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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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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW: North Korea fires artillery barrage on South.  If they start anything, I say nuke 'em.  And not with just a few bombs.  They've caused enough trouble — and it would be a useful lesson for Iran, too.  We can't afford another Korean war, but hey, we're already dismantling warheads. . . .
Washington Post:
North Korea fires artillery at South Korean island of Yeongpyeong  —  BEIJING - North Korea launched a massive artillery barrage on a South Korean island Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines, wounding at least 19 other people and setting more than 60 buildings ablaze …
John Garnaut / Sydney Morning Herald:
North Korean dictator-in-waiting linked to deadly artillery attack
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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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.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire, Weigel and FrumForum
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.
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 …
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Liberal group uses outside money to match GOP
Discussion: Sunlight Foundation
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.
Discussion: Washington Wire and Ruby Slippers
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Citizen:
Buerkle wins 25th after Maffei concedes
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:   Rep. Maffei concedes, GOP gains 63rd seat
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
House Republican gains rise to 62 seats
Discussion: CNN, Wake up America and Politics Daily
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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 …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Affordable Care Act Repeal Unlikely, Unpopular
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
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
N.Y. Dem might vote for Boehner  —  An upstate New York Democrat that survived this month's Republican wave is leaving the door open to voting for John Boehner as speaker.  —  Rep. Bill Owens told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Monday's edition that it was “quite possible” …
Discussion: National Review and FrumForum
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi to fly commercial
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Jawa Report
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
N.Y. Dem Owens might support Republican John Boehner for Speaker
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
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Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
Airport Pat-Downs: TSA Says it Can Fine You for Backing Out
Discussion: Slate, Gothamist and Hot Air
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
My TSA Anti-Rant  —  I am so going to regret writing this post.  For those of you who used to respect me, please just chalk it up to food poisoning or early onset Alzheimer's or whatever.  But here goes.  —  I hate the TSA screening process.  Everyone hates the TSA screening process.
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Felicia Sonmez / The Fix:
The ins and outs of the Rahm Emanuel residency challenge  —  Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (D) may face as many as 19 other contenders in the race to succeed retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D), according to candidate filings submitted Monday.
Discussion: Clout St, The SouthtownStar and WGN
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Senator considering run for Chicago mayor
New York Times:
Taliban Leader in Secret Talks Was an Impostor  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table …
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.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
BARBARA BUSH EXPLAINS MISCARRIAGE ANECDOTE  —  George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush appeared on CNN's “Larry King Live” Monday night, and George said that the two were “living a quiet life” (even though George said he still planned on sky-diving in 2014 to mark his 90th birthday, an endeavor he undertakes every year).
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 …
Aurelius / Pundit Press:
NBC Names Ground Zero Mosque Developer a “Person of the Year”  —  NBC and its affiliates have been trounced in ratings over the last several years.  With stations like MSNBC under their belt and liberals such as Matt Lauer and Keith Olbermann hosting programs, NBC is clearly disconnected with the average American.
Ezra Klein:
The future of Social Security in one graph  —  This comes from the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, and it lists the impact of all of the various deficit-reduction plans on a medium-income Social Security beneficiary (click for a larger version):  —  It's worth noting that the “current law” …
Discussion: Angry Bear
 
 
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