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3:50 PM ET, November 19, 2011

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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 …
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Crank / UCDavis Bicycle Barricade:
Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi  —  I am a junior faculty member at UC Davis.  I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, and I teach in the Program in Critical Theory and in Science & Technology Studies.  I have a strong record of research, teaching, and service.
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
UC Davis Police Pepper-Spray Seated Students In Occupy Dispute (VIDEO) (UPDATE) … Video , Linda P.B. Katehi , Pepper Spray , University Of California , University Of California Davis , Occupy Davis , Occupy Wall Street , Occupy Wall Street Protest , Police , Police Brutality , Protests , Business News
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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Pepper-Spray Brutality at UC Davis  —  In case you haven't yet seen the YouTube footage of what happened yesterday at UC Davis, here it is.  The first minute has the main drama:  —  Let's stipulate that there are legitimate questions of how to balance the rights of peaceful protest …
Discussion: Rod Dreher
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Police Attack Peaceful UC Davis Students Staging Sit-In With Pepper Spray  —  Yesterday, a group of students at the University of California Davis staged a sit-in to protect their occupation encampment and demand the release of those who had already been arrested.
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
The Aggie:
Protesters face off with UC Davis campus police
Discussion: The Stranger … and Balloon Juice
Up with Chris Hayes / msnbc.com:
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 …
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Paul Krugman:
Incredible Europeans  —  I had some hopes for Mario Draghi; he has just done his best to kill those hopes.  In his view, it's all about credibility, defined thusly: … Unbelievable.  Right now, the ECB has too much credibility on the inflation front; the spread between German nominal …
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.
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New York Times:
Lenders Flee Debt of European Nations and Banks
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.
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.
New York Times:
‘Near Poor’: Not Quite in Poverty, but Still Struggling  —  WASHINGTON — They drive cars, but seldom new ones.  They earn paychecks, but not big ones.  Many own homes.  Most pay taxes.  Half are married, and nearly half live in the suburbs.  None are poor, but many describe themselves as barely scraping by.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Perry: ‘Obama is a socialist’  —  Rick Perry doubled down on criticism that President Obama is a “socialist” and defended his campaign ads that critics say quotes the president out of context.  —  Perry, who has been struggling to regain his footing after a series of gaffes in the Republican debates …
Discussion: CNN
Wynton Hall / Big Government:
EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS: The Kerrys' Curious Stock Trades  —  BigGovernment.com has obtained records of Massachusetts Democrat Senator John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz's stock portfolios that show almost perfectly timed pharmaceutical stock trades during the Obamacare debate, which fattened their already enormous personal fortune.
Discussion: Don Surber and Big Journalism
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The Palinization of the GOP  —  The headline on Democratic strategist Paul Begala's recent Newsweek essay dodged subtlety: “The Stupid Party.”  —  “Republicans used to admire intelligence.  But now they're dumbing themselves down,” was the subhead.  —  Democrats couldn't agree more.
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.
 
 
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