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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Don't touch my junk  —  Ah, the airport, where modern folk heroes are made.  The airport, where that inspired flight attendant did what everyone who's ever been in the spam-in-a-can crush of a flying aluminum tube - where we collectively pretend that a clutch of peanuts is a meal and a seat cushion is a …
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Scott / Power Line:
Revolt against the TSA  —  The revolt against the TSA is a sign of the times.  Popular frustration with the TSA dates back to its establishment during the Bush administration.  It is another big government bureaucracy that performs ineptly and with gross inconvenience.
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Boehner Warns GOP on Debt Ceiling  —  Raising the debt ceiling is shaping up as a difficult early vote for the new House GOP majority.  Many of the new Republican lawmakers harshly criticized their Democratic opponents during the campaign for voting to raise the limit in the past …
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Ezra Klein:
The Democrats have picked the wrong strategy on the Bush tax cuts  —  The Democrats are converging around a strategy on the Bush tax cuts that, if it works, would potentially eliminate the tax cuts for the rich.  The votes in the Senate are such that legislators on both sides say the strategy won't work …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, Senate Dems go hardball on taxes
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Forces Showdown With G.O.P. on Arms Pact  —  WASHINGTON — Just two weeks after an election that left him struggling to find his way forward, President Obama has decided to confront Senate Republicans in a make-or-break battle over arms control that could be an early test of his mettle heading into the final two years of his term.
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Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
U.S. deploying heavily armored battle tanks for first time in Afghan war  —  The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Axis of Depression  —  What do the government of China, the government of Germany and the Republican Party have in common?  They're all trying to bully the Federal Reserve into calling off its efforts to create jobs.  And the motives of all three are highly suspect.  —  It's not as if the Fed is doing anything radical.
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George E. Condon Jr / NationalJournal.com:
Meditation Diet  —  Now out of prison, a slimmed-down Bob Ney spends his days in India with devotees of the Dalai Lama.  —  Former Rep. Bob Ney and Tenzin Sherab by the prayer wheels at Sarah College.  —  Most Americans got their last glimpse of Bob Ney in 2006 when the powerful Ohio …
Schneier on Security:
TSA Backscatter X-ray Backlash  —  Things are happening so fast that I don't know if I should bother.  But here are some links and observations.  —  The head of the Allied Pilots Association is telling its members to avoid both the full body scanners and the patdowns.
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The Politico:
Senate Democrats vent anger with Barack Obama  —  Senate Democrats - including typically mild-mannered Bill Nelson of Florida - lit into President Barack Obama during an unusually tense air-clearing caucus session on Thursday, senators and staffers told POLITICO.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE WRONG QUESTION AT THE WRONG TIME.... CBS News sent around a press release yesterday afternoon about a special “In Focus: Debt and Deficit,” hosted by Katie Couric.  —  The release noted, “With this year's record-breaking deficit of $1.5 trillion — the biggest ever in U.S. history …
Discussion: Time and The New Republic
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
With Holder at the helm, detainee policy is a disaster  —  The closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison and civilian trials for terrorists were more than policy changes proposed by Barack Obama as a presidential candidate.  They were presented as a return to constitutional government - a dividing line from an uncivilized past.
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Daniel Freedman / The Politico:   War of military vs. civil terrorism trials
Kerry Eleveld / Advocate:
Lieberman on DADT: We Have 60  —  Sen. Joe Lieberman said Thursday that repealing “don't ask, don't tell” as part of the National Defense Authorization Act is no longer a question of votes, it's a question of process.  —  “I am confident that we have more than 60 votes prepared …
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New York Times:
Worm Was Perfect for Sabotaging Centrifuges  —  Experts dissecting the computer worm suspected of being aimed at Iran's nuclear program have determined that it was precisely calibrated in a way that could send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control.  —  Their conclusion, while not definitive …
Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Miller seeks to stop election certification  —  LAWSUIT: Candidate asserts misspelled votes shouldn't count.  —  The Republican candidate in the Alaska U.S. Senate race asked a federal judge Thursday for a preliminary injunction stopping officials from certifying the election.
Discussion: TPMDC and Daily Kos
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Aides Relish Beltway's Skepticism  —  Throughout the better part of the last two years, the narrative among influential political operatives and opinion makers in Washington remained unchanged: Sarah Palin would continue to be a dynamic media presence and possible kingmaker …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Raising Social Security Retirement Age Could Cause Spike in Disability Payments  —  The purpose of raising the retirement age, we're told, is to save money and put Social Security on a path to long-term solvency.  But the bean-counting geniuses Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson didn't take one thing …
Discussion: Associated Press
CNBC:
Nearly 1 in 5 Americans had mental illness in 2009  —  CHICAGO - More than 45 million Americans, or 20 percent of U.S. adults, had some form of mental illness last year, and 11 million had a serious illness, U.S. government researchers reported on Thursday.  —  Young adults aged 18 to 25 …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Pajamas Media
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
Why Twitter matters for media organisations  —  In an extract from his Andrew Olle lecture, the Guardian editor-in-chief sets out 15 things Twitter does effectively  —  I've lost count of the times people - including a surprising number of colleagues in media companies - roll their eyes at the mention of Twitter.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Jeffrey Leib / Denver Post:
Controversy over pat-downs, body scans lands at DIA  —  Despite ongoing criticism from some Washington lawmakers and many travelers, Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole refused Wednesday to back off the agency's position that tougher airport screening techniques are needed to counter evolving threats.
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Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Pat-Downs at Airports Prompt Complaints
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Afghan Hero Dog Is Euthanized by Mistake in U.S.  —  FLORENCE, Ariz. — When a suicide bomber entered an American military barracks in Afghanistan in February, it was not American soldiers but Afghan stray dogs that confronted him.  Target and two other dogs snarled, barked and snapped at the man …
BBC:
Irish government rules out raising corporation tax  —  Mary Coughlan said there would be no change to the tax rate  —  The Irish government has insisted it will not raise the country's low corporation tax rate in return for a European Union-led bail-out.  —  Deputy Prime Minister Mary Coughlan …
Discussion: TalkLeft
John Stanton / Roll Call:
Sources: Cornyn Jabs at DeMint's Interference in Primaries  —  Sen. John Cornyn said during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he expects colleagues to bring their concerns to him about candidates he recruits as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman — and not to help mount challenges …
David Kocieniewski / New York Times:
House Panel Recommends Censure for Rangel  —  WASHINGTON — The House ethics committee on Thursday recommended that Representative Charles B. Rangel be formally censured for ethical misconduct, the most serious punishment the House can mete out to a member short of expulsion.
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Paul Krugman / voxeu.org:
Debt, deleveraging, and the liquidity trap
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Paul Krugman
DailyTelegraph:
Burqa-clad mum Carnita Matthews jailed for six months
DAWN.COM:
Three killed in North Waziristan drone strike
Pwinn / CNSNews:
Sen. Barbara Boxer Likens U.S. to Iran, North Korea and Pakistan …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee mulls ‘pathway’ to 2012 win
Discussion: CNN and Caffeinated Thoughts
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Another TSA Outrage
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Thank the Courts  —  “America has reached a fork in the road …
The Huffington Post:
Unemployment Extension Defeated In House
Discussion: Politics Daily and Wonk Room
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John Hayward / Human Events:
McConnell Refuses To Throw America Under The Omnibus
David Bosco / Foreign Policy:
Is it OK to hope the EU fails?
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Pot growers portrayed as terror threat
Discussion: Raw Story and Boing Boing
thegwpf.org:
IPCC Official: “Climate Policy Is Redistributing The World's Wealth”