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4:55 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  —  In his unfailing piety, Newt Gingrich in 2008, fresh off his paid gig for Freddie Mac, went on Fox News and counseled John McCain to demand that Obama “give back all the money that Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae gave to you.”  —  Then a week later he urged John McCain to exploit …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The stunning silence from the White House on GSE bonuses
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Gingrich running neck and neck with Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Gingrich defends Freddie Mac payments
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Page
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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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 …
Mark Segraves / WTOP.com:
Suspect arrested in White House shooting  —  WASHINGTON - The Secret Service says the man wanted in connection with Friday's shooting near the White House has been taken into custody.  —  Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez was arrested at the Hampton Inn in Indiana, Pa. at about 12:35 p.m. Wednesday …
David Jackson / USA Today:   Man charged with firing bullets at Obama White House
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
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.
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP leader bucks party on taxes
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems gain upper hand in deficit talks
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
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 …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Awww: Protests featuring rape-free zones somehow less popular than the Tea Party
Steve M. / No More Mister Nice Blog:
OCCUPY: ON MEDIA RELATIONS, IT'S JUST LIKE THE DEMOCRATS
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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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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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 …
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
New York Post:
Inside story of why Mike finally had to act  —  Mayor Bloomberg finally decided to wipe Zuccotti Park clean after learning about a rancid outbreak of scabies, lice and lung ailments among protesters — and most importantly because his reputation was taking a beating, insiders told The Post.
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman: Rest of GOP field was ‘in favor of basically defaulting’  —  Jon Huntsman criticized his competitors in the Republican presidential primary field, claiming they had irresponsibly advocated economic default during this summer's debt-ceiling debate.  —  “Every single Republican …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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