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12:20 PM ET, November 10, 2011


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Nate Schweber / New York Times:
Penn State Students Clash With Police in Unrest After Announcement  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — After top Penn State officials announced that they had fired Joe Paterno on Wednesday night, thousands of students stormed the downtown area to display their anger and frustration, chanting the former coach's name …
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 …
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.
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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Most Brutal Debate Video and Tweets Ever  —  Full report on CNBC debate here.  The only part that will be remembered is Rick Perry's freeze on stage.  He was having a reasonable debate until that point.  I feel sorry for him.  One freeze on stage should not end a campaign …
Discussion: Say Anything and JustOneMinute
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Ford.  Quayle.  Stockdale.  Now, Poor Rick Perry  —  In the long annals of presidential-campaign debating, there had until this evening been three famous-disaster moments:  —  1) 1976, Gerald Ford and Poland.  This one wasn't quite fair.  Ford was trying to make a reasonable point …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘oops’ heard 'round the world  —  Some debate screw-ups are so memorable, they practically become iconic.  Gerald Ford claiming there was “no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe,” Dan Quayle comparing himself to JFK, and James Stockdale asking who he is and what he's doing there were all pretty unforgettable.
Rick Perry on His ‘Oops’: There's No ‘Perfect Candidate’
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Abolishing The Department Of Energy
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Paluska / CBS Atlanta 46:
Investigator: Herman Cain innocent of sexual advances  —  Private investigator TJ Ward said presidential hopeful Herman Cain was not lying at a news conference on Tuesday in Phoenix.  —  Cain denied making any sexual actions towards Sharon Bialek and vowed to take a polygraph test if necessary to prove his innocence.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
In the Perry camp, sad  —  A prominent Perry supporter emails:  —  Original Message—  From:  —  Sent: Wed 11/9/2011 9:21 PM  —  To: Ben Smith  —  Subject: i'm sad  —  stuck a fork in himself  —  can't decide which is worse Dean scream or Perry oops  —  bourbon for me, i think
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Is Perry Toast?  —  Almost immediately after what will probably be remembered as the Bill Buckner moment of primary debates, when Texas Gov. Rick Perry literally forgot which governmental agencies he would cut and concluded his answer with a sheepish “Oops,” Mr. Perry's stock on the betting market Intrade dropped in half.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Anti-Cain hoax exposed  —  Yesterday I saw a lengthy thread at Memeorandum about a “HermanCainPAC” website which had a large cover story calling Karen Kraushaar an “ugly bitch.”  Here's the screenshot:  —  The website looked real, with a donate page and so on.
The Page:
CNBC's “Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Debate” Live from Oakland University in Rochester, MI ...  BARTIROMO: And good evening, everyone.  I'm Maria Bartiromo.  —  HARWOOD: I'm John Hardwood.  —  And welcome to CNBC's Republican Presidential Debate.
New York Times:
Michigan Debate Fact Check
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM SLIDESHOW: Meet The 2012 GOPers — Newt Gingrich
Matt Krupnick / Mercury News:
Police arrest UC Berkeley students, professor over Occupy camp  —  BERKELEY — Moving quickly to quell a protest on the site where the Free Speech Movement was born, UC Berkeley police in riot gear on Wednesday tore down tents and arrested at least seven people who had established an Occupy Cal camp.
Jordan Bach-Lombardo / The Daily Californian:
Live Blog: Nov. 9 Day of Action at UC Berkeley
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 …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Financial Folly of Fairness  —  When I was a young and naive economics writer, I used to write about developing countries a fair amount.  Time and again they would make these bizarre and pointless moves, like suddenly and for no apparent reason defaulting on a bunch of debt.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Reggie Love, Obama ‘body man,’ to leave White House by year's end  —  Reggie Love, a key member of the Obama entourage, is planning to leave the White House by the end of the year, people close to the administration said.  —  Love, 30, is a popular, gregarious figure in the White House.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Page and National Review
Barnett Wright / The Birmingham:
Jefferson County files largest government bankruptcy in U.S. history  —  BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Jefferson County, facing $4.23 billion in debt and running short of cash, gave up Wednesday on reaching a deal with its creditors and immediately filed the largest government bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Jefferson County Files Biggest U.S. Municipal Bankruptcy
Discussion: emptywheel and The Birmingham News
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.
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.
Tim Shipman / Daily Mail:
Israel may launch strike on Iran as soon as next month to prevent development of nuclear weapons  — Senior Foreign Office figure: 'We're expecting something as early as Christmas, or very early in the new year'  —  Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
Mitt Romney / Wall Street Journal:
I Won't Let Iran Get Nukes  —  Barack Obama is leading us toward …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
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Washington Examiner:
Romney's Medicare plan isn't bold or specific
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Spectacle Blog
Under oath, Holder discredits ‘Bush did it too’ excuse for ‘Gunwalker’
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and The PJ Tatler
The Politico:
Supercommittee Dems offer $350 billion in Medicare cuts
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Financial Times:
Europe: rise of the calculating machine
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Back to Even With “Generic” Republican Candidate
Elmo Roper / CJR:
A Plea for the Polls  —  'The press seems to behave …
Discussion: American Prospect
New York Times:
Back to Common Sense at the Polls
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Graves / Oregonian:
Basic Rights Oregon will not put same-sex marriage on 2012 ballot
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
Google+ Is Dead  —  The search behemoth might not realize it yet …
Discussion: Rod Dreher
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Conservatives uniting to defeat Romney
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Wash Post ombudsman condemns anti-Hamas tweet
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Balloon Juice
Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
Parks Chief Blocked Plan for Grand Canyon Bottle Ban
Discussion: Don Surber and Gawker
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
CNBC Debate Anchor Challenges Herman Cain Over ‘Princess Nancy’ Comment Given Recent Scandal