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10:20 AM ET, November 23, 2010


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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 …
Associated Press:
Taliban Leader in Peace Talks Was Impostor
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Pat Dollard
Joshua Partlow / Washington Post:
Negotiator for Taliban was an impostor, Afghan officials say
Mark McDonald / New York Times:
North and South Korea Exchange Fire, Killing Two  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Tuesday after dozens of shells fired from the North struck a South Korean island near the countries' disputed maritime border, South Korean military officials said.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
North Korea fires on South Korea  —  Seoul, South Korea (CNN) — In a sharp escalation of hostility along their disputed sea border, North and South Korean forces traded fire Tuesday, a deadly skirmish that jacked up diplomatic tensions in a volatile region.
Jung Ha-Won / Agence France Presse:
North Korea fires artillery barrage on South  —  SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing one person, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South's military went on top alert.
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Fires Rockets at Island
Marc Ambinder /
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 …
Paul Bedard / US News:
TSA Promise: No Cavity Searches
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.
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.
Rachel D'Oro / Associated Press:
Miller files vote-count lawsuit in state court
Discussion: FrumForum, Election Law and The Page
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).
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.
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: No time for Katie Couric
Discussion: The Page, CNN and Outside the Beltway
The Politico:
Business: Barack Obama's outreach not enough  —  After business leaders sunk millions into the midterms to defeat Democrats, a chastened Obama administration is seeking reconciliation with the corporate community.  —  But after two years of building frustration, the executives say they won't be won …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Left's pressure moves Pelosi toward clashes with Obama
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
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 …
Discussion: DealBook
The Irish Times:
Taoiseach to dissolve Dáil after ‘vital’ budget passed
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 …
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.
Quinnipiac University:
Schools Chancellor Should Have Education Experience, New York City Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Bloomberg Approval At Lowest Point In 5 Years  —  New York City voters say 64 - 26 percent that a schools chancellor needs education experience more than management experience …
Discussion: New York Times
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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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 press, ethics traps
Discussion: Wonkette
Bill Hutchinson / NY Daily News:
Park51 developers apply for $5M federal grant, outraging opponents …
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
Lisa Leff / Associated Press:
Pentagon: No gays were discharged in past month
David Sherfinski / Washington Examiner:
States' rights battles rage in Old Dominion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 Earlier Items: 
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Defenders of Earmarks Point to Urgent Needs That Would Not Be Met
Agence France Presse:
Blacks, Jews most likely victim of US hate crimes: FBI
Discussion: GayPatriot and Jihad Watch
Emma Perez-Trevino / Brownsville Herald:
Ortiz concedes District 27 race to Farenthold
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Editorial Boards to the Little People Complaining About the TSA …
Discussion: The Agitator
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Introducing the Hack 30  —  Over the next three days …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Mediaite