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12:55 PM 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.
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 …
Rolling Stone:
Woman Gets Jail For Food-Stamp Fraud; Wall Street Fraudsters Get Bailouts
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Political Mojo
Reuters:
Insight: The Wall Street disconnect
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 …
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  —  If the congressional “supercommittee” cannot agree on a plan to tame the federal debt by next week's deadline, as now appears likely, here's what will happen: nothing.  —  The automatic spending cuts that were supposed to force the panel …
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.
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 …
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Mj Lee / Reuters:
Alleged W.H. shooter: I am modern-day Jesus  —  Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the 21-year-old man charged with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama by firing shots at the White House, allegedly recorded a video pitch to send to Oprah Winfrey, in which he claims he is the “modern day Jesus Christ.”
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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
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
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Cain receives Secret Service protection  —  Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain began receiving protection from the U.S. Secret Service Thursday, his campaign said, making the Georgia businessman the first GOP presidential contender to received stepped-up security on the campaign trail.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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 …
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 …
Food and Drug Administration:
FDA Commissioner announces Avastin decision  —  Drug not shown to be safe and effective in breast cancer patients  —  FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., said today she is revoking the agency's approval of the breast cancer indication for Avastin (bevacizumab) …
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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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
Washington Post:
The Energy Department's loan guarantee program is the real Solyndra scandal
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rules Chairman David Dreier to vote against balanced-budget amendment
Agence France Presse:
Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Mormon Ad Campaign Seeks to Improve Perceptions
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The Politico:
Jack Abramoff pleads with Dems for his domain name
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Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
W.H. dings Benetton
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