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4:05 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  —  President Obama's Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama administration proposes 15-cent Christmas tree tax
Discussion: Business Insider and CBS Minnesota
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Cain aide wrongly insists they've ‘confirmed’ accuser's son works for POLITICO  —  Herman Cain campaign manager Mark Block, in an appearance with Sean Hannity on Fox News just now, insisted that a relative of the second woman to publicly accuse the candidate of sexual harassment in the 1990s works at POLITICO.
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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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cain accuser open to joint press conference with other women
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
A Very Good Night for Democrats  —  In state elections across the country Tuesday, voters rejected Republican attempts to pursue a far right-wing agenda  —  Democrats had a very good election night on Tuesday.  —  Their cherished causes prevailed, they kept their statehouses …
Discussion: The Reaction
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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.
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 …
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 …
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ZIP / Weasel Zippers:
Occupy Oakland Makes $20K Deposit At Wells Fargo Less Than a Week After Protesters Smashed Windows At Same Bank...
Discussion: Big Government
Washington Post:
Va. elections: GOP Senate takeover hangs on 86 votes  —  Virginia Democrats' hopes of maintaining their party's hold on the Commonwealth's upper house were very much in doubt late Tuesday, hinging on a razor-thin count in a single Senate district.  —  When the ballot-counting ended for the night …
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Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Virginia elections may be a warning sign for Obama
Michael Barone / Campaign 2012:
A few thoughts on the November 8 elections
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?
Keith Ashley / Personhood USA:
Personhood USA Commentary Following Amendment 26 Vote
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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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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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.
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
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.
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.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Eddie Murphy Drops Out of Oscars Telecast  —  LOS ANGELES — Eddie Murphy is dropping out as the host of the Oscars telecast, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences said Wednesday, just one day after the show's producer, Brett Ratner, stepped aside amid a storm of criticism over his use of an anti-gay slur. .
Discussion: msnbc.com and Gawker
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Former Ariz. US Attorney admits leaking memo smearing Fast and Furious whistle-blower  —  Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who resigned in August, admitted late Tuesday that he leaked a document aimed at smearing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson …
Discussion: NPR.org and Hot Air
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
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!
Fiona Harvey / Guardian:
World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns  —  If fossil fuel infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will ‘lose for ever’ the chance to avoid dangerous climate change  —  The world is likely to build so many new fossil-fuelled power stations …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Rove lies about Obama, Clinton, and tax policy  —  Karl Rove and his cohorts used to lie about Bill Clinton.  Now Rove's attack operation, Crossroads GPS, is using Bill Clinton to lie about President Obama. … The ad is a lie; Rove's operation knows it's a lie; and yet they're pushing the lie anyway.
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
At Scene of Wall St. Protest, Rising Concerns About Crime
Jessica Goad / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Introduce Bill To Keep EPA From Cleaning Up Dirty Haze Pollution In Our National Parks
Discussion: Say Anything
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
Daniel Gros / voxeu.org:
What is holding Italy back?  —  As Italy's debt crisis enters …
Donna Svennevik / ABCNEWS:
Hal Bruno of ABC News Dies at 83
Discussion: TVNewser
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Report: 27 Houston cops arrest six protesters for having tarp in park
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Occupy Movement Inspires Unions to Embrace Bold Tactics
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
Anti-Obamacare Measure Sweeps All 88 Counties in Ohio
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Politics Aside, Three GOP Candidates' Wives Bond
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Melissa Allison / Seattle Times:
Voters kick state out of liquor business
Meghan Keneally / Daily Mail:
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Leslie Williams / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Man found dead in Occupy New Orleans encampment
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Gawker