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11:45 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 …
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’
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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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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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Alan Simpson: Deficit Plan Can Pass After Debt Limit ‘Blood Bath’
Discussion: The Confluence, Daily Kos and CFR.org
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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 …
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Mona Charen / Townhall.com:
Why Sarah Palin Shouldn't Run
Discussion: sisu and Hit & Run
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Aides Relish Beltway's Skepticism
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Huh?  President Obama Tells Volunteers That In Midterms “You Guys Turned ‘Yes We Can’ Into ‘Yes We Did’  —  Members of Organizing for America - the president's former campaign committee - received a text message today asking them to call 888-206-1431 “to hear a special message from President Obama.”
Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
This Is Not Your Grandmother's Megyn Kelly  —  Nearly three years ago, we predicted that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly would be a rising star through the election and beyond.  And we've been proven right: She's gone from co-anchoring America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer to hosting her own two-hour show in the middle of the afternoon.
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.
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.
Kimberly Schwandt / Fox News:
White House Press Secretary Scales Back On-Camera Briefings  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has scaled back his on-camera daily briefing schedule compared to last year and also has only given 10 of them in October and November combined.  —  His last and only on-camera briefing at the White House this month was November 4.
Dallas Blog:
Ron Paul to TSA: Stop Irradiating Our Bodies and Fondling Our Children!  —  Ron Paul introduced legislation to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees conducting screenings at the nation's airports:  —  A BILL - HR 6416
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Washington Times editor out  —  Sam Dealey will be stepping down as editor of the Washington Times, following the sale of the paper to a group led by members of the paper's old guard who were ousted a year ago, sources close to the paper tell POLITICO.  —  Dealey was informed this afternoon.
Discussion: Romenesko and FishbowlDC
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
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Senate passes one-month ‘doc fix’  —  The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Finance Committee shepherded through a one-month “doc fix” Thursday paid for by cuts to payments for certain therapy services.  —  The goal is to have the House pick up the bill after the Thanksgiving recess, on Nov. 29 or 30.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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: The Other McCain and AmSpecBlog
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
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
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.  —  Leading up to the health care vote this year …
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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