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10:20 AM ET, November 18, 2011

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Sarah Palin / Wall Street Journal:
How Congress Occupied Wall Street  —  Politicians who arrive in Washington as men and women of modest means leave as millionaires.  Why?  —  Mark Twain famously wrote, “There is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.”  Peter Schweizer's new book, “Throw Them All Out …
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Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Protesters Clash With Police in Lower Manhattan  —  Nearly a thousand protesters took to the streets of Lower Manhattan on Thursday, clashing with the police and tossing aside metal barricades to converge again on Zuccotti Park after failing in an attempt to shut down the New York Stock Exchange.
CBS New York:
OWS Protesters Chant ‘Follow Those Kids!’  As Small Children Try To Go To School On Wall Street  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They were caught in the middle of madness.  —  Some grade school students were forced to walk a gauntlet of screaming “Occupy Wall Street” protesters just to get to school on Thursday.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
James O'Keefe's plans derailed by infighting, lack of funding  —  After pulling off the brazen hidden camera sting credited with bringing down the liberal organizing group ACORN, James O'Keefe dreamt up an even bolder plan: to build a permanent undercover video operation that would expose institutions of the American left.
Reuters:
Authorities foil NY protest bid to shut Wall Street
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Untouchable: Is the GOP Field Afraid to Criticize Newt Gingrich in Debates?  —  The former House Speaker is the only candidate yet to be attacked at the seven debates conducted since Rick Perry joined the GOP field  —  With increased media scrutiny on new GOP presidential co-frontrunner …
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Gingrich think tank collected millions from health-care industry
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Failure Is Good  —  It's a bird!  It's a plane!  It's a complete turkey!  It's the supercommittee!  —  By next Wednesday, the so-called supercommittee, a bipartisan group of legislators, is supposed to reach an agreement on how to reduce future deficits.
Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
Herman Cain says OWS out to “destroy” America  —  NASHUA, N.H. — Mitt Romney and Herman Cain both used unusually harsh language to denounce the Occupy Wall Street movement as the left-wing insurgency celebrated its second-month anniversary with a series of protests in cities across the country.
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Los Angeles Times:
Tea party activists remain wary of Romney
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
For SEIU, Obama and Occupy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mary Jo Pitzl / Arizona Republic:
Court orders reinstatement of redistricting official  —  The Arizona Supreme Court Thursday evening reinstated the chairwoman of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, rebuffing Gov. Jan Brewer⊃1;s unprecedented action earlier this month.  —  The ruling came less than three hours …
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
In win for Democrats, Arizona redistricting commissioner reinstated
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Ashley Perks / The Hill:
Republicans want Obama to break the supercommittee's logjam  —  Republicans are calling for President Obama to jump into the deficit-reduction talks gripping Washington, reflecting the widespread view that the congressional supercommittee is now headed for a failure.
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Rolling Stone:
Woman Gets Jail For Food-Stamp Fraud; Wall Street Fraudsters Get Bailouts  —  Had a quick piece of news I wanted to call attention to, in light of the recent developments at Zuccotti Park.  For all of those who say the protesters have it wrong, and don't really have a cause worth causing public unrest over …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Political Mojo
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.
Wall Street Journal:
A Caveman Won't Beat a Salesman  —  Obama is somber but unserious.  Glib unseriousness isn't the answer.  —  There is an arresting moment in Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs in which Jobs speaks at length about his philosophy of business.  He's at the end of his life and is summing things up.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse
ESPN:
Syracuse's Bernie Fine placed on leave  —  Two former Syracuse University ball boys say they were molested by associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine, starting in the late 1970s and continuing into the 1990s.  —  Police in Syracuse said they have opened an investigation into the allegations.
The Politico:
Jack Abramoff pleads with Dems for his domain name  —  Jack Abramoff wants his name back.  But House Democrats own it and they are going to keep it.  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee owns the rights to the Web domain name “jackabramoff.com,” having secured it in 2006.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
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)
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 …
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
W.H. dings Benetton  —  The White House isn't feeling very kissy toward Benetton, after the publicity-loving clothing company photo-shopped President Obama into an ad smooching Chinese leader Hu Jintao and Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.  —  “The White House has a long-standing policy disapproving …
Reuters:
Why the supercommittee is in trouble  —  House Speaker John Boehner dropped by a D.C. fundraiser Wednesday appearing downtrodden and pessimistic.  After 2½ months of painstaking negotiations, the deficit supercommittee he helped create was nowhere near a deal.
 
 
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
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Romney vs. DNC FOIA wars, round two
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Thereisnospoon / Hullabaloo:
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Felix Salmon:
Charts of the day, corporate income-tax edition
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Idaho Man Threatened Obama, Officials Say
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Herman Cain Meltdown
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