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2:05 PM ET, November 23, 2010

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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 against the North after the North fired dozens of shells at a South Korean island, killing two South Korean soldiers …
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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  —  NORTH KOREA has burnished the leadership credentials of its 26-year-old dictator-in-waiting with a deadly artillery attack on South Korean territory, causing its neighbour to return fire and scramble F-16 fighters.
CNN:
S. Korea leader calls for ‘retaliation’
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 …
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Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Negotiator for Taliban was an impostor, Afghan officials say
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
N.Y. Dem might vote Boehner for Speaker  —  A Democratic congressman who backed Speaker Nancy Pelosi for minority leader said Monday it is “quite possible” he might vote for Republican John Boehner for Speaker in the next Congress.  —  Rep. Bill Owens (N.Y.) said he voted for Pelosi …
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Nathan Brown / AdirondackDailyEnterprise:
Owens backs Pelosi, might support Boehner
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and USA Today
Jake Sherman / The Politico:   N.Y. Dem might vote for Boehner
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Nancy Pelosi to fly commercial
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Nancy Pelosi Will Fly Commercial, Too
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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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Washington Post:
Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans support full-body scanners at airports
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New poll undercuts GOP claims of a midterm mandate  —  WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans want the Congress to keep the new health care law or actually expand it, despite Republican claims that they have a mandate from the people to kill it, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Empty promises on health care will haunt Obama
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Affordable Care Act Repeal Unlikely, Unpopular
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and TPMDC
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.
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:   Gross Domestic Product, 3rd quarter 2010 (second estimate); …
The Fix:
Sarah Palin's Mike Huckabee problem  —  1. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday that Sarah Palin might well “run away” with the Republican nomination for president.  —  It's funny Huckabee should say such a thing, because he's got a lot of say over whether she does just that.
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Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Miller files vote-count lawsuit in state court
Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
The unholy (s)election of Bristol Palin  —  I feel for Bristol Palin.  Here's a plucky young woman who signed up for “Dancing With the Stars” knowing she had no chance to win but thinking it might be an adventure.  Bristol had never danced and was up against some world-class dancers.  That takes guts.
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Lisa de Moraes / Washington Post:
Poll numbers suggest Bristol Palin doesn't have ‘Dancing’ legs to stand on  —  Fifty-four percent of Americans think Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol is one of the finalists on ABC's competition series “Dancing With the Stars” because of large-scale voting by viewers who support her mother …
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).
Discussion: CNN and Wonkette
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Former President Bush names Romney as favorite GOP presidential contender
Zogby:
Zogby Interactive: Obama Falls to 39%, As Support from Democrats Continues to Slide; He Trails Romney, J. Bush & Gingrich in '12  —  Those Saying U.S. on Wrong Track Hits High Under Obama of 69%  —  UTICA, New York - President Barack Obama's job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Lowest ever: Obama job approval sinks to 39%, as even Democrats' support melts away
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
Andrew Malcolm / Hot Air:
How low will he go? Obama hits 39% job approval
Discussion: Moonbattery and Say Anything
Michelle Singletary / Washington Post:
Woman who told Obama her financial fears has lost her job  —  Nobody is safe.  —  Velma Hart, who burst onto the media scene after telling President Obama she was scared about her financial future, has been laid off.  Hart was let go as the chief financial officer for Am Vets, a nonprofit Maryland-based veteran services organization.
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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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box, Hot Air and USA Today
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
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
House Republican gains rise to 62 seats  —  Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) conceded defeat to Republican challenger Blake Farenthold late Monday after the recount he requested barely made a dent in the Republican's election night lead.  Farenthold's final margin of victory stood at 648 votes.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Fox News said to reject ad on 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Fox News has declined to air an ad advocating for repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military, a source at the public policy think tank Palm Center informs Raw Story.
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Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Pentagon: No gays were discharged in past month
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Irish Debt Crisis Forces Collapse of Government  —  DUBLIN — The Irish government faced imminent collapse on Monday, only a day after it signed off on a $100 billion bailout, setting the stage for a new election early next year and injecting the threat of political instability …
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Paul Krugman:
HAMPing Europe's Periphery
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
 
 
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