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11:35 AM ET, November 20, 2010

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Mona Charen / Townhall.com:
Why Sarah Palin Shouldn't Run  —  By telling Barbara Walters that she thinks she can defeat President Obama, Sarah Palin has dimmed hopes cherished by sensible Republicans that she might decide against a run for the White House in 2012.  Here are just some of the reasons she should not run.
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Moderate Voice
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 800-Pound Mama Grizzly Problem
Molly Stark Dean / mediabistro.com:
Fox News' Megyn Kelly in GQ: 'You may have heard that we're number one'  —  TVNewser learns that “America Live” anchor Megyn Kelly is in the 2010 GQ Men of the Year issue, which hit newsstands this week.  Kelly is the only tvnewser to be selected for the 2010 media personality.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
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Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
This Is Not Your Grandmother's Megyn Kelly  —  Nearly three years ago, we predicted that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly would be a rising star through the election and beyond.  And we've been proven right: She's gone from co-anchoring America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer to hosting her own two-hour show in the middle of the afternoon.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. in Vast Insider Trading Probe  —  Federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders and analysts across the nation, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: msnbc.com, naked capitalism and Reuters
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Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com:
TSA forces cancer survivor to show prosthetic breast
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Social Security Trust Fund  —  I really hate this kind of rhetoric from Maya MacGuineas: … I think this is incredibly misleading.  If your rich uncle wanted to set up a trust fund for you and chose to stipulate that the fund should be invested 100 percent in treasuries …
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NPR:
Are The Social Security Trust Funds A Mirage?
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Citing Reagan, Obama pushes to move stalled arms treaty  —  President Obama cited a Republican hero Saturday as he called on senators to approve a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia.  —  In his weekly radio address, the president said having the Senate ratify the START Treaty before the end …
Discussion: The Politico
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Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Religious Group: Pass Nuke Treaty or We All Burn
New York Times:
NATO Agrees to Build Missile Defense System
Discussion: JustOneMinute
BBC:
Spain ‘orgasm’ video criticised by politicians  —  An excerpt from the video shows the woman getting ‘excited’ about voting  —  Spanish politicians have criticised a video by the Young Socialists in Catalonia in which a woman simulates an orgasm while casting her vote.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Pigs Fly.  Also, I Agree with Charles Krauthammer  —  1) The TSA excesses are creating strange bedfellows.  Charles Krauthammer writes today about the “idiocy” of the TSA's approach to airline security, including the nuttiness of body-searching the same pilots who will soon have the flight controls in their hands.
William Yardley / New York Times:
Naming of Alaska Winner Delayed  —  A federal judge in Alaska on Friday placed a conditional hold on the certification of the results of the contentious Senate race between Joe Miller and Senator Lisa Murkowski, telling the Miller campaign to take its legal challenges to state court.
Rob Shuter / PopEater:
Insiders: If Bristol Palin Wins, ‘Dancing’ Is Ruined  —  At first, having Bristol Palin participate in ‘Dancing With The Stars’ seemed like a brilliant idea.  Just like Kate Gosselin before her, casting an admittedly bad dancer who was shrouded in controversy has raked in big ratings and tons of press.
Discussion: sisu, Cubachi and Hot Air
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Huh?  President Obama Tells Volunteers That In Midterms “You Guys Turned ‘Yes We Can’ Into ‘Yes We Did’  —  Members of Organizing for America - the president's former campaign committee - received a text message today asking them to call 888-206-1431 “to hear a special message from President Obama.”
Dallas Blog:
Ron Paul to TSA: Stop Irradiating Our Bodies and Fondling Our Children!  —  Ron Paul introduced legislation to protect Americans from physical and emotional abuse by federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees conducting screenings at the nation's airports:  —  A BILL - HR 6416
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Washington Times editor out  —  Sam Dealey will be stepping down as editor of the Washington Times, following the sale of the paper to a group led by members of the paper's old guard who were ousted a year ago, sources close to the paper tell POLITICO.  —  Dealey was informed this afternoon.
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
FEC won't punish Ensign for cash to mistress  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission has dismissed a complaint against Sen. John Ensign over a $96,000 payment his parents made to his former mistress and her family.  —  Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
FEC dismisses complaint against Sen. Ensign over payments to former mistress
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Joe Scarborough suspended from MSNBC for campaign donations