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7:05 AM ET, November 17, 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 …
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.
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
White House shooting suspect arrested in Pa.
Ryan J. Reilly /
SLIDESHOW: Occupy D.C. Encampment
Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez arrested after shots fired near White House
Discussion: and Jammie Wearing Fools
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.
Thomas Walkom / Toronto Star:
Canada faces grim choice over nuclear showdown in Iran  —  As the nuclear crisis over Iran heats up, Canada is veering toward a dangerous place.  —  Israel is again contemplating a military attack on Iran to prevent its developing atomic weapons.  This time it's not clear …
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
EXCLUSIVE: Perry challenges Pelosi to debate  —  Rick Perry sent a letter today to Nancy Pelosi, challenging her to a public debate next week.  —  Perry, in the letter:  —  “I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo.
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
Ian Swanson / Ballot Box:
Perry challenges Pelosi to debate part-time Congress plan
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Washington Post
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Defusing the trigger won't be easy  —  (J. Scott Applewhite - AP) It's not exaggerating to say that the entire theory of the supercommittee rests on the presumed fear of the trigger.  If the two parties fear the trigger, they have a reason to make a deal.  If they don't fear the trigger …
David Weigel / Slate:
Supercommittee Republicans Get Ready to Fail … - How the Nation's Other Occupy Camps Are Responding to the Chaos in New York  — Is Healthful Food Always Better for the Environment?  — Manjoo: Serious Gamers Hate Call of Duty.  I Love It.  Here's Why.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP leader bucks party on taxes
Eric Kleefeld /
TPMDC  —  Poll: Public Opinion Turning Against Occupy Wall Street  —  A new national survey from Public Policy Polling (D) finds public opinion souring pretty quickly on the Occupy Wall Street movement.  —  The poll asked: “Do you support or oppose the goals of the  —  Occupy Wall Street movement?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Occupy Wall Street Favor Fading
Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
Kent State Victims Unpopular by David Atkins
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
NY Daily News:
Zuccotti Park protester Nkrumah Tinsley arrested after threatening to burn down city  —  Urges Molotov coctail strike on Macy's  —  Nkrumah Tinsley was busted after his rant went viral on YouTube.  —  A protester was arrested in Zuccotti Park Wednesday after he threatened to fire bomb the city …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Former Romney adviser accuses him of ‘lying’ about Romneycare
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
So Much Happening in New Rick Perry Ad, Except for One Verb  —  A while back, I argued that Rick Perry made good television ads, and his newest spot-"Lazy"-is no exception.  But it is also, in the tradition of the best political advertising, inaccurate, fanciful and grammatically adventurous.
Nellie Andreeva /
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
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
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
The stunning silence from the White House on GSE bonuses  —  Barack Obama has exhorted supporters to object to large bonus payouts at financial institutions that took TARB bailout money.  The House Oversight Committee and its chair, Rep. Darrell Issa, want to know why Obama hasn't objected …
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Freddie Mac ‘Historian’ Newt Slammed Dems Over Freddie Mac Ties
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
Ted Marzilli / YouGov - BrandIndex:
Cain's Candidacy Splits Pizza Scores  —  Allegations of inappropriate behavior recently leveled against Herman Cain seem to be impacting consumer perception of his former company, Godfather's Pizza.  More interestingly, however, is that the brand perception changes are playing out along party lines in the US.
Discussion: The Politico and The Caucus
Wall Street Journal:
Benetton Retries Provocation  —  If you shock them, will they buy?  —  Italian clothing chain Benetton is trying to drum up attention for its flagging brand with ads showing global leaders kissing.  President Barack Obama locks lips with China's Hu Jintao and with Venezuela's Hugo Chávez.
Edwin Mora / CNSNews:
Maxine Waters on Deaths and Crimes at Occupy Protests: 'That's Life and It Happens'  —  ( - 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.”
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Democrats Plan Cemetery Petition Drive to Collect Names to Oust Scott Walker  —  You know what they say:  —  9 out of 10 Dead Voters vote Democrat.  —  Democrats are heading out to the cemeteries to collect names for their petition drive to oust Governor Scott Walker.
SEIU Endorses Barack Obama  —  Today, with great pride and a sense of purpose, the 2.1 million members united in SEIU endorse President Barack Obama for re-election.  —  President Obama is the only candidate for president who shares our vision of America as a land of opportunity for everyone.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Gay federal workers say they're only partway to equality
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Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
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A House Democrat to sponsor personhood amendment
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman: Rest of GOP field was ‘in favor of basically defaulting’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Dodge / CBS Chicago:
Man Arrested For Child Porn ‘No Longer Welcome’ At Occupy Chicago