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8:10 AM ET, November 10, 2011


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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry crashes, Cain cheered at GOP debate  —  ROCHESTER, Mich. - The Rick Perry comeback hit a potentially disastrous snag Wednesday night, as the Texas governor again froze on the debate stage — this time, while attempting to list three federal agencies he'd eliminate as president.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Perry implodes; Update: Campaign is over, says top fundraiser  —  Via Business Insider.  A few choice quotes.  Larry Sabato: … Rich Lowry: … Mona Charen: … He's down to 4.9 percent now on InTrade; before the debate he was at 9.3 percent.
Zeke Miller / Business Insider:
PERRY DEBATE DISASTER: This Is The Moment That Officially Killed His Campaign — For Good  —  At today's CNBC debate Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked a question about his tax and spending plan — but completely blew an otherwise strong answer by looking like a complete fool.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Perry struggles to name third government agency he promised to close  —  Rick Perry promised during Wednesday's GOP debate to close three government agencies when he became president — but he couldn't name all three.  —  The Texas governor repeatedly failed to name the third agency after multiple attempts …
Discussion: CNN
Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier out  —  Both football coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier are out at Penn State in the wake of a disturbing child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.  —  Paterno said in a statement Wednesday he would retire after the season …
Mark Viera / New York Times:
Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Is Fired  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Graham B. Spanier, one of the longest-serving and highest-paid university presidents in the nation, who has helped raise the academic profile of Penn State during his tenure, stepped down Wednesday night in the wake …
CBS News:
Paterno fired over Penn St. child abuse scandal  —  Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo)  —  The Penn State Scandal  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - In a massive shakeup, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier …
Sports Illustrated:
The Penn State scandal echoes a hockey horror … Every once in a while we hardcore sports fans are reminded of our childish immaturity.  —  How else can you describe adults who spend a good part of their lives watching, listening, and discussing other adults who play games with sticks and balls, hoops and pucks?
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 …
Simon Nixon / Wall Street Journal:
Don't Bank on ECB Rescuing Italy
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Thinking through the unthinkable
Discussion: Finance
John Quiggin / New York Times:
Euro Crisis's Enabler: The Central Bank
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Debate crowd cheers Cain in face of sexual harassment claims  —  Onstage at his first presidential debate since sexual harassment allegations against him emerged more than a week ago, Herman Cain dismissed the accusations as a “character assassination” Wednesday — and was enthusiastically backed up by the debate audience.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Richard Adams / Guardian:
GOP debate in Michigan - as it happened
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
UPDATED: Male Persuasion: HOAX Herman Cain Website Calls One of His Accusers an ‘Ugly Bitch’  —  UPDATE: It now emerges that this website is a hoax.  Shuksan Tahoma at DKos has the details.  We apologize to our readers.  —  Here's Team Herman Cain's defense of their boss …
Craig Whitlockand Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Remains of war dead dumped in landfill  —  The Dover Air Force Base mortuary for years disposed of some dead troops' body parts by burning them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burying the remains at sea.
Urban Infidel:
Occupy Wall Street: Zucotti Square Day 53 & Counting - The Crazy Has Set In  —  So much has been said about this movement, it has no discernible point, it smells, it's violent, it has rapes, arson, assault, vandalism, theft and psychotics running the place along with a growing rap sheet, so I wasn't sure what else I could find.
Quinnipiac University:
Obama, Romney Tied In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds; Cain, Romney Duel For Gop Lead In All Three States  —  One year before the presidential election, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are running neck and neck in Florida …
Discussion: GOP 12, The Politico and Naked Politics
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
CNBC Debate Anchor Challenges Herman Cain Over ‘Princess Nancy’ Comment Given Recent Scandal  —  After Wednesday night's GOP debate on CNBC, candidate Herman Cain was asked about the booing that took place when he was asked about the allegations against him, as well as his decision to refer to Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy.”
Eric Boehlert / Media Matters for America:
Bully: Limbaugh Repeatedly Attacks Cain Accuser's 13-Year-Old Son  —  Using the power of his top-rated, nationally syndicated Clear Channel radio show, Rush Limbaugh on Tuesday repeatedly turned his AM wrath on a schoolboy and portrayed the 13 year-old as a villain in the Herman Cain sexual harassment saga.
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
NLRB lawyer: “We screwed up the U.S. economy”  —  New documents obtained by Judicial Watch show acting National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Lafe Solomon joking that the NLRB's suit against Boeing would kill jobs in South Carolina.  Commenting on a Planet Labor article whose headline …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Senator threatened labor board before Boeing complaint
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Stuart Tomlinson / Oregonian:
Police arrest man at Occupy Portland camp for throwing Molotov cocktail into stairwell at World Trade Center  —  A 29-year-old man was arrested this morning inside the Occupy Portland encampment, police said, on suspicion of throwing a Molotov cocktail onto a staircase at the World Trade Center last night.
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Conservatives organize to defeat Romney  —  A coalition of conservatives is working to organize the disparate groups opposing Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee.  —  While much has been made of Romney's lack of support amongst conservative Republicans, the sense of malaise …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban  —  Weary of plastic litter, Grand Canyon National Park officials were in the final stages of imposing a ban on the sale of disposable water bottles in the Grand Canyon late last year when the nation's parks chief abruptly blocked the plan …
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Mike / Rortybomb:
What Can We Say About President Obama's Economic Performance in Early 2010?  —  There's an argument that we should look less to President Obama for the success or failure of the economy in this Great Recession - especially with the lack of movement on unemployment - and more to Congress …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Shrinking the presidency back down to size
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Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Wash Post ombudsman condemns anti-Hamas tweet
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Washington Post
Philip K. Howard / Wall Street Journal:
The Public-Union Albatross
San Francisco Chronicle:
Ed Lee takes large early lead in mayor's race
Discussion: The Snitch, City Insider and Guardian
Chad Pergram / Fox News:
Solyndra Emails Claim Biden Team ‘About Had an Orgasm’ About Energy Loans to Firm
Discussion: Hit & Run, Campaign 2012 and Don Surber
New York Times:
Letting the Banks Off Easy
American Mustache Institute:
AMI Rescinds Cain Endorsement Amidst Allegations
David Heinzmann / Chicago Tribune:
Cain suggests accuser's finances are motive for allegation
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
Chris Rock, the Obama supporter
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Finance:
America and China must crush Germany into submission
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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