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11:35 PM ET, November 23, 2011

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Shannon Travis / CNN:
First on CNN: Key social conservatives secretly meet to stop Romney in Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) — Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one main goal: find and support a Republican presidential candidate who can stop Mitt Romney in Iowa.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. King denounces Gingrich immigration plan as ‘amnesty’
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GETAWAY-DAY EDITION: Gingrich looks to general election, calls for ‘humane’ …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Caucus
Fox News:
Gingrich on Top of GOP Polls, Takes Big Risk Articulating Illegal Immigration Policy
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
Aircraft Carrier CVN-77 Parks Next Door To Syria Just As US Urges Americans To Leave Country “Immediately”  —  Yesterday we reported that the Arab League (with European and US support) are preparing to institute a no fly zone over Syria.  Today, we get an escalation which confirms we may be on the edge.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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CBS News:
U.S. urges Americans to leave Syria “immediately”  —  Anger In The Arab World  —  BEIRUT - The U.S. Embassy in Damascus urged its citizens in Syria to depart “immediately,” and Turkey's foreign ministry urged Turkish pilgrims to opt for flights to return home from Saudi Arabia to avoid traveling through Syria.
Jon Shirek / WXIA-TV:
‘Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone’  —  “New Company Policy: We are not hiring until Obama is gone.”  —  “Can't afford it,” explained the employer, Bill Looman, Tuesday evening.  “I've got people that I want to hire now, but I just can't afford it.
David Weigel / Slate:
Team Romney Crows About That Obama Ad: “It Worked” … - Spitzer: How Obama Can Make the Bush Tax Cuts a Winning Campaign Issue  — Why Tiny Thanksgiving Dinners Are Better Than Huge Ones - Exuberant, Sunny, Not a Bit Snarky: The Joy of the New Muppets Movie
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
German Bond Auction Fails  —  A year ago, Germany and France could probably have saved the euro—at least for a time—by stepping in to guarantee all the debts of the peripheral euro zone nations.  To be sure, this would have created quite a lot of other problems, but it would have saved their banks and their currency union.
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Free exchange:
Faster toward the end
Reuters:
“Disastrous” bond sale shakes confidence in Germany
Timothy Puko / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Pa. revenue department overestimated tax collections from shale gas income  —  When it comes to money from shale drilling, state tax officials made a $50 million mistake this year.  —  The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue publicly overestimated by more than double what landowners around …
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ThirdandState / Firedoglake:
A $56 Million ‘Oops’: PA Revenue Department Updates Marcellus Shale Tax Estimates  —  Tim Puko at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review uncovered a $56 million mistake in the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue's reporting of personal income tax (PIT) collections attributed to Marcellus Shale drilling for last year.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: “What Is This ‘Mac And Cheese,’ Is That A Black Thing?”  —  Pat Robertson continued to amuse on The 700 Club today, asking host Kristi Watts following her interview with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, “What is this ‘mac and cheese,’ is that a black thing?”
Jordan Zakarin / The Huffington Post:
Bachmann: Roots Song On Fallon Sexist, Demands NBC Apology … Michele Bachmann has spoken out and demanded an apology for the song played by the Roots, the “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” house band, when she was introduced as a guest Monday night.  Bachmann called the song, “Lyin' Ass Bitch” …
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David Jackson / USA Today:
Poll: Voters want court to kill Obama health care law  —  A new poll shows that most voters want the Supreme Court to overturn President Obama's health care law, with opposition and support falling largely along party lines.  —  Overall, voters oppose the law by 48-40%, according to the Quinnipiac University survey.
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Associated Press:
Medicare chief Don Berwick steps down in standoff with GOP senators over his confirmation
Buffalo News:
Army records at odds with Occupy veteran's claims  —  Demonstrator insists military data is incomplete  —  The claims of a dedicated member of the Occupy Buffalo movement that he saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are not supported by Army records.  —  Christopher M. Simmance …
Mass.Gov:
GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS TRANSGENDER EQUAL RIGHTS BILL  —  Governor Deval Patrick today signed H.3810, “An Act Relative To Gender Identity,” historic legislation to legally protect transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, education, employment and credit.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Debunking Obama's So-Called Leadership Failure  —  Various fiscal scolds have been scolding President Obama for failing to use his mind-control powers to force Republicans to accept a tax hike.  Michael Bloomberg sadly attributes the failure of the supercommittee to agree on reducing the deficit to a failure of “leadership.”
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Jon Huntsman declares war on big banks and Too Big To Fail  —  With a brand new proposal, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is the only GOP 2012er to have moved beyond “repeal Dodd Frank” (which sounds like a return-to-the-status-quo) and fashioned a serious and comprehensive — and bold — financial reform plan.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Dem strategist: Romney ad plays race card, echoes Rev. Wright  —  Democratic strategist Tad Devine, an adviser to the Al Gore and John Kerry presidential campaigns, accused Mitt Romney's campaign of invoking the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright in a recent ad.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: The GOP's dual-trigger nightmare  —  Imagine if the Democrats offered Republicans a deficit deal that had more than $3 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts, assigned most of those spending cuts to the Pentagon, and didn't take a dime from Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare beneficiaries.
NY Daily News:
Molotov madman who said on YouTube he would bomb Macy's is out of jail and back at Zuccotti Park  —  Nkrumah Tinsley is bailed out by Occupy Wall Street movement and has rejoined protest  —  Activist Nkrumah Tinsley, who was arrested last week after he appeared on video making terrorist threats including …
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CNN:
CNN Poll: Blue collar Democrats' support for Obama drops  —  Washington (CNN) - Although President Barack Obama's overall approval rating remains steady, his standing among Democrats, and in particular among blue-collar Democrats, appears to have dropped, according to a new national survey.
 
 
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