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4:25 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...  The idea's been bouncing around for a while, but Politico suggests some Senate Dems are now seriously considering it, even if many of their colleagues aren't wild about it: … The political argument in favor is that it makes …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Politico
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Boehner Warns GOP on Debt Ceiling
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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Scott / Power Line:
Revolt against the TSA  —  The revolt against the TSA is a sign of the times.  Popular frustration with the TSA dates back to its establishment during the Bush administration.  It is another big government bureaucracy that performs ineptly and with gross inconvenience.
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 …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:   Afghans to Be Shocked, Awed By Novel Experience of Heavy Military …
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?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Pelosi: Boehner is ‘known to cry’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Another shutdown?  —  Grover Norquist wants a do-over.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senator John Ensign may support DADT repeal  —  Another step forward on Don't Ask Don't Tell, ladies and gents.  —  In a letter to constituents who have inquired about his position on DADT, GOP Senator John Ensign strongly suggests he is leaning towards supporting repeal of the policy …
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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 …
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
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
New York Times:
Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Centrifuges  —  Experts dissecting the computer worm suspected of being aimed at Iran's nuclear program have determined that it was precisely calibrated in a way that could send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control.  —  Their conclusion, while not definitive …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Parking in New Haven  —  I never like to visit a place without checking out its local parking regulations.  So I found the New Haven zoning ordinance and I looked up the quantity of parking that you need to build in order to construct something in the designated zones for “General High-Density Residential”:
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Maxine Waters Ethics Trial Put On Hold … On the day after the House Ethics Committee recommended a censure for Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), the committee announced Friday that it will not hold the trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Nov. 29, as scheduled.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Schneier on Security:
TSA Backscatter X-ray Backlash  —  Things are happening so fast that I don't know if I should bother.  But here are some links and observations.  —  The head of the Allied Pilots Association is telling its members to avoid both the full body scanners and the patdowns.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Discourse.net
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Miller seeks to stop election certification  —  LAWSUIT: Candidate asserts misspelled votes shouldn't count.  —  The Republican candidate in the Alaska U.S. Senate race asked a federal judge Thursday for a preliminary injunction stopping officials from certifying the election.
Discussion: Raw Story, TPMDC and Daily Kos
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Steele defends record: ‘Enormous success’  —  (CNN) - Michael Steele is defending his record at the helm of the Republican National Committee, sending a memo to committee members Friday describing the past cycle as an “overwhelming success.”  —  The five-page memo comes amidst heavy criticism …
Discussion: The Politico
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Incoming Labor Committee Chair Says Jobless Benefits Aren't A Priority: 'We Can't Fund Everything'  —  Yesterday, the House of Representatives failed to pass a (far too short) three-month extension of unemployment benefits.  If Congress does not act to extend benefits by the end of the month …
 
 
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
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CNN:
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New York Times:
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Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Questioning a Payroll Tax Holiday
Discussion: Economist's View
Morris Panner / Washington Post:
Strangling innovation with red tape
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Los Angeles Times:
Democrats unhappy with Obama's tactics plot change
DailyTelegraph:
Burqa-clad mum Carnita Matthews jailed for six months
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
With Holder at the helm, detainee policy is a disaster
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Raising Social Security Retirement Age Could Cause Spike in Disability Payments
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Kos
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Aides Relish Beltway's Skepticism
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Thank the Courts  —  “America has reached a fork in the road …