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4:30 PM ET, November 22, 2010

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Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
Response to “Young Boy Strip Searched by TSA”  —  A video is being widely circulated showing a shirtless boy receiving secondary screening from a Transportation Security Officer (TSO).  A passenger filmed the screening with their cell phone and posted the video on the web.
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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 …
ABCNEWS:
TSA Pat Down Went Too Far, Agency Chief Says  —  TSA Administrator Says Search of Passenger's Underwear Should Have Never Happened; Agency May Rethink Protocols  —  The beleaguered head of the Transportation Security Administration said today that at least one airport passenger screening went …
The Note:
TSA Head John Pistole: If Passengers Don't Undergo Screening …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
There Will Be Blood  —  Former Senator Alan Simpson is a Very Serious Person.  He must be — after all, President Obama appointed him as co-chairman of a special commission on deficit reduction.  —  So here's what the very serious Mr. Simpson said on Friday: “I can't wait for the blood bath in April. ...
Ben Smith / The Politico:
View from Middle East: President Obama is a problem  —  JERUSALEM — Vowing to change a region that has resisted the best efforts of presidents and prime ministers past, Barack Obama dove head first into the Middle East peace process on his second day in office.  —  He was supposed to be different.
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Obama's foreign policy needs an update  —  For help understanding the foreign policy headlines of the past week, let's return, briefly, to the spring of 1983, when Barack Obama was a student at Columbia University.  What were the burning international issues of that time?
The Politico:
View from Middle East: President Obama is a problem
Discussion: Power Line and Pat Dollard
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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Fox News:
Report: Al Gore Reverses View on Ethanol, Blames Politics for Previous Support
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Gore: On second thought, I was just pandering to the farm vote on ethanol
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.
Discussion: Democracy in America
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Christie: All Sen. Lautenberg does is ‘blow hot air’
Associated Press:
Huckabee says ousting of Iowa judges historic move  —  DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday that Iowa voters likely launched a national movement when ousting three state Supreme Court justices who agreed with a decision to strike a ban on gay marriage.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin v. Gawker
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 …
Ashby Jones / Law Blog:
November Raid: After WSJ Story, Feds Step Into High Gear  —  Well, that didn't take long.  —  Less than one business day after the WSJ broke news of a huge insider-trading investigation, the FBI has really stepped things up.  —  FBI agents on Monday raided the Connecticut offices …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
The Rise of Mike Lee  —  I'm told that Mike Lee, the 39-year-old senator-elect from Utah, had the crowd eating out his hand at a Friday speech at the Federalist Society's annual meeting.  An attorney who clerked for Samuel Alito, he informed the crowd that he'd wonk out about Constitutional law, and then he did.
Discussion: National Review and Hullabaloo
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
GOP Freshman: ‘Most Of Us Agreed’ …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
WHAT GOOD IS WALL STREET?  —  Much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless.  —  A few months ago, I came across an announcement that Citigroup, the parent company of Citibank, was to be honored, along with its chief executive, Vikram Pandit, for “Advancing the Field of Asset Building in America.”
Susan M. Cover / Portland Press-Herald:
Snowe: Constitutionality of care law is arguable  —  and Rebekah Metzler rmetzler@mainetoday.com  —  Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are co-signing an amicus, or friend of the court, brief to be submitted to the federal court in Florida that will hear a constitutional challenge of the federal health care reform law.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Suck on This  —  Thomas Friedman, July 1, 2005, “Follow the Leapin' Leprechaun”: … As I've said before, the problem with this kind of punditry is that regulating your financial sector poorly so as to generate lots of bum real estate lending really does seem to be a can't lose path to growth in the short term.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and Eschaton
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.
Discussion: The Confluence and msnbc.com
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 …
Discussion: Yglesias and The Atlantic Online
Washington Post:
Chandra Levy verdict: Ingmar Guandique is guilty of murder  —  A D.C. Superior Court jury on Monday found Ingmar Guandique guilty of first-degree murder in the slaying of former federal intern Chandra Levy.  —  The jury of nine women and three men reached its verdict after 3 1/2 days of deliberations.
Jefferson Morley / The Atlantic Online:
The Kennedy Assassination: 47 Years Later, What Do We Really Know?  —  Despite the enduring popularity of conspiracy theories about President John F. Kennedy's death on November 22, 1963, it's a mainstream consensus that these theories have always been essentially the work of cranks …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Trains, Planes, and Pollution  —  Fun chart from my colleagues:  —  What's more, not only is intercity rail energy efficient compared to other means of transportation but it's typically electricity which can be produced with much less pollution per unit of energy output.
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HOUSE GOP QUIETLY EYEING ETHICS OFFICE FOR ELIMINATION. …
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Angle's campaign sank candidate
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Consensus is forming on what steps to take in cutting the deficit
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
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