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8:20 AM ET, November 17, 2010

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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: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Behind delayed summit: Republican distrust of President Obama  —  The roots of the partisan standoff that led to the postponement of the bipartisan White House summit scheduled for Thursday date back to January, when President Barack Obama crashed a GOP meeting in Baltimore to deliver a humiliating rebuke of House Republicans.
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” …
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.
Fhardingj / CNN:
President to push DREAM Act
Discussion: Wake up America
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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Sean Cockerham / Anchorage Daily News:
Murkowski's lead more than 10,000 votes  —  Today's review of write-in ballots ended with Sen. Lisa Murkowski enjoying an apparently insurmountable 10,420-vote lead over Joe Miller.  —  Murkowski also now has collected more votes that went unchallenged by Miller ballot observers than Miller's total vote count.
Discussion: Gawker, The Nation and The Page
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Murkowski on verge of win in Alaska
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
Washington Post:
Payroll tax holiday and other measures to reduce the debt  —  This morning, a bipartisan task force that we co-chair unveils a bold, comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce America's deficits and debt and strengthen our economy, enabling the nation to reclaim its future.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
One Way to Trim Deficit: Cultivate Growth  —  We look back on the late 1990s as a rare time when the federal government ran budget surpluses.  We tend to forget that those surpluses came as a surprise to almost everybody.  —  As late as 1998, the Congressional Budget Office was predicting a deficit for 1999.
Discussion: Washington Post
The Huffington Post:
Rep. Schakowsky, Debt Commission Member, Introduces Proposal …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Firedoglake
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 …
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: 4 in 5 Support Full-Body Airport Scanners  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Americans have differing views on two potentially inconvenient and invasive practices that airports could implement …
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Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
If you won't submit to screening, you won't fly, TSA says
Mark Hemingway / Beltway Confidential:
Since the TSA molested my family, why doesn't Obama volunteer …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The gallant story of Salvatore Giunta, America's newest Medal of Honor recipient
Discussion: American Spectator
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
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush and Cheney, Together Again at Groundbreaking
Jezebel:
How Palin Conservatives Are Cheating The DWTS Voting System  —  It's been alleged that the Tea Party's “Operation Bristol” is keeping the teen mom in the competition.  However, the real conspiracy is that her conservative supporters have figured out a way to exploit ABC.com's email-voting feature, allowing infinite votes.
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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
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
GOP freshman feel Tea Party pressure  —  The overwhelming majority of Republican challengers ran on pledges to repeal the law and already face pressure from Tea Party activists to act on those promises — particularly if they want the grassroots movement's support in 2012.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
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: Gawker, GOP 12 and The Moderate Voice
Nathan Guttman / The Jewish Daily Forward:
AIPAC Gets Down and Dirty in Pushback Against Rosen Defamation Suit  —  WASHINGTON — The espionage case against two senior officials of the pro-Israel lobby in Washington was dropped last year.  But it has not been forgotten, and is now threatening to draw the lobby into new depths of mudslinging.
Discussion: Salon, TPMCafe and War in Context
Jean Eaglesham / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sets 50 Bank Probes  —  FDIC Steps Up Investigations at Failed Lenders; ‘These Numbers Will Increase’  —  The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is conducting about 50 criminal investigations of former executives, directors and employees at U.S. banks that have failed since the start of the financial crisis.
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Dolan Chosen as President of U.S. Bishops' Group  —  BALTIMORE — In a surprise move, the bishops that lead the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, elected Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York to be their president on Tuesday, rejecting the conference's more liberal vice president.
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.
New York Times:
To Save Lives, NATO Is Razing Booby-Trapped Afghan Homes  —  Army engineers blowing up a house behind a field of marijuana in the Zhare District of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.  One of NATO's goals is to destroy insurgents' hiding places.  More Photos »
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
 
 
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Why Do Leftist Jewish Bloggers Love The Dual Loyalty Smear?
Discussion: American Power and TPMCafe
Washington Post:
States, mortgage lenders in talks over fund for borrowers in foreclosure mess
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Top Republican Official, Breaking With Party Chairman, Resigns
Discussion: National Review
The Huffington Post:
Health Care Law Gives ‘Notable Improvement’ …
Alexander Benard / National Review:
The Wall Street Journal Needs an Anti-Krugman
Discussion: Vox Popoli
 Earlier Items: 
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen fatally shot in Beverly Hills attack [Updated]
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Movieline
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Royal Wedding and the Case for Monarchy
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
How Rep. Louie ‘Terror Babies’ Gohmert Got A College Art Director Fired
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Hill:
House ethics panel convicts Rep. Rangel on 11 of 13 counts of rule violations