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10:10 AM ET, November 19, 2011


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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Newt: Fire the janitors, hire kids to clean schools  —  Via POLITICO's Reid Epstein, Newt Gingrich tonight said at an address at Harvard that child work laws “entrap” poor children into poverty - and suggested that a better way to handle failing schools is to fire the janitors, hire the local students and let them get paid for upkeep.
ABL / Balloon Juice:
Police Pepper Spray #OWS Student Protestors Directly in their Faces at Occupy Davis
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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.
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 …
Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Newt Gingrich: It all comes down to ‘Mitt & me’  —  A surging Newt Gingrich said he's bracing for searing political attacks from all sides now that he's the latest front-runner in the cutthroat Republican bid for president — and he predicted the GOP nomination will come down to him and Mitt Romney.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Americans Should Suffer  —  During a town hall meeting in Ottumwa, Iowa Friday afternoon, Rick Santorum argued that Americans receive too many government benefits and ought to “suffer” in the Christian tradition.  If “you're lower income, you can qualify for Medicaid …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Hullabaloo
Libya: Seif al-Islam Qadhafi captured  —  TRIPOLI, Libya - Muammar Qadhafi's son Seif al-Islam was captured in a southern Libyan city along with two of his aides who were trying to smuggle him out of the country, a militia commander said on Saturday.  —  Bashir al-Tlayeb of the Zintan brigades …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Panetta Warns Israel on Consequences of Iran Military Strike  —  Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said ahead of a meeting Friday with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak that he would warn his Israeli counterpart about the global economic consequences of a military strike on Iran's nuclear program …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Biden's hush-hush donor address  —  Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a secretive conference attended by about 150 rich liberals deciding how to divvy up their cash in the run-up to the 2012 election.  —  A variety of liberal groups pitched the donors throughout the three-day conference …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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?
Man arrested for sexually assaulting woman at OccupySTL encampment  —  ST. LOUIS (KMOV) — A 20-year-old woman participating in the OccupySTL protest reported to police that a man sexually assaulted her while she was in her tent on November 8, three days before tents were removed by the city.
Martin Robbins / Guardian:
Daft hysteria over the EU's ruling on water and dehydration |  by Martin Robbins @mjrobbins  —  The EU has not said that water isn't healthy, and it's ruling on the vexatious claim that bottled water can prevent dehydration is perfectly sensible  —  I was in a pub in Farringdon last night …
Discussion: Belmont Club
Financial Times:
Investors move to price in euro split  —  The eurozone infection this week moved decisively from the periphery of the continent to its core.  —  Many investors are no longer just fretting about the possibility of a default here or there.  They are now starting to worry about the chances of the euro itself breaking up.
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
New York Times:
Charity Founded by Sandusky Makes 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 …
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 …
Meredith Dake /
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: Booman Tribune and Weasel Zippers
Dino Grandoni / The Atlantic Wire:
68% of the Sons of the 1% Work at Their Dad's Company  —  Nepotism and wealth go together according to a study published in the Journal of Labor Economics.  The researchers found that 68 percent of the sons of top-percentile income earners have at some point by the time they're age 33 taken a job at a firm their father also worked.
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 …
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Fred Backus / CBS News:
Poll: Public supports medical marijuana, but not full pot legalization
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Obama outpaces GOP rivals — and his own 2008 results — in small donations
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida Senate: Mack (R) 43%, Nelson (D) 39%
Rebecca Traister / New York Times:
Heaven Is a Place Called Elizabeth Warren
Noel Sheppard /
Joe Scarborough Talks to NewsBusters About Being MSNBC's Lone Conservative Host
Discussion: Mediaite
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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Associated Press:
Occupy Memphis, tea party members meet
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
School Lunch And The Trouble With America
Discussion: Eschaton
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Deutsche Bank: If Merkel Doesn't Budge, ‘Our Investment Advice Is To Dig A Hole In The Ground And Hide’
Roz Plater / myfoxdc WTTG FOX 5:
VIDEO: Alleged White House Shooter Oscar Ortega-Hernandez
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Interview with creator of Occupy Wall Street “bat-signal” projections during Brooklyn Bridge #N17 march