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5:15 PM ET, November 18, 2011

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Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Romney, Gingrich in statistical dead heat in N.H.  —  Two things are true about New Hampshire Republican primary voters.  They vote for people they know.  And they love an underdog with a comeback story.  —  Four years ago it was the weathered but feisty veteran John McCain who revived …
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Untouchable: Is the GOP Field Afraid to Criticize Newt Gingrich in Debates?  —  The former House Speaker is the only candidate yet to be attacked at the seven debates conducted since Rick Perry joined the GOP field  —  With increased media scrutiny on new GOP presidential co-frontrunner …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gingrich think tank collected millions from health-care industry
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
Gingrich think tank collected millions from health-care industry
Sarah Palin / Wall Street Journal:
How Congress Occupied Wall Street  —  Politicians who arrive in Washington as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires.  Why?  —  Mark Twain famously wrote, “There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”  Peter Schweizer's new book, “Throw Them All Out …
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J J Anisiobi / Daily Mail:
Surely she's in the one per cent?  Million dollar babe Anne Hathaway joins Occupy Wall Street protest  —  She is one of Hollywood's highest paid actresses and lives a very privileged lifestyle that 99 per cent of people can only dream of.  —  Still, Anne Hathaway acted as an average Joe …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Next up: ‘Occupy Congress’  —  One of the enduring questions about Occupy Wall Street has been this: Can the energy unleashed by the movement be leveraged behind a concrete political agenda and push for change that will constitute a meaningful challenge to the inequality and excessive Wall Street influence highlighted by the protests?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Reuters:
Insight: The Wall Street disconnect
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street “bat-signal” projections during Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march
Roz Plater / myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
VIDEO: Alleged White House Shooter Oscar Ortega-Hernandez  —  WASHINGTON - New video has surfaced that sheds some light into the mind of the suspected White House shooter.  —  Two months ago Oscar Ortega-Hernandez asked an Idaho University student to videotape a segment pitch to Oprah Winfrey.
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Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
House of Representatives rejects balanced budget amendment  —  The House voted 261-165 on Friday to reject a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution - falling short of the two-thirds majority needed.  —  The balanced budget amendment that failed to pass the House Friday was similar …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rules Chairman David Dreier to vote against balanced-budget amendment
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Failure Is Good  —  It's a bird!  It's a plane!  It's a complete turkey!  It's the supercommittee!  —  By next Wednesday, the so-called supercommittee, a bipartisan group of legislators, is supposed to reach an agreement on how to reduce future deficits.
Marist Poll:
11/18: Voters Pessimistic About Super Committee Deal  —  With the deadline nearing for Congressional Republicans and Democrats on the Super Committee to reach an agreement on how to reduce the federal budget deficit, most voters nationally are not confident that a deal will be reached.
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
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New York Post:
Runaway mom dreadlocked up  —  Here's your mom, kids.  Proud?  —  The hippie Florida mother of four who ditched her children and banker husband to sleep in Zuccotti Park's squalor hit rock bottom yesterday when she was hauled off in handcuffs, her dreadlocks flying wildly in every direction …
oSAMa Husseini / Sam Husseini:
Journalist Questions Legitimacy of Saudi Regime, Is Suspended from National Press Club  —  On Monday I went to a news conference at the National Press Club, where I am a member, titled “His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Sa'ud of Saudi Arabia.”  I asked a tough question …
Melinda Henneberger / Washington Post:
‘Princess Nancy’ Pelosi calls Cain ‘clueless’; vows to do more for child care  —  GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain drew applause and guffaws by referring to Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy” during a debate last week.  Her reaction?  “Really, it's another one of those clueless statements …
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Deutsche Bank: If Merkel Doesn't Budge, ‘Our Investment Advice Is To Dig A Hole In The Ground And Hide’  —  Line of the day from Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid on Angela Merkel, and German refusal to back ECB bond buying...  The problem for the market is whether to take these comments at face value …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
School Lunch And The Trouble With America  —  I was being a bit contrarian about an aspect of this on Twitter the other day, but obviously it's insane to declare that your average slice of public school pizza meets healthy eating standards for high nutrition.  Everyone understands that.
Discussion: Grist and Eschaton
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Obama USDA delays shale drilling, up to 200k jobs  —  President Obama's United States Department of Agriculture has delayed shale gas drilling in Ohio for up to six months by cancelling a mineral lease auction for Wayne National Forest (WNF), in deference to environmentalist fears, to study the effects of hydraulic fracturing.
Telegraph:
EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration  —  Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.  —  EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
“Occupy” Protester Busted For Stealing Neighbor's Furniture For Florida Encampment  —  Buster  —  Meet Jeffrey Scott.  —  The 32-year-old “Occupy Pensacola” protester was arrested yesterday on felony burglary and larceny charges for allegedly robbing a neighbor's home of furniture …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The PJ Tatler
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Bachmann: “I haven't had a gaffe”  —  Michele Bachmann, making the case on Fox News that she's the safest candidate in a rather jaw-dropping statement. … Besides small gaffes like confusing one John Wayne for another, mixing up the date of Elvis' birth with the date of his death …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Wall Street Journal:
A Caveman Won't Beat a Salesman  —  Obama is somber but unserious.  Glib unseriousness isn't the answer.  —  There is an arresting moment in Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs in which Jobs speaks at length about his philosophy of business.  He's at the end of his life and is summing things up.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
George Zornick / thenation.com/blogs/163255:
Austerity Alternatives  —  Yesterday we posted a MoveOn.org-produced video of former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explaining how the supercommittee might reduce the deficit without imposing crushing austerity measures, nor damaging the social safety net relied upon by millions of Americans.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Technocratic Nightmare  —  During the first half of the 1990s, I lived in Brussels and wrote about the European Union, among other subjects, for The Wall Street Journal.  This was the heyday of European integration.  Helmut Kohl, François Mitterrand and Jacques Delors were in power …
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Cain receives Secret Service protection  —  Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain began receiving protection from the U.S. Secret Service Thursday, his campaign said, making the Georgia businessman the first GOP presidential contender to received stepped-up security on the campaign trail.
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Which Economic Indicators Best Predict Presidential Elections?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Associated Press:
Occupy Memphis, tea party members meet
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Flip-flopper in chief?  —  Beth Reinhard and Ron Fournier write …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Gay Iowa Leader Who Benefited From Gingrich's Donations Forgives Speaker For Marriage Infidelities
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
The Energy Department's loan guarantee program is the real Solyndra scandal
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Supercommittee appears unlikely to reach agreement
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: A Seven-Foot Doctor Told Me Obamacare Requires The IRS To Pre-Approve Medical Treatments
Agence France Presse:
Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
The Politico:
Jack Abramoff pleads with Dems for his domain name
Discussion: Wonkette
Rolling Stone:
Woman Gets Jail For Food-Stamp Fraud; Wall Street Fraudsters Get Bailouts