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3:45 AM ET, November 15, 2011


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Jerry Sandusky to Bob Costas in exclusive ‘Rock Center’ interview: 'I shouldn't have showered with those kids.'  —  By Jessica Hopper  —  UPDATED: Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky admitted to showering and horsing around with young boys, but said he is not a pedophile …
Charles P. PiercePOSTED / Grantland:
The Brutal Truth About Penn State  —  The problem can't be solved by prayer or piety — and it's far more widespread than we think  —  “But you, when you pray, go into your inner chamber and, locking the door, pray there in hiding to your Father ...”  —  It was midway through the pregame prayer session that the gorge hit high tide.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Outside the Beltway
Tim Perone / New York Post:
Sandusky lawyer impregnated teenage girl: report
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich takes the lead  —  Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in PPP's national polling.  He's at 28% to 25% for Herman Cain and 18% for Mitt Romney.  The rest of the Republican field is increasingly looking like a bunch of also rans: Rick Perry is at 6%, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul at 5% …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Herman Cain's Brain Fart  —  I'm not sure how to describe this.  I've seen it described on Twitter as Herman Cain out-Rick Perrying Rick Perry, but it goes so much deeper than that.  —  In this interview, Herman Cain is asked a relatively simple question — at least, to the extent …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Moderate Voice
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Gingrich soars, Cain drops  —  Washington (CNN) - A new national survey of Republicans indicates that it's basically all tied up between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, with Gingrich on the rise and businessman Herman Cain falling due …
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Cain sinks in major realignment of GOP race
Journalistdee / CNN:
What's behind Gingrich's jump in the polls
Eric Kleefeld /
TPM2012  —  New National Polls Show Newt Leading In GOP Race (Yes, Really)
Don Walker / JSOnline:
Cain stumbles on Libya question  —  Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, in the midst of a Midwestern campaign swing, stumbled Monday when answering a question about whether he agreed or disagreed with President Barack Obama's approach to handling the Libyan crisis.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Brutal: Cain blanks on Libya, supports collective bargaining for public employee unions  —  You won't believe me until you click play but this is much worse than Perry's brain lock at the debate last week.  Perry lost his train of thought; Cain doesn't have a train at all here …
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Pat Dollard
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Cain Continues Being Very Authentic
Discussion: Althouse and National Review
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Dems fear Obama will lose the case  —  Democrats on Capitol Hill are worried that the Supreme Court will rule against President Obama's healthcare reform law.  —  Over the last couple weeks, congressional Democrats have told The Hill that the law faces danger in the hands of the Supreme Court …
Discussion: The Politico
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court sets 5 1/2-hour hearing on health care (FINAL)  —  FINAL UPDATE at 11:09 a.m. A separate post, coming shortly, will provide further analysis of the grants.  (It is posted above this.)  —  Setting the stage for a historic constitutional confrontation over federal power …
Ilya Shapiro / Cato @ Liberty:
Obamacare Is Bigger than Roe v. Wade
Discussion: Power Line
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices to Hear Health Care Case as Race Heats Up
New York Times:
Police Move Against Occupy Wall Street Protesters in Zuccotti Park  —  Hundreds of New York City police officers began clearing Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters early Tuesday, telling the people there that the nearly two-month-old camp would be “cleared and restored” …
Chris Francescani / Reuters:
Protesters hope to shut down New York's Wall Street  —  (Reuters) - Protesters hope to shut down Wall Street on Thursday — home to the New York Stock Exchange — by holding a street carnival to mark the two-month anniversary of their campaign against economic inequality.
Andrea Seabrook / NPR:
On Capitol Hill, Rand's ‘Atlas’ Can't Be Shrugged Off … Ayn Rand is best known for her novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.  The ideas behind them — her philosophy — have sunk so deeply into our political thought, most people don't even recognize them as her ideas anymore.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama golfs with friend who was arrested in prostitution sting  —  President Obama golfed on Monday with his long-time friend Robert Titcomb, who in May plead no contest to soliciting a prostitute, according to the White House pool report.  —  “The president's fourball at the Mamala Bay Golf Course includes …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
ABCNEWS:   President Obama Golfing With Pal Nabbed in Prostitution Sting
Future Recession Risks: An Update … Gathering storms across the Atlantic threaten a U.S. economy not yet recovered from the last recession.  The September Economic Outlook from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) indicates that growth prospects have significantly dimmed …
Ann Saphir / Reuters:
Chance of 2012 U.S. recession tops 50 percent: Fed paper
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Ex-boyfriend of Cain accuser backs her story  —  Dr. Victor Zuckerman said today he backs ex-girlfriend Sharon Bialek's allegation that Herman Cain “touched her in an inappropriate manner.”  —  Zuckerman, a pediatrician, came forward after Cain last week denied knowing Bialek.
Howard Beck / New York Times:
Players Reject N.B.A. Offer and Opt to Disband Union  —  Faced with a deal it could not accept, and a negotiating process that had reached a dead end, the National Basketball Players Association elected to disband Monday afternoon, thrusting the N.B.A. into chaos.
Discussion: Law Blog and Inside TV
NBA players reject owners' offer
Discussion: Gothamist and WJLA-TV
Noelle Crombie / Oregonian:
Occupy Portland: Parks employees get first look at deserted Chapman and Lownsdale squares  —  A dozen city employees today plan to finish clearing Chapman and Lownsdale squares of debris and trash so engineers and horticulture experts can survey damage to the parks' structures and trees.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
CNN Reporter Asks Obama: Are GOP Candidates “Uninformed, Out Of Touch, Or Irresponsible?”  —  “Last night at the Republican debate, some of the hopefuls, they hope to get your job, they defended the practice of waterboarding which is a practice you banned in 2009.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Problem With Urban Freeways  —  I'm absolutely on board with Diana Lind in her argument that cities should be aiming to dismantle their urban highways.  Something that I think should be clarified, because it drives home how strong the case is, is that building freeways through cities …
Discussion: The Stranger …
Boston News, Weather & Sports:
Local professor: Collecting care packages for troops is ‘shameful’  —  (FOX 25 / - A Suffolk University law professor will not collect items for United States troops overseas and thinks it is “shameful” to do so.  —  Law professor Michael Avery sent a five-paragraph e-mail …
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Jon Huntsman veers campaign to Brookings  —  The road to the Republican nomination does not typically run through the Brookings Institution.  —  Yet that's where Jon Huntsman found himself Monday afternoon, the first — and so far only — Republican candidate to accept the invitation.
Discussion: The Page
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Views on Herman Cain Increasingly Negative  —  Unfavorable views of Herman Cain have soared by 17 points in the face of allegations of past sexual harassment, including a sharp increase in negative views of Cain within his own party.  —  The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll finds …
Discussion: Hot Air, Campaign 2012 and The Page
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Bill O'Reilly: ‘Enemies’ trying to hurt my book  —  Bill O'Reilly strongly defended his best-selling “Killing Lincoln” book on Monday after a Ford's Theatre bookstore refused to sell it because of alleged historical inaccuracies.  —  The Fox News host told POLITICO that the attack on his book …
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Kenneth Anderson / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Explaining the Diminishing Returns to Non-STEM Higher Education
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Europe's liquidity crisis
Discussion: Political Mojo and Brad DeLong
Dylan Byers / Ben Smith's Blog:
Obama defends hot mic moment
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A candidate can only fake it for so long
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Occupy Protesters Interrupt Chamber Of Commerce Health Care Event
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Manager In Chief  —  I have this sense that when history looks …
A Pizza Party with Herman Cain