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4:20 PM ET, November 21, 2011

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David Frum / New York Magazine:
When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?  —  Some of my Republican friends ask if I've gone crazy.  I say: Look in the mirror.  —  It's a very strange experience to have your friends think you've gone crazy.  Some will tell you so.  Others will indulgently humor you.  Still others will avoid you.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?  —  If every Democratic president disappoints, maybe there's something wrong with our expectations.  Tough love from a fellow traveler.  —  “The disappointment and disillusionment with President Clinton are widespread.”  —Bob Herbert, New York Times, 1993
Wall Street Journal:
The Hillary Moment  —  President Obama can't win by running a constructive campaign, and he won't be able to govern if he does win a second term.  —  When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House …
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
The ‘Dump Obama’ movement has begun; Guess who'd replace him?  —  Faced with peanut-sized Jimmy Carter poll numbers, disturbing big-donor reluctance, unacceptable unemployment and depressing economic forecasts, President Obama heads back on the road tomorrow to do what he always does when in trouble:
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney, Gingrich Now Top Choices for GOP Nomination  —  Gingrich's support on the rise this month  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans are most likely to name Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as their first choice for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, with Herman Cain close behind.
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First Read / msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: Worst. Congress. Ever?
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Ron Paul is surging, an Iowa and New Hampshire front-runner and powerful third-party possibility
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Rising from the pack, Gingrich invites scrutiny
Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Poll: ‘Occupy’ movement fails to capture Americans' interest  —  A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that the “Occupy” movement has failed to capture the attention of a majority of Americans, indicating either ambivalence toward it or lack of interest.  —  The poll finds that 56% of Americans surveyed …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Artist Behind Iconic ‘HOPE’ Poster Makes New One For Occupy Wall Street  —  If there is one iconic poster of the 2008 presidential campaign, it is artist Shepard Fairey's HOPE graphic:  —  Now, in order to honor the 99 Percenters protesting everywhere, Fairey has released a new version of the HOPE poster …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Occupy our consciences  —  Everyone on the left side …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Left blogs cheer supercommittee's collapse  —  Judging by the reaction from the blogosphere, the deficit supercommittee's failure is a victory for the left.  —  Liberal bloggers are praising the widely expected collapse in bipartisan talks and the apparent failure of supercommittee to come …
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First Read / msnbc.com:
Gingrich: Super committee failure ‘good for America’
Discussion: The Hill, Swampland and The Caucus
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Boehner blames Obama for failure of supercommittee to reach a deal  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is blaming President Obama for the failure of the congressional supercommittee to reach a deal for cutting the federal deficit.  —  The Speaker's office sent out a memo Monday morning …
Discussion: USA Today, Wonkette and Prairie Weather
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Lawmakers make last-ditch effort to reach supercommittee deal
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Herman Cain and the Holy Land Experience  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — By the time Herman Cain took the stage, Jesus had already been crucified, resurrected and returned to Earth to collect the faithful once that day.  —  Cain made a campaign stop Friday at The Holy Land Experience …
Sara Ganim / PennLive.com:
Alleged Jerry Sandusky victim leaves school because of bullying, counselor says  —  Victim One, the first known alleged victim of abuse by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, had to leave his school in the middle of his senior year because of bullying, his counselor said Sunday.
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Louis Freeh to lead Penn State probe
New York Times:
Deficit Deal Fell Apart After Seeming Agreement  —  WASHINGTON — The one sliver of real hope came a week ago, in the darkened Capitol on the Sunday night after Veterans Day.  —  Called away from dinner tables, the Jets-Patriots game on television and, in one case, a soccer team party …
Washington Examiner:
Newt Gingrich was a lobbyist, plain and simple  —  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) arrives for a meeting in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Gingrich met with about 20 freshman Republican members of Congress and discussed ways …
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
What Killed JFK  —  The hate that ended his presidency is eerily familiar.  —  Thanksgiving week is a milestone for Barack Obama, but not one that many are likely to commemorate.  The president who seemed poised to inherit John F. Kennedy's mantle—in the eyes of Kennedy's last surviving child …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Mika Brzezinski's Anti-Newt Rant Drives Her To Emotional Brink  —  Shades of “Special Comment”!  In a rant worthy of Keith Olbermann at the height of his Miss Precious Perfect histrionics, Mika Brezinski began today's Morning Joe by tearing into Newt Gingrich for his recent suggestion …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Admits He Destroyed Government Records To Keep Them From Political Opponents  —  Last week, a Boston Globe investigation uncovered that former Gov. Mitt Romney's administration destroyed emails, purchased hard drives, and otherwise obliterated all digital records of his time as governor of Massachusetts.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Boring Cruel Romantics  —  There's a word I keep hearing lately: “technocrat.”  Sometimes it's used as a term of scorn — the creators of the euro, we're told, were technocrats who failed to take human and cultural factors into account.  Sometimes it's a term of praise …
Yahoo! Good Morning America:
Exclusive: CIA Spies Caught, Fear Execution in Middle East  —  In a significant failure for the United States in the Mideast, more than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught and the U.S. government fears they will be or have been executed …
Libby A. Nelson / Inside Higher Ed:
Search form  —  By  —  For two months, the Occupy protests have focused attention on student loan debt.  Today, a group that started with the Occupy movement will propose a solution: stop paying.  —  Under the campaign — which grew from the original Occupy Wall Street protest and is now known …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Judd Gregg / The Hill:
Where in the world is Obama?  —  The president was in Hawaii while the supercommittee hit stall speed.  What is new about this?  Very little.  —  Throughout his term, President Obama has avoided leading on the issue of fiscal responsibility.  He walked away from his own commission …
CBS News:
America's new poor  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO … In Forsyth County's rolling subdivisions near Atlanta, Easy Street seems to run forever.  What recession?  The average household here earns $88,000 - the highest in Georgia, 13th highest in America.  —  But for more families here, prosperity is a pretense.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Impolitic
Nick Summers / The Daily Beast:
Bloomberg's Plan for World Domination  —  With an army of reporters and wonky information services, the media company is expanding from Wall Street to Washington, Where it hopes to control—even more.  —  Bloomberg was everywhere, like Bloomberg likes to be.
Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
Happy Halal Thanksgiving  —  Did you know that the turkey you're going to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day this Thursday is probably halal?  If it's a Butterball turkey, then it certainly is — whether you like it or not.  —  In my book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance …
J. Andrew Curliss / Raleigh News & Observer:
Pullen Baptist takes a stand for gay marriage  —  The full congregation of Raleigh's Pullen Memorial Baptist Church voted Sunday to prohibit the church pastor from legally marrying anyone until she can legally marry same-sex couples under North Carolina law.
ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney To Launch Television Ad In New Hampshire, His First Of Campaign  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone, Emily Friedman and Amy Walter report:  —  Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is going on the air with a television ad in New Hampshire on Tuesday that will take direct aim at President Obama …
Discussion: GOP 12 and USA Today
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Romney tried beer, cigarette  —  Mitt Romney, in an upcoming interview with People Magazine. … Perfect timing, considering SNL's sketch over the weekend.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Brian Vastag / Washington Post:
Congress kills request for National Climate Service
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Arizona civil-rights leader weighs Senate run
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Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
FBI Statistics Belie Islamophobia Hysteria
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Paul Krugman:
Fairy Tales  —  One repeated gripe I've had about news coverage …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Brad DeLong
Lee Siegel / The Daily Beast:
What Occupy Harvard Should Tell Liberal Elite Parents on Thanksgiving
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sued for $25 Billion Over AIG Takeover
Discussion: msnbc.com and Business Insider
unionleader.com:
Recording Cain: What's he afraid of?
Discussion: The Hill and National Review
Scott Turow / Bloomberg:
How Occupy Wall Street Can Restore Clout of the 99%: Scott Turow
Discussion: Daily Kos and TIME Ideas