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8:15 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: The Moderate Voice and 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
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
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
A.Killough / CNN:
Cain: How do you say that in ‘Cuban?’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Stranger …
A.Killough / CNN:
Gingrich contrasts tea party, ‘Occupy’ protesters  —  (CNN) - As hundreds of “Occupy” demonstrators across the country take to the streets on the movement's so-called “Day of Action,” GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich came out in full support of cities cracking down on the protesters.
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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Andy Newman / City Room:
Clashes and More Than 200 Arrests Mark Protest's ‘Day of Action’  —  Two months after it began in New York, Occupy Wall Street carried out a “Day of Action” on Thursday featuring an attempt to delay the opening of the New York Stock Exchange, demonstrations on the subways …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
For SEIU, Obama and Occupy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum: Republicans ‘ignore some realities’ on economy
The Politico:
Obama's ‘lazy’ remark catches fire
Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
If Not Romney, Who? If Not Now, When
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 …
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Obama never secretly killed the public option.  It's a myth.  —  Did Obama secretly kill the public option?  —  The question is still an important one for many liberals.  The claim lives on to this day, and is still seen as perhaps the clearest evidence from Obama's first term …
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Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
The NYT Should Be Ashamed of Itself (Again)  —  Drew Westen is the Worst Thing in the New York Times.  Hands down.  —  Yes, I have a running item complaining about Matt Bai, but as I've said he also, at least when he's reporting, has serious value added: he's actually quite good at the reporting side …
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.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: Democrats and Republicans both want to cut taxes. Deficit hawks don't.
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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Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
Prop. 8: Bottom of the Ninth
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Secret Service confirms Cain protection  —  Washington (CNN) - Presidential candidate Herman Cain will receive protection from the United States Secret Service, the agency confirms to CNN.  —  Cain will be the first candidate in the race for the Republican presidential nomination …
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ABCNEWS:
Herman Cain to Get Secret Service Protection, Nancy Pelosi Ribs Perry, The Bubble Primary; The PM Note
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.
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Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren won't sign off on Occupy Harvard  —  U.S. Senate hopeful and Harvard Law prof Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed she laid the “intellectual foundation” for the Occupy Wall Street movement, is jilting the anti-corporate proteges in her own Ivy League yard, refusing to sign a petition in support of Occupy Harvard.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Bachmann gives students a 101 on issues, then gets lectured  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With the air of a college instructor, Michele Bachmann essentially gave college students a Conservative 101 on the economy, national and foreign affairs and other important issues on Thursday in Iowa.
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?
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
What Republicans Were Talking About a Quarter Century Ago  —  Old C-Span footage reveals a party trying to find a constituency beyond whites, grappling with changing cultural mores, and fearing the media  —  On C-Span there's an impressive archive of old videos that are as boring as you'd expect …
 
 
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Paul Krugman:
Demand, Demand, Demand  —  Calculated Risk sends us to two papers …
Tom Whitehead / Telegraph:
Ex-MI5 head backs calls to legalise drugs
Discussion: Melanie Phillips
Felix Salmon:
Charts of the day, corporate income-tax edition
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
Romney on Romneycare: ‘I Am Not Going to Walk Away From That’
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Austin Frakt / The Incidental Economist:
Why traditional Medicare might thrive in a more competitive program
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Abandons (Private) Labor
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
In Alabama, Calls for Revamping Immigration Law
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Suderman / Hit & Run:
CBO on the Stimulus: “A net negative effect on the growth of GDP over 10 years.”
Discussion: Wake up America
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
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
Post Hoc Fallacy
Discussion: Brad DeLong and Sky Dancing
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
As Graduates Move Back Home, Economy Feels the Pain