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9:55 AM ET, November 16, 2011


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Morgen / Verum Serum:
OWS Protester: In a Few Days You're Going to See What a Molotov Cocktail Can Do to Macy's  —  Just in time for the Thanksgiving Day parade!  The headlined quote comes at about a minute in, but there is plenty more of the sort of “non-violent” talk OWS has become known for leading up to this point.
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: ThinkProgress and Weasel Zippers
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Better Late Than Never  —  After almost two months, Mayor Bloomberg finally cleans Obamaville.  —  After loitering for nearly two months, New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally took action overnight, clearing out so-called protesters who had turned Zuccotti Park, a privately owned …
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.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid: Grover Norquist Is Thwarting Super Committee … WASHINGTON — A new wave of pessimism colored super committee talks on Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blasted anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist for meddling with the panel's progress and suggested that the American public “impeach” him.
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
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The Democrats' peculiar negotiating strategy
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Hullabaloo
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Supercommittee members face rising pressure from all sides
Discussion: FrumForum
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 …
Clea Benson / Bloomberg:
Gingrich Said Paid by Freddie Mac to Win Allies
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 …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House opposes GOP-led balanced budget amendment  —  The White House on Tuesday announced it opposes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that is coming to a vote in the House later this week.  —  President Obama does not need to sign a proposed Constitutional amendment …
Pierre Thomas / Yahoo! News:
DC Shooting Suspect Could Be Threat to Obama, Police Say
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 …
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Loses to Romney in New Hampshire Poll  —  Driven down by economic forces, President Barack Obama is running poorly in New Hampshire, a state he carried in 2008 and one that has been a swing state in recent presidential elections.  —  Obama trails Republican Mitt Romney among likely …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Hill
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Cain's Fall, Gingrich's Rise Result in Tie for High Intensity Score
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)
New York Times:
Paterno Turns Home Over to Wife for $1
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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?
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 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and The Caucus
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Republicans Lose Way by Misreading Bush History: Ramesh Ponnuru
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Some Troops to Stay in Iraq as Trainers, Top Officer Says  —  WASHINGTON — Some United States forces will remain as military trainers on 10 bases in Iraq even after an end-of-year deadline for all American troops to be out of the country, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff …
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Leon Panetta defends Obama on Iraq
Discussion: Blog and CNN
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 …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Tilt Toward Favoring Repeal of Healthcare Law  —  Nation is divided on whether ensuring health coverage is the government's responsibility  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Given a choice, 47% of Americans favor repealing the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, while 42% want it kept in place.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
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
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama administration quietly bracing for debt supercommittee failure
Discussion: Eschaton
John Mackey / Wall Street Journal:
To Increase Jobs, Increase Economic Freedom
Associated Press:
Somali militant bashes Kenya-Israel security pact
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
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
The Caucus:
Perry Proposes Overhaul of Washington
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
Words, Mere Words: Newt Gingrich Speaks Well. But Is He Smart?
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Giffords' husband scolds Boehner for not visiting wounded lawmaker
Discussion: CNN, The Political Carnival and Gawker