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5:05 PM ET, November 15, 2011


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New York Times:
Police Clear Zuccotti Park of Protesters  —  Hundreds of New York City police officers cleared Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters early Tuesday, arresting dozens of people there after warning them that the nearly two-month-old camp would be “cleared and restored” …
J. David Goodman / City Room:
Updates on the Clearing of Zuccotti Park  —  Overnight, hundreds of New York City police officers cleared Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters and arrested dozens of people, forcing the two-month-old protest that had spawned a movement into a new and uncertain phase.
Gregg Levine / capitoilette:
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement  —  Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (photo: Ella Baker Center)  —  Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program-audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark) …
NY Daily News:
Judge Lucy Billings, who signed Occupy Wall Street order, is an ACLU veteran  —  Hearing on the order to be held Tuesday with different judge  —  When the cops raided Zuccotti Park, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street immediately woke up a judge with a civil liberties background and asked for help.
New York Post:
NYPD raiders roust OWS rabble  —  Good riddance!  —  The NYPD arrested 70 protesters as they moved in on Zuccotti Park early this morning and began clearing out the thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had taken over the space for nearly two months.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Getting Kicked Out Of Zuccotti Park Is Probably Good For Occupy Wall Street  —  Cops poured into Zuccotti Park to forcibly remove the original Occupy Wall Street encampment.  Naturally, people aren't happy.  But realistically I think this was the best possible endgame for the group.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Did Bloomberg do Occupy Wall Street a favor?  —  (EMMANUEL DUNAND - AFP/GETTY IMAGES) At about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, hundreds of New York City police officers raided Zuccotti Park.  Police tore down tents and, according to witnesses, used tear gas, pepper spray, and at about 3 a.m., a sound cannon.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Labor rallies to Occupy movement  —  AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka emails supporters:  —  They can take away the tarps and the tents.  But they can't slow down the Occupy Wall Street movement.  —  There have been police raids on Occupy Wall Street in Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Occupy Wall Street's Eviction Was a Lucky Break—Now What?
Discussion: Hot Air
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Bloomberg served with temporary restraining order requiring reopening of Zuccotti Park …
BREAKING NEWS - Judge Orders Protesters Be Allowed Back in Park With Their Belongings
Discussion: Gothamist
NY Daily News:
NYC, Occupy Wall Street headed into court for legal showdown after Zuccotti Park evictions
Discussion: Political Mojo and Booman Tribune
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Bloomberg: Zuccotti Park closed while city reviews court order
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Republican Candidates in Four-Way Dead Heat  —  Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are in a dead heat as the top choices for Iowans likely to attend the Jan. 3 Republican presidential caucuses.  —  A Bloomberg News poll shows Cain at 20 percent, Paul at 19 percent …
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
Iowa Scientists Urge Candidates to Acknowledge Climate Science, Warn of Threat to “National and Global Food Security”
Discussion: Indecision Forever
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Scalia and Thomas dine with healthcare law challengers as court takes case  —  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to a policy forum in Washington last month.  (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)  —  The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Dems fear Supreme Court will rule against Obama on healthcare reform
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and the Limits of Government
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Solyndra: Energy Dept. pushed firm to keep layoffs quiet until after midterms  —  The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Blockbuster: Obama administration pressured Solyndra to delay layoffs for political gain
David Brody / The Brody File:
Newt Gingrich to Brody File: Republican politicians 'don't rely enough on actually knowing things'  —  Newt Gingrich is a serious contender for the GOP presidential nomination.  The Brody File is releasing more clips of my interview with Newt Gingrich done in Iowa late last month.
Discussion: The Raw Story
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
Words, Mere Words: Newt Gingrich Speaks Well. But Is He Smart?
Discussion: Democracy in America
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich's Clinton Foes Reflect On Resurgence Of Their B&ecircte Noire
Discussion: GOP 12 and Swampland
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.”
David Brooks / New York Times:
Let's All Feel Superior  —  First came the atrocity, then came the vanity.  The atrocity is what Jerry Sandusky has been accused of doing at Penn State.  The vanity is the outraged reaction of a zillion commentators over the past week, whose indignation is based on the assumption …
Felix Salmon:
Krugman vs Summers: The debate  —  I'm glad I found myself in Toronto this evening, because tonight's Munk Debate was illuminating and enjoyable.  The motion was that “North America faces a Japan-style era of high unemployment and slow growth”; Paul Krugman was arguing for it, while Larry Summers was arguing against.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Free exchange
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Allies Accuse James O'Keefe of ‘Hit Job’ in Undercover NPR Sting  —  The two men who pulled off James O'Keefe's NPR sting are now criticizing the conservative activist for what one calls a ‘hit job.’ They tell Howard Kurtz exclusively why they feel exploited.  —  The fake Muslim donor had played his role perfectly.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain offered Henry Kissinger secretary of state post  —  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has posted a new set of Herman Cain videos online, including one in which the Republican presidential candidate says he offered Henry Kissinger a place in his administration, but was politely rebuffed by the former secretary of state.
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