Check out Mini-memeorandum for simple mobiles or memeorandum Mobile for modern smartphones.
3:05 PM ET, November 19, 2010

memeorandum

 Top Items: 
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 …
RELATED:
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 …
RELATED:
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 …
Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Boehner Warns GOP on Debt Ceiling
Matt Finkelstein / Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Pence Inadvertently Admits Bush Tax Cuts Did Not Work
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Joe Scarborough suspended from MSNBC for campaign donations  —  MSNBC said Friday that it is suspending “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough for two days after he acknowledged giving eight previously unknown $500 contributions to friends and family members running for state and local offices during …
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 …
RELATED:
Myglesias / Yglesias:   Afghans to Be Shocked, Awed By Novel Experience of Heavy Military …
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.
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.
RELATED:
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: The New Republic and Time
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.
RELATED:
Tim Sahd / Hotline On Call:
Etheridge To Concede  —  Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) is expected to concede this afternoon after results from a completed recount are likely to show he didn't make up any significant ground in his race against Rep.-elect Renee Ellmers (R), according to campaign sources.
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 …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
GQ:
$#!% Joe Biden Says  —  Can he raise the rafters like his boss?  No. But nobody can flat-out talk like Joe Biden.  And these days, everybody's listening  —  There are only two reporters traveling coast-to-coast with the vice president on Air Force Two on a clear day in early October.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Incoming Labor Committee Chair Says Jobless Benefits Aren't A Priority: 'We Can't Fund Everything'  —  Yesterday, the House of Representatives failed to pass a (far too short) three-month extension of unemployment benefits.  If Congress does not act to extend benefits by the end of the month …
RELATED:
Howard LaFranchi / Christian Science Monitor:
At NATO summit, Obama's ride is talk of the town  —  Some heads of state are zipping around Lisbon, host city of the NATO summit, in no-emission electric vehicles.  Security dictates that Obama travel in the no-efficiency ‘Beast,’ a vehicle that fascinates the local press.  —  Lisbon
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
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.
RELATED:
Daniel Freedman / The Politico:   War of military vs. civil terrorism trials
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Parking in New Haven  —  I never like to visit a place without checking out its local parking regulations.  So I found the New Haven zoning ordinance and I looked up the quantity of parking that you need to build in order to construct something in the designated zones for “General High-Density Residential”:
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Maxine Waters Ethics Trial Put On Hold … On the day after the House Ethics Committee recommended a censure for Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), the committee announced Friday that it will not hold the trial of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) on Nov. 29, as scheduled.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Minority Report  —  As the speaker of the House of Representatives, where Democrats just lost 60-odd seats as well as their controlling majority, you led your party into the worst electoral defeat in decades.  And yet you chose to run for Democratic leader in the next Congress.  Why not just step down?
Discussion: Ballot Box and Weasel Zippers
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.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Discourse.net
Washington Post:
Aggressive lobbying defends mortgage-trading system  —  The financial services industry has launched an aggressive campaign on Capitol Hill to bolster the legality of the way companies have turned mortgages into securities and traded them across the globe in recent years.
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
Bruce Bartlett / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Questioning a Payroll Tax Holiday  —  Pete Domenici and Alice Rivlin have proposed a one-year payroll tax holiday to stimulate the economy.  I have previously explained why I think monkeying around with the payroll tax is a dreadful idea and won't repeat my argument here.
New York Times:
A Trailblazer With Her Eye on the Bottom Line  —  She grew up sheltered and privileged, in a middle-class Irish enclave of Chicago at midcentury, attending Catholic schools and riding horses at a country club where blacks and Jews were not allowed.  Yet from age 28, she blazed a trail for working women …
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
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 and Daily Kos
 
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of memeorandum at 3:05 PM ET, November 19, 2010.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 See Also: 
memeorandum: site main
memeorandum River: reverse chronological memeorandum
memeorandum Mobile: for phones
memeorandum Leaderboard: memeorandum's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
memeorandum RSS feed
memeorandum on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
CNN:
Senate to OK $4.5B for black farmers
Discussion: Jack & Jill Politics
Morris Panner / Washington Post:
Strangling innovation with red tape
Los Angeles Times:
Democrats unhappy with Obama's tactics plot change
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Another shutdown?  —  Grover Norquist wants a do-over.
BBC:
Irish government rules out raising corporation tax
Discussion: TalkLeft
 Earlier Items: 
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: theblogprof and Weasel Zippers
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Palin Aides Relish Beltway's Skepticism
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Another TSA Outrage
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Thank the Courts  —  “America has reached a fork in the road …
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Afghan Hero Dog Is Euthanized by Mistake in U.S.