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7:25 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 after the North fired dozens of shells at a South Korean island, killing two of the South's soldiers and setting off …
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Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
JUST WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW: North Korea fires artillery barrage on South.  If they start anything, I say nuke 'em.  And not with just a few bombs.  They've caused enough trouble — and it would be a useful lesson for Iran, too.  We can't afford another Korean war, but hey, we're already dismantling warheads. . . .
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.
Discussion: The Daily Bail
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Michelle Malkin:   The no-grope list: Look who gets a junk-touching exemption
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
Airport Pat-Downs: TSA Says it Can Fine You for Backing Out
Discussion: Gothamist
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Next step for body scanners could be trains, boats, metro
Discussion: The Note
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Ratings Plummet  —  After setting a TLC ratings record last week, Sarah Palin's reality show plummeted for its second episode.  —  Sarah Palin's Alaska fell 40% on Sunday night to 3 million viewers.  —  Not many were in the key adult demo either.
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
CABLE RAT RACE: Palin Drops Big In Week 2; ‘Walking Dead’ Steady  —  Sarah Palin lost almost half of her premiere audience in the second airing of her TLC reality series Sarah Palin's Alaska.  On Sunday, the series executive produced by Mark Burnett, drew 3 million viewers.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire, FrumForum and Weigel
Jedediah Bila / Human Events:
Book Review: Sarah Palin's “America by Heart”
Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
Sarah Palin's Media Strategy
Discussion: Moe Lane and CNN
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Decline your health care, say GOP voters  —  Most Americans think incoming Congressmen who campaigned against the health care bill should put their money where their mouth is and decline government provided health care now that they're in office.  Only 33% think they should accept the health care …
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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.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House Dem dares GOP on healthcare repeal
Discussion: Wonk Room and Pat Dollard
Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Dan Maffei's options in New York's 25th Congressional District: Concede or recount  —  Syracuse, NY — U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei is left with two options: concede to Republican Ann Marie Buerkle or ask a judge to order a hand recount of more than 200,000 paper ballots in the undecided race for the 25th District.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bishop leads Altschuler as absentee count ends
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
It's over: Buerkle clinches seat in Congress as Maffei concedes 25th District
Discussion: Washington Wire and Ruby Slippers
Citizen:
Buerkle wins 25th after Maffei concedes
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Sally Quinn — who says “Dancing is my religion” — denounces Bristol Palin's success on “Dancing with the Stars” as “unholy.”  —  And this strangely sanctimonious journalist — she's writing in the always awful “On Faith” section of The Washington Post — condemns Palin voters for “cheating” …
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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 …
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David Weigel / Weigel:
Rubin to WaPo  —  Jennifer Rubin moves from Commentary …
Discussion: Salon and Moe Lane
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi to fly commercial  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will give up more than just the majority in the next Congress — she'll be stripped of her right to use military aircraft.  —  Since becoming speaker in 2007, Pelosi has used Air Force jets for flights …
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Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Sharpton Calls For FCC Action Against Rush Limbaugh  —  SHARP-LY REPRESSIVE  —  Reverend Al: Time For FCC Crackdown On Rush  —  With Democrats holding a majority on the FCC's board, lefties are salivating over a post-election opportunity to quietly impose a crackdown on free speech in talk radio.
Felicia Sonmez / The Fix:
The ins and outs of the Rahm Emanuel residency challenge  —  Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (D) may face as many as 19 other contenders in the race to succeed retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D), according to candidate filings submitted Monday.
Discussion: Clout St, The SouthtownStar and WGN
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Senator considering run for Chicago mayor
Igor Volsky / Wonk Room:
Exclusive: In Letter, Gates Dismissed McCain's Concerns About DADT Study  —  In late September, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) wrote a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressing his concerns that the Pentagon's Working Group review of Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was operating under the condition that …
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, Wonkette and Close Read
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:
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Congressman fires chief of staff after arrest on sex charges  —  Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) has fired his chief of staff, effective last Friday, after his arrest on charges of soliciting sex from a minor.  —  Rothman spokesman Aaron Keyak said that Robert Decheine, the lawmaker's former top aide …
Discussion: The Politico and TPMMuckraker
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Daniel J. Mitchell / Cato @ Liberty:
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The Note:
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