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2:15 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.
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
Ann Althouse / Althouse:   John Tyner, the young man who resisted the TSA's groin-grope, will now be probed.
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
Ezra Klein:
GOP legislator frets over 28 days without insurance — but what about 30 million he'd leave uninsured?  —  It's worth dwelling for a moment on the reaction of Rep. Andy Harris, an incoming legislator who staunchly opposes the new health-care law and ran promising its repeal …
Josh Marshall / TPMDC:
Freshman GOPer: Hey, Where's My Health Care?
Discussion: First Draft and Balloon Juice
The Hill:
House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts  —  A House ethics panel has convicted Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) on 11 of 13 counts of violating House ethics rules.  —  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the adjudicatory subcommittee and the full House ethics committee …
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Andy Newman / City Room:
Rangel Convicted of Ethics Violations  —  A House ethics panel has convicted Representative Charles B. Rangel of all but one of the 13 ethics violations he faced, for offenses ranging from accepting a rent-stabilized apartment from a Manhattan developer to failing to pay taxes on rental income …
Devlin Barrett / Wall Street Journal:
House Panel Finds Rangel Broke Ethics Rules
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.
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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.
Rebecca Kaplan / NationalJournal.com:
Murkowski Swipes at Palin's Intelligence
Americans for Financial Reform:
Letter to Withdraw Rescission Rule  —  The Truth in Lending Act passed by Congress specifically provides consumers the right to  —  unwind an illegal loan through “rescission” for up to three years after the loan was consummated.  —  The statute - and current Board regulations -both provide that if the proper disclosures were not
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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Bloomberg:   Bank of America Home Loan Head Says No Homes Improperly Seized
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Congressional Oversight Panel Report Highlights Systemic Risk of Foreclosure Fraud
Discussion: CNBC, cop.senate.gov and DealBook
Washington Post:
Don't underestimate foreclosure crisis, watchdog to warn
Discussion: The Big Picture
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CBC rebelling against Pelosi?
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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 …
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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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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems and GOP re-elect leadership teams in orderly transition to 112th  —  Senate Democrats and Republicans re-elected their leadership teams Wednesday in an orderly post-election transition to the 112th Congress.  —  Senate Democrats, however, are still searching for a volunteer …
Discussion: The Politico
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Jessica Taylor / The Politico:
Democrats' losses ran wide, deep
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.
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.
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: Wonkette and TPMDC
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Where Did Our Debt Come From?  —  Chuck Spinney …
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Keith Olbermann / msnbc.com:
False promise of ‘objectivity’ proves ‘truth’ superior to ‘fact’
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Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Conservatives and QE2
David A. Patten / NewsMax.com:
Rand Paul: Talk of Shutdown ‘Government by Chaos’
Fred Krupp / The Huffington Post:
The New Path Forward on Climate Change
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Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Gates sees Iran rift, says strike would unite country
David Edwards / Raw Story:
Church in Arizona protested because it looks like a mosque
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
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Discussion: Ezra Klein and Washington Monthly
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Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Plunderbund
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
2 Dems claim Arianna Huffington stole website idea