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11:45 AM ET, November 28, 2010

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Frank Rich / New York Times:
Still the Best Congress Money Can Buy  —  SO America's latest crisis — until it wasn't — was airport screeners touching our junk.  As this long year lurches toward its end, we all agree that something has gone wrong in America, and we're desperately casting about for a coherent explanation for our discontent, if not a scapegoat.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
McCain wants ‘regime change’ in North Korea  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is calling for “regime change” in North Korea - and blames the recent crisis on the failings of Pyongyang's lone international supporter, China.  —  “It's time we talked about regime change in North Korea …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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David Segal / New York Times:
A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web  —  SHOPPING online in late July, Clarabelle Rodriguez typed the name of her favorite eyeglass brand into Google's search bar.  —  In moments, she found the perfect frames — made by a French company called Lafont — on a Web site that looked snazzy and stood at the top of the search results.
Martin Wall / The Irish Times:
Ictu questions bailout terms  —  The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) has said that the country cannot afford to pay the terms of the proposed €85 billion EU/IMF bailout package.  —  Addressing the large-scale rally against the Government's planed austerity measures in Dublin today …
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Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Despite Alaska Senate race results, Joe Miller presses on in principle  —  Much of America may have moved on, but Joe Miller has not.  More than a week after the last vote was counted in Alaska's closely watched U.S. Senate race, the Republican nominee continues to press his case in court …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
A G.O.P. Chairman Seeks New Power for U.S. Watchdogs  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican who will lead the chief investigative committee in the House is planning to vastly expand scrutiny of the Obama administration by seeking new subpoena powers for dozens of federal agency watchdogs in hopes …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Former Republican Sen. Warns GOP May ‘Have Gone So Far Overboard That We Are Beyond Redemption’  —  In an age when far-right tea party activists have taken over the Republican Party and demanded lockstep allegiance, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been one of the few GOP lawmakers to step out of line.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Ex-Justice Criticizes Death Penalty  —  WASHINGTON — In 1976, just six months after he joined the Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens voted to reinstate capital punishment after a four-year moratorium.  With the right procedures, he wrote, it is possible to ensure “evenhanded …
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Kyl: START delay more ‘reality than policy’ with Reid's packed agenda  —  Senators foreshadowed an explosive lame-duck debate over whether ratification of the START nuclear-arms treaty would wait until the 112th Congress.  —  Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), the minority whip whose support is seen …
Discussion: CNN
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Politically correct Portland rejected feds who saved city from terrorist attack  —  In 2005, leaders in Portland, Oregon, angry at the Bush administration's conduct of the war on terror, voted not to allow city law enforcement officers to participate in a key anti-terror initiative …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Oregonian
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Our puritanical progressives  —  An eminent Harvard law professor, James Thayer (1831-1902), argued that although the judicial function is “merely that of fixing the outside border of reasonable legislative action,” this still gives courts “a great and stately jurisdiction.”
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Democratic South finally falls  —  For Democrats in the South, the most ominous part of a disastrous year may not be what happened on Election Day but what has happened in the weeks since.  —  After suffering a historic rout — in which nearly every white Deep South Democrat in the U.S. House …
Louise Gray / Telegraph:
Helena Christensen calls for action on climate change  —  Climate change is like ‘groundhog day’ for poor people suffering floods and droughts year after year as the temperature rises, Helena Christensen has said after visiting communities hit by extreme weather.
Discussion: The Politico and Pirate's Cove
Scott Simon / NPR:
Simon Says  —  That Fat Lip Might Give Obama Some Street Cred … Gauze in hand, President Barack Obama walks to his car after the game of basketball Friday at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.  —  Just three weeks after getting a shellacking in the midterm elections, President Obama got a fat lip.
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Yuval Levin / National Review:
The Fiscal Trap  —  Over at the Weekly Standard, Larry Lindsey makes …
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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
RNC convention spending alarms party veterans
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Lamar Smith / Washington Post:
The GOP's other Election Day victory
Jon Bernstein / The Staggers:
Christopher Hitchens vs. Tony Blair: the full transcript
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Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi may go to Nobel peace award
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Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
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Mark Whitehouse / Real Time Economics:
Number of the Week: 492 Days From Default to Foreclosure
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