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1:35 PM ET, November 20, 2011

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Candice M. Giove / New York Post:
Occupy Wall Street protesters stay at $700-a-night hotel  —  Hell no, we won't go — unless we get goose down pillows.  —  A key Occupy Wall Street leader and another protester who leads a double life as a businessman ditched fetid tents and church basements for rooms at a luxurious hotel …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
SUPERCOMMITTEE PLANS TO ADMIT FAILURE MONDAY, LIKELY WITH TERSE STATEMENT: ‘This marriage is over’ — ALL 12 MEMBERS HAVEN'T MET IN WEEKS: Hail Mary offers continue today — Biden bday  —  BACKSTAGE - HOW THE SUPERCOMMITTEE FLUNKED: The supercommittee last met Nov. 1 - three weeks ago!
Discussion: The New Republic
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ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Discussion: CNN and Lynn Sweet
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Social issues take center stage for GOP candidates in Iowa
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Shifts in Iowa, Playing to Win Quickly
Zombie / The PJ Tatler:
Berkeley woman assaulted for NOT joining OWS protest  —  Looks like the “Join us or else!” mentality is growing violent at Occupy Cal in Berkeley, where an (apparent) OWS protester assaulted a female student when she gave the wrong answer about going to the Occupation protest:
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Stephanie Baer / The Daily Californian:
Man throws aluminum water bottle at UC Berkeley student's face  —  A man threw an aluminum water bottle at a UC Berkeley student Thursday evening on campus, causing minor injuries to the victim's face.  —  At about 5:09 p.m., the female student was approached by a man at …
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Too Much Violence and Pepper Spray at the OWS Protests  —  The dousing of seated, non-violent students with a chemical agent at U.C. Davis should provoke a call for restraint  —  Police dressed in riot gear at U.C. Davis on Friday afternoon used pepper spray to clear seated protesters …
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Brian Stelter / The Lede:
U.C. Davis Calls for Investigation After Pepper Spraying
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Supercommittee likely to admit defeat on debt deal  —  The congressional committee tasked with reducing the federal deficit is poised to admit defeat as soon as Monday, and its unfinished business will set up a year-end battle over emergency jobless benefits and an expiring payroll tax holiday.
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Gingrich brushes off Freddie, leads Republican race: poll  —  (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has roared into the lead of the Republican nominating race, brushing off concerns about his work for a troubled housing company, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
Discussion: National Review
David Rose / Daily Mail:
BBC's Mr Climate Change accepted £15,000 in grants from university rocked by global warning scandal  —  A senior BBC journalist accepted £15,000 in grants from the university at the heart of the ‘Climategate’ scandal - and later went on to cover the story without declaring an interest to viewers.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ron Paul: ‘Flawed’ US policies led to 9/11  —  Ron Paul said that American policymakers were at least partially at fault for the country being attacked on 9/11 during a discussion of foreign policy on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday.  —  Paul argued that the American military presence in Saudi Arabia …
Discussion: CNN
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Was George Will influenced by his wife's work for the GOP?  —  The Post's prickly, Pulitzer Prize-winning, conservative columnist George F. Will is one-half of a Washington political power couple.  His wife, Mari Maseng Will, is a longtime Republican operative who was President Reagan's final …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Warren Buffett Tells Congress To Raise Taxes On Wealthy  —  Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., speaks during an interview with Bloomberg Television on the sidelines of the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., July 8, 2011.
 
 
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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