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1:35 PM 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: The Moderate Voice and Hit & Run
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The 800-Pound Mama Grizzly Problem  —  In last week's article on Tim Pawlenty, we noted that Mr. Pawlenty's Google search traffic — which may be a reasonably good proxy for how much interest the candidate generates among the public at large — somewhat lags behind that of several …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Barbara Bush to Palin: stay in Alaska  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin may not have the biggest fan in former first lady Barbara Bush.  —  “I sat next to her once.  Thought she was beautiful,” Barbara Bush said.  “And she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there.”
Discussion: This Just In
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.
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Chris Rovzar / New York Magazine:
This Is Not Your Grandmother's Megyn Kelly
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.
Washington Post:
Democrats strategists ready to take page from GOP playbook in 2012  —  Major Democratic strategists, still reeling from a barrage of midterm spending by conservative groups, are planning a similarly well-funded campaign by liberal organizations aimed at reelecting President Obama in 2012.
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
Cathy Bossi / WBTV-TV:
Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down … Most Viewed Stories  —  RSS Feeds  —  Get sports stories via RSS.  —  Add headlines to your RSS news reader.  More>>
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Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com:
TSA forces cancer survivor to show prosthetic breast
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
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.
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
Sify.com:
Top Al Qaeda leader killed in US drone attack  —  Islamabad, Nov 19 (IANS) A senior Al Qaeda leader, Mufti Ali Muhammad, has reportedly been killed along with two of his accomplices in a US drone strike Friday in Pakistan's North Waziristan district along the Afghan border.
Gary Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Why do we have a TSA?  —  John Tyner became a YouTube sensation this week for recording and sharing his confrontation with TSA officials over the pat-down he was required to endure to get on an airplane.  His outrageous experience clearly touched a nerve with a lot of Americans — myself included.
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.
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.”
 
 
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
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Kimberly Schwandt / Fox News:
White House Press Secretary Scales Back On-Camera Briefings
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Washington Post:
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New York Times:
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Keach Hagey / The Politico:
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Senate passes one-month ‘doc fix’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hit & Run
Sharon Theimer / Associated Press:
FEC won't punish Ensign for cash to mistress
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Conservative Generation / Left Coast Rebel:
Fog over NY-25 absentee count clears and Ann Marie Buerkle emerges as likely winner
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Bachmann's Popularity Puts G.O.P. on the Spot
Sherwood Boehlert / Washington Post:
Science the GOP can't wish away
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Unlearning to Tawk Like a New Yorker
Discussion: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared