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12:45 PM ET, November 19, 2010

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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.
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 …
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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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid, Senate Dems go hardball on taxes  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has adopted a hardball strategy for dealing with Republicans on the expiring Bush-era tax cuts.  —  Reid will force a vote on extending tax cuts for families earning below $250,000 and individuals below $200,000 …
Matt Finkelstein / Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Pence Inadvertently Admits Bush Tax Cuts Did Not Work
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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
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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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Classic Messaging Fail  —  If you read TPM and keep up on politics, you know that the new START Treaty is up for ratification before the Senate.  And the administration is keen to have it ratified during this lame duck session of Congress.  Furthermore, if you're your average TPM reader …
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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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 …
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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Sara Jerome / The Hill:
FCC Chairman Genachowski knocks Google, Verizon for slowing net-neutrality efforts  —  As net-neutrality efforts remain saddled by delay, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski blamed two corporate giants for helping slow down the process: Google and Verizon.
Discussion: Big Government
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Kim Hart / The Politico:
Sources: FCC chief to move on net neutrality proposal
Discussion: Right Wing News
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
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
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
The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty from the RGA in San Diego  —  HH: It's Hugh Hewitt broadcasting today from San Diego where the Republican Governors Association has convened to introduce the new breed to the old breed.  And the outgoing vice chairman is an old friend of ours.
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 …
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Another shutdown?  —  Grover Norquist wants a do-over.  —  The head of the influential Americans for Tax Reform is encouraging the new House Republican majority to adopt a take-no-prisoners approach to federal spending — and if that leads to a 1995-style government shutdown, so be it.
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 …
Morris Panner / Washington Post:
Strangling innovation with red tape  —  As a Democrat whose politics are undeniably liberal on social issues, I lamented the outcome of the midterm elections.  But as an entrepreneur with two software start-ups under my belt, I couldn't help but celebrate - and more than a little.
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
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 …
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
Los Angeles Times:
Democrats unhappy with Obama's tactics plot change  —  Prominent party members discuss going their own way to fight back - especially on fundraising issues.  —  Reporting from Washington — Frustrated by what they see as President Obama's weakness in battling Republicans …
 
 
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Jeffrey Leib / Denver Post:
Controversy over pat-downs, body scans lands at DIA
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
Pwinn / CNSNews:
Sen. Barbara Boxer Likens U.S. to Iran, North Korea and Pakistan …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
 Earlier Items: 
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