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8:05 AM ET, November 16, 2011


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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Dems criticize eviction of Occupy protesters  —  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) decision to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters from a Lower Manhattan park is a blow to free speech, several House Democrats said.  —  Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), co-chairman …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
New York Post:
Judge rules OWS protesters can't return to Zuccotti Park with tents, overnight gear  —  Protesters will not be allowed to bring tents and overnight gear to Zuccotti Park, a Manhattan judge ruled today, dealing a huge blow to the Occupy Wall Street movement that had called the place home for the past two months.
New York Times:
Jolted, Wall St. Protesters Face Challenge for Future  —  Emergency-service trucks rumbled up Broadway to positions on two sides of Zuccotti Park.  Powerful klieg lights blinked on, illuminating about 220 protesters in tents and sleeping bags.  The one-square-block plaza was as bright as day.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Better Late Than Never
NY Daily News:
Judge Lucy Billings, who signed Occupy Wall Street order, is an ACLU veteran
Jared Malsin / New York Times:
Video: Reporter for The Local Is Arrested During Occupy Wall Street Clearing
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Gingrich scores best vs. Obama among voters today  —  WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich is the strongest Republican candidate when matched head to head against Democratic President Barack Obama, according to a McClatchy-Marist Poll released Tuesday.  —  The former speaker of the House …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Cain's Fall, Gingrich's Rise Result in Tie for High Intensity Score  —  Cain's score has fallen 12 points in two weeks  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Herman Cain's Positive Intensity Score is 17, down from 29 immediately before news broke in late October about past sexual harassment allegations against him.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The Democrats' peculiar negotiating strategy  —  Over the past year, Republicans have learned something important about negotiating budget deals with Democrats: If you don't like their offer, just wait a couple of months.  —  The first budget showdown came in the lame-duck Congress …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats gain upper hand in deficit-reduction negotiations  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that Democrats will block Republican efforts to torpedo cuts to the Pentagon should the supercommittee on deficit reduction fail.  —  Reid's threat is yet another signal …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Supercommittee members face rising pressure from all sides
Discussion: FrumForum
Allentown Morning Call / Morning Call:
McQueary on alleged rape: ‘I did stop it,’ did have discussions with police  —  2011 file photo of Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver coach Mike McQueary.  McQueary is seen here during Penn State action against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field.  (HOWARD SMITH / US PRESSWIRE / November 15, 2011)
Gingrich Said to Be Paid at Least $1.6 Million by Freddie Mac  —  Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to two people familiar with the arrangement.  —  The total amount is significantly larger …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Ballot Box and The Big Picture
Clea Benson / Bloomberg:
Gingrich Said Paid by Freddie Mac to Win Allies  —  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said during a Nov. 9 debate that he earned a $300,000 fee to advise Freddie Mac as a “historian” who warned that the mortgage company's business model was “insane.”
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Oh.  Homeland security AND the FBI  —  “If you build it” update: … Obviously unconfirmed, but in light of what the Oakland mayor said this morning, certainly not unlikely.  —  I'm not surprised by this, but I am curious as to how they are going to justify the federal government's interest?
Rick Ellis / Examiner:
‘Occupy’ crackdowns coordinated with federal law enforcement officials
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Wonkette
Gregg Levine / capitoilette:
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Herman Cain's Libya stumble: How much damage did he do?  —  It was the silence heard around the political world.  —  Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain talks to reporters before greeting supporters at a fund raising event before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers …
CNN Poll: Obama ranks low among recent incumbents  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's overall approval rating remains in the mid-40s, where it has been since July, and he continues to receive much higher marks for foreign policy than for domestic issues, according to a new national survey …
C-Span Asks Supreme Court To Televise Health Care Arguments  —  Ruling on the health reform law is sure to be one of the most important Supreme Court cases of this generation and the court has budgeted more than 5 hours for the arguments.  When the court decides next year if the government …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Simon Lazarus / Slate:
The Medicaid Ambush  —  The Supreme Court's unexpected …
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Top GOPer On Super Committee Says No New Revenue, Games Out Strategy If Panel Fails  —  It's hard to see how the Super Committee can possibly reach a consensus by this time next week after Republican co-chair Jeb Hensarling's appearance on CNBC Tuesday night.
Thomas Tobin / NBC Washington DC:
Bullet hits White House Window  —  Round of Ammunition Stopped by Ballistic Glass  —  The Secret Service is investigating how a bullet hit an exterior window of the White House.  A round was stopped by ballistic glass behind the historic exterior glass.  The Secret Service also tells News4 …
Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Perry calls for a part-time Congress, term-limited judges  —  Blasting the congressional “creatures of Washington” for being overpaid and detached from the struggles of the people outside the Beltway, Texas Gov. and GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry vowed Tuesday to eliminate federal agencies …
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
Words, Mere Words: Newt Gingrich Speaks Well.  But Is He Smart?  —  If Newt Gingrich's career in public service proves anything, it is that he will never be caught saying “Oops.”  Gingrich is currently rising to frontrunner status in the Republican presidential primary largely because he's willing …
Andrew Blankstein / L.A. NOW:
Occupy L.A.: 5 charged with crimes including lewd conduct, battery  —  Five people at the Occupy L.A. encampment have been charged with separate crimes, including a man who allegedly exposed himself and commited a sex act in front of a child, officials said Tuesday.
Discussion: OWS Exposed and Verum Serum
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Wynton Hall / Big Government:
Capitol Cronyism: Obama-Backer Warren Buffett Helped Shape Bailout Rules, Then Made Massive Profits from Them
Mark Fazlollah /
Judge wins election despite money and ethics troubles
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
City of London:
City of London Corporation Planning & Highways committee decides to re-commence legal process …
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Biden Rallies Ohio Labor for Obama 2012
Discussion: Plain Dealer and Weasel Zippers
Kim Murphy / Los Angeles Times:
Keystone pipeline builder proposes changing Nebraska route
Discussion: RedState and Political Mojo
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Giffords' husband scolds Boehner for not visiting wounded lawmaker
Discussion: CNN, The Political Carnival and Gawker
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Republicans Lose Way by Misreading Bush History: Ramesh Ponnuru
David Brody / The Brody File:
Newt Gingrich to Brody File: Republican politicians 'don't rely enough on actually knowing things'
Discussion: The Raw Story
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Solyndra: Energy Dept. pushed firm to keep layoffs quiet until after midterms