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11:40 PM ET, November 16, 2011

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Gregory J. Krieg / ABCNEWS:
Texas College GOP Leader: Obama Assassination ‘Tempting’  —  Hours after Pennsylvania State Police arrested a 21-year-old Idaho man for allegedly firing a semi-automatic rifle at the White House, the top student official for the College Republicans at the University of Texas tweeted that the idea …
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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.
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 …
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez arrested after shots fired near White House
Discussion: msnbc.com and Jammie Wearing Fools
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)
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP leader bucks party on taxes  —  The third-ranking Senate Republican argued Wednesday that Republicans on the supercommittee need to offer more revenues if the deficit panel hopes to balance the country's books.  —  The comment from Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), who is leaving …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Supercommittee Republicans Get Ready to Fail
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Defusing the trigger won't be easy
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Reid dials up the pressure in debate over terrorism detainees, defense funding
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Cain: It's Not ‘Practical’ To Attack Iran Because It Has Mountains  —  Herman Cain has had a bad week when it comes to foreign policy — or rather, a bad entire campaign.  But one of Cain's most embarrassing foreign policy moments came this week after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked him if he agreed with President Obama on Libya.
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
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 of the American health care system rests in the hands of one or two of these unelected people who might make the decision based …
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Former Romney adviser accuses him of ‘lying’ about Romneycare
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Gingrich says ticket of Gingrich-Cain could happen in 2012  —  Newt Gingrich said a Gingrich-Hermain Cain ticket would be “a real possibility” if he won the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Speaking in an interview with Newsmax magazine, in response to the prospect of a Gingrich-Cain ticket …
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Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Gingrich and Romney Top GOP Nominee Picks
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 …
Daily Mail:
Climate change episode of Frozen Planet won't be shown in the U.S. as viewers don't believe in global warming  —  An episode of the BBC's Frozen Planet documentary series that looks at climate change has been scrapped in the U.S., where many are hostile to the idea of global warming.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline.com:
Joy Behar To Leave HLN At End Of Year  —  EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that Joy Behar will leave HLN at the end of the year.  Behar, who has hosted her primetime talk show on the CNN sibling since 2009, is in the final year of her contract there.  She has done well on HLN …
Discussion: Inside TV and TVbytheNumbers
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 …
Laura Hibbard / The Huffington Post:
Julio Artuz, 15-Year-Old Special Needs Student, Records Teacher Verbally Abusing Him (VIDEO) … Bullying , Video , Anti Bulling Laws , Anti-Bullying , Bullying Caught On Tape , Bullying In Schools , High School , High School Bullying , School Bullying , Special Needs Students , Teachers Bullying Students , Education News
Discussion: Gawker
Opinionator:
Lightning Round  —  David Brooks: Gail, there have been a lot of news events of minor importance hitting us all at once so let's play lightning round.  First, did you see the Herman Cain video clip on Libya, the one in which he is asked whether he supports Obama's policy …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
A House Democrat to sponsor personhood amendment  —  Today is the first day that bills can be pre-filed for next year's session of the General Assembly.  —  We're told that two lawmakers intend to submit “personhood” resolutions - proposed constitutional amendments that would declare …
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 …
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?
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.
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Associated Press Staff Scolded for Tweeting Too Quickly About OWS Arrests  —  A high importance e-mail went out to Associated Press employees early Wednesday morning to remind them of Twitter rules in the wake of staff arrests at yesterday's local protests.  “In relation to AP staff being taken …
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Maxine Waters on Deaths and Crimes at Occupy Protests: 'That's Life and It Happens'  —  (CNSNews.com) - When asked to comment Wednesday about the deaths and crimes that have occurred around Occupy protests being held across the country, Rep. Maxine Waters said “that's life and it happens.”
Jesse / CBS New York:
Dozens Of Hypodermic Needles Found Among Trash Removed From Zuccotti Park  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - What was going on in Zuccotti Park?  —  Some of the activity that went down there was well documented.  There were allegations of sexual assault.  There were the growing health concerns.
Business Wire:
Bank of America Features Malcolm Gladwell in Speaker Series for Local Small Business Owners  —  Renowned Author Joins Local Leaders to Help Small Business Owners Focus on Success  —  Taking another step in its ongoing effort to encourage small business growth, Bank of America today announced …
 
 
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Jerry McDowell / Pantagraph:
Eureka suspends teacher over class being shown ‘Daily Show’ episodes
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Democrats Plan Cemetery Petition Drive to Collect Names to Oust Scott Walker
Discussion: RedState and Doug Ross
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Yes, it's legal for the European Central Bank to save Europe
Bill McGuire / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Debt Tops $15 Trillion Mark Today
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman: Rest of GOP field was ‘in favor of basically defaulting’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits
Discussion: Boing Boing and Eschaton