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6:55 PM ET, November 24, 2010

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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 …
Discussion: palingates, Wonkette and Yahoo! News
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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 …
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.
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 …
Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
North Korea's consistent message to the U.S.
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Alternative to TSA pat-downs: More background checks
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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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The Nation:
TSAstroturf: The Washington Lobbyists and Koch-Funded Libertarians Behind the TSA Scandal  —  Does anyone else sense something strange is going on with the apparently spontaneous revolt against the TSA?  This past week, the media turned an “ordinary guy,” 31-year-old Californian John Tyner …
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Firedoglake
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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 …
Discussion: CNN, Taegan Goddard's … and Gawker
Austin American-Statesman:
Jury convicts DeLay in money-laundering case  —  Update: 4:53 p.m.: Tom DeLay, the former U.S. House majority leader whose name became synonymous with the Republicans' controversial rise to power in the Texas House, was found guilty today of laundering money in connection with the 2002 elections.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin dismisses ‘blue-blood’ Bush criticism  —  Sarah Palin dismissed Barbara Bush's recent criticism as a matter of class privilege in an interview with Laura Ingraham today:  —  “I don't want to concede that we have to get used to this kind of thing, because i don't think the majority …
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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
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Palin rebukes Barbara Bush, family as ‘blue bloods’ after remark
Discussion: HotAirPundit and Ballot Box
Marist Poll:
11/24: Looking to 2012: 48% Plan to Vote Against Obama  —  If the 2012 presidential election were held today, President Barack Obama would have his work cut out for him. 48% of registered voters nationwide report they plan to definitely vote against Mr. Obama while 36% say they will definitely vote for him. 16% are undecided.
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
New Palin Book Offers a Road Map for a Run Against Obama
Jim Sanders / Capitol Alert:
Cooley concedes to Kamala Harris in fight for attorney general  —  Steve Cooley conceded defeat today to Kamala Harris in the political slugfest for California attorney general.  —  The Republican called Harris today to congratulate her, and the two had a “brief and cordial conversation,” …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Joe. My. God.
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Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Kamala Harris wins attorney general's race as Steve Cooley concedes [Updated]
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.
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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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.
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National Opt-Out Day:
NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!  —  It's the day ordinary citizens stand …
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 …
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING.... Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) thought he'd use some floor time on the U.S. House to share his understanding on Thanksgiving history and the travails of 17th-century Pilgrims.  There are, however, a few problems with his version of events.
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 …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Why is the Obama administration linking Israel and New START?  —  While the White House continues to negotiate with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) in an attempt to convince him to allow a vote on the New START treaty this year, it is also undertaking a massive effort behind the scenes to rally foreign governments …
Justin Fox:
The Real Story Behind Those “Record” Corporate Profits  —  Corporate profits hit a new record in the U.S. in the third quarter of this year.  At least, that was the headline after the data were released Tuesday.  It was kind of a meaningless distinction: In a growing economy …
 
 
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Family Research Council Labeled ‘Hate Group’ By SPLC Over Anti-Gay Rhetoric
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Norm Coleman tells Miller to call it quits
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CNN:
Obama pardons two turkeys at White House ceremony
Nathan Brown / AdirondackDailyEnterprise:
Owens says he'll likely vote Pelosi for speaker
Discussion: The Hill, USA Today and National Review
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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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bobby Jindal: Make Congress part-time
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Lisa Fleisher / Metropolis:
President Palin? Gov. Christie Rolls His Eyes
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Nuts... Whoopi Goldberg Lectures O'Reilly: “Two Years Ago …
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Molly Ball / The Politico:
Joe Lieberman left with limited 2012 options