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9:50 AM ET, November 24, 2010

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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Next step for body scanners could be trains, boats, metro  —  The next step in tightened security could be on U.S. public transportation, trains and boats.  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.
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Michelle Malkin:
The no-grope list: Look who gets a junk-touching exemption  —  Don't squeeze the J-Nap.  —  You've heard of the “no-fly” list.  —  Now get a load of the no-grope list — a roster of the privileged federal officials and politicians who don't have to be subjected to TSA's grabby hands.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Homeland Security secretary thanks TSA staff for hard work  —  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano thanked TSA workers for their vigilance and hard work on Tuesday afternoon.  —  Officials with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have come under fire recently …
Discussion: FrumForum
Associated Press:
TSA: Some gov't officials to skip airport security  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cabinet secretaries, top congressional leaders and an exclusive group of senior U.S. officials are exempt from toughened new airport screening procedures when they fly commercially with government-approved federal security details.
Clifford Marks / NationalJournal.com:
Mike Huckabee Challenges First Family to Undergo TSA Screening
Discussion: FrumForum and The Atlantic Online
Elizabeth Wurtzel / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin, Riot Grrrl  —  To paraphrase Lillian Hellman, I don't agree with a word that Sarah Palin says, including “and” and “the.”  And as a liberal feminist, it drives me absolutely bonkers that Palin is the most visible working mother and female politician in America …
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The Note:
Sarah Palin Responds to Bristol's Loss On ‘Dancing With The Stars’
Brian Stelter / New York Times:   The Palins Ensure They Stay in the News
James Hibberd / Hollywood Reporter:
'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Ratings Plummet
John / Power Line:
Who's Ignorant?  —  Dumb liberal op-ed pieces are legion, and generally we let them pass in silence.  But this one by Richard Cohen in the Washington Post is such a howler that it deserves comment.  Cohen's theme is that Sarah Palin is ignorant; the evidence is her criticism …
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ABCNEWS:
Obama: 'I Don't Think About Sarah Palin'  —  “Obviously Sarah Palin has a strong base of support in the Republican Party and I respect those skills,” Obama said.  “But I spend most of my time right now on how I can be the best possible president.  And my attitude has always been …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Page and Mediaite
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers under pressure to decline government health plan  —  Congressional Republicans who assailed the Democrats' healthcare law in the run-up to the midterm elections are facing pressure to decline government-provided coverage when they take office.  —  GOP Reps.-elect Bobby Schilling …
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House Dem dares GOP on healthcare repeal
The Huffington Post:
Republicans Could Save $2.4 Million A Year By Forgoing Their Health Care
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Former Obama Advisor, Aide To NJ Dem, Arrested On Child Sex Charges  —  Robert Decheine, chief of staff to Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ), was arrested in Gaithersburg, Md. last Friday on charges of soliciting sex from a minor.  Decheine, who had been with the Democrat's office since 2003 …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Congressman fires chief of staff after arrest on sex charges
Discussion: Fox Nation and The Politico
Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Fed lowers economic expectations for 2011  —  Unemployment is set to remain higher for longer than previously thought, according to new projections from the Federal Reserve that would mean more than 10 million Americans remain jobless through the 2012 elections - even as a separate report …
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
U.S. to stage exercises with South Korea; few good options for dealing with North  —  North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island Tuesday, coupled with its choreographed rollout of a new nuclear program, has presented the United States with a massive strategic challenge in one of the most dangerous corners of the world.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Paul Bedard / US News:
Next Tea Party Target: Corporate America  —  Jesse Jackson isn't the only activist that can use corporate boycotts for political purposes.  Starting next year, the huge Tea Party organizer FreedomWorks will urge supporters to punish huge corporations like General Electric and Johnson and Johnson …
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bishop leads Altschuler as absentee count ends  —  Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) holds a 235-vote lead over Republican challenger Randy Altschuler with all absentee ballots counted in New York's 1st congressional district.  —  “We are very confident that Tim Bishop has won this election,” …
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Joe Lieberman left with limited 2012 options  —  Joe Lieberman essentially has two options for 2012: Retire or become a Republican.  —  The Connecticut senator and Democratic exile hasn't made up his mind whether to seek a fifth term, Lieberman and those close to him say.
Kurt Nimmo / Infowars:
Ron Paul: Crotch Groped by TSA, Calls for Boycott of Airlines  —  Appearing on the Alex Jones Show today, Texas Congressman Ron Paul expressed his outrage and disgust with the TSA and its unconstitutional naked body scanners and genital groping under the transparent pretense of protecting …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Irin Carmon / Jezebel:
The Disturbing World Of Dickflash.com  —  “Is this one of us?” reads a message-board headline.  Attached is that video of the woman confronting her subway flasher.  But the board commenters aren't talking about her.  Welcome to Dickflash, a twisted forum where flashers trade tips and tricks.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Final Settlement Phase Starts for BP Oil Spill  —  Now comes the hard part.  —  In the months since the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, hundreds of thousands of people and businesses have filed for emergency payments from the $20 billion BP fund administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg.
Discussion: The Page
Lisa Fleisher / Metropolis:
On ‘Late Night,’ Christie Rolls Eyes at Prospect of Palin Presidency … Faced with the prospect of a President Sarah Palin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican party's darling from another coast, shook his head and rolled his eyes.  —  “I don't know, but it's an amazing world …
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
VIDEO: Gov Jindal: ‘Make Congressmen Part-time’  —  It seems like an insurmountable task for GOP candidates to take out the liberal fixtures of Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, and Barney Frank in congressional elections, but how about making them part-time workers instead?
Discussion: The Politico, RedState and Nice Deb
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.
 
 
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Don't touch my junk? Grow up, America.
Discussion: Firedoglake and msnbc.com
DealBook:
Wallets Out, Wall St. Dares to Indulge
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Wall Street Journal:
Fears of Domino Effect Pervade Europe
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Nuts... Whoopi Goldberg Lectures O'Reilly: “Two Years Ago …
Discussion: Wizbang
Mike Ward / Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay jury: Let's go home for night
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Obama's looking weak for re-election in 2012
Discussion: Weigel
Wall Street Journal:
Corporate Profits Rise to Record Annual Rate
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Veronique Saint-Geours / Worldmeets.us:
Can't Mr. Obama Pardon Anything But Turkeys?!
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Ex-Santorum aide to challenge Casey
Discussion: FrumForum
Amanda Hess / TBD All News:
Daily Caller: Draft lesbians, then turn them straight