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10:55 AM 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 …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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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.
Discussion: Shot in the Dark and INSTAPUTZ
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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Matt Finkelstein / Political Correction RSS:
Rep. Pence Inadvertently Admits Bush Tax Cuts Did Not Work  —  Today, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) made a startling admission: the Bush tax cuts did not work.  “I think it's fair to say, if the current tax rates were enough to create jobs and generate economic growth, we'd have a growing economy,” he said.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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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Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Bernanke Takes Aim at China  —  Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is firing back amid criticism at home and abroad of the Fed's easy-money policies, arguing that China and others are causing global problems by preventing their currencies from strengthening as their economies boom.
Wall Street Journal:
‘Refudiation’ of $600 Billion Printed Out of Thin Air
Discussion: The Confluence, Don Surber and GOP 12
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 …
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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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 …
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: Daily Kos
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 …
Daniel Freedman / The Politico:
War of military vs. civil terrorism trials  —  If you rely on headlines and partisan politicians for news, you'd be forgiven for believing that the just-concluded civilian trial of former Guantanamo detainee, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, was, as Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) described, “a total miscarriage of justice.”
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Washington Post:
Ghailani verdict makes stronger case for military detentions
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
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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Wookie / Media Matters for America:
Fox's “Nazi” rhetoric also comes straight from the top  —  In a recent interview, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes referred to National Public Radio executives as “Nazis” with a “Nazi attitude,” and claimed “[t]hey are the left wing of Nazism.”  Ailes' employees at Fox News, particularly Glenn Beck …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Note
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.
The Daily Caller:
Will President Obama bring back the draft?  —  One headache President Obama has not had to deal with is anti-draft demonstrations.  —  He has had enough problems with Tea Party protests against his gushers of deficit spending, bailouts, and health care takeover.
afa.net:
Bryan Fischer: The feminization of the Medal of Honor - Part II  —  The blowback to my column of two days ago, in which I argued that we seem to have become reluctant to award the Medal of Honor to those who take aggressive action against the enemy and kill bad guys, has been fierce.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Mike Huckabee mulls ‘pathway’ to 2012 win  —  Former Arkansas governor and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee still is mulling another run at the White House.  —  In an interview with WHO radio in Des Moines, Iowa, Huckabee would not discount the possibility of another presidential run …
Discussion: CNN and Caffeinated Thoughts
PewResearch.org:
Public Knows Basic Facts about Politics, Economics, But Struggles with Specifics  —  Few Aware of Inflation Rate or TARP and Deficit Specifics  —  Take the Latest Quiz Online!  —  Before you read the report, we invite you to test your own News IQ by taking the latest interactive knowledge quiz.
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 …
 
 
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Pwinn / CNSNews:
Sen. Barbara Boxer Likens U.S. to Iran, North Korea and Pakistan …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Pat-Downs at Airports Prompt Complaints
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Another TSA Outrage
Discussion: Discourse.net
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Another Deficit Plan Targets Taxes
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
John Hayward / Human Events:
McConnell Refuses To Throw America Under The Omnibus
 Earlier Items: 
David Bosco / Foreign Policy:
Is it OK to hope the EU fails?
Discussion: Power Line and Instapundit
Haaretz:
‘War criminals’ site exposing personal details of IDF soldiers taken down
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
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”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and AmSpecBlog