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4:00 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 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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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
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
U.S. condemns N.Korean shelling, shows restraint
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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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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, FrumForum and Weigel
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.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, Mediaite and Gawker
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
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   N.Y. Dem Owens might support Republican John Boehner for Speaker
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
N.Y. Dem might vote for Boehner
Discussion: National Review
Nathan Brown / AdirondackDailyEnterprise:
Owens backs Pelosi, might support Boehner
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and USA Today
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Nancy Pelosi Will Fly Commercial, Too
Discussion: CNN and The Jawa Report
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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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Decline your health care, say GOP voters
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and TPMDC
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Empty promises on health care will haunt Obama
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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.
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).
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Former President Bush names Romney as favorite GOP presidential contender
Discussion: HotAirPundit
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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Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Dan Maffei's options in New York's 25th Congressional District: Concede or recount
Discussion: Big Government and USA Today
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
House Republican gains rise to 62 seats
Discussion: CNN and Politics Daily
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 …
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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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 …
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Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Pentagon: No gays were discharged in past month
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Matthew Vadum / The Daily Caller:
The voter fraud hall of shame: Milwaukee voter fraud conviction makes ACORN's 2010 total at least 15  —  Yet another former ACORN employee was convicted of voter fraud last week.  This brings the total number of convictions for former workers from the embattled group to at least 15 so far this year.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Verum Serum
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Daily Pill Lowers H.I.V. Infection Risk, Study Finds  —  In a development that could change the battle against AIDS, researchers have found that taking a daily antiretroviral pill greatly lowers the chances of getting infected with the virus.  —  In the study, published Tuesday …
 
 
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Bcook / Fox Nation:
Obama Administration Buys One in Four Hybrids as Consumer Market Slumps
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Iran's nuclear program reportedly struggling
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Anuzis Adds RNC Backers
Discussion: The Note and Weigel
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Government yells “Terrorism” to justify TSA procedures
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Sauce for the Goose, Airline Style
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Senator considering run for Chicago mayor
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
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 Earlier Items: 
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
Airport Pat-Downs: TSA Says it Can Fine You for Backing Out
Discussion: Slate, Gothamist and Hot Air
Paul Krugman:
HAMPing Europe's Periphery
Discussion: Grasping Reality …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Tax Issues Rank as Top Priority for Lame-Duck Congress
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
FCC Updating 911 for the Texting Generation, SRSLY
Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Go ahead, touch my junk