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11:10 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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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.
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.
J J Anisiobi / Daily Mail:
Surely she's in the one per cent?  Million dollar babe Anne Hathaway joins Occupy Wall Street protest  —  She is one of Hollywood's highest paid actresses and lives a very privileged lifestyle that 99 per cent of people can only dream of.  —  Still, Anne Hathaway acted as an average Joe …
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
Los Angeles Times:
Tea party activists remain wary of Romney
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  —  A think tank founded by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health-care companies and industry groups, offering special access to the former House speaker …
Brody Mullins / Wall Street Journal:
Chamber of Commerce Paid Gingrich as a Consultant
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Business Insider
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.
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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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Supercommittee appears unlikely to reach agreement
Discussion: News Desk and The New Republic
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
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Bachmann: “I haven't had a gaffe”  —  Michele Bachmann, making the case on Fox News that she's the safest candidate in a rather jaw-dropping statement. … Besides small gaffes like confusing one John Wayne for another, mixing up the date of Elvis' birth with the date of his death …
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Bachmann gives students a 101 on issues, then gets lectured
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
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.
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 …
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Technocratic Nightmare  —  During the first half of the 1990s, I lived in Brussels and wrote about the European Union, among other subjects, for The Wall Street Journal.  This was the heyday of European integration.  Helmut Kohl, François Mitterrand and Jacques Delors were in power …
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Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
The Culture War Over Europe's Money
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rules Chairman David Dreier to vote against balanced-budget amendment  —  House Rules Committee Chairman David Dreier (R-Calif.) said he would vote against the balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution later this week, a high-profile Republican defection that will make it one vote harder …
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.
 
 
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