John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and Dick Lugar hold a media availability to discuss the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. (Douglas Graham/Roll Call)
–President Obama is running the full court press for lame duck ratification of START.
–The national security right jumps all over the Ghailani verdict. Sentencing still to …
–House Democrats vent on Nancy Pelosi as they nonetheless prepare to elect her minority leader today.
–Minor rescheduling causes hand-wringing over Obama’s ballyhooed bipartisan merlot/slurpee supersummit.
–John Sides thinks the White House need not be too
There is a fantastically tricky (and admittedly nerdy) board game called Ex Libris that I used to play with the other English teachers at Winchester College. The title is a Latin phrase meaning, roughly, “out of book.” And the object was to concoct a first line — based on a given title, author and plot summary — that other players …
President Obama shakes hands with South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak as they hold a joint news conference at the G20 Summit in Seoul, November 11, 2010. (Reuters/Jim Young)
–Howard Gleckman at the Tax Policy Institute is pretty jazzed about the Simpson-Bowles deficit proposals, but realistic about what the plan really is:
President Obama talks to Istiqlal Mosque’s Grand Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub during a visit to the mosque in Jakarta November 10, 2010. (Reuters)
–Chris Cillizza surveys the field of candidates to take over the DSCC for what looks like a challenging 2012 cycle for Senate Dems.
–Jon Ralston says Senator Ensign is “a walking …
President Obama waves after arriving at Halim Perdanakusuma airport in Jakarta November 9, 2010. (Reuters)
–The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is having some problems finding someone willing to take the reins from Bob Menendez. It’s understandable; 23 Dems from the upper chamber are on the block next cycle and a number …
That picture (Reuters/Jason Reed) is from the incident Scherer described.
–The Des Moines Register weighs how the conservative mojo this cycle may translate to the Iowa caucuses.
–The Boston Herald really thinks it’s Scott Brown’s time.
–Politico likes Marco Rubio for veep.
–Tim Pawlenty wants to make things all …
Senator-elect Mark Kirk meets with democratic rival Alexi Giannoulias at the Billy Goat Tavern November 3, in Chicago. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
–The economy added 151,000 jobs in October, with private sector gains significantly outstripping government losses. The labor force shrank and the overall unemployment rate …
–A lot of good stuff in this week’s newsstand issue of TIME. That cover says a lot all on its own.
–Mitch McConnell will restate his priority of making Obama a one-term president today. It looks like a bad cop routine to compliment Boehner’s good cop one.
–Jim DeMint settles into his role and
Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell smiles after casting her ballot in Wilmington, Delaware on November 2. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)
–Walking up the big vote, our own Michael Duffy writes about the crucial yet fickle independents who are poised to deliver major gains to Republicans. A taste:
But in this pendulum-driven
Google sends over some interesting stats on the most searched/watched political content of the cycle:
–Remember when Scherer wrote that Florida had the best Senate race in America? It still manages to be fascinating despite Marco Rubio’s robust lead. The drama unfolding there is, well, dramatic. I would (re)direct you to our Miami bureau chief Tim Padgett. Reading between the lines: With Charlie Crist cajoling …