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4:50 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.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Pepper-Spray Brutality at UC Davis  —  See two UPDATES below.  —  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 …
Discussion: Rod Dreher
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.
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:   Police Attack Peaceful UC Davis Students With Pepper Spray
ABL / Balloon Juice:
Police Pepper Spray #OWS Student Protestors Directly in their Faces at Occupy Davis
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 …
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Mediaite
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
The do-nothing plan: now worth $7.1 trillion  —  In the past, I've talked about the “do-nothing plan” for deficit reduction: Congress heads home to spend more time with their campaign contributors, and the Bush tax cuts automatically expire, the 1997 Balanced Budget Act's scheduled Medicare cuts kick in …
Discussion: Brad DeLong, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
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.
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
Wall Street Journal:
What Iowa Voters Want in a Republican Nominee  —  Caucus goers are looking for a candidate who is committed to repealing ObamaCare, reforming entitlements and devolving Washington's power.  —  Several recent polls have shown a near four-way tie among top GOP contenders in the Iowa caucus …
 
 
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