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12:10 AM ET, November 23, 2010

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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
White House Fights Pat-Down Backlash  —  The administration is quietly and aggressively defending airport security policies against what they see as a media frenzy of distorted information.  —  The White House and the Department of Homeland Security indicated today that they won't yield …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Drudge wins  —  The weekend collapse of the Administration's airline screening policy is hard to understand as a matter of messaging, with Clinton undermining the TSA's screening regime and the relevant official sending a hazy mixed message on the subject, even as the screening policy remains in place.
Paul Bedard / US News:
TSA Promise: No Cavity Searches  —  The flying public has won a small victory in the fight over airport pat downs and more intrusive searches with the Transportation Security Agency: For now, the agency isn't planning to take the next step toward body cavity searches.
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
TSA chief admits he withheld information on pat-downs  —  WASHINGTON — Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said on Monday that he disregarded internal advice to the contrary and decided not tell the public in advance about aggressive new screening and pat-down procedures …
Discussion: Emptywheel and The Gateway Pundit
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
Scientists say they have solution to TSA scanner objections  —  A cheap and simple fix in the computer software of new airport scanners could silence the uproar from travelers who object to the so-called virtual strip search, according to a scientist who helped develop the program …
Michelle Singletary / Washington Post:
Woman who told Obama her financial fears has lost her job  —  Nobody is safe.  —  Velma Hart, who burst onto the media scene after telling President Obama she was scared about her financial future, has been laid off.  Hart was let go as the chief financial officer for Am Vets, a nonprofit Maryland-based veteran services organization.
Discussion: NO QUARTER, RedState and HotAirPundit
New York Times:
Taliban Leader in Secret Talks Was an Impostor  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the repeated appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table …
Feifei Sun / The Page:
Palin Won't “Waste Time” With Couric  —  Alaskan tells Hannity she wouldn't do another interview with CBS anchor should she run in 2012.  —  Full interview to air tonight at 9 p.m.  —  Sarah Palin on whether she would do an interview with Katie Couric if she ran for President:
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: No time for Katie Couric
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Hannity / Fox News Insider:
VIDEO - Palin: I Will Not Waste My Time With Katie Couric
Fhardingj / CNN:   TRENDING: Palin won't ‘waste time’ on Couric
Zogby:
Zogby Interactive: Obama Falls to 39%, As Support from Democrats Continues to Slide; He Trails Romney, J. Bush & Gingrich in '12  —  Those Saying U.S. on Wrong Track Hits High Under Obama of 69%  —  UTICA, New York - President Barack Obama's job approval rating has dropped to the lowest point …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Editorial Boards to the Little People Complaining About the TSA: Bend Over and Take it Like a Man!  —  More evidence for Radley Balko's thesis that the media is more statist than liberal (and for my contention that the unsigned newspaper editorial should go the way of the dodo bird):  —  Los Angeles Times:
Discussion: The Agitator
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Left accuses GOP of economic “sabotage”  —  It looks like some folks on the right are purporting to be really, really surprised by the suggestion being made by some liberals that Republicans will actively try to sabotage the economy in order to increase their odds of taking the White House in 2012.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
There Will Be Blood  —  Former Senator Alan Simpson is a Very Serious Person.
Clint Hill / New York Times:
On Mrs. Kennedy's Detail  —  IT was with great trepidation that I approached 3704 N Street in Washington on Nov. 10, 1960.  I had just been given the assignment of providing protection for the wife of the newly elected president of the United States, and I was about to meet her for the first time.
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Jefferson Morley / The Atlantic Online:
The Kennedy Assassination: 47 Years Later, What Do We Really Know?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jason Zengerle / New York Magazine:
The Answer Is No  —  New Jersey governor Chris Christie is denying money to teachers and tunnels, oxygen to Democrats, and intentions to run for president in 2012.  Which is only making him more popular.  —  C  —  hris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, was trolling for clicks.
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Christie: All Sen. Lautenberg does is ‘blow hot air’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Expansion of Bike Lanes Brings Backlash  —  Over the last four years, the streets of New York City have undergone a transformation: More than 250 miles of traffic lanes dedicated for bicycles have been created, and several laws aimed at promoting cycling have been passed.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and City Room
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Tom Perrotta / Wall Street Journal:
Cycling's New Rules of the Road
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
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Chrisa / RADAR:
Charlie Sheen Files Extortion Lawsuit Against Porn Star Capri Anderson  —  Charlie Sheen is firing back at the porn star who claims he tried to choke her in a drug fuelled bender at a New York hotel last month.  —  RadarOnline.com has just obtained this paperwork filed in a Los Angeles court.
Discussion: PopEater and The Other McCain
Gerard Wynn / Reuters:
U.S. corn ethanol “was not a good policy"-Gore  —  * U.S. ethanol consumes about 40 pct corn crop  —  Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was “not a good policy”, weeks before tax credits are up for renewal.
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John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Mosque Money Shocker  —  The so-called Ground Zero mosque recently applied for a $5 million federal grant from a fund designed to rebuild lower Manhattan after 9/11, reports The Daily Beast's John Avlon.  —  Developers of the controversial Park51 Islamic community center and mosque located …
David Frum / CNN:
The right way to honor Ronald Reagan  —  President Ronald Reagan speaks at a rally February 8, 1982.  He was born on February 6, 1911. … Washington (CNN) — We're approaching the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Ronald Reagan: February 6, 2011.  It's time to begin thinking seriously …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Left's pressure moves Pelosi toward clashes with Obama  —  When President Obama meets with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi next year, he may face a lot more resistance than he's used to from his longtime ally.  —  The shift from Speaker to opposition leader will undoubtedly change Pelosi's …
Fhardingj / CNN:
BREAKING: Sources: Plouffe to join White House staff, Axelrod may exit sooner than expected  —  Washington (CNN) - President Obama is planning to bring former campaign manager David Plouffe onto the White House staff at the beginning of January to work alongside senior adviser David Axelrod …
Discussion: The Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Bombshell evidence may make Waters an ethics nightmare for Dems  —  Apparently, the Charlie Rangel ethics trial was just the warm-up act.  The New York Times reported over the weekend that the House Ethics Committee suddenly postponed the trial of Maxine Waters on ethics violation because it found …
BBC:
Saudi school lessons in UK concern government  —  Panorama went undercover to obtain the books  —  The government says it will not tolerate anti-Semitic and homophobic lessons being taught to Muslim children in the UK.  —  BBC Panorama found that more than 40 Saudi Students' Schools …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
When politics of Israel, Cuba collide  —  The incoming chairwoman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs helped shut down an unexpected diplomatic opening between Cuba and Israel earlier this year, sources in Jerusalem and Washington confirmed.  —  Israeli leaders reacted warmly …
 
 
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NBC Washington:
Guandique Guilty in Chandra Levy Murder Case
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
N.J. Assembly, Senate pass ‘Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights’ …
William Bradley / The Huffington Post:
Jerry Brown and the California Exception
Discussion: MyDD
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Introducing the Hack 30  —  Over the next three days …
Discussion: Mediaite
Adam Levitin / Credit Slips:
The Big Fail  —  Last week the US Bankruptcy Court for the District …
Discussion: Rortybomb and naked capitalism
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Tea Party support grows; USA divided
Discussion: National Review
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