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7:50 PM ET, November 20, 2010


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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: 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.”
Dan / Riehl World View:
Barbara Bush Should Shut-Up  —  This annoys the hell out of me, because I'm not some rabid Palinista.  Crap like this from Barbara Bush leaves one no alternative but to respond to it.  What, does she have another son, or a grand kid lined up for the job of President?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
NONE DARE CALL IT SABOTAGE.... Consider a thought experiment.  Imagine you actively disliked the United States, and wanted to deliberately undermine its economy.  What kind of positions would you take to do the most damage?  —  You might start with rejecting the advice of economists and oppose any kind of stimulus investments.
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Incoming Speaker Takes Commercial Flight, but Skips the Pat Down  —  WASHINGTON — Representative John A. Boehner, the soon-to-be Republican speaker, pledged recently that he would fly commercial airlines back home to Ohio, passing up the military plane used by the current speaker, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
No Security Pat-Downs for Boehner
Discussion: Techdirt, Wonkette and Gawker
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
An Exclusive Sneak Peek at “America By Heart”  —  The following is an exclusive sneak peek at my new book “America By Heart” which comes out next Tuesday.  Signed editions are still available for pre-order at  You can click here to pre-order your copy.  —  Enjoy the excerpt:
Discussion: The Page and
Associated Press:
Pope: condoms can be justified in some cases  —  VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV, a stunning comment for a church criticized for its opposition to condoms and for a pontiff who has blamed them for making the AIDS crisis worse.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
In Wake of Losses, New Powers for a Political Master  —  WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats engineered a leadership change in response to the election devastation, but the shakeup did not come in the House, where Nancy Pelosi held on to power in her caucus despite having lost more than 60 seats …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Page
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.
Phillip Longman / Foreign Policy:
Think Again: Global Aging  —  A gray tsunami is sweeping the planet — and not just in the places you expect.  How did the world get so old, so fast?  —  “The World Faces a Population Bomb.”  —  Yes, but of old people.  —  Not so long ago, we were warned that rising global population would inevitably bring world famine.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TPMCafe
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.
The White House:
Weekly Address: Senators Opposing New START “Want to Trust But Not Verify”  —  WASHINGTON - In this week's address, President Obama called ratifying New START this year “fundamental” to America's national security.  Failure to ratify the treaty this year not only would mean losing …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Citing Reagan, Obama pushes to move stalled arms treaty
Discussion: The Politico and Daniel W. Drezner
Popular Mechanics:
Security and Terrorism Expert Bruce Schneier: TSA Scans “Won't Catch Anybody”  —  Since 9/11, cryptology expert and security consultant Bruce Schneier has been one of the most pointed critics of the government's anti-terrorism security programs.  In his 2003 book “Beyond Fear,” he coined the phrase …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Spiegel Online:
Terrorists Believed to Be Planning Attack in Berlin  —  It would be an attack on the very heart of democracy.  SPIEGEL has learned that terrorists may have been planning an attack on the Reichstag, the home of the German parliament and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Berlin.
Discussion: and Power Line
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 …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Are The Social Security Trust Funds A Mirage?
Discussion: Crooked Timber
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Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
Millionaires to Obama: Tax us
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
TSA Agents Absolutely Hate New Pat Downs, Find Them Disgusting And Morale Breaking
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Moseley Braun running against Emanuel for Chicago mayor
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Sara Murray / Wall Street Journal:
States Raise Payroll Taxes to Repay Loans
Discussion: Liberty Central
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Prospective RNC Chair Saul Anuzis Defended Right-Wing Extremist …
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Gary Johnson / The Daily Caller:
Why do we have a TSA?  —  John Tyner became a YouTube sensation …
Free exchange:
How was your recession?  —  THE Bureau of Economic Analysis …
Discussion: Yglesias and Mother Jones
Top Al Qaeda leader killed in US drone attack
William Yardley / New York Times:
Naming of Alaska Winner Delayed
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Wire