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8:30 PM ET, November 17, 2011

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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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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
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.
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 …
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum: Republicans ‘ignore some realities’ on economy
The Politico:
Obama's ‘lazy’ remark catches fire
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
For SEIU, Obama and Occupy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
If Not Romney, Who? If Not Now, When
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 …
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?
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Man Charged With Trying to Assassinate Obama
Joe Mandak / Associated Press:
Idaho man charged with trying to assassinate Obama
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.
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
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
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.
 
 
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Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
Raise Our Taxes, Please by David Atkins
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
In Alabama, Calls for Revamping Immigration Law
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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
What Republicans Were Talking About a Quarter Century Ago