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12:15 PM ET, November 11, 2011


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CBS News:
Poll: Cain tops 3-way race with Romney, Gingrich  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  In the Republican race for the presidential nomination, Newt Gingrich's support continues to slowly grow …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Romney retakes lead in GOP race, Gingrich moves to second  —  WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential race is being shaken up again, with Mitt Romney retaking the lead, Newt Gingrich surging into second place, and Herman Cain dropping to third place, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll released Friday.
Discussion: Ballot Box, GOP 12, CNN and The Maddow Blog
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Mitt Romney: Cancel the coronation — how conservatives can defeat him  —  For those who believe the current commentariat consensus that Mitt Romney should be coronated as the inevitable Republican nominee, consider the excellent story by Alicia Cohn in The Hill about conservatives uniting to defeat Romney …
Discussion: The Politico
Aimee Allison / City Brights:
Occupy Oakland: Video Eyewitness Account of Shooting Aftermath
Michael Isikoff /
Paterno contacts criminal defense lawyer, source tells NBC News  —  Former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky's Grand Jury indictment paints the disturbing portrait of a man who used his position to target and sexually abuse young boys over a long period of time.
Discussion: CBS News, Law Blog, CBS Chicago and The BLT
Jo Becker / New York Times:
Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania Governor, Couldn't Discuss Inquiry
Discussion: Rod Dreher
Michael Hurley /
Jerry Sandusky Rumored to Have Been ‘Pimping Out Young Boys to Rich Donors,’ Says Mark Madden
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Legends of the Fail  —  This is the way the euro ends — not with a bang but with bunga bunga.  Not long ago, European leaders were insisting that Greece could and should stay on the euro while paying its debts in full.  Now, with Italy falling off a cliff, it's hard to see how the euro can survive at all.
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Joe Paterno and the Nation-State  —  From yesterday's comments: … There's more along these lines in the thread.  But I think this sort of thinking is pretty helpful.  It also helps me in considering how we build our identities around entities that are given the power of violence …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and THEROOT.COM
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
You Want Mayo on that Waitress Sandwich?  —  The ruckus over Herman Cain's alleged sexual harassment has summoned forth the efforts of the Senior Directorate of the Femintern to stamp their feet and say “it is too a big deal!”  It's become a wonderful excuse for a reunion of the “I Believe Anita Hill” potluck Tupperware parties.
Discussion: Washington Post
William Lajeunesse / Fox News:
Family of Murdered Border Agent Breaks Silence, Lashes Out at Holder  —  Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died almost one year ago.  Despite almost daily headlines about the ongoing scandal in the Obama administration, his devastated parents have said nothing publicly about the U.S. program …
Romney finds himself man to beat in South Carolina  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) — Something funny could happen on the way to the Republican presidential nomination next year.  —  Mitt Romney might actually win South Carolina.  —  A triumph by the former Massachusetts governor …
Discussion: GOP 12
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Stunning Triumph for 99%: Obama Sends Keystone XL Back to State for Review, McKibben Calls This “A Very Important Day” … That's Bill McKibben's headline at Tar Sands Action (full statement below).  —  In a stunning reversal of a “done deal,” the Obama administration has sent …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Keystone pipeline route in Nebraska to be reassessed
Discussion: Hot Air and Booman Tribune
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama delays Keystone decision until after 2012 reelection bid
Matt Bai / The Caucus:
The Other Problem With Perry's ‘Oops’ Moment  —  There's really no arguing with the consensus view that, after repeatedly courting calamity in prior debates, Rick Perry did grave damage to his presidential campaign Wednesday night.  First the guy says that anyone who disagrees …
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
Rick Perry's Collapse Is The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Him
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
For Occupy Wall Street, Health Is a Growing Concern  —  The chorus began quietly at a recent strategy session inside Zuccotti Park, with a single cough from a security team member, a muffled hack between puffs on his cigarette.  Then a colleague followed.  Then another.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Occupier Devolution  —  If you have ever wondered what would happen in a society consisting entirely of liberals, the Occupier movement is providing the answer: devolution.  It is almost impossible to keep up with the downward spiral, but here are some of the highlights of the last 24 hours:
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Inequality Map  —  Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, “David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your country.  How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?”  —  This is an excellent question.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Quinnipiac University:
Mack Attack Sweeps Florida GOP Senate Pack, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Rubio Untouched By Family History Challenge  —  By tossing his hat into the ring, U.S. Rep. Connie Mack has transformed the campaign for Florida's U.S. Senate seat, putting him far ahead of the field …
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Offers Top 10 Excuses  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday walked onto the set of David Letterman's “Late Show,” saluted the audience and offered the top 10 reasons he had a brain freeze at Wednesday night's GOP presidential debate:  —  10. Actually there were three reasons I messed up last night …
Discussion: PopWatch and Althouse
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Charlie Rose and Gayle King in CBS ‘Early’ Plan  —  Coming soon to CBS: Charlie Rose, Gayle King and a complete makeover of “The Early Show,” the network's low-rated morning television show.  —  The network is putting the finishing touches on a two-hour news show, expected to be announced …
Associated Press:
News conference of Cain accusers on hold for now  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney who represents one of the women who filed a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain says plans for a joint news conference of Cain's accusers have been shelved.
Discussion: The Page
David Catanese / The Politico:
Paul Ryan backs Todd Akin's Senate bid  —  Missouri Democrats no longer have to worry about branding Rep. Todd Akin as for “the Ryan plan.”  —  He's now actually Paul Ryan's candidate.  —  The Wisconsin House Budget Committee chairman endorsed Akin's bid for U.S. Senate Wednesday …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lee Habeeb / National Review:
Remembering a Soldier's Soldier  —  The stellar example of Maj. Dick Winters  —  Every American should know his name and his story.  And, thanks to a great book by Stephen Ambrose — Band of Brothers — and an equally great HBO television series, many do.
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama's Virginia Defeat
Discussion: The Other McCain
New York Times:
Newly Released Transcripts Show a Bitter and Cynical Nixon in '75
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Antonio Maria Delgado /
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
On Payroll Tax Cut, Obama Administration Plotting Year-End Showdown
Discussion: Business Insider and US Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Retreats on Privacy
Rolling Stone:
Finally, a Judge Stands up to Wall Street
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Not Safe to Display an American Flag in an American High School
Nathan Manske / The Huffington Post:
True LGBTQ Stories: Houston Mayor Annise Parker's Young and Forbidden Love (VIDEO)
Discussion: Jezebel
 Earlier Items: 
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Mississippi's Personhood Defeat Reveals the Gap Between “Anti-Choice” and “Pro-Life”
Discussion: Eschaton
Tod Kelly / The League of Ordinary Gentlemen:
Crushing Our Better Angels: How Tribalism & Self-Identity Force Us to Support Penn State, Herman Cain and Rick Perry