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3:55 PM ET, November 14, 2011


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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% …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Iowa numbers: Cain, Gingrich, Romney on top  —  The race for Iowa is beginning in earnest with less than two months to go until the caucuses, and new polling numbers of the Hawkeye State shows it remains fluid - but with Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney ahead of the rest of the field.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Feel the Newt-mentum
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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the 2010 health care overhaul law, President Obama's signature legislative achievement.  The development set the stage for oral arguments by March and a decision in late June …
CNN Poll: Support rises for health insurance mandate
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Chelsea Clinton to Report for NBC  —  NBC is to announce on Monday morning that it has hired Chelsea Clinton to become a full-time special correspondent for NBC News.  —  The appointment is immediate.  Ms. Clinton will show up at the news division offices oon Monday morning, said Steve Capus …
CBS News:
Congress: Trading stock on inside information?  —  Washington, D.C. is a town that runs on inside information - but should our elected officials be able to use that information to pad their own pockets?  As Steve Kroft reports, members of Congress and their aides have regular access …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
‘60 Minutes’ Hit On Boehner, Pelosi Falls Short … 60 Minutes , Eric Cantor , John Boehner , Nancy Pelosi , Pelosi , Video , Boehner , Political Intelligence , Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — A “60 Minutes” investigation of stock trading by members of Congress singled …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Capitol Gains  —  Are members of Congress guilty of insider trading—and does it matter?
New York Post:
Ex-cop boots OWS heckler from congressman's swearing-in  —  Meet New York's newest hero.  —  Kevin Hiltunen, a former NYPD officer, yesterday grabbed an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator by the collar and dragged him out of a Queens school where he'd been heckling US Rep. Bob Turner at the congressman's swearing-in ceremony.
Angry Residents, Businesses Plan Anti-Occupy Wall Street Protest  —  The movement has been going on for two months.  —  Downtown residents and business owners angry that their neighborhood has been occupied for two months by the Wall Street demonstration are staging a protest of the protest Monday …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Quan's top legal adviser resigns over raid  —  (11-14) 08:51 PST OAKLAND — Mayor Jean Quan's chief legal adviser resigned early this morning after what he called a “tragically unnecessary” police raid of the Occupy Oakland camp.  —  Dan Siegel, a civil rights attorney and one of Oakland's …
Discussion: Guardian and The Raw Story
A Pizza Party with Herman Cain  —  He's the funniest, most outrageous guy on the GOP stage.  And he's got a simple plan to save America.  Yes, that plan is more than a little nutty, and yes, his charm has taken a big hit lately.  But have you met his competition?
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cain: Majority of US Muslims share extremist views
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ex-boyfriend of Cain accuser to tell his story at press conference  —  The former boyfriend of Sharon Bialek, the woman who accused Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassing her while she was seeking career advice, will hold a press conference with Bialek's attorney, Gloria Allred, Monday afternoon.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Former boyfriend of Cain accuser to come forward Monday
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Manager In Chief  —  I have this sense that when history looks back on 2009-2010 in American political history, it's going to come away with the conclusion that a larger-than-currently-understood share of the problems had to do with poor handling of routine managerial issues.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Mr President, it's time to panic
Discussion: Washington Post
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Deficit Panel Seeks to Defer Details on Raising Taxes  —  WASHINGTON — With a little over a week left to reach a deal, members of the Congressional deficit reduction panel are looking for an escape hatch that would let them strike an accord on revenue levels but delay until next year tough decisions about exactly how to raise taxes.
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
Discussion: American Prospect
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Why Is China Building These Gigantic Structures In the Middle of the Desert?  (Updated)  —  This is crazy.  New photos have appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures in the middle of the Chinese desert.  The first one is an intricate network of what appears to be huge metallic stripes.
Eric Dash / New York Times:
Banks Quietly Ramping Up Costs to Consumers  —  Even as Bank of America and other major lenders back away from charging customers to use their debit cards, many banks have been quietly imposing other new fees.  —  Need to replace a lost debit card?  Bank of America now charges $5 — or $20 for rush delivery.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A candidate can only fake it for so long
Discussion: American Prospect and CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Gingrich blasts supercommittee: It's ‘the dumbest idea’ I've seen in a lifetime
Discussion: The Politico
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Occupy Protesters Interrupt Chamber Of Commerce Health Care Event
Michael Luo / New York Times:
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