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2:50 PM ET, November 20, 2010

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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Barbara Bush to Palin: stay in Alaska  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin may not have the biggest fan in former first lady Barbara Bush.  —  “I sat next to her once.  Thought she was beautiful,” Barbara Bush said.  “And she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there.”
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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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 800-Pound Mama Grizzly Problem  —  In last week's article on Tim Pawlenty, we noted that Mr. Pawlenty's Google search traffic — which may be a reasonably good proxy for how much interest the candidate generates among the public at large — somewhat lags behind that of several …
Associated Press:
Palin's publisher sues Gawker over book excerpts  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The publisher of Sarah Palin's forthcoming book filed a lawsuit against Gawker Media on Friday for leaking pages of “America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag” before its release next week.
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.
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.
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Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
This Is Not Your Grandmother's Megyn Kelly
The White House:
Weekly Address: Senators Opposing New START “Want to Trust But Not Verify”  —  WASHINGTON - In this week's address, President Obama called ratifying New START this year “fundamental” to America's national security.  Failure to ratify the treaty this year not only would mean losing …
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Citing Reagan, Obama pushes to move stalled arms treaty
Discussion: The Politico
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Religious Group: Pass Nuke Treaty or We All Burn
Washington Post:
Democrats strategists ready to take page from GOP playbook in 2012  —  Major Democratic strategists, still reeling from a barrage of midterm spending by conservative groups, are planning a similarly well-funded campaign by liberal organizations aimed at reelecting President Obama in 2012.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Social Security Trust Fund  —  I really hate this kind of rhetoric from Maya MacGuineas: … I think this is incredibly misleading.  If your rich uncle wanted to set up a trust fund for you and chose to stipulate that the fund should be invested 100 percent in treasuries …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
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NPR:
Are The Social Security Trust Funds A Mirage?
Discussion: Crooked Timber
John Lantigua / Sun-Sentinel:
$11,000 fine, arrest possible for some who refuse airport scans and pat downs  —  Palm Beach Post  —  If you don't want to pass through an airport scanner that allows security agents to see an image of your naked body or to undergo the alternative, a thorough manual search …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NONE DARE CALL IT SABOTAGE.... Consider a thought experiment.  Imagine you actively disliked the United States, and wanted to deliberately undermine its economy.  What kind of positions would you take to do the most damage?  —  You might start with rejecting the advice of economists and oppose any kind of stimulus investments.
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Insiders: If Bristol Palin Wins, ‘Dancing’ Is Ruined  —  At first, having Bristol Palin participate in ‘Dancing With The Stars’ seemed like a brilliant idea.  Just like Kate Gosselin before her, casting an admittedly bad dancer who was shrouded in controversy has raked in big ratings and tons of press.
William Yardley / New York Times:
Naming of Alaska Winner Delayed  —  A federal judge in Alaska on Friday placed a conditional hold on the certification of the results of the contentious Senate race between Joe Miller and Senator Lisa Murkowski, telling the Miller campaign to take its legal challenges to state court.
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Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com:
TSA forces cancer survivor to show prosthetic breast
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Prospective RNC Chair Saul Anuzis Defended Right-Wing Extremist …
Gary Johnson / The Daily Caller:
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Free exchange:
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Pigs Fly. Also, I Agree with Charles Krauthammer
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Huh?  President Obama Tells Volunteers That In Midterms …
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Fog over NY-25 absentee count clears and Ann Marie Buerkle emerges as likely winner
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Science the GOP can't wish away
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