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7:00 AM ET, November 20, 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 …
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.
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Molly Stark Dean / mediabistro.com:
Fox News' Megyn Kelly in GQ: 'You may have heard that we're number one'  —  TVNewser learns that “America Live” anchor Megyn Kelly is in the 2010 GQ Men of the Year issue, which hit newsstands this week.  Kelly is the only tvnewser to be selected for the 2010 media personality.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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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.”
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’
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 and Daily Kos
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. in Vast Insider Trading Probe  —  Federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders and analysts across the nation, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: msnbc.com and naked capitalism
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
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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.
Agence France Presse:
Obama's ‘Beast’ of a limo stands out at green NATO summit  —  LISBON (AFP) - The Portuguese hosts of Friday's NATO summit hoped to use the event to promote clean-energy and electric cars, but all eyes were on US President Barack Obama's diesel-guzzling “Beast” instead.
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Howard LaFranchi / Christian Science Monitor:   At NATO summit, Obama's ride is talk of the town
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
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
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Mona Charen / Townhall.com:
Why Sarah Palin Shouldn't Run  —  By telling Barbara Walters that she thinks she can defeat President Obama, Sarah Palin has dimmed hopes cherished by sensible Republicans that she might decide against a run for the White House in 2012.  Here are just some of the reasons she should not run.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Moderate Voice
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
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.
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: Daily Kos and Hit & Run
NPR:
Are The Social Security Trust Funds A Mirage?  —  Proposals to fix the deficit are coming fast and furious in Washington these days.  One major target: Social Security.  —  Whether you favor cutting Social Security may depend on how you view the Social Security trust funds …
Discussion: Yglesias and Crooked Timber
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
 
 
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Rob Shuter / PopEater:
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
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Washington Post:
Sgt. Giunta's fair fight
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
New York Times:
Detonator at Namibian Airport Was a Test Device
New York Times:
NATO Agrees to Build Missile Defense System
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Bachmann's Popularity Puts G.O.P. on the Spot
Myglesias / Yglesias:
New START  —  The idea of voting down the New START treaty seems …
 Earlier Items: 
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi taps Steve Israel to run DCCC
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Unlearning to Tawk Like a New Yorker
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The Hill:
Waters accuses Ethics of having weak case after calling off her trial
Dan Primack / Fortune:
Tumblr dives into a boatload of money