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Sen. Rand Paul Stopped at the Airport, So We Live in a ‘Police State’

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, son of GOP candidate Rep. Ron Paul, set off an alarm at the airport and was asked to go through a more detailed screening process before he would be allowed to head to his gate. He was inconvenienced and missed his flight. On its face, this is a run-of-the-mill incident that likely (and frustratingly) happens tons of times every day at airports across the country.

However, Rand Paul has a long-standing problem with the TSA and how it handles security procedure. He’s spoken openly and directly about how pat-downs in particular rob people of their “dignity” and treat everyone equally like a “criminal.” Sen. Paul isn’t alone in these feelings. And indeed, some of what’s going on at airport security is a waste. But basically, he walked into the situation with negative feelings about it.

Following today’s incident, one tweet, actually one word, blew things out of proportion.

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Revolving Door: ‘Today’ turns 60, @SpinReviews, Top Media Pinners, and more

The January 6, 1964 cover

Today commemorates 60 years on the air. TVNewser went to the party last night.

The New York Times‘ public editor Arthur Brisbane was feeling the heat yesterday over his take on whether reporters should be “truth vigilantes.” A lot of people thought that was a dumb question so Brisbane has come back to reiterate that it is not. Jill Abramson has also responded.

A Ron Paul super PAC has written a press release calling for CNN‘s Dana Bash to be taken off the campaign beat. CNN replied: “The notion that Dana is anything but objective is preposterous.”

Spin magazine has launched @SpinReviews. [via Fishbowl NY]

Newsweek plans to recreate the magazine’s 1960s design in the March 19 issue to commemorate the season premiere of Mad Men. [via Ad Age]

Pinterest says Martha Stewart, Real Simple, and Better Homes & Gardens are top pinners. [via minOnline]

The Huffington Post has launched a Good News channel for inspiration stories. Jessica Prois, who also heads the Impact section, will edit the new channel.

Click through for more media changes.

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Analyzing the Media’s Impact On the Iowa Caucus

Mitt Romney after his Iowa caucus win last night. Photo: AP

With the big GOP’s Iowa caucus behind us (results here in case you’re just climbing out from under that rock), New Hampshire directly ahead, and lots of lingering confusion over who’s really winning this thing, everyone is looking for a way to read the tea leaves with help from the media, digital or otherwise.

Going the traditional route, Mediaite found a correlation between the amount of television and radio coverage a candidate received throughout January 3 and where they placed in the caucus. However, the results don’t determine whether the media is following the voters’ lead or vice versa.

Going into the voting, it was Ron Paul who was riding a social media wave. The Washington Post‘s new @MentionMachine, a new app that tracks the election across Twitter and other media, has Ron Paul on top with more than 363,000 Twitter mentions and more than 5,300 media mentions for the week.

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Iowa Caucus Shows that Negative is the Way to Go

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Just when you thought 2012 couldn’t get any better, it’s Iowa caucus day. As MSNBC’s First Read blog notes, turnout is everything in these political matters. And the candidates are doing everything they can to make sure the votes come in, like physically transporting people to polling sites so they can cast their votes.

The Ron Paul and Rick Perry campaigns are providing voters with transportation, and Mitt Romney’s camp is providing transportation “for special circumstances.”

But before voters can get to the polling locations, the candidates, unfortunately for them, had a few more days to make their cases.

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Ron Paul Has To Look Kind of Presidential Now

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Of all the GOP presidential candidates, Ron Paul has been the one who comes off as least concerned with keeping up appearances. He says things that don’t appeal to a conservative base. His suits often look a little too big. Still, he’s a contender in Iowa. Which could mean nothing since, you’ll recall, Rick Perry, Herman Cain, and as recently as a few weeks ago, Newt Gingrich were the candidates to beat.

Anyway, so now Ron Paul is to be taken seriously by voters and, especially, the other candidates. As such, the campaign wants its volunteers to be taken seriously. So college student volunteers, you have your marching orders: keep your drunken fairy/viking tattoos under wraps, shave your ironic moustaches and face-engulfing mutton chops, and don’t go sexin’ it up at the posh Iowa Motel 6 where you’ll be staying while you’re campaigning non-stop for your man Ron Paul. Who is technically a libertarian and theoretically believes in keeping out of people’s personal affairs. But this is politics young people.

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Trump Says His GOP Endorsement Means Something

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When The Donald announced that he wasn’t running for President back in May, we’d hoped we were done with his political antics. But alas! He has re-inserted himself into the fray with the announcement that he will be moderating a GOP debate in Iowa on December 27. More than that, he’s billing himself as the GOP’s ultimate endorser.

“Some magazines have said I am the single most important endorsement a presidential candidate can have. I don’t know if that’s true, but it wouldn’t surprise me. I don’t say that to brag; I just tell it like it is,” Politico quotes him saying.

A couple of candidates aren’t buying it. Jon Huntsman has declined (Trump says he’s the decliner), with Huntsman’s peeps sending a message on Twitter: “Lol. We look forward to watching Mitt and Newt suck-up to The Donald with a big bowl of popcorn.”

And Ron Paul’s campaign chairman (oh you Ron Paul!) also responded, saying Trump’s inclusion “is beneath the office of the Presidency.”

Haha. But seriously, you know Donald Trump doesn’t give a damn what they say.

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The Wacky World of Republican Presidential Announcements

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Donald Trump has made it official, via statement issued today, that he will not be running for President. While maintaining his “strong conviction” that he could win office, he said in that statement, “business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.” Translation: I got a ton of publicity, NBC picked up my show for another year, so I’m done with my political show and we can now return to our regularly scheduled episode of The Apprentice. Peace out.

But before that statement he issued another video statement in support of Mike Huckabee‘s decision not to run, which had the Meet the Press roundtable panel in hysterics. (You can watch that above.) Huckabee announced Saturday night at the end of his show (and just in time for the Sunday morning political programs) that he wouldn’t be running.

“Mike, enjoy the show. Your ratings are terrific, you’re making a lot of money, you’re building a beautiful house in Florida. Good luck,” said Trump. Wha?

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Note to PR Pros: Don’t Cancel on ‘Meet the Press’

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The Sunday morning news show’s Executive Producer Betsy Fischer said Senate nominee Rand Paul (R-KY) is only the third cancellation from a major guest in 62 years.

Paul was scheduled to appear on the show the show yesterday, but cancelled, after Republican operatives told him that he was generating too much controversy.

Host David Gregory ended the segment about Paul with the following statement: “There are questions about his principles left unanswered…whether this fresh new face in politics is a now a weaker candidate than he was Tuesday night.”

Paul’s spokesperson is Jesse Benton, who also was communications director for his father Ron Paul‘s presidential campaign.