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8:35 PM ET, December 8, 2011

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Rhodes Cook / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
2012 Republican Race: The Field May Not Be Closed  —  Conventional wisdom is that the Republican presidential field is set, and that it is much too late for a new candidate to enter the race.  —  In years past, that would be absolutely correct.  Over the last few decades …
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Mj Lee / The Politico:
Priebus: ‘Malpractice’ for me to back Trump debate  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spoke out Thursday against an upcoming GOP presidential debate to be moderated by Donald Trump, saying it would be “malpractice” for him as the leader of the party not to think the debate was problematic.
Richard A. Oppel Jr / The Caucus:
Perry and Bachmann Also Pass on Trump Debate  —  6:51 p.m. |  Updated MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Representative Michele Bachmann have joined other candidates, including Mitt Romney, in passing on Donald Trump's Dec. 27 debate in Iowa.  Mr. Perry's campaign issued this statement on Thursday:
Discussion: New York Times and GOP 12
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum on Trump debate no-shows: They're hypocrites
Discussion: The Politico and HotAirPundit
ABCNEWS:
Michele Bachmann Becomes Fifth GOP Candidate To Reject Donald Trump Debate
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:   Bachmann opts out of Trump debate
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Goes After Gingrich, Romney; Declines Trump
Discussion: Ballot Box
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry's Anti-Gay Iowa Ad Divides His Top Staff … 2012 Election , Log Cabin Republicans , Elections 2012 , Rick Perry , Video , Iowa Caucuses , Fabrizio Perry , Iowa Caucus 2012 , Perry Ad , Perry Dadt , Rick Perry 2012 , Rick Perry Ad Campaign , Rick Perry Don't Ask Don't Tell …
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Matt Ortega / 2012 US Elections:
Perry's jacket in anti-gay ad?  Heath Ledger wore it in “Brokeback Mountain”  —  Rick Perry launched an anti-gay ad called, “Strong.”  In the ad, he attacks gays openly serving in the armed forces.  —  As it turns out, the gays get their revenge... the jacket Rick Perry wore in the ad?
Mason City / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry to Roll Through 42 Cities in Iowa on December Bus Tour
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
BIG BARNSTORM: Rick Perry to hit 44 Iowa cities on two-week bus tour
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and GOP 12
NW Daily Marker:
Tweets from Congressional Staffers Describe On-Job Drinking in Office of Congressman Larsen  —  For young men and women with ambitions toward a career in politics, working in a Congressional office can be a heady, almost dreamlike experience.  Left unsupervised, the combination of youth indiscretion …
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The Politico:
Hill staffers fired for off-color tweets  —  They called it a “December to Remember”: a mission to spend the final month of the legislative session partying under the patronage of Rep. Rick Larsen.  —  Eight days into it, and a series of ill-advised tweets later, three staffers …
Discussion: Hot Air
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Dems' payroll tax cut extension goes down again in Senate  —  Senate Republicans blocked the latest installment of President Obama's jobs plan — a bill to extend the payroll tax cut — for the second week in a row on Thursday.  —  The bill, titled the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, was shot down 50-48.
Discussion: The Politico, Firedoglake and The Page
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New York Times:
Republicans Unveil Plan for Payroll Tax
Discussion: The Caucus and Reuters
Scott Wong / The Politico:
GOP blocks Cordray for CFPB
Discussion: CNN and americanthinker.com
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Winning the argument  —  Just one more quick point about that new poll casting doubt on whether efforts to tar Elizabeth Warren with Occupy Wall Street are working.  —  A few weeks ago, the Rove-founded Crossroads GPS spent six figures on an ad that was all about Occupy Wall Street …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum  —  National Republicans and conservatives …
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Corzine says he could have been misunderstood on transfer of MF Global accounts  —  Jon S. Corzine, the former U.S. senator and governor who presided over the collapse of the commodities brokerage MF Global, told lawmakers Thursday that he never intended to authorize a transfer of customer funds …
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Christopher Elias / Thomson Reuters News …:
MF Global and the great Wall St re-hypothecation scandal
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Sensenbrenner floats impeachment of Obama admin. officials as ‘Fast and Furious’ response  —  Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee where Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Thursday, suggested that impeachment …
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Josh Glasstetter / Right Wing Watch:
VIDEO: Bill O'Reilly Hits Community Organizer with Umbrella, Tries to Get Him Arrested  —  Anyone who has watched the footage of Bill O'Reilly's infamous meltdown on the set of Inside Edition knows that the Fox News personality has a hot temper.  But you would expect the Fox News personality …
Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
Ann Coulter Newt Presents a Fresh New Virtual Face  —  Before you newly active Republicans commit to Newt Gingrich as your presidential nominee on the basis of the recent debates, here's a bit of Newt history you ought to know.  I promise you, it's going to come up if he's the candidate.
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New York Times:
Democrats See 2-Horse Race, Adding Whip
BBC:
Iran shows film of captured US drone  —  The BBC's James Reynolds says the video appears to support Iran's claims  —  Iranian TV has shown the first video footage of an advanced US drone aircraft that Tehran says it downed near the Afghan border.  —  Images show Iranian military officials inspecting …
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Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Iran Shows U.S. Drone on TV, and Lodges a Protest
Journalism.org:
TWITTER AND THE CAMPAIGN  —  HOW THE DISCUSSION ON TWITTER VARIES FROM BLOGS AND NEWS COVERAGE AND RON PAUL'S TWITTER TRIUMPH  —  A detailed examination of more than 20 million Tweets about the race for president finds that the political discussion on Twitter is measurably different …
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Mj Lee / The Politico:
Study: Ron Paul is winning on Twitter
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Hit & Run
David Frum / FrumForum:
The Coming GOP Gingrich Freakout  —  Today's question is: will the Gingrich balloon deflate like all the previous Not Mitt balloons?  —  The answer is: yes of course-but given that these balloons take typically 6-8 weeks to shrivel, the impending Gingrich bust may not arrive soon enough to save Romney.
Daniel deVise / Washington Post:
Virginia Tech Police officer, one other, killed on campus  —  A Virginia Tech police officer was fatally shot Thursday during a routine traffic stop on the Blacksburg campus and a second person was found slain in a nearby parking lot after the gunman fled, the university reports.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Less Enthusiastic About Voting in 2012  —  Republicans' enthusiasm gap over Democrats narrows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans' enthusiasm about voting in the election for president next year has decreased, with 49% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican now saying …
Jon Brooks / KQED News Fix:
Prop 8 Hearing on Trial Video, Judge Vaughn Walker's Same-Sex Relationship  —  The court has adjourned for the day.  Scott Shafer will file a report later this evening.  Check back later tonight for a blog post and tune in to tomorrow's California Report to hear his report on the proceedings.
 
 
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