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1:20 PM ET, November 24, 2010

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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 …
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The Note:
Sarah Palin Responds to Bristol's Loss On ‘Dancing With The Stars’  —  ABC News' Mary Bruce Reports:  —  Sarah Palin responded to her daughter Bristol's third place finish on “Dancing With The Stars” tonight as she exited the first stop on her book tour.  —  “I haven't talked to her yet.
Discussion: TBogg and The Page
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.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online, GOP 12 and CNN
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
New Palin Book Offers a Road Map for a Run Against Obama
John / Power Line:   Who's Ignorant?  —  Dumb liberal op-ed pieces are legion …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Obama doesn't think about Palin
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 …
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Hugo Martin / Money & Company:
Poll finds 61% oppose new airport security measures  —  On the eve of one of the nation's busiest travel days, a poll has found that 61% of likely voters oppose the newly enhanced security measures at the country's airports.  —  The poll by Zogby International of 2,032 likely voters also found …
Lymari Morales / Gallup:
Most U.S. Air Travelers OK Sacrificing Privacy for Security  —  Frequent travelers largely OK with body scans, more negative on pat-downs  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Despite a reported uproar about full-body screening procedures now in broader use at U.S. airports and calls for a boycott …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Next step for body scanners could be trains, boats, metro
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REMEMBER THE GOP'S EARMARK BAN?.... It's been about a week since …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Passage of earmark ban in doubt
Discussion: Booman Tribune and FrumForum
National Opt-Out Day:
NATIONAL OPT-OUT DAY!  —  It's the day ordinary citizens stand up for their rights, stand up for liberty, and protest the federal government's desire to virtually strip us naked or submit to an “enhanced pat down” that touches people's breasts and genitals in an aggressive manner.
Emptywheel:
Fines and “Resolving this Mess”  —  Yves does a thorough smackdown on the departing Michael Barr's description of all the things the government is going to get to the bottom of the foreclosure fraud problem, noting that the foreclosure task force simply isn't investigating the problem …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Bloomberg
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
Foreclosure Task Force: Worse Than Stress Tests?
Discussion: Rortybomb, Corrente and Emptywheel
Felix Salmon:
Treasury's plan to fix the mortgage mess
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey from ‘shellacking’  —  Riffing off his famous election postmortem for Democrats, President Obama pardoned a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys on Wednesday, saying, “It feels pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November.”
Discussion: The Politico
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Laura Meckler / Washington Wire:
Obama Pardons Turkeys for Thanksgiving  —  President Barack Obama carried out the “awesome responsibility,” as he put it, of pardoning a pair of turkeys Wednesday, as he took a break from politics to wish Americans a happy Thanksgiving.  —  “For the record, let me say that it feels pretty …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Federal Reserve to Obama: Yeah, You're Probably Doomed
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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.
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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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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Don't touch my junk?  Grow up, America.  —  My family, as it happens, is taking the bus to Grandma's this Thanksgiving.  But our choice of transportation has nothing to do with anxiety about leering security screeners or fear of pat-downs.  —  The uproar over the new procedures is overblown and immature.
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 …
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 …
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Bobby Jindal: Make Congress part-time  —  Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal wants members of Congress to stay home more often.  —  “We used to pay farmers not to grow crops, let's pay congressmen to stay out of Washington, D.C.,” Jindal said in an interview with Human Events.
Discussion: Human Events, GOP 12, Nice Deb and FrumForum
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 …
Discussion: The Page and GOP 12
 
 
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Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Lieutenant governor calls Miller election claims baseless
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ABCNEWS:
TSA Opt Out Day: Travelers Quiet So Far
Discussion: WTSP.com 10 News
Oliver Willis:
AUDIO: Sarah Palin: “We Gotta Stand With Our North Korean Allies”
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Washington Post Continues Media Whitewash Of Radical GOP Rep.-Elect Allen West
Discussion: Washington Post
Economist:
Closing statements
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Daily Dish
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Why is the Obama administration linking Israel and New START?
CHINAdaily:
China, Russia quit dollar
Discussion: Israpundit and The Gateway Pundit
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
All That Time Serving the Public? Very Sexy
 Earlier Items: 
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
How Germany got it right on the economy
Discussion: Daily Kos
DealBook:
Wallets Out, Wall St. Dares to Indulge
Lisa Fleisher / Metropolis:
President Palin? Gov. Christie Rolls His Eyes
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Nuts... Whoopi Goldberg Lectures O'Reilly: “Two Years Ago …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and Wizbang
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Joe Lieberman left with limited 2012 options
Kurt Nimmo / Infowars:
Ron Paul: Crotch Groped by TSA, Calls for Boycott of Airlines
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit