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10:20 PM ET, November 18, 2011

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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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Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street “bat-signal” projections during Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march  —  [Video Link].  Earlier this evening, tens of thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters marched throughout New York City, many making their way on to the Brooklyn Bridge, carrying LED candles and chanting.
J J Anisiobi / Daily Mail:
Surely she's in the one per cent?  Million dollar babe Anne Hathaway joins Occupy Wall Street protest
Michelle Malkin:
Who's afraid of a Tea Party panel?, Part II: What the Fishwrap of Record didn't tell you  —  There's a curious little article in the New York Times about the contretemps I blogged yesterday over FreedomWorks' Tea Party Debt Commission.  The group was scheduled to discuss its report and findings …
Discussion: Hot Air, FreedomWorks and Reuters
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Associated Press:
Occupy Memphis, tea party members meet
David Weigel / Slate:
Occupy the Russell Building!
Discussion: American Spectator
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 …
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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Eugenie Samuel Reich / Nature:
Quantum theorem shakes foundations  —  The wavefunction is a real physical object after all, say researchers.  —  At the heart of the weirdness for which the field of quantum mechanics is famous is the wavefunction, a powerful but mysterious entity that is used to determine the probabilities …
Discussion: Political Mojo
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 …
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.
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:
Alan Keyes On Penn State: Gay Rights Advocates Only “Pretend To Draw The Line” At The Sexual Abuse Of Children"  —  Alan Keyes believes the “almost religious promotion of homosexuality” is responsible for the Penn State scandal.  —  If the allegations against Sandusky are true …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Gay Politics
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
‘Obama Classic’ to feature NBA stars  —  It's still possible to see NBA All Stars in action this year — if you're willing to cough up cash for the Obama Victory Fund.  —  With extra time on their hands because of pro basketball's lockout, super hoopsters Kevin Durant, Chris Bosh …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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 …
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 …
Meredith Dake / Breitbart.tv:
OccupyPortland Man Places Small Child Between Himself And Police  —  Footage can also been seen of the man holding his young child while yelling and chanting at police.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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”; …
New York Times:
Charity Founded by Sandusky Plans to 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
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Obama outpaces GOP rivals — and his own 2008 results — in small donations  —  Even with low approval ratings and an uncertain path to reelection, President Obama is exceeding expectations in one area: His campaign is doing far better at attracting grass-roots financial support this year …
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 …
Fortune:
It's time to ban insider trading by Congress  —  Congress is finally shamed into fixing a long-standing scandal.  —  By Roger Parloff, senior editor  —  FORTUNE — Last Sunday a 60-Minutes report threw a welcome spotlight on a preposterous, long-standing situation that virtually no one openly defends …
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: Brad DeLong and ThinkProgress
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
Telegraph:
EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration  —  Brussels bureaucrats were ridiculed yesterday after banning drink manufacturers from claiming that water can prevent dehydration.  —  EU officials concluded that, following a three-year investigation, there was no evidence to prove the previously undisputed fact.
Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Science panel: Get ready for extreme weather  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Top international climate scientists and disaster experts meeting in Africa had a sharp message Friday for the world's political leaders: Get ready for more dangerous and “unprecedented extreme weather” caused by global warming.
 
 
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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Dino Grandoni / The Atlantic Wire:
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Fred Backus / CBS News:
Poll: Public supports medical marijuana, but not full pot legalization
Rasmussen Reports:
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org:
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Marist Poll:
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Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
House of Representatives rejects balanced budget amendment
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Flip-flopper in chief?  —  Beth Reinhard and Ron Fournier write …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Bachmann: “I haven't had a gaffe”
Agence France Presse:
Pentagon successfully tests hypersonic flying bomb
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST