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2:40 AM ET, November 23, 2010

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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
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 …
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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.
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 repeated appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table …
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.
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Fredreka Schouten / USA Today:
Body scanner makers doubled lobbying cash over 5 years
Tony Pugh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
TSA chief admits he withheld information on pat-downs
Discussion: Emptywheel and The Gateway Pundit
Hannity / Fox News Insider:
VIDEO - Palin: I Will Not Waste My Time With Katie Couric  —  In an interview tonight with Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin opens up about the mainstream media and whether she would sit down for another interview with Katie Couric.  —  See what she has to say in the video below …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: No time for Katie Couric
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Feifei Sun / The Page:   Palin Won't “Waste Time” With Couric
Fhardingj / CNN:   TRENDING: Palin won't ‘waste time’ on Couric
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.
Discussion: NO QUARTER, RedState and HotAirPundit
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Gibbs Warns Congress Against Leaving DADT Repeal To The Courts  —  This afternoon, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs listed repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell as a priority for the lame duck session after the Thanksgiving recess and reiterated the now oft-repeated warning that if Congress fails …
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Megan Scully / NationalJournal.com:
Navy Chief Preparing 'Don't Ask' Recommendations  —  With less than two weeks until the release of a Pentagon report on how to respond to a repeal of the 1993 law banning openly gay men and lesbians from military service, the Navy's top officer said he is reviewing the findings and will soon deliver …
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Editorial Boards to the Little People Complaining About the TSA: Bend Over and Take it Like a Man!  —  More evidence for Radley Balko's thesis that the media is more statist than liberal (and for my contention that the unsigned newspaper editorial should go the way of the dodo bird):  —  Los Angeles Times:
Discussion: The Agitator
Zogby:
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.
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Mother Jones:
Sarah Palin's Mystery Research Firm  —  Why's an incendiary Dutch journalist on the payroll of the ex-Alaska governor's political action committee?  A Mother Jones investigation.  —  Post Comment  —  In recent months, Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Oliver Willis
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.
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Jefferson Morley / The Atlantic Online:
The Kennedy Assassination: 47 Years Later, What Do We Really Know?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Gore: On second thought, I was just pandering to the farm vote on ethanol
Chrisa / RADAR:
Charlie Sheen Files Extortion Lawsuit Against Porn Star Capri Anderson  —  Charlie Sheen is firing back at the porn star who claims he tried to choke her in a drug fuelled bender at a New York hotel last month.  —  RadarOnline.com has just obtained this paperwork filed in a Los Angeles court.
Discussion: PopEater and The Other McCain
David Frum / CNN:
The right way to honor Ronald Reagan  —  President Ronald Reagan speaks at a rally February 8, 1982.  He was born on February 6, 1911. … Washington (CNN) — We're approaching the 100th anniversary of the birthday of Ronald Reagan: February 6, 2011.  It's time to begin thinking seriously …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Left's pressure moves Pelosi toward clashes with Obama  —  When President Obama meets with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi next year, he may face a lot more resistance than he's used to from his longtime ally.  —  The shift from Speaker to opposition leader will undoubtedly change Pelosi's …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Left accuses GOP of economic “sabotage”  —  It looks like some folks on the right are purporting to be really, really surprised by the suggestion being made by some liberals that Republicans will actively try to sabotage the economy in order to increase their odds of taking the White House in 2012.
Emma Perez-Trevino / Brownsville Herald:
Ortiz concedes District 27 race to Farenthold  —  U.S. Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz conceded late Monday to Congressman-elect Blake Farenthold.  —  Noting that the recount of more than 106,000 votes had been completed in the district, Ortiz said: “Therefore, with great respect and admiration …
Fhardingj / CNN:
BREAKING: Sources: Plouffe to join White House staff, Axelrod may exit sooner than expected  —  Washington (CNN) - President Obama is planning to bring former campaign manager David Plouffe onto the White House staff at the beginning of January to work alongside senior adviser David Axelrod …
Discussion: The Politico
Agence France Presse:
Blacks, Jews most likely victim of US hate crimes: FBI  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - Blacks and Jews were the most likely victims of hate crimes driven by racial or religious intolerance in the United States last year, the FBI said Monday in an annual report.  —  Out of 6,604 hate crimes committed …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
Defenders of Earmarks Point to Urgent Needs That Would Not Be Met  —  ST. LOUIS — With their vote last week to support a moratorium on earmarks, House and Senate Republicans are taking aim at a popular target: the much-criticized system for distributing federal money that reflects politicians' clout …
Adam Levitin / Credit Slips:
The Big Fail  —  Last week the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey issued an opinion in a case captioned Kemp v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. This case looks like the first piece of evidence in what might turn out to be the Securitization Fail or, in homage to Michael Lewis, The Big Fail.
Discussion: Rortybomb and naked capitalism
William Bradley / The Huffington Post:
Jerry Brown and the California Exception  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  The prodigal son has returned.  Not that he ever really left for good.  Or was all that prodigal, for that matter.  —  Jerry Brown's long and winding road has led him back to the door to the suite of offices …
Discussion: MyDD
BBC:
Saudi school lessons in UK concern government  —  Panorama went undercover to obtain the books  —  The government says it will not tolerate anti-Semitic and homophobic lessons being taught to Muslim children in the UK.  —  BBC Panorama found that more than 40 Saudi Students' Schools …
 
 
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Close Watch on Casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq
David Wood / Politics Daily:
Cold War's B-1 Bomber Emerges as Effective Weapon in Afghanistan
NBC Washington:
Guandique Guilty in Chandra Levy Murder Case
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Introducing the Hack 30  —  Over the next three days …
Discussion: Mediaite
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Tea Party support grows; USA divided
Discussion: National Review
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Expansion of Bike Lanes Brings Backlash
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John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
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