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5:30 PM ET, November 16, 2010

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Robert J. Hawkins / SignOnSanDiego.com:
TSA to investigate body scan resister  —  Oceanside man took a stand against security, went viral  —  The Transportation Security Administration has opened an investigation targeting John Tyner, the Oceanside man who left Lindbergh Field under duress on Saturday morning after refusing to undertake a full body scan.
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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
One Hundred Naked Citizens: One Hundred Leaked Body Scans  —  At the heart of the controversy over “body scanners” is a promise: The images of our naked bodies will never be public.  U.S. Marshals in a Florida Federal courthouse saved 35,000 images on their scanner.  These are those images.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid airport anger, GOP takes aim at screening  —  Did you know that the nation's airports are not required to have Transportation Security Administration screeners checking passengers at security checkpoints?  The 2001 law creating the TSA gave airports the right to opt out of the TSA program …
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
Investigate the TSA, Not Tyner … The TSA is opening an investigation targeting John Tyner, the man who earned himself an aggressive “pat down” at the airport when he refused to go through the TSA's new AIT “porno scanners.”  —  But it's the TSA that should be investigated, not Tyner.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   John Tyner, the young man who resisted the TSA's groin-grope, will now be probed.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Full-Body Backlash  —  As full-body scanners come …
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:   We Look Forward To Seeing Your “Next” Vacation Photos!
The Hill:
House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), once one of the most powerful members of the House, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of violating House ethics rules and now faces punishment.  —  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) …
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David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
Rangel Is Found to Have Violated House Ethics Rules
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andy Newman / City Room:
Rangel's Ethics Violations
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
GOP frosh: Where's my health care?  —  A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan from the government takes a month to kick in.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE REPUBLICAN WANTS HIS GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDIZED HEALTH CARE NOW. …
Discussion: The Confluence and Daily Kos
Ezra Klein:
GOP legislator frets over 28 days without insurance …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Angry left to Obama: Stop caving on agenda  —  Liberals furious with a White House they view as constantly telegraphing compromise with Republicans are pressuring President Obama to get tougher, arguing that is the only way he will win both progressives and independents in 2012.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Labor big: White House, Dem leaders seriously mulling middle class tax cut vote  —  This is encouraging: One of the most powerful labor leaders in the country just said that he's in direct talks with the White House and Dem leaders about throwing down the gauntlet and holding a vote …
Discussion: Guardian, Open Left, TPMDC, Daily Kos and MyDD
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Jim Inhofe says he'll keep earmarking
Discussion: The Note, USA Today and Hot Air
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem leader: Party ‘responded like Hoover’ to unemployment crisis  —  The Democratic Party's Herbert Hoover-like response to high unemployment cost them their majority, a member of the House Democratic leadership team said Tuesday.  —  Rep. John Larson (Conn.), the House Democratic Caucus chairman …
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Paul Farhi / Arts Post:
PBS edits Tina Fey's remarks from Twain event  —  Tina Fey got a little political airbrushing from PBS Sunday night during its annual broadcast of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  —  Fey, this year's recipient of the prize, caused a few ripples during her acceptance speech …
Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski passes Miller in vote count  —  The Division of Elections has counted 1,000 more votes for Lisa Murkowski than Joe Miller, and the absentees Miller was banking on didn't go his way.  —  The current count stands at 92,164 votes for Murkowski and 90,448 for Miller.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Two Cultures  —  Many of the psychologists, artists and moral philosophers I know are liberal, so it seems strange that American liberalism should adopt an economic philosophy that excludes psychology, emotion and morality.  —  Yet that is what has happened.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Top RNC aide quits, blasts Michael Steele  —  Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins resigned from his post Tuesday morning with a stinging indictment of Chairman Michael Steele's two-year tenure at the committee.  —  In a four-page letter to Steele …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
KYL INTENT ON DESTROYING U.S. FOREIGN POLICY.... This isn't just political madness; this is petty partisanship that literally puts American national security interests at risk. … The issues that Kyl describes as “unresolved” have, in fact, been resolved — leading administration officials …
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Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Kyl leans against START vote in lame duck
Discussion: The Note and Mother Jones
Bryan Fischer / The Moral Liberal:
The Feminization of the Medal of Honor  —  The Medal of Honor will be awarded this afternoon to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for his heroism in Afghanistan, and deservedly so.  He took a bullet in his protective vest as he pulled one soldier to safety, and then rescued the sergeant …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Wall Street Journal:
The Newest Medal of Honor
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Amanda Carey / The Daily Caller:
Author of DOJ report targeting NJ Governor Chris Christie has history of using position for political purposes, sources say  —  The Daily Caller has learned that the author behind the recent report from the Department of Justice that targeted five former U.S. attorneys for excessive travel expenses has had …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Obama's Obsessive Focus  —  I assume the entire progressive blogosphere will agree with me that trying to pursue a more “bipartisan tone” in Washington is a substantively foolish idea for the White House to pursue.  But the fact of the matter is that I think the smart thing for any President …
Glenn Hubbard / New York Times:
Left, Right and Wrong on Taxes  —  GIVEN the furor from both the left and the right, one would be tempted to think that the initial proposal from the co-chairmen of President Obama's fiscal commission, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, must offer an excellent starting point for a discussion of deficit reduction.
Joshua Melvin / Mercury News:
Neil Young warehouse blaze started in hybrid ‘LincVolt’ car  —  The three-alarm blaze that caused $1.1 million in damage to a warehouse filled with rock legend Neil Young's music equipment and memorabilia appears to have started in a one-of-a-kind hybrid car stored at the site, a fire official said Monday.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin, GigaOM and The Snitch
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Bald Racism Of Rush Limbaugh  —  The image above appears on Rush Limbaugh's Web site.  Is any American more adept at exploiting racial dog whistles?  It's always egregious enough to be calculatingly offensive, but never quite an open and shut case, because most of all the talk radio host revels …
Mark Penn / The Politico:
The big disconnect: D.C. elites think Obama will be re-elected, the public doubts it  —  The midterms not only dealt a big shock to the Democrats, but also sent a message to President Obama.  According to the new POLITICO “Power and the People” poll, only 26 percent of the public believes he will now be re-elected as President in 2012.
Ssumner / TheMoneyIllusion:
An open letter to conservatives  —  There has recently been a lot of pushback against QE from conservatives.  In this post I pointed out that plenty of conservatives support monetary stimulus.  Here I'd like to direct 7 arguments against my fellow right-wingers:  —  1. The Fed isn't really trying to create inflation.
Discussion: EconLog and Hit & Run
Free Times:
THIS JUST IN  —  Former U.S. Senate candidate Alvin Greene was pacing the second floor of the Richland County Courthouse around 9 a.m. Tuesday in a pair of wind pants, a gray Army T-shirt and a green baseball cap, which an officer later told him to remove when he entered the courtroom without his attorney.
David Catanese / The Politico:
Ted Strickland swipes at Democrat's message  —  Outgoing Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland says President Obama was an asset to his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign, but warned the White House that winning the Buckeye State in 2012 would be “very challenging.”  —  In his first one-on-one interview since …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rahm: I never believed in bipartisanship  —  Is the left's enduring caricature of Rahm Emanuel — as the primary advocate for the White House's futile and self-damaging quest for bipartisanship — all wrong?  —  In a new book, Rahm claims he privately argued to Obama that he shouldn't pursue …
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Madam Secretary's Middle East  —  LONDON — I like the look of President Barack Obama's new Middle East envoy, a person with broad experience, the trust of Israelis, growing support among West Bank Palestinians and a fierce personal conviction that a peace accord is essential not only for the parties …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Mondoweiss
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Where Did Our Debt Come From?  —  Chuck Spinney, who spent his career as a budget analyst in the Pentagon — that's him, on the cover of Time for his defense-reform work in the Reagan era — has an idea about the answer.  The green in the chart below shows periods when America's overall federal debt burden shrank; red, when it grew.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and The Mahablog
 
 
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
G.M. Rising: Who Should Get Credit?
Discussion: Emptywheel and Felix Salmon
Jeff Winkler / The Daily Caller:
Secretary of Transportation LaHood: We're looking into technology …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
The Note:
Rep.-Elect Allen West: ‘You Have to’ …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Michelle Obama's Chief of Staff Susan Sher Leaving White House
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Capt. Sully: No Need For Junk-Touching
Discussion: Mediaite and Boing Boing
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama looking solid in Virginia
Discussion: Weigel and GOP 12
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Schumer: FDA will effectively ban Four Loko, other alcohol-caffeine drinks
Discussion: New Haven Register and CNN
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Tea party looks to build farm team
Discussion: Weigel
 Earlier Items: 
Americans for Financial Reform:
Letter Requesting Withdrawal of Rescission Rule
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Huffington Post
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems, GOP reelect leaders in orderly transition
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Rand Paul: Talk of Shutdown ‘Government by Chaos’
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Church in Arizona protested because it looks like a mosque
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
How Partisanship Works.  —  Andrew Sullivan notes Ezra Klein's …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich: Obama should take off most of the rest of the year
Discussion: Wonkette and TPMDC