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2:50 AM ET, November 17, 2010

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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.
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Washington Times:
Obama's hand in your crotch  —  White House denial of Islamic threat to blame for TSA groping  —  The Transportation Security Administration's demeaning new “enhanced pat-down” procedures are a direct result of the Obama administration's willful blindness to the threat from Islamic radicals.
Robert J. Hawkins / SignOnSanDiego.com:
TSA to investigate body scan resister
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
Obama wants DREAM Act in lame duck  —  President Barack Obama told Democratic members of Congress Tuesday he wants the DREAM Act passed in the lame duck session as a “down payment” on substantial immigration reform, according to members at the meeting.  —  And, he said, he'd call resistant senators to get them on board.
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Senate Leader Deals Blow to President on Arms Treaty  —  The Senate should not vote on a new arms control treaty with Russia during the lame-duck session that opened this week, a Senate Republican leader said on Tuesday in what could be a devastating blow to President Obama's most tangible foreign policy achievement.
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 …
Fhardingj / CNN:
President to push DREAM Act
Discussion: Wake up America
Laura Rozen / The Politico:
Kyl leans against START vote in lame duck
Discussion: CNN, The Note and Mother Jones
Associated Press:   START Treaty Ratification Hit Roadblock
The Note:
Boehner Challenges Constitutionality of Health Reform Law  —  ABC News' John R. Parkinson reports:  —  Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, R-Ohio, filed an amicus brief Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the health care law passed by Democrats earlier this year.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Jim Inhofe says he'll keep earmarking  —  Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe is going down swinging, insisting he'll still send earmarks to his state even though his fellow Senate Republicans are poised to adopt a two-year ban on pet projects.  —  “I'm going to look out for my state of Oklahoma,” Inhofe told POLITICO.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Behind postponed summit: GOP distrust of Obama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Washington Post:
Obama's bipartisan meeting on tax cuts postoned
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Blunt to vote no on Senate GOP earmarks prohibition
TMZ.com:
Sarah Palin's Daughter Uses Homophobic Slurs  —  Sarah Palin's 16-year-old daughter Willow Palin used multiple homophobic slurs — including the word f**got — to attack a Facebook user who criticized her mom's new reality show .... TMZ has learned.  —  During the premiere of “Sarah Palin's Alaska” …
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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski: Jim DeMint cost us Senate majority  —  'So the real question is, what's his desire?'  Lisa Murkowski (left) said about Jim DeMint.  AP Photos  —  After ripping Sarah Palin, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn't mincing words about another one of her high-profile GOP critics: South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Murkowski on verge of win in Alaska
Discussion: The Politico and Associated Press
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Democrats in chaos over Nancy Pelosi power  —  The Democratic old guard will try to hold the line Wednesday against a rank-and-file rebellion intent on winning some concession — no matter how small — from a leadership team seeking reelection despite having presided over the loss of at least 59 Democratic seats earlier this month.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem leader: Party ‘responded like Hoover’ to unemployment crisis
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Rep. Gene Taylor: Pelosi should ‘walk away’
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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 …
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Rare Honor for a Living Service Member  —  WASHINGTON — In an emotional ceremony, President Obama on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Honor to an Army staff sergeant who placed himself in the line of fire in Afghanistan to try to save his squad mates and to protect and comfort a dying American soldier.
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Bryan Fischer / The Moral Liberal:
The Feminization of the Medal of Honor
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Mother Jones
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Dick Cheney: History “Beginning to Come Around” on Bush  —  At groundbreaking ceremony in Dallas for the George W. Bush Presidential Center today, former Vice President Dick Cheney said “history is beginning to come around” to a more positive view of former President George W. Bush.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and CBS News
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush and Cheney, Together Again at Groundbreaking
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
In testy exchange, Chuck Grassley told Obama: No deal!  —  Here's another fascinating nugget from journalist Richard Wolffe's new book.  If true, it really blows up the ridiculous claim that Obama never made any genuine effort to attract bipartisan support for health reform.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Rahm: I never believed in bipartisanship
The Hill:
House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts of rule violations  —  Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), once one of the most powerful members of the House, was convicted Tuesday on 11 counts of violating ethics rules and now faces punishment.  —  Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) …
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
No, Obama's Problem Is Not that He “Focused Obsessively” on Policy, It is that He Got the Policy Wrong  —  Duncan Black on the Obama Administration: … He is commenting on Matthew Yglesias: … Duncan and Matthew are right.  The Obama Administration was blindsided by the seriousness …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Obama's Obsessive Focus
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE LATEST (AND PROBABLY) FINAL ATTEMPT TO EXTEND JOBLESS AID.... Here we go again. … The larger dynamic is practically Dickensian — Republicans are fighting tooth and nail for $700 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest people in the country, but they're very likely to kill extended unemployment benefits …
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George Stephanopoulos / George's Bottom Line:
Bachmann Supports Tax Cut Compromise, But Not if Tied to Unemployment Benefits
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.
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 …
The Huffington Post:
Michael Bloomberg & Joe Scarborough: The Independent Odd Couple  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — There's no campaign yet, and there may never be, but New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and MSNBC's morning talk-show host Joe Scarborough have begun trying to figure out whether …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and GOP 12
 
 
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
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Nathan Guttman / The Jewish Daily Forward:
AIPAC Gets Down and Dirty in Pushback Against Rosen Defamation Suit
Discussion: TPMCafe and War in Context
Alexander Benard / National Review:
The Wall Street Journal Needs an Anti-Krugman
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen fatally shot in Beverly Hills attack [Updated]
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Movieline
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Royal Wedding and the Case for Monarchy
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
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