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7:40 AM ET, November 24, 2010

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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Next step for body scanners could be trains, boats, metro  —  The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.
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Michelle Malkin:
The no-grope list: Look who gets a junk-touching exemption  —  Don't squeeze the J-Nap.  —  You've heard of the “no-fly” list.  —  Now get a load of the no-grope list — a roster of the privileged federal officials and politicians who don't have to be subjected to TSA's grabby hands.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Doug Ross
Associated Press:
TSA: Some gov't officials to skip airport security  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.
Daily Mail:
'We hate obese passengers and people with personal hygiene issues:' Now ‘abused’ TSA staff vent their anger at patdown searches  —  Furious security staff today hit back at pat down searches in airports across America, claiming that they hated dealing with obese travellers and those with personal hygiene problems.
Blake Eskin / News Desk:
Before the Junk Jokes: Airport Security Cartoons  —  As Americans debate the safety and propriety of new airport scanning devices, gear up for National Opt-Out Day, and endure a lot of headlines with the word “junk” in them, the Washington Post has reported on a “cheap and simple fix” to the problem:
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Homeland Security secretary thanks TSA staff for hard work
Discussion: FrumForum
Clifford Marks / NationalJournal.com:
Mike Huckabee Challenges First Family to Undergo TSA Screening
Discussion: FrumForum and The Atlantic Online
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
Airport Pat-Downs: TSA Says it Can Fine You for Backing Out
Elizabeth Wurtzel / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin, Riot Grrrl  —  To paraphrase Lillian Hellman, I don't agree with a word that Sarah Palin says, including “and” and “the.”  And as a liberal feminist, it drives me absolutely bonkers that Palin is the most visible working mother and female politician in America …
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John / Power Line:
Who's Ignorant?  —  Dumb liberal op-ed pieces are legion, and generally we let them pass in silence.  But this one by Richard Cohen in the Washington Post is such a howler that it deserves comment.  Cohen's theme is that Sarah Palin is ignorant; the evidence is her criticism …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:   The Palins Ensure They Stay in the News
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
CABLE RAT RACE: Palin Drops Big In Week 2; ‘Walking Dead’ Steady
Jedediah Bila / Human Events:
Book Review: Sarah Palin's “America by Heart”
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
WaPo's Richard Cohen: 'Palin Couldn't Be President of Black America …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Former Obama Advisor, Aide To NJ Dem, Arrested On Child Sex Charges  —  Robert Decheine, chief of staff to Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ), was arrested in Gaithersburg, Md. last Friday on charges of soliciting sex from a minor.  Decheine, who had been with the Democrat's office since 2003 …
Discussion: Fox News and JammieWearingFool
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Congressman fires chief of staff after arrest on sex charges
Discussion: Fox Nation and The Politico
The Huffington Post:
Republicans Could Save $2.4 Million A Year By Forgoing Their Health Care  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION? … WASHINGTON — Some progressive organizations have been making a push in recent days for incoming congressional Republicans to drop their government-sponsored health care on the grounds that keeping the plans would be hypocritical.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House Dem dares GOP on healthcare repeal
Discussion: Say Anything and Pat Dollard
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
U.S. to stage exercises with South Korea; few good options for dealing with North  —  North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island Tuesday, coupled with its choreographed rollout of a new nuclear program, has presented the United States with a massive strategic challenge in one of the most dangerous corners of the world.
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air
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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Obama on North Korea: China Must Help  —  In Interview with Barbara Walters, Obama Calls on China to Take a Stand Against North Korea  —  President Obama today strongly condemned North Korea's attack on South Korea and, in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, urged China to take a stand against aggression.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Next Tea Party Target: Corporate America  —  Jesse Jackson isn't the only activist that can use corporate boycotts for political purposes.  Starting next year, the huge Tea Party organizer FreedomWorks will urge supporters to punish huge corporations like General Electric and Johnson and Johnson …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bishop leads Altschuler as absentee count ends  —  Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) holds a 235-vote lead over Republican challenger Randy Altschuler with all absentee ballots counted in New York's 1st congressional district.  —  “We are very confident that Tim Bishop has won this election,” …
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Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
It's over: Buerkle clinches seat in Congress as Maffei concedes 25th District
Kurt Nimmo / Infowars:
Ron Paul: Crotch Groped by TSA, Calls for Boycott of Airlines  —  Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Texas Congressman Ron Paul expressed his outrage and disgust with the TSA and its unconstitutional naked body scanners and genital groping under the transparent pretense of protecting …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Irin Carmon / Jezebel:
The Disturbing World Of Dickflash.com  —  “Is this one of us?” reads a message-board headline.  Attached is that video of the woman confronting her subway flasher.  But the board commenters aren't talking about her.  Welcome to Dickflash, a twisted forum where flashers trade tips and tricks.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Final Settlement Phase Starts for BP Oil Spill  —  Now comes the hard part.  —  In the months since the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, hundreds of thousands of people and businesses have filed for emergency payments from the $20 billion BP fund administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg.
Discussion: The Page
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Brock defends using undisclosed donors  —  Today's New York Times reports that part of the new effort David Brock is setting up to counter the right's massive spending in advance of 2012 will depend on...undisclosed donors.  —  Media Matters, of course, hammered away relentlessly …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Amanda Hess / TBD All News:
Daily Caller: Draft lesbians, then turn them straight  —  BREAKING from the Daily Caller: The United States military can be cured of homosexuality once and for all if it allows lesbians to serve but forbids gay men to do so, according to one elderly man who has extensive experience showering with dozens of other dudes.
Veronique Saint-Geours / Worldmeets.us:
Can't Mr. Obama Pardon Anything But Turkeys?!  —  “Legal associations and professionals are perplexed by this attitude.  Is Obama trying to show his firmness?  Is he trying to show that his priorities are elsewhere? ...  For the turkey on Thursday, to be pardoned is a wonderful stroke of luck.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Nuts... Whoopi Goldberg Lectures O'Reilly: “Two Years Ago it Was the White People Who Were the Terrorists” (Video)  —  What's really sad about this discussion was that Whoopi was serious.  —  The left wing entertainer told Bill O'Reilly that “white people” are just as likely to be terrorists as anyone on the planet.
Discussion: Wizbang
 
 
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Fed lowers economic expectations for 2011
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Mike Ward / Austin American-Statesman:
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Joe Lieberman left with limited 2012 options
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Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Obama's looking weak for re-election in 2012
Discussion: Weigel
Wall Street Journal:
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Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Ex-Santorum aide to challenge Casey
Discussion: FrumForum
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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Could Democrats give Obama trouble in 2012?  War in Afghanistan is key.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
Barack Obama: Kokomo proves auto bailout worked
Discussion: The Hill and FrumForum
DownWithTyranny!:
Have Contributions From Donors Been Finding Their Way Into DCCC Officials' Pockets?
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TPMDC