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Airports Consider GOP Rep’s Call To Ditch TSA

ATLANTA — In a climate of Internet campaigns to shun airport pat-downs and veteran pilots suing over their treatment by government screeners, some airports are considering another way to show dissatisfaction: Ditching TSA agents altogether. Federal law allows airports to opt for screeners from the private sector instead. The push is being led by a powerful Florida congressman who’s a longtime critic of the Transportation Security Administration and counts among his campaign contributors some of the companies who might take the TSA’s place. Furor over airline passenger checks has grown as more airports have installed scanners that produce digital images
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Obama Helps Biden Cover Campaign Debts

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden’s effort to pay off campaign debt is getting a hand from his boss and former rival, President Barack Obama. The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that Obama for America, Obama’s presidential campaign with running mate Biden, can use leftover money to give Biden’s unsuccessful presidential primary campaign $138,000 to help it cover its bills. An FEC audit shows that Biden’s campaign debts include an estimated $219,005 owed to the U.S. Treasury. Auditors came up with that total after finding the Biden campaign accepted donations over the legal limit, failed to deal with refund checks
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Joe Miller Fights Alaska Senate Election Results, Insists It’s Not ‘Impossible’ For Him To Win

Alaska Republican Joe Miller made clear on Thursday that he has no intention of conceding in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race despite rival candidate incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski being declared the winner of the drawn-out election earlier this week and calls mounting for the embattled contender to admit defeat. The AP reports that a lawyer for Miller’s campaign is seeking an injunction from a federal judge to stop election officials in the Last Frontier from certifying Murkowski’s victory. The challenge comes as the latest in a string of legal challenges the conservative contender’s team has made against the validity of write-in
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HuffPost TV: WATCH: HuffPost’s Roy Sekoff On George Soros’ ‘Man Up’ Message To White House

HuffPost editor Roy Sekoff appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Thursday night to discuss Democratic philanthropist George Soros’ recent downbeat statements regarding President Barack Obama’s performance in the wake of the party’s midterm electoral defeats. “What he was upset about is the lack of fight,” Sekoff told host Ed Schultz. “What he’s saying is if the White House is not going to do it, which they haven’t really seemed willing to do, then maybe progressive donors’ money should go to institutions that will.” WATCH: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy From The Huffington Post
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Adam Yamaguchi: Marijuana Made in America – By Mexican Drug Traffickers

Adam Yamaguchi is a correspondent and executive producer of Current TV’s Vanguard. I had a great summer. I spent much of it getting high. And it was all on the job. Over the last several months, I spent dozens of days embedded with an elite task force whose mission is to not only eradicate marijuana plots in Northern California, but to shut down the criminal networks running these operations. The sheer size and scale of the marijuana plots is pretty unreal. These weren’t small gardens we were coming across — these were industrial in nature. And many of them were
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Sen. Bob Casey: Jamming the IED Assembly Line

Last week, Army Specialist Anthony Vargas, 27, of Reading, Pa., lost his life in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. Marine Lance Corporal Larry Johnson, from my home town of Scranton, was killed in Afghanistan last February. Lance Corporal Johnson was trained as a combat engineer whose job it was to seek and destroy improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He was 19 years old. As we target the IED assembly line, we must remember these servicemen and the thousands of other troops and civilians who have been killed or wounded by
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Ethics Committee recommends censure for Rangel

The House ethics committee on Thursday recommended censure for longtime Rep. Charles Rangel, suggesting that the New York Democrat suffer the embarrassment of standing before his colleagues while receiving an oral rebuke by the speaker for financial and fundraising misconduct. Censure is the most serious congressional discipline short of expulsion. The House, which could change the recommended discipline by making it more serious or less serious, probably will consider Rangel’s case after Thanksgiving. The ethics committee voted 9-1 to recommend censure and that Rangel pay any taxes he owes on income from a vacation villa in the Dominican Republic. The
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Top General Looking To Expand War-On-Terror Capabilities In Africa

And he said that while a number of Special Operations forces are trained in African languages and cultures, the military is not moving fast enough to provide similar training to other troops. Al-Qaida-linked terrorist groups in Yemen and Africa have increasingly targeted Western interests, with al-Shabab in Somalia luring Somali-Americans home for terror training in hopes of sending them back to the U.S. to wage attacks. U.S. officials have acknowledged that Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula poses the most immediate threat for smaller, less sophisticated terror attacks within the U.S. AQAP leaders in Yemen have been linked to the
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Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Year After Copenhagen, California Shows the Green Revolution Is Alive and Well

When the Copenhagen summit on climate change failed to reach agreement last December, many thought it was the beginning of the end for the fight against global warming. But I can report nearly a year later that the Green Revolution is alive and robust in states, provinces and localities across the world, starting in California. Over the last several months an epic battle has played out right here in our state leading up to the elections. It was a battle of the old economy versus the new; of David versus Goliath. The same set of polluting special interests that blocked
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Richard (RJ) Eskow: The Ides of November

We expected to see an all-out assault on Social Security and progressive taxation in November, and we expected it to come under the banner of “deficit reduction.” That was always the plan: Wait until after the election, when a lame-duck Congress could pass the preferred plan with the least political blowback. Then release a flurry of like-minded proposals and supportive editorials to create the illusion of consensus, capped by a coordinated media blitz to pressure the President and Congress into accepting them. But even we, battle-hardened as we like to think we are, didn’t expect the assault to be so
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