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1:50 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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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.
John / Power Line:   Who's Ignorant?  —  Dumb liberal op-ed pieces are legion …
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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Next step for body scanners could be trains, boats, metro
Oliver Willis:
AUDIO: Sarah Palin: “We Gotta Stand With Our North Korean Allies”  —  Genius.  Absolute genius.  When Glenn Beck is correcting you on foreign policy, well... genius.
Discussion: Mediaite and Firedoglake
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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: The Daily Dish and Yahoo! News
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
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
New Palin Book Offers a Road Map for a Run Against Obama
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 …
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
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 …
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:   Federal Reserve to Obama: Yeah, You're Probably Doomed
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
Matt Bai / New York Times:
Pat-Down Dispute Shows Mistrust of Government  —  The latest controversy to envelop the Obama administration is only partly about the specific rules governing body scanners and pat-downs.  It has to do, too, with the federal agency Congress created to deal with airline security and the tension …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Prairie Weather and Althouse
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Myglesias / Yglesias:   Trust in Government  —  Matt Bai muses:
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Washington Post Continues Media Whitewash Of Radical GOP Rep.-Elect Allen West  —  Over the weekend, NBC's Meet the Press featured Rep.-elect Allen West (R-FL) without mentioning the offensive Islamophobia that West made central to his congressional campaign, nor the long history …
Discussion: Washington Post
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Popular Mechanics:
The TSA, the Law and Democracy: The People's Security  —  Are intrusive airport scanners legal?  Probably—but that's the wrong question.  —  With all the anger and confusion regarding the TSA's use of enhanced search techniques—backscatter x-rays and millimeter-wave imaging devices …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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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Robert Wright / Opinionator:
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Dan Joling / Associated Press:
Lieutenant governor calls Miller election claims baseless
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
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CHINAdaily:
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How Germany got it right on the economy
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Lisa Fleisher / Metropolis:
President Palin? Gov. Christie Rolls His Eyes
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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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