Items: 
Fortune:
A little advice for Obama at the half
Discussion: The New Republic
Agence France Presse:
Clinton critical of religious freedom in Europe
ABCNEWS:
Are GOP Leaders Quietly Trying to Axe Office of Congressional Ethics?
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Unemployment Insurance Bill Fails in House; Needed 2/3 Vote Under Suspension
Discussion: Daily Kos
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Dear Airline, I'm Leaving You
 

 
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Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
Netflix said India brought in the second-highest net subscriber additions in Q2 and was the third highest-country in revenue growth

 
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