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10:25 PM ET, November 12, 2011


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Jan Crawford / CBS News:
CBS/NJ GOP debate tonight: 5 things to watch  —  SPARTANBURG, S.C. - As the Republican presidential candidates gather here for the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate, airing tonight on CBS and, here are five things to watch:  —  1. Can Rick Perry clear the low bar of expectations?
Discussion: Business Insider
CBS News:
Poll: Obama disapproval rating on economy at record high  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto  —  President Obama's ratings on the the most important issue for his re-election — the economy …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Huntsman plays to his strengths, goes after GOP rivals on foreign policy  —  Hours before the first Republican presidential debate to focus on foreign policy, Jon Huntsman released a web video to capitalize on the only issue where he has the clear advantage over his competitors.
Discussion: Reuters, The Hill, The Reaction and CNN
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Gingrich Surge Has Come  —  There's lots of buzz on Friday about national polls that are variously being interpreted as good news for Newt Gingrich, good or bad news for Mitt Romney, and good or bad news for Herman Cain.  So let's take a step back and focus on the bigger picture.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
5 things to look for in GOP debate
Discussion: US Politics
Lindsey Boerma /
Cain: God Convinced Him to Run for President  —  Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain gestures during a speech at the Values Voter Summit in October  —  ATLANTA, Ga. - Herman Cain, whose campaign could use some redemption in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal …
Lee Moran / Daily Mail:
Is this the sexiest political ad campaign ever?  Putin's model army strikes again with raunchy video to get Russians voting  —  They've washed cars in skimpy outfits and torn their clothes off - all to promote the hardman of Russian politics, Vladimir Putin.
Discussion: Power Line
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
An Elegy for Berlusconi, the Man Who Ruined Italy (Again)  —  The Economist has a great elegy for my favorite now deposed leader, Silvio Berlusconi.  If you gave me a list at the beginning of the year of Hosni Mubarak, Moammar Gadhafi and Berlusconi, I would have said that Berlusconi …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and World Blog
New York Times:
Berlusconi Resigns After Italy's Parliament Approves Austerity Measures
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Renewable Energy: Bubble, Scam, or Both?  —  The lead story in today's New York Times is a devastating look at solar and wind power subsidies.  Too bad it appears on a Saturday when fewer people will read it (which may not be a coincidence).  The print hed and sub-hed tell it better than the online version …
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
A Gold Rush of Subsidies in Clean Energy Search
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Obama, leaders set framework for Asia-Pacific trade agreement  —  President Obama and representatives of eight other nations agreed to a framework on Saturday for a free trade agreement in the Pacific Rim region, the White House announced.  —  “We just had an excellent meeting …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Iran explosion at Tehran military base  —  There has been at least one explosion in a military base west of Iran's capital, Tehran, officials say.  —  Several people have been killed after the blast in a weapons depot, according to the semi-official Fars news agency, but this has not been confirmed.
Kurt Schlichter / Big Government:
Lessons From the Battle of BlogCon 2011: The Occupiers Deserve Derision  —  The weirdos, losers and mutations who make up the Occupy movement showed the world their glass jaw when their Denver branch descended upon the FreedomWorks BlogCon 2011 new media convention on Friday.
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Herman Cain Wouldn't Be Romney's VP, But He Would Like To Be Secretary Of Defense  —  In the event that the American voters aren't sold on the presidential qualities honed by Herman Cain's experience as CEO of Godfather's Pizza, President of the National Restaurant Association or decade spent …
Susan Saulny / The Caucus:
Herman Cain's Wife Plans to Sit Down for a Television Interview
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Michael Lester /
TPM2012  —  Perry vs Perry: Rick's Ultimate Reel  —  Well, he's no Cicero.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Carolyn Lochhead / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi's investments questioned in CBS report
OccupyStLouis /
Hey Hey, Ho, Ho: The Occupiers Will Not Go!
 Earlier Items: 
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Ad By Crossroads, Karl Rove's Outfit, Yanked Off Air For Being False (UPDATE)
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Daily Dish / San Francisco Chronicle:
Gene Simmons gives economics lecture
Discussion: Don Surber
Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
Wilson Ramos rescued, safe in Venezuela
Discussion: WJLA-TV, The Moderate Voice and DCist
Conn Carroll / Washington Examiner:
Facts show Fannie, Freddie led mortgage market to the collapse
Discussion: and Power Line
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama touts rare bipartisan effort on veterans' jobs bill
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico