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2:40 PM ET, November 18, 2011

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Shawn Millerick / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Romney, Gingrich in statistical dead heat in N.H.  —  Two things are true about New Hampshire Republican primary voters.  They vote for people they know.  And they love an underdog with a comeback story.  —  Four years ago it was the weathered but feisty veteran John McCain who revived …
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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 …
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 …
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 …
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Reuters:
Insight: The Wall Street disconnect
CBS New York:
OWS Protesters Chant ‘Follow Those Kids!’ As Small Children Try To Go To School On Wall Street
Rolling Stone:
Woman Gets Jail For Food-Stamp Fraud; Wall Street Fraudsters Get Bailouts
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Political Mojo
DealBook:
MF Global Is Said to Have Used Customer Cash Improperly
Discussion: Hot Air and Felix Salmon
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.
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Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Supercommittee appears unlikely to reach agreement
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 …
Roz Plater / myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
VIDEO: Alleged White House Shooter Oscar Ortega-Hernandez  —  WASHINGTON - New video has surfaced that sheds some light into the mind of the suspected White House shooter.  —  Two months ago Oscar Ortega-Hernandez asked an Idaho University student to videotape a segment pitch to Oprah Winfrey.
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Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
House of Representatives rejects balanced budget amendment  —  The House voted 261-165 on Friday to reject a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution - falling short of the two-thirds majority needed.  —  The balanced budget amendment that failed to pass the House Friday was similar …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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New York Post:
Runaway mom dreadlocked up  —  Here's your mom, kids.  Proud?  —  The hippie Florida mother of four who ditched her children and banker husband to sleep in Zuccotti Park's squalor hit rock bottom yesterday when she was hauled off in handcuffs, her dreadlocks flying wildly in every direction …
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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Pete Thamel / New York Times:
Syracuse Assistant Is Accused of Sexual Abuse
Discussion: Feministing, Colorlines and Gothamist
Melinda Henneberger / Washington Post:
‘Princess Nancy’ Pelosi calls Cain ‘clueless’; vows to do more for child care  —  GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain drew applause and guffaws by referring to Nancy Pelosi as “Princess Nancy” during a debate last week.  Her reaction?  “Really, it's another one of those clueless statements …
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
Joel Gehrke / Campaign 2012:
Obama USDA delays shale drilling, up to 200k jobs  —  President Obama's United States Department of Agriculture has delayed shale gas drilling in Ohio for up to six months by cancelling a mineral lease auction for Wayne National Forest (WNF), in deference to environmentalist fears, to study the effects of hydraulic fracturing.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Flip-flopper in chief?  —  Beth Reinhard and Ron Fournier write up what seems like the reflexive Romney response to Obama's attacks on him as a flip-flopper: “You are too!”  —  They write:  —  Romney's team lists several examples of Obama's contradictions.  The president promised to fix the economy, and he didn't.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
“Occupy” Protester Busted For Stealing Neighbor's Furniture For Florida Encampment  —  Buster  —  Meet Jeffrey Scott.  —  The 32-year-old “Occupy Pensacola” protester was arrested yesterday on felony burglary and larceny charges for allegedly robbing a neighbor's home of furniture …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
George Zornick / thenation.com/blogs/163255:
Austerity Alternatives  —  Yesterday we posted a MoveOn.org-produced video of former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explaining how the supercommittee might reduce the deficit without imposing crushing austerity measures, nor damaging the social safety net relied upon by millions of Americans.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: A Seven-Foot Doctor Told Me Obamacare Requires The IRS To Pre-Approve Medical Treatments  —  Michele Bachmann prides herself for pressing Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but during an appearance at Webster City, Iowa Wednesday night, the Minnesota congresswoman proved …
 
 
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TBlumer / BizzyBlog:
Thank You, Ann Barnhardt; We Need More People With Your Courage
Discussion: Chicago Boyz, Vox Popoli and Doug Ross
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Obama Job Approval Edges Up, GOP Contest Remains Fluid
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Anti-Gay Iowa Leader Who Benefited From Gingrich's Donations Forgives Speaker For Marriage Infidelities
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Cain receives Secret Service protection
Washington Post:
The Energy Department's loan guarantee program is the real Solyndra scandal
 Earlier Items: 
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Bachmann: “I haven't had a gaffe”
Agence France Presse:
Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Mormon Ad Campaign Seeks to Improve Perceptions
The Politico:
Jack Abramoff pleads with Dems for his domain name
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Israel's Secret Iran Attack Plan: Electronic Warfare
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
Watch Nigel Farage Dance On The Euro's Grave
Discussion: The Other McCain