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9:55 PM ET, November 23, 2010

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Michelle Malkin:
The no-grope list: Look who gets a junk-touching exemption  —  Don't squeeze the J-Nap.  —  You've heard of the “no-fly” list.  —  Now get a load of the no-grope list — a roster of the privileged federal officials and politicians who don't have to be subjected to TSA's grabby hands.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Doug Ross
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Next step for body scanners could be trains, boats, metro  —  The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.
Daily Mail:
'We hate obese passengers and people with personal hygiene issues:' Now ‘abused’ TSA staff vent their anger at patdown searches  —  Furious security staff today hit back at pat down searches in airports across America, claiming that they hated dealing with obese travellers and those with personal hygiene problems.
Discussion: The Daily Bail
Associated Press:
TSA: Some gov't officials to skip airport security  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
Airport Pat-Downs: TSA Says it Can Fine You for Backing Out
Discussion: Gothamist
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Ratings Plummet  —  After setting a TLC ratings record last week, Sarah Palin's reality show plummeted for its second episode.  —  Sarah Palin's Alaska fell 40% on Sunday night to 3 million viewers.  —  Not many were in the key adult demo either.
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Elizabeth Wurtzel / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin, Riot Grrrl  —  To paraphrase Lillian Hellman, I don't agree with a word that Sarah Palin says, including “and” and “the.”  And as a liberal feminist, it drives me absolutely bonkers that Palin is the most visible working mother and female politician in America …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
CABLE RAT RACE: Palin Drops Big In Week 2; ‘Walking Dead’ Steady  —  Sarah Palin lost almost half of her premiere audience in the second airing of her TLC reality series Sarah Palin's Alaska.  On Sunday, the series executive produced by Mark Burnett, drew 3 million viewers.
Jedediah Bila / Human Events:
Book Review: Sarah Palin's “America by Heart”
Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
Sarah Palin's Media Strategy
Discussion: Moe Lane and CNN
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
‘Crisis Status’ in South Korea After North Shells Island  —  SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean military went to “crisis status” on Tuesday and threatened military strikes after the North fired dozens of shells at a South Korean island, killing two of the South's soldiers and setting off …
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Obama on North Korea: China Must Help
John Garnaut / Sydney Morning Herald:
North Korean dictator-in-waiting linked to deadly artillery attack
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter  —  The nation's workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever.  —  American businesses brought in $1.66 trillion at an annual rate in the third quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday.
Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
It's over: Buerkle clinches seat in Congress as Maffei concedes 25th District  —  Ann Marie Buerkle will be Syracuse's next representative in Congress, its first woman in the U.S. House.  —  U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, the Democrat, called Buerkle today to concede, ending three weeks of ballot inspections, recounting and court wrangling.
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Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Rep. Maffei concedes, GOP gains 63rd seat
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bishop leads Altschuler as absentee count ends
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Democratic Rep. Costa hangs on in California
Discussion: The Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Decline your health care, say GOP voters  —  Most Americans think incoming Congressmen who campaigned against the health care bill should put their money where their mouth is and decline government provided health care now that they're in office.  Only 33% think they should accept the health care …
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House Dem dares GOP on healthcare repeal
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New poll undercuts GOP claims of a midterm mandate
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post hires conservative blogger  —  The Washington Post boasts some of the top liberal bloggers, such as Ezra Klein and Greg Sargent.  Now the paper's bringing a conservative into the blog stable.  —  The Post has hired Jennifer Rubin, previously with Commentary magazine …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Rubin to WaPo  —  Jennifer Rubin moves from Commentary …
Discussion: Salon and Moe Lane
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Effort for Liberal Balance to G.O.P. Groups Begins  —  In what may prove a significant development for the 2012 elections, David Brock, a prominent Democratic political operative, says he has amassed $4 million in pledges over the last few weeks and is moving quickly to hire a staff to set …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Sally Quinn — who says “Dancing is my religion” — denounces Bristol Palin's success on “Dancing with the Stars” as “unholy.”  —  And this strangely sanctimonious journalist — she's writing in the always awful “On Faith” section of The Washington Post — condemns Palin voters for “cheating” …
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Irin Carmon / Jezebel:
The Disturbing World Of Dickflash.com  —  “Is this one of us?” reads a message-board headline.  Attached is that video of the woman confronting her subway flasher.  But the board commenters aren't talking about her.  Welcome to Dickflash, a twisted forum where flashers trade tips and tricks.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Joe. My. God.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi to fly commercial  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will give up more than just the majority in the next Congress — she'll be stripped of her right to use military aircraft.  —  Since becoming speaker in 2007, Pelosi has used Air Force jets for flights …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Sharpton Calls For FCC Action Against Rush Limbaugh  —  SHARP-LY REPRESSIVE  —  Reverend Al: Time For FCC Crackdown On Rush  —  With Democrats holding a majority on the FCC's board, lefties are salivating over a post-election opportunity to quietly impose a crackdown on free speech in talk radio.
Blake Eskin / News Desk:
Before the Junk Jokes: Airport Security Cartoons  —  As Americans debate the safety and propriety of new airport scanning devices, gear up for National Opt-Out Day, and endure a lot of headlines with the word “junk” in them, the Washington Post has reported on a “cheap and simple fix” to the problem:
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Exclusive: In Letter, Gates Dismissed McCain's Concerns About DADT Study  —  In late September, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressing his concerns that the Pentagon's Working Group review of Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was operating under the condition that …
Amanda Hess / TBD All News:
Daily Caller: Draft lesbians, then turn them straight  —  BREAKING from the Daily Caller: The United States military can be cured of homosexuality once and for all if it allows lesbians to serve but forbids gay men to do so, according to one elderly man who has extensive experience showering with dozens of other dudes.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Congressman fires chief of staff after arrest on sex charges  —  Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) has fired his chief of staff, effective last Friday, after his arrest on charges of soliciting sex from a minor.  —  Rothman spokesman Aaron Keyak said that Robert Decheine, the lawmaker's former top aide …
 
 
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