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2:50 PM ET, November 23, 2010

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Mark McDonald / New York Times:
‘Crisis Status’ in South Korea After North Shells Island  —  SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean military went to “crisis status” on Tuesday and threatened military strikes against the North after the North fired dozens of shells at a South Korean island, killing two South Korean soldiers …
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Washington Post:
North Korea fires artillery at South Korean island of Yeongpyeong  —  BEIJING - North Korea launched a massive artillery barrage on a South Korean island Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines, wounding at least 19 other people and setting more than 60 buildings ablaze …
John Garnaut / Sydney Morning Herald:
North Korean dictator-in-waiting linked to deadly artillery attack  —  NORTH KOREA has burnished the leadership credentials of its 26-year-old dictator-in-waiting with a deadly artillery attack on South Korean territory, causing its neighbour to return fire and scramble F-16 fighters.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
N.Y. Dem might vote Boehner for Speaker  —  A Democratic congressman who backed Speaker Nancy Pelosi for minority leader said Monday it is “quite possible” he might vote for Republican John Boehner for Speaker in the next Congress.  —  Rep. Bill Owens (N.Y.) said he voted for Pelosi …
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Nathan Brown / AdirondackDailyEnterprise:
Owens backs Pelosi, might support Boehner
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and USA Today
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
N.Y. Dem might vote for Boehner
Discussion: National Review
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Nancy Pelosi to fly commercial
Patricia Murphy / Politics Daily:
Nancy Pelosi Will Fly Commercial, Too
Discussion: CNN and The Jawa Report
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 appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table …
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Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Negotiator for Taliban was an impostor, Afghan officials say
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
New poll undercuts GOP claims of a midterm mandate  —  WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans want the Congress to keep the new health care law or actually expand it, despite Republican claims that they have a mandate from the people to kill it, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Empty promises on health care will haunt Obama
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Affordable Care Act Repeal Unlikely, Unpopular
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and TPMDC
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
BARBARA BUSH EXPLAINS MISCARRIAGE ANECDOTE  —  George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush appeared on CNN's “Larry King Live” Monday night, and George said that the two were “living a quiet life” (even though George said he still planned on sky-diving in 2014 to mark his 90th birthday, an endeavor he undertakes every year).
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice and Wonkette
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Former President Bush names Romney as favorite GOP presidential contender
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
My TSA Anti-Rant  —  I am so going to regret writing this post.  For those of you who used to respect me, please just chalk it up to food poisoning or early onset Alzheimer's or whatever.  But here goes.  —  I hate the TSA screening process.  Everyone hates the TSA screening process.
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Sally Quinn / Washington Post:
The unholy (s)election of Bristol Palin  —  I feel for Bristol Palin.  Here's a plucky young woman who signed up for “Dancing With the Stars” knowing she had no chance to win but thinking it might be an adventure.  Bristol had never danced and was up against some world-class dancers.  That takes guts.
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter  —  The nation's workers may be struggling, but American companies just had their best quarter ever.  —  American businesses brought in $1.66 trillion at an annual rate in the third quarter, according to a Commerce Department report released Tuesday.
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:   Gross Domestic Product, 3rd quarter 2010 (second estimate); …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Effort for Liberal Balance to G.O.P. Groups Begins  —  In what may prove a significant development for the 2012 elections, David Brock, a prominent Democratic political operative, says he has amassed $4 million in pledges over the last few weeks and is moving quickly to hire a staff to set …
Michael Calderone / Yahoo! News:
Washington Post hires conservative blogger  —  The Washington Post boasts some of the top liberal bloggers, such as Ezra Klein and Greg Sargent.  Now the paper's bringing a conservative into the blog stable.  —  The Post has hired Jennifer Rubin, previously with Commentary magazine …
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.
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The Fix:
Sarah Palin's Mike Huckabee problem  —  1. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Monday that Sarah Palin might well “run away” with the Republican nomination for president.  —  It's funny Huckabee should say such a thing, because he's got a lot of say over whether she does just that.
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Fox News said to reject ad on 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Fox News has declined to air an ad advocating for repeal of the “don't ask, don't tell” policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military, a source at the public policy think tank Palm Center informs Raw Story.
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Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Pentagon: No gays were discharged in past month
Aurelius / Pundit Press:
NBC Names Ground Zero Mosque Developer a “Person of the Year”  —  NBC and its affiliates have been trounced in ratings over the last several years.  With stations like MSNBC under their belt and liberals such as Matt Lauer and Keith Olbermann hosting programs, NBC is clearly disconnected with the average American.
Ezra Klein:
The future of Social Security in one graph  —  This comes from the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, and it lists the impact of all of the various deficit-reduction plans on a medium-income Social Security beneficiary (click for a larger version):  —  It's worth noting that the “current law” …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Lowest ever: Obama job approval sinks to 39%, as even Democrats' support melts away  —  President Obama has passed the Big 4-0 — going the wrong way.  —  Turns out voters were not simply satisfied to spank the Democrat and his party in the Nov. 2 midterm elections with historic losses in the House of Representatives.
Discussion: protein wisdom and National Review
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
House Republican gains rise to 62 seats  —  Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) conceded defeat to Republican challenger Blake Farenthold late Monday after the recount he requested barely made a dent in the Republican's election night lead.  Farenthold's final margin of victory stood at 648 votes.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Matthew Vadum / The Daily Caller:
The voter fraud hall of shame: Milwaukee voter fraud conviction makes ACORN's 2010 total at least 15  —  Yet another former ACORN employee was convicted of voter fraud last week.  This brings the total number of convictions for former workers from the embattled group to at least 15 so far this year.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Verum Serum
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Educating Children: It's a Good Thing!  —  The basic idea of the DREAM Act, as I understand it, is this.  A certain number of people are in this country illegally.  A certain number of those people came to be in that situation because of actions their parents took while they were children.
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Cardinal opposes civil unions  —  ‘No one has the right to change the nature of marriage’  —  SPRINGFIELD — The head of Chicago's Roman Catholic archdiocese Monday portrayed legislation authorizing civil unions between gay and lesbian couples as an initiative that would “change the nature of marriage” …
Discussion: Advocate
 
 
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Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Air Force official: Pentagon's 'Don't ask' study ‘healthy’ and ‘informative’
Discussion: The Politico
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Should TSA Body Scanners Distort Naked Images?
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Michael Kinsley / The Politico:
Go ahead, touch my junk
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP leadership warns freshmen about the press and ethics traps
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Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
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