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3:20 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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?
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
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 …
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
O.Kay Henderson:
Newt responds to $1.6 M Freddie Mac payment (audio)
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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
Jgalloway / Political Insider:
A House Democrat to sponsor personhood amendment  —  Today is the first day that bills can be pre-filed for next year's session of the General Assembly.  —  We're told that two lawmakers intend to submit “personhood” resolutions - proposed constitutional amendments that would declare …
Lightning Round  —  David Brooks: Gail, there have been a lot of news events of minor importance hitting us all at once so let's play lightning round.  First, did you see the Herman Cain video clip on Libya, the one in which he is asked whether he supports Obama's policy …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Blue Dogs break with Dems on balanced-budget amendment  —  The conservative Blue Dog Democrat coalition officially endorsed the House Republican balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, breaking with Democratic Party leaders and the White House.  —  The support from the 25-member bloc …
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Peter Foster / Telegraph:
Chinese man sets himself on fire in Tiananmen Square
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
Gay federal workers say they're only partway to equality
Discussion: Gay Politics
Jerry McDowell / Pantagraph:
Eureka suspends teacher over class being shown ‘Daily Show’ episodes
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Yes, it's legal for the European Central Bank to save Europe
Business Wire:
Bank of America Features Malcolm Gladwell in Speaker Series for Local Small Business Owners
Bill McGuire / ABCNEWS:
U.S. Debt Tops $15 Trillion Mark Today
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Kate Sheppard / MoJo Articles:
Scott Walker's New Jobs Plan: Abstinence-Only Education
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman: Rest of GOP field was ‘in favor of basically defaulting’
Discussion: Washington Monthly
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
A Fund-Raiser for Liu Is Arrested on Fraud Charges
JPMorgan, Goldman Keep Italy Risk in Dark
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Young jobseekers told to work without pay or lose unemployment benefits
Discussion: Boing Boing and Eschaton