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12:20 PM ET, November 16, 2010

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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.... It perfectly reasonable for Andy Harris, like all Americans, to want health care coverage.  He's a husband and father of five, and I'm sure he worries about his family losing their health insurance, just like everyone else.
Discussion: The Confluence
Josh Marshall / TPMDC:
Freshman GOPer: Hey, Where's My Health Care?
Discussion: First Draft and Balloon Juice
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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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Full-Body Backlash  —  As full-body scanners come into more widespread use in American airports (they will be phased in soon at the three major airports in the New York City metro region), they are also coming under more frequent criticism.  —  The objections are coming from many different quarters:
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Amid airport anger, GOP takes aim at screening
Discussion: protein wisdom, CNSNews and Hit & Run
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Lisa Murkowski: Sarah Palin Lacks “Intellectual Curiosity” to be President  —  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowki told CBS News' Katie Couric today that she would not support Sarah Palin for president because Palin lacks the “leadership qualities” and “intellectual curiosity” to craft great policy.
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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.
Alex Weprin / mediabistro.com:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Premiere Draws 5 Million, Breaks TLC Ratings Record
Evan Glass / CNN:
Congressional Black Caucus Witholds Support For Pelosi  —  Washington (CNN) — The Congressional Black Caucus has decided to withhold its approval for the House Democratic leadership team, denying Speaker Nancy Pelosi full support of the 42-member organization as she campaigns to remain leader.
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Fhardingj / CNN:
CNN Poll: Democrats divided on Pelosi as party's House leader  —  Washington (CNN) - Democrats across the country are split over whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi should remain party leader in the House of Representatives next year, according to a new national poll.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Black caucus not ready to endorse Pelosi's deal
Discussion: The Note
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Powell: Advocates Should Not Pressure Congress To Repeal DADT Before It Is Ready, Study Completed  —  This evening, during an interview on CNN's Larry King Live, Gen. Colin Powell reiterated his belief that repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell must “take into account the views of our military leaders …
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CNN:
Colin Powell: Obama lost focus
Ethan Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Apple Finally Snares Beatles  —  Steve Jobs is nearing the end of his long and winding pursuit of the Beatles catalog.  —  Apple Inc. is preparing to disclose that its iTunes Store will soon start carrying music by the Beatles, according to people familiar with the situation …
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New York Times:
Working It Out, iTunes to Sell Beatles Titles
Discussion: The Big Picture, TechCrunch and Gizmodo
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
How Partisanship Works.  —  Andrew Sullivan notes Ezra Klein's endless crusade to remind everyone that the Affordable Care Act was based on Republican proposals: … Sullivan says this contributes to the “Big Lie” of Obama's alleged “extremism,” but this is how partisanship works. and why the left …
Fhardingj / CNN:
RNC conservatives back ‘scoring system’ to judge candidates for chairmanship  —  Washington (CNN) - A bloc of conservatives on the Republican National Committee has recommended a “scoring system” to evaluate the clutch of the GOP insiders vying to replace RNC Chairman Michael Steele next year.
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Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Fight for Head of GOP Party Heats Up. Can Michael Steele Prevail?
cop.senate.gov:
Examining the Consequences of Mortgage Irregularities for Financial Stability and Foreclosure Mitigation  —  The Congressional Oversight Panel's November oversight report, “Examining the Consequences of Mortgage Irregularities for Financial Stability and Foreclosure Mitigation,” …
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CNBC:
US Foreclosure Mess Impact Could Be Severe: Panel
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Smith / The Politico:
2 Dems claim Arianna Huffington stole website idea  —  Two Democratic consultants are accusing Arianna Huffington and her business partner of stealing their idea for the powerhouse liberal website Huffington Post.  —  Peter Daou and James Boyce charge that Huffington and partner Ken Lerer designed …
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.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
With Tea Party in Mind, Republicans Have Change of Heart About Earmarks  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans opened the lame-duck session of Congress on Monday by signaling their commitment to the antispending posture that fueled their big gains on Election Day, underscoring …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Swampland
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Nomination Fights To Come
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TalkLeft and TPMDC
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
McConnell reverses position on earmarks
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Gingrich: Obama should take off most of the rest of the year  —  President Obama should take off most of the rest of the year to concentrate on the lessons of the 2010 election, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Tuesday.  —  Gingrich urged the president to take some time away …
Discussion: TPMDC
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.
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Dejected House Dems wipe away tears as GOP celebrates victory  —  Dejected Democrats wiped away tears on the House floor Monday night while Republicans congratulated themselves on winning back control of the lower chamber.  —  House members returned to the nation's capital …
 
 
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