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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Next up: ‘Occupy Congress’  —  One of the enduring questions about Occupy Wall Street has been this: Can the energy unleashed by the movement be leveraged behind a concrete political agenda and push for change that will constitute a meaningful challenge to the inequality and excessive Wall Street influence highlighted by the protests?
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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 …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street “bat-signal” projections during Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march
Reuters:
Insight: The Wall Street disconnect
J J Anisiobi / Daily Mail:
Surely she's in the one per cent?  Million dollar babe Anne Hathaway joins Occupy Wall Street protest
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
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Cain Flubs Libya Again, Claims ‘Taliban’ Has Taken Control  —  At a press conference in Florida today, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain — whose foreign policy maxim is “peace through strength and clarity” — attempted to clarify his stance on Libya following his epic whiffing of a question on the country this week.
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain says Taliban holds sway in Libya  —  Herman Cain suggested in Florida Friday that he believes elements of the Taliban are involved in the new Libyan government.  —  In an Orlando press conference, Cain defended himself from criticism over the meandering, incoherent answer …
Associated Press:
Occupy Memphis, tea party members meet  —  MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Occupy Memphis member Mallory Pope had just finished telling a group of about 75 tea party followers Thursday night that politicians should not allow themselves to be influenced by lobbyists and unions when she received an unexpected invitation.
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Michelle Malkin:
Who's afraid of a Tea Party panel?, Part II: What the Fishwrap of Record didn't tell you
Discussion: Hot Air and FreedomWorks
David Weigel / Slate:
Occupy the Russell Building!
Discussion: American Spectator
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.
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 …
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rules Chairman David Dreier to vote against balanced-budget amendment
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 …
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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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 …
oSAMa Husseini / Sam Husseini:
Journalist Questions Legitimacy of Saudi Regime, Is Suspended from National Press Club  —  On Monday I went to a news conference at the National Press Club, where I am a member, titled “His Royal Highness Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Sa'ud of Saudi Arabia.”  I asked a tough question …
New York Times:
Charity Founded by Accused Ex-Coach May Fold  —  STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The local charity founded by Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator who earlier this month was charged with 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys, is preparing to fold as it tries to reconstruct what it knew …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Deutsche Bank: If Merkel Doesn't Budge, ‘Our Investment Advice Is To Dig A Hole In The Ground And Hide’  —  Line of the day from Deutsche Bank's Jim Reid on Angela Merkel, and German refusal to back ECB bond buying...  The problem for the market is whether to take these comments at face value …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
School Lunch And The Trouble With America  —  I was being a bit contrarian about an aspect of this on Twitter the other day, but obviously it's insane to declare that your average slice of public school pizza meets healthy eating standards for high nutrition.  Everyone understands that.
Discussion: Grist and Eschaton
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Which Economic Indicators Best Predict Presidential Elections?  —  I've written quite a bit in the past about the use and abuse of economic indicators in forecasting presidential elections.  —  In general, my view has been that there's a lot of “physics envy” in thinking that something …
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 …
Rebecca Traister / New York Times:
Heaven Is a Place Called Elizabeth Warren  —  On the campaign trail in Massachusetts last month with the Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, I bore witness to acts of extreme giddiness: a 20-year-old student jumping up and down, exclaiming, “Oh, my God, I am obsessed with her”; …
Marist Poll:
11/18: Voters Pessimistic About Super Committee Deal  —  With the deadline nearing for Congressional Republicans and Democrats on the Super Committee to reach an agreement on how to reduce the federal budget deficit, most voters nationally are not confident that a deal will be reached.
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
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Journalistdee / CNN:
Super Committee headed for failure?
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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Telegraph:
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Flip-flopper in chief?  —  Beth Reinhard and Ron Fournier write …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Agence France Presse:
Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb
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Wall Street Journal:
A Caveman Won't Beat a Salesman
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Althouse