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7:30 PM ET, November 16, 2011

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Bloomberg:
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 …
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O.Kay Henderson:
Newt responds to $1.6 M Freddie Mac payment (audio)  —  GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich answered questions about this Bloomberg News story for about three minutes this morning.  Gingrich called it a fee for “strategic advice.”  Here is the key part of the exchange with reporters:
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Keeps Getting Better
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Gingrich running neck and neck with Obama
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The stunning silence from the White House on GSE bonuses
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Ryan J. Reilly / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
SLIDESHOW: Occupy D.C. Encampment  —  Protestor Ralph Wittenberg told TPM on Tuesday evening that authorities came through “searching for a so-called terrorist who shot at the White House, with no warrant, they went into everybody's tents.”  —  A person handling media requests for Occupy DC confirmed …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
An Occupy shooter?  —  If confirmed, this will likely be a much, much bigger image problem than the reports of crime in Occupy encampments:  —  Authorities suspect [Oscar Ramiro] Ortega-Hernandez had been in the area for weeks, coming back and forth to the Washington Mall.
Pierre Thomas / Yahoo! News:
DC Shooting Suspect Could Be Threat to Obama, Police Say  —  ABC News has learned authorities are increasingly concerned that a man sought in connection with a bizarre shooting incident on the Washington Mall last week may pose a threat to President Obama.  —  The Secret Service now suspects …
New York Times:
Suspect Arrested in White House Shooting
Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Texas College GOP Leader: Obama Assassination ‘Tempting’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez arrested after shots fired near White House
Discussion: msnbc.com
David Jackson / USA Today:   Man charged with firing bullets at Obama White House
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
Architect of Obama's health care plan fears a ‘political’ decision by the Supreme Court, says Romney's lying  —  Jonathan Gruber, a key intellectual architect of President Obama's overhaul of the American health care system, is a little frustrated.  —  “I'm frustrated that the future …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Former Romney adviser accuses him of ‘lying’ about Romneycare
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: ‘Supercommittee’ sabotage  —  Six days left for the supercommittee, and it's not looking good.  On CNBC last night, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the Republican co-chair of the committee, said he and his colleagues had “gone as far as we feel we can go” on taxes, and that …
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Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Top GOPer On Super Committee Says No New Revenue …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP leader bucks party on taxes
Wall Street Journal:
Another ObamaCare Glitch  —  Congress made a legal mistake while rushing through the health law.  Now it's come back to haunt the administration.  —  Even if ObamaCare survives Supreme Court scrutiny next spring, its trials will be far from over.  That's because the law has a major glitch that threatens its basic functioning.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Occupy Wall Street Favor Fading  —  The Occupy Wall Street movement is not wearing well with voters across the country.  Only 33% now say that they are supportive of its goals, compared to 45% who say they oppose them.  That represents an 11 point shift in the wrong direction …
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Cain took campaign on wild ride through Wisconsin  —  By Craig Gilbert of the Journal Sentinel  —  Aboard the Herman Cain Bus - It was a crazy, surreal, potentially disastrous day inside the Cain for President Campaign.  —  Or maybe it was a perfectly normal one.
Bloomberg:
JPMorgan, Goldman Keep Italy Risk in Dark  —  JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), among the world's biggest traders of credit derivatives, disclosed to shareholders that they have sold protection on more than $5 trillion of debt globally.
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Bloomberg:
About William Cohan  —  Tiny Rule Change at Heart of MF Global Failure: William D. Cohan
Discussion: Eschaton
New York Times:
Paterno Turns Home Over to Wife for $1  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno transferred full ownership of his house to his wife, Sue, for $1 in July, less than four months before a sexual abuse scandal engulfed his Penn State football program and the university.
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Kate Sheppard / MoJo Articles:
Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education  —  Step 1: Wisconsin Republicans repeal the state's comprehensive sex education law.  Step 2: ???  Step 3: Jobs!  —  Post Comment  —  Wisconsin is facing a jobs crisis.  The state's official unemployment rate, down to 7.1 percent in January …
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Daily Kos
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host.madison.com:
New poll shows majority support Walker recall
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Candidates' Gaffes Dismay Some Republicans  —  The Republican presidential candidates have served comedians a full platter of laughs this year — a steady diet of gaffes, misstatements, puzzled looks and long, awkward pauses.  —  To a remarkable degree, the candidates have turned …
John Dodge / CBS Chicago:
Man Arrested For Child Porn ‘No Longer Welcome’ At Occupy Chicago  —  CHICAGO (CBS) — A man involved with the “Occupy Chicago” movement has been charged with child pornography.  —  Robert Reitz, 21, of the 2000 block of South Canalport Avenue, was arrested Monday in the 100 block …
Renee Dudley / The Post and Courier, Charleston SC:
Cancer center's Santa gets boot  —  It's not even December, but Santa has already been fired from Charleston's Hollings Cancer Center.  —  For each of the past two years, hospital volunteer Frank Cloyes spent one day as St. Nick, spreading good cheer and snacks to patients sitting through chemotherapy treatments.
Wynton Hall / Big Government:
Robert Kennedy, Jr.'s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout  —  President John F. Kennedy's nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official.
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits  —  People taking up work experience places - providing up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour - face losing benefits if they quit  —  Job scheme internships: tell us your story  —  Britain's young unemployed …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Eschaton
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Uncovering Presidential Proposals By Using The World-Flattening Internet  —  “Here we are in America again on the eve of a major budgetary decision by yet another bipartisan ‘super committee,’” observes Thomas Friedman in the New York Times, “and does anyone know what President Obama's preferred outcome is?
Leslie Phillips / hsgac.senate.gov:
LIEBERMAN, COLLINS TO HOLD HEARING ON INSIDER TRADING LAWS AND CONGRESS  —  60 Minutes Story Sparks Examination  —  WASHINGTON - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced Wednesday they would hold …
 
 
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
Administration officials double as Obama campaign speakers
Discussion: Truthdig and Business Insider
Bill McGuire / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Debt Tops $15 Trillion Mark Today
NewsMax.com:
Newt: Gingrich/Cain Ticket ‘A Real Possibility’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and National Review
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman: Rest of GOP field was ‘in favor of basically defaulting’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ron Paul: 'Maybe there's a concerted effort' to quiet his policy views
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
A Fund-Raiser for Liu Is Arrested on Fraud Charges
Discussion: Gothamist and Truthdig
Associated Press:
Pregnant woman pepper sprayed at Occupy Seattle
Joel Greenberg / Washington Post:
Palestinian ‘Freedom Riders’ arrested on bus to Jerusalem
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Citizenship check causes controversy at Perry event
NBC Chicago:
Teacher Masturbated in Class: Police
Discussion: CBS Chicago and The Raw Story