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12:05 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 …
Keith B. Richburg / Washington Post:
North Korea fires artillery at South Korean island of Yeonpyeong  —  BEIJING - North Korea launched a massive artillery barrage on a South Korean island Tuesday, killing two South Korean marines, wounding at least 14 others and setting more than 60 buildings ablaze in the most serious confrontation since …
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.
Discussion: Wonkette and The Gateway Pundit
Sydelle Moore / The Hill:   White House condemns N. Korean attack on South Korean island
Koreas exchange artlillery fire
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 …
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Negotiator for Taliban was an impostor, Afghan officials say
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.
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.
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Miller files vote-count lawsuit in state court
Emma Perez-Trevino / Brownsville Herald:
Ortiz concedes District 27 race to Farenthold
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.
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Oversecured America  —  I suppose I agree with Kevin Drum …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
Washington Post:
Poll: Nearly two-thirds of Americans support full-body scanners at airports  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the new full-body security-screening machines at the country's airports, as most say they put higher priority on combating terrorism than protecting personal privacy, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Paul Bedard / US News:
TSA Promise: No Cavity Searches
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.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Former President Bush names Romney as favorite GOP presidential contender  —  Former President George H.W. Bush wants former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to be the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee.  —  The elder Bush said that Romney would make a “very good president” in an interview with CNN's Larry King Monday night.
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: Wonkette
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.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Gross Domestic Product, 3rd quarter 2010 (second estimate); Corporate Profits, 3rd quarter 2010 (preliminary)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent …
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Corporate Profits Were the Highest on Record Last Quarter
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 …
Andrew Malcolm / Hot Air:
How low will he go? Obama hits 39% job approval
Discussion: Moonbattery and Say Anything
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.
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Pentagon: No gays were discharged in past month  —  SAN FRANCISCO — No U.S. service members have been discharged for being openly gay in the month since the Defense Department adopted new rules surrounding the “don't ask, don't tell” policy, a Pentagon spokeswoman said Monday.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Psst: DADT repeal is still not quite dead
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Empty promises on health care will haunt Obama  — TAGS: - aaron carroll - american medical association - Byron York - center for medicare and medicaid services - Gallup - indiana university school of medicine - New York Times - patient protection and affordable care act
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Domenico Montanaro /
Palin says she will ‘clean up’ journalism  —  Sarah Palin is vowing — in a FOX interview that will air later today — to “clean up” journalism, and says she will not speak to CBS's Katie Couric again, calling her “biased” and won't “waste my time.”  —  Couric conducted the interview in 2008 …
Landon Thomas Jr / New York Times:
Irish Debt Crisis Forces Collapse of Government  —  DUBLIN — The Irish government faced imminent collapse on Monday, only a day after it signed off on a $100 billion bailout, setting the stage for a new election early next year and injecting the threat of political instability …
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Ezra Klein:
The future of Social Security in one graph
Discussion: Angry Bear
Sahil Kapur / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Fox News said to reject ad on 'don't ask, don't tell'
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Daily Pill Lowers H.I.V. Infection Risk, Study Finds
Discussion: CBS New York and Truth Wins Out
Chana Ya'ar / Arutz Sheva:
Obama's UN Officials Silent on Nine Anti-Israel Resolutions
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
With New Power, GOP Takes On Consumer Agency
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Ezra Klein
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Effort for Liberal Balance to G.O.P. Groups Begins
Discussion: USA Today
Poll: Gridlock Likely, GOPers Split on Whether That's Bad
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Antonio Sosa / The Daily Caller:
Chavez responds to President Obama's joke about visiting Venezuela …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP leadership warns freshmen about the press and ethics traps
Discussion: Wonkette
Kerry Curry / HousingWire:
Foreclosure mess scares off homebuyers: Campbell/Inside Mortgage Finance
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
John F. Burns / New York Times:
Lessons of Hate at Islamic Schools in Britain
Discussion: FrumForum
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Lugar not too worried about a 2012 Tea Party challenge
Discussion: FrumForum
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Editorial Boards to the Little People Complaining About the TSA …
Discussion: Wizbang and The Agitator