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5:50 PM ET, November 9, 2011

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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Obama Administration to Delay New 15-Cent Christmas Tree ‘Fee’  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation and revisit a proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees, sources tell ABC News.  The fee, requested by the National Christmas Tree Association in 2009 …
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David S. Addington / The Heritage Foundation:
Obama Couldn't Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama administration proposes 15-cent Christmas tree tax
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider and CBS Minnesota
Herman Cain PAC:
Herman Cain Accuser Karen Kraushaar works for Obama and she's ugly  —  Ew, gross!  Who the hell does this ugly b1tch think she's fooling?  —  Just to be clear, Karen Kraushaar is the one on the left.  —  Via The Daily...
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Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Accuser filed complaint in next job  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Cain aide wrongly insists they've ‘confirmed’ accuser's son works for POLITICO
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Cain placed Google ads alongside scandal-related search results
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Attorney: Two named accusers could hold joint press conference
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama up big in Ohio  —  One person who should be feeling particularly good about last night's election results in Ohio is Barack Obama.  On our weekend poll, which got the final result of Issue 2 correct to within a point, Obama led all of his Republican opponents in the state by margins ranging from 9-17 points.
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Dorothy Rabinowitz / Wall Street Journal:
Why Gingrich Could Win  —  Herman Cain's prospects were good until this week brought accusatory testimony from a woman who showed up in person, with detail.  —  Newt Gingrich's rise in the polls—from near zero to the third slot in several polls—should come as no surprise to people …
Irin Carmon / Salon:
How Mississippi beat Personhood  —  Will this derail a movement aiming for Roe v. Wade?  —  If Mississippi can't pass a Personhood amendment, can any state?  Those who put major political and financial muscle behind Initiative 26 — rejected last night by an astonishing 58 percent of the state's voters …
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Pema Levy / American Prospect:
Is There a “Bradley Effect” for Abortion?
Arizona Republic:
Russell Pearce on verge of historic loss in recall  —  Russell Pearce, one of the most influential state politicians in the nation and a powerful voice on illegal immigration, was on the verge of losing his Senate seat in Tuesday's unprecedented recall election.
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
A Very Good Night for Democrats  —  In state elections across …
Discussion: The Reaction
Paul Krugman:
This Is The Way The Euro Ends  —  This is the way the euro ends.  —  This is the way the euro ends.  —  Not with a bang but with bunga-bunga.  —  Seriously, with Italian 10-years now well above 7 percent, we're now in territory where all the vicious circles get into gear …
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Thinking through the unthinkable
Discussion: Finance
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers want out of tax pledge  —  Grover Norquist's grip on the House Republican Conference is loosening.  —  A growing number of GOP lawmakers have disavowed Norquist's pledge against supporting tax increases in recent days, telling The Hill they no longer feel bound to uphold …
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Jim Newell / Gawker:
Insane Congressman Joe Walsh Screams at His Constituents  —  Is this the angriest interaction between a congressman and his constituents ever, or at least of the ones that have been captured on YouTube?  Yes?  Let's go with “yes.”  This is Illinois Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh …
Discussion: Mediaite and Indecision Forever
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
David Gregory: No “Grand Wizard” In GOP To Force Cain Out  —  On Wednesday's “Today” show, host of NBC's “Meet the Press” David Gregory says there is no “Grand Wizard” right now in the GOP to “force” Cain out of the primary.  Transcript below: Ann Curry, NBC News: “He's not stepping down …
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Sarah Gantz / San Francisco Examiner:
Occupy Oakland makes $20K deposit at Wells Fargo  —  Last week, one or more Occupy Oakland protesters smashed the windows of a Wells Fargo branch.  —  This week, the group's general assembly agreed — in a near-unanimous vote Monday — to temporarily place $20,000 of the group's money …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Emails tie Obama fundraiser to Solyndra push  —  Advisers to Obama fundraiser George Kaiser discussed Solyndra and other government contracts during their visits last year to the White House, according to internal emails released Wednesday by House Republicans.
Discussion: CNN
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Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Emails show Obama donor discussed Solyndra with WH
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Shrinking the presidency back down to size  —  (Andrew Harrer - Bloomberg) In his response to my recent New York Review of Books essay, Conor Friedersdorf laments what he sees as a defense of President Obama's record that ignores his intervention in Libya, or his record on civil liberties.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Durbin, breaking with Dems, applauds GOP offer on taxes as a breakthrough  —  Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) diverged from Democratic colleagues Wednesday and applauded the Republican offer to raise $300 billion in new taxes as part of a deficit-reduction deal.
Discussion: CNN
Reuters:
Exclusive: French, Germans explore idea of core euro zone  —  (Reuters) - German and French officials have discussed plans for a radical overhaul of the European Union that would involve establishing a more integrated and potentially smaller euro zone, EU sources say.
Wall Street Journal:
Generation Jobless: Students Pick Easier Majors Despite Less Pay  —  Biyan Zhou wanted to major in engineering.  Her mother and her academic adviser also wanted her to major in it, given the apparent career opportunities for engineers in a tough job market.
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida Primary: Cain 30%, Romney 24%, Gingrich 19%  —  As he continues to battle media coverage over past sexual harassment allegations, businessman Herman Cain leads other Republican hopefuls in the first Rasmussen Reports look at the GOP primary race in Florida.
Discussion: Riptide 2.0, GOP 12 and Hot Air
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Chris Rock, the Obama supporter  —  Some celebrities may have soured a bit on President Barack Obama, but not Chris Rock.  The comedian and actor told fellow comedian Marc Maron on the “WTF with Marc Maron” podcast that he's “fine with the president,” if only because he understands …
Discussion: Big Hollywood
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Mitt Romney's Perfect Storm  —  There is great consternation among many Republicans over the prospects of a Mitt Romney nomination.  I've heard various opinions, ranging from “I guess I can live with him” to “I really can't stand him!”  Among the latter camp …
Michael Graham / Boston Herald:
Obama has lot to learn  —  Everyone should not go to college  —  In life, the three big lies are “The check's in the mail,” “The car was fine when I parked it” and “Honey, I swear I don't know whose thong that is in the glove box.”  —  In this political moment, the three big lies are …
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
Barclays Says Italy Is Finished: “Mathematically Beyond Point Of No Return”  —  Euphoria may have returned briefly courtesy of yet another promise for a resignation that will likely not be effectuated for weeks or months, if at all, and already someone has done the math on what the events in the past several days reveal for Italy.
Discussion: Washington Post
Max Read / Gawker:
Pressured to Name Leader, Occupy Denver Elects Dog  —  Denver Mayor Michael Hancock insisted that his city's occupation name a leader in order “to deal with City and State officials.”  And he got his wish!  Occupy Denver has elected Shelby, a border collie, as its leader.  Long live Shelby!
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Oscar Show Scrambling to Replace Eddie Murphy and Producer  —  LOS ANGELES — The sudden departures this week of two of the leading participants in the Oscar telecast represent an embarrassing collapse in plans by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a ceremony that is its signature event …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Gawker
 
 
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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
America and China must crush Germany into submission
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney campaign: Personhood a state call
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Personal Foul at Penn State
Discussion: Mediaite and Althouse
New York Times:
At Scene of Wall St. Protest, Rising Concerns About Crime
David French / National Review:
The Fundamental Injustice of Old Allegations
Discussion: ABCNEWS and GOP 12
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Democrat Liz Mathis is winner of special Iowa Senate election
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Virginia elections may be a warning sign for Obama
 Earlier Items: 
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Melissa Allison / Seattle Times:
Voters kick state out of liquor business
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Former Ariz. US Attorney admits leaking memo smearing Fast and Furious whistle-blower
Discussion: NPR.org and Hot Air
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