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8:20 PM ET, November 23, 2011

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The Politico:
Gingrich relies on fading Newt Inc.  —  During his decade on the political sidelines, Newt Gingrich got rich by building a network of companies and think tanks that pulled in more than $115 million in contributions and fees from powerful corporations and individuals.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. King denounces Gingrich immigration plan as ‘amnesty’
Fox News:
Gingrich on Top of GOP Polls, Takes Big Risk Articulating Illegal Immigration Policy
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Romney Likes Illegals, Too? A Newt-Mitt Twitter Fight
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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Reuters:
“Disastrous” bond sale shakes confidence in Germany  —  (Reuters) - A “disastrous” German bond sale on Wednesday sparked fears that Europe's debt crisis was even starting to threaten Berlin, with the leaders of the euro zone's two biggest economies still firmly at odds over a longer-term structural solution.
Free exchange:
Faster toward the end
Spiegel Online:
Euro Crisis  —  Related articles, background features and opinions about this topic.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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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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?”
Associated Press:
Medicare chief Don Berwick steps down in standoff with GOP senators over his confirmation  —  WASHINGTON — The point man for carrying out President Barack Obama's health care law will be stepping down after Republicans succeeded in blocking his confirmation by the Senate, an official said Wednesday.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Jon Kyl's search-and-destroy mission
Discussion: Political Mojo
The Politico:
Don Berwick to step down Dec. 2
Discussion: The Hill and Campaign 2012
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.
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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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.
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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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats get big win with Texas court's redistricting map  —  A Texas court released its congressional redistricting plan for the next election cycle, a major victory for Democrats and Latinos who had protested a GOP-drawn map that squeezed both groups.  —  The new map will likely give …
Discussion: The Politico
America's Newsroom / Fox News Insider:
Michele Bachmann Demands Apology From NBC for Vulgar Song Played During Her Appearance on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’  —  GOP candidate Michele Bachmann joined America's Newsroom Wednesday morning and addressed the controversy surrounding her appearance on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon …
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CNN:
Fallon apologizes to Bachmann
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.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
Sarkozy: Europe's “Liquidity Run” Has Begun Because There Is An Unsolvable $30 Trillion Problem  —  No, not that Sarkozy.  His half-brother - the one who actually can use a calculator.  In an interview on CNBC, the Carlyle group head had the temerity to tell the truth, the whole truth …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Cross removed at base in Afghanistan  —  A large cross that had been prominently displayed outside a chapel on an isolated military base in northern Afghanistan was taken down last week, prompting outrage from some American service members stationed there.  —  “We are here away from our families …
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Romney's Mormon Faith Likely a Factor in Primaries, Not in a General Election  —  Many Americans continue to see the Mormon faith as unfamiliar and different.  Half say they know little or nothing about Mormonism, half say it is a Christian religion while a third say it is not …
Howard Megdal / Salon:
The GOP needs a brokered convention  —  New rules mean Romney's rivals can save the party from an unpopular nominee  —  Mitt Romney and the candidates of the Not Mitt Romney movement (Credit: Chris Keane / Reuters)  —  It has been a tumultuous year for those eager to handicap the 2012 GOP race for president.
 
 
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
The Average Bush Tax Cut For The 1 Percent This Year Will Be Greater Than The Average Income Of The Other 99 Percent
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Sarah Schulman / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: ‘Pinkwashing’ and Israel's Use of Gays as a Messaging Tool
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Jon Huntsman declares war on big banks and Too Big To Fail
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Yochi J. Dreazen / NationalJournal.com:
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