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5:45 PM ET, November 17, 2011

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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Herman Cain Cancels Interview After Making Unusual Requests [UPDATE] … 2012 Election , Herman Cain , Newspapers , Video , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , Hermain Cain 2012 , The Backstory , Union Leader , Media News  —  UPDATE: The Cain campaign has now canceled its interview with the Union Leader …
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Herman Cain Meltdown  —  The hits keep on coming for the businessman and onetime GOP front-runner, who seems determined to go down in flames  —  The Herman Cain implosion is under way.  —  Once the Republican front-runner, Cain now seems to be self-destructing before our very eyes.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
news.iastate.edu:
Cain top choice in new ISU/Gazette/KCRG Poll, but voters have not made up their minds  —  AMES, Iowa — With fewer than two months before the Iowa Caucuses, a new Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll of 1,256 registered Iowa voters finds Herman Cain leading Republican presidential candidates …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain: ‘Who knows every detail of every country on the planet?’  —  That's the rhetorical question Herman Cain asked a crowd in Nashua this afternoon, POLITICO's Reid Epstein emails.  —  Cain trotted out the line in a riff about his now-infamous Libya answer.
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and National Review
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Herman Cain snubs Union Leader in N.H.
Discussion: The Hill and Outside the Beltway
Laura Weisman / Rick Perry 2012 Campaign for President:
Cain ducks N.H. interview, says we need ‘a leader, not a reader’
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Man Charged With Trying to Assassinate Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Federal authorities charged a 21-year-old Idaho man on Thursday with trying to assassinate President Obama.  They said he had told friends that he believed the president was “the Antichrist” and that he “needed to kill him,” according to a complaint filed in federal court.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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John / Verum Serum:
Occupy San Diego Has A Moment of Solidarity for the White House Shooter...Wait, What?  —  Click here to view the embedded video.  —  I understand a moment of silence for the White House, but why would you offer a moment of solidarity, i.e. unity, with the shooter?
Joe Mandak / Associated Press:
Idaho man charged with trying to assassinate Obama
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Obama never secretly killed the public option. It's a myth.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Campaign Stops
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Man charged with trying to assassinate President Obama
Discussion: The Hill
Rasmussen Reports:
Iowa: Gingrich 32%, Romney 19%, Cain 13%  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has already picked up steam among Republican primary voters nationwide, and now he jumps to the front of the GOP pack among caucus-goers in Iowa.  —  The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey …
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Richard S. Dunham / Rick Perry 2012 Campaign …:
Perry funds dry up after gaffes and dip in polls  —  2,994  —  WASHINGTON — Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign fundraising has gone into a tailspin as a result of poor debate performances and plunging poll numbers, jeopardizing his position as the best-funded Republican presidential candidate of 2012.
Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
If Not Romney, Who?  If Not Now, When  —  So now, apparently, we have to go through the cycle of the media pushing Newt Gingrich.  This is going to be fantastic.  —  In addition to having an affair in the middle of Clinton's impeachment; apologizing to Jesse Jackson on behalf of J.C. Watts …
The Politico:
Obama's ‘lazy’ remark catches fire  —  A video clip of President Barack Obama calling America “a little bit lazy” is quickly becoming a focus of Republican campaigns, and GOP operatives say it will get plenty of play not only on the presidential battlefield but also in down-ballot congressional races.
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A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum: Republicans ‘ignore some realities’ on economy
Discussion: Ballot Box, Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
David Weigel / Slate:
No, President Obama Didn't “Call Americans Lazy”
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
For SEIU, Obama and Occupy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
DNC fights back: Obama never called Americans ‘lazy’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Metro:
Before leaving governor's office in 2006, Mitt Romney's staff eliminated e-mail records  —  Ex-governor's aides say they did nothing wrong  —  Just before Mitt Romney left the Massachusetts governor's office and first ran for president, 11 of his top aides purchased their state-issued computer hard drives …
Carlos Lozano / L.A. NOW:
Prop. 8 sponsors are legally entitled to defend measure, court rules  —  The California Supreme Court decided Thursday that the sponsors of Proposition 8 and other ballot measures are entitled to defend them in court when the state refuses to do so, a ruling likely to spur federal courts …
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
GOP supercommittee members' tax plan gives party an identity crisis  —  Growing Republican support for raising taxes to help reduce the deficit has prompted a GOP identity crisis, sparking a clash within the party over whether to abandon its bedrock anti-tax doctrine.
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Baseline Games  —  Here's the thing you should keep in mind about the long-term deficit.
Discussion: Washington Post and Brad DeLong
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi to supercommittee Republicans: Tax the rich to avoid defense cuts
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
City Room:
Protesters and Officers Clash Near Wall Street and in Zuccotti Park  —  A protester, Michael Hammond of Brooklyn, was among those arrested Thursday morning.  —  Updated, 11:28 a.m. |  Hundreds of protesters from Zuccotti Park clashed with the police as they tried to reach the New York Stock Exchange …
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NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall Street protesters vow to wear suits, blend in and get revenge for the Zuccotti Park raid  —  ‘Day of action’ includes a sneak attack on the stock market  —  Protesters will storm Wall Street camouflaged in business suits Thursday morning.  —  Occupy Wall Street hoped to show …
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
CBO on the Stimulus: “A net negative effect on the growth of GDP over 10 years.”  —  NRO's Andrew Stiles flags this exchange from Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf's testimony before the Senate Budget Committee ealier this week:  —  The quote that matters starts around 1:25 …
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Chuck Marr / Off the Charts Blog:
CBO Ranks “Repatriation Holiday” Dead Last in Job Creation
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Video: ‘Foggy foreign policy’ and Herman Cain's Cuba-policy crickets moment  —  Returning to the state that made him a rising star seven weeks ago, Herman Cain stumps this morning in South Florida as a different candidate, nagged by questions about his foreign-policy expertise and his handling of sexual-harassment allegations.
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A.Killough / CNN:
Cain: How do you say that in ‘Cuban?’
 
 
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Evidence ProfBlogger / EvidenceProf Blog:
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Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
The NYT Should Be Ashamed of Itself (Again)
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
In Alabama, Calls for Revamping Immigration Law
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Maggie Gallagher: Gays ‘want to rip Genesis out of our Bibles’
Ali Gharib / ThinkProgress:
Romney Camp Mum On Role Of Undisclosed Adviser Who Advocates State Secrets
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Nevada Attorney General Robo-Signing Indictments
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
As Graduates Move Back Home, Economy Feels the Pain
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Conservative celebs mostly not yet committed for 2012
Discussion: Prairie Weather