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11:50 AM ET, November 19, 2011


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Sacramento Bee:
10 Occupy protesters arrested at UC Davis quad  —  A confrontation between police and Occupy protesters at UC Davis ended Friday afternoon with the arrest of 10 students after police officers used pepper spray to force protesters from an encampment in the campus quad, according to protest supporters and a campus spokeswoman.
ABL / Balloon Juice:
Police Pepper Spray #OWS Student Protestors Directly in their Faces at Occupy Davis  —  This is horrifying and brilliant all at once.  —  Today at Occupy Davis, a police officer approached a group of students sitting in a line peacefully on the ground, walked up and down the line …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Producer Rob / CBS Sacramento:
Police Defend Use Of Force On ‘Occupy UC Davis’  —  DAVIS (CBS13) - Law enforcement officials defended the tactics used Friday to dismantle an encampment set up by “Occupy Wall Street” sympathizers on the UC Davis quad, a raid that drew accusations of excessive force from students …
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.
Up with Chris Hayes /
Exclusive: Lobbying Firm's Memo Spells Out Plan to Undermine Occupy Wall Street (VIDEO)  —  (crossposted from MSNBC's “Open Channel” blog)  —  A well-known Washington lobbying firm with links to the financial industry has proposed an $850,000 plan to take on Occupy Wall Street and politicians …
Discussion: Business Insider and Balloon Juice
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 …
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
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.
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
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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Aspects of Gingrich divorce story distorted  —  For almost as long as Newt Gingrich has been in public life, an unflattering story has shadowed him: That as a rising young Republican congressman from Georgia, Gingrich ended his first marriage by serving his wife with divorce papers while she lay in a hospital bed dying of cancer.
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.
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
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: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
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
Occupy HOPE  —  This image represents my support for the Occupy movement, a grassroots movement spawned to stand up against corruption, imbalance of power, and failure of our democracy to represent and help average Americans.  On the other hand, as flawed as the system is …
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
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
Richard W. Stevenson / The Caucus:
‘Exceptionalism’ Argument May Prove Potent for Republicans  —  Few themes have recurred more regularly in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination than American exceptionalism, and few are as potentially powerful - or divisive.  —  The idea that the United States …
Discussion: New York Times and Truthdig
Cheryl K. Chumley / Heartlander Magazine:
Beacon Power Follows Solyndra into Bankruptcy  —  Cheryl K. Chumley writes from Northern Virginia.  (read full bio)  —  Beacon Power, a Massachusetts-based company that won praise from renewable power activists and loan guarantees from the federal government, has filed for bankruptcy …
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Fred Backus / CBS News:
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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
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New York Times:
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Rebecca Traister / New York Times:
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