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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.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Doug Ross
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.
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.
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:
Clifford Marks / NationalJournal.com:
Mike Huckabee Challenges First Family to Undergo TSA Screening
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and FrumForum
Susanna Kim / ABCNEWS:
Airport Pat-Downs: TSA Says it Can Fine You for Backing Out
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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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.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
CABLE RAT RACE: Palin Drops Big In Week 2; ‘Walking Dead’ Steady
Meghan McCain / The Daily Beast:
Sarah Palin's Media Strategy
Discussion: Moe Lane and CNN
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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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:   WaPo's Richard Cohen: 'Palin Couldn't Be President of Black America …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Attack on Michelle Obama shows Palin's ignorance of history
Discussion: NewsReal Blog and Commentary
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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Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Obama on North Korea: China Must Help  —  In Interview with Barbara Walters, Obama Calls on China to Take a Stand Against North Korea  —  President Obama today strongly condemned North Korea's attack on South Korea and, in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters, urged China to take a stand against aggression.
Thomas P.M. Barnett / Esquire:
Five Ways the U.S. Can Fend Off the Next Korean War
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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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House Dem dares GOP on healthcare repeal
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Say Anything
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and JammieWearingFool
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Congressman fires chief of staff after arrest on sex charges
Discussion: Fox Nation and The Politico
Michelle Breidenbach / Syracuse Post-Standard:
It's over: Buerkle clinches seat in Congress as Maffei concedes 25th District  —  Ann Marie Buerkle will be Syracuse's next representative in Congress, its first woman in the U.S. House.  —  U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei, the Democrat, called Buerkle today to concede, ending three weeks of ballot inspections, recounting and court wrangling.
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Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rep. Bishop leads Altschuler as absentee count ends
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Democratic Rep. Costa hangs on in California
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
David Brock defends using undisclosed donors
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: 24Ahead, TPMDC, Weigel, FrumForum and Hullabaloo
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
Amanda Hess / TBD All News:
Daily Caller: Draft lesbians, then turn them straight  —  BREAKING from the Daily Caller: The United States military can be cured of homosexuality once and for all if it allows lesbians to serve but forbids gay men to do so, according to one elderly man who has extensive experience showering with dozens of other dudes.
 
 
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Kurt Nimmo / Infowars:
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Veronique Saint-Geours / Worldmeets.us:
Can't Mr. Obama Pardon Anything But Turkeys?!
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Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Ex-Santorum aide to challenge Casey
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Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Could Democrats give Obama trouble in 2012?  War in Afghanistan is key.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Abby Phillip / The Politico:
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Matthew Vadum / The Daily Caller:
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