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11:25 PM ET, November 24, 2010

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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
Ex-House Leader DeLay Found Guilty in Texas Case  —  AUSTIN - A Texas jury Wednesday found Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader and Texas political powerhouse, guilty in a money-laundering trial involving contributions to political campaigns.  —  Jurors deliberated for 19 hours …
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R.G. Ratcliffe / Houston Chronicle:
DeLay convicted of money laundering charges  —  AUSTIN - A Travis County jury today found former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay guilty of political money laundering charges relating to a corporate money swap in the 2002 elections.  —  The verdict came down five years after DeLay …
Juan A. Lozano / Associated Press:
Jury convicts Tom DeLay in money laundering trial  —  Below:  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — once one of the most powerful and feared Republicans in Congress — was convicted Wednesday on charges he illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
Austin American-Statesman:
DeLay jurors focus on ‘both’ ends of transaction
msnbc.com:
Jury convicts DeLay in money laundering trial
Discussion: Associated Press and Pundit Press
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:   DeLay convicted on money laundering and conspiracy charges
Austin American-Statesman:
Jury convicts DeLay in money-laundering case
CNN:
DeLay convicted of money laundering
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Daily Mail:
Sarah Palin clubs to death a fish on reality show labelled ‘a snuff video’ by animal rights group  —  Sarah Palin is under fire for clubbing a fish to death on her new reality TV show.  —  The Tea Party darling and her daughter Bristol, 20, were shown on a halibut fishing trip filmed for her new programme, Sarah Palin's Alaska.
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Palin: 'Obviously, We've Got To Stand With Our North Korean Allies'  —  In recent days, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has hinted in her clearest language yet that she is seriously considering a run for the presidency in 2012.  Many observers have argued that Palin could never win …
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin: “We Gotta Stand With Our North Korean Allies”  —  Sarah Palin's choosing sides in the conflict between North and South Korea-and picking Kim Jong Il?  —  Couldn't be.  But there she is on Glenn Beck's radio show saying just that: “This speaks to a bigger picture …
ABCNEWS:
Obama: 'I Don't Think About Sarah Palin'
Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
North Korea's consistent message to the U.S.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Anatomy of a journalistic smear job  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  One long-standing — and justifiable — progressive grievance is that whenever ordinary Americans allow their personal plight to enter the public sphere in a way that advances a liberal political goal …
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Palin Hits Back at Barbara Bush  —  In an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show, Sarah Palin blasted back at Barbara Bush's recent comments suggesting she stay in Alaska and not run for president.  —  Said Palin: “I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the blue bloods.
Discussion: Salon and Booman Tribune
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Palin rebukes Barbara Bush, family as ‘blue bloods’ after remark
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Ballot Box
PR Newswire:
CAIR: Muslim Group Updates Travel Advisory for Holiday Weekend  —  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today issued an updated travel advisory for those concerned about new airport security measures involving full-body scanners and more invasive pat-downs.  —  Background:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Sense of Events
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Joel Johnson / Gizmodo:
Fliers Claim TSA Have Deactivated Body Scanners [Updated]  —  According to tweeting travelers, many backscatter and millimeter-wave AIT scanning machines at airports are not in use at all, making opting out impossible.  We've asked DHS/TSA for comment, but you can help us confirm.
Click Orlando l Orlando News …:
Woman: TSA Agents Singled Me Out For My Breasts  —  Travelers Plan To Boycott TSA's Latest Security Measure Aiming To Clog Security Lines  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — The head of the Transportation Security Administration said the agency will look further into allegations that two male TSA workers picked …
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Kamala Harris wins attorney general's race as Steve Cooley concedes [Updated]  —  More than three weeks after he declared victory in the race for state attorney general, Los Angeles County Dist.  Atty. Steve Cooley conceded defeat Wednesday as he trailed by more than 50,000 votes …
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Jim Sanders / Capitol Alert:
Cooley concedes to Kamala Harris in fight for attorney general
Alex Pareene / Salon:
No. 1: Richard Cohen  —  The Washington Post's Richard Cohen has been a columnist since 1976.  He's good friends with Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn.  He works one day a week.  At a certain point, in that exceptionally privileged and cushy position, his brain disintegrated.
Henry Payne / Detroit News:
Mr. Smut goes to Washington  —  While November's election brought a tsunami of change to Michigan policies, some incumbents are untouchable.  So untouchable, apparently, that they openly read girlie magazines on their trips to and from Washington.  Detroit Congressman John Conyers was caught …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
PROMISES, PROMISES: GOP leader reaps $200 million  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans' ban on earmarks - money included in a bill by a lawmaker to benefit a home-state project or interest - was short-lived.  —  Only three days after GOP senators and senators-elect renounced earmarks …
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Fhardingj / CNN:   Democrats Accuse GOP Senator of Breaking Pledge on Earmarks. True?
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Palin responds to Bushes' criticism: No offense but they're “blue bloods”  —  Too bad it wasn't Huckabee who tossed this rhetorical grenade, as we could have spent a fun afternoon ripping on him in the comments for such a heavy-handed populist pander.  (Huck would have thrown in a reference …
David Weigel / Weigel:
Outsider, Meet Insider  —  Rep. Allen West drew a ton of attention — I think he's the most-analyzed freshman of the transition — after briefly selecting radio host Joyce Kaufman as his chief of staff.  But West's slip-up over the hiring of a controversial outsider seems to be a one-off.
Discussion: The New Republic
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Family Research Council Labeled ‘Hate Group’ By SPLC Over Anti-Gay Rhetoric  —  The Family Research Council is perhaps the most prominent voice in conservative social politics and the hosts of an annual rite of passage for many Republicans who hope to run for president.
Don Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Gloomy Fed employment forecast overshadows upbeat GDP data  —  The Fed predicts unemployment will remain high for years.  The pessimistic outlook comes shortly after the Commerce Department revised third-quarter growth to an annual rate of 2.5%, up from 2%.  —  Reporting from Washington —
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
Fed lowers economic expectations for 2011
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Trust in Government  —  Matt Bai muses: … That broad-based skepticism of government is, of course, why the Obama Era has also witnessed a broad-based public backlash against unrestrained government surveillance powers, the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, public demands that Obama cut Medicare benefits more sharply.
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
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Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
N.H. still not showing up on Palin's radar
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Norm Coleman tells Miller to call it quits
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Owens says he'll likely vote Pelosi for speaker
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Robert Wright / Opinionator:
Worse Than Vietnam  —  “We did the Cole and we wanted the United States to react.
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Washington Post Continues Media Whitewash Of Radical GOP Rep.-Elect Allen West
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Closing statements
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Why is the Obama administration linking Israel and New START?
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China, Russia quit dollar