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4:35 PM ET, November 20, 2011


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Mike Allen / The Politico:
SUPERCOMMITTEE PLANS TO ADMIT FAILURE MONDAY, LIKELY WITH TERSE STATEMENT: ‘This marriage is over’ — ALL 12 MEMBERS HAVEN'T MET IN WEEKS: Hail Mary offers continue today — Biden bday  —  BACKSTAGE - HOW THE SUPERCOMMITTEE FLUNKED: The supercommittee last met Nov. 1 - three weeks ago!
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Gingrich brushes off Freddie, leads Republican race: poll  —  (Reuters) - Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has roared into the lead of the Republican nominating race, brushing off concerns about his work for a troubled housing company, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
‘This Week’ Transcript: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Discussion: CNN and Lynn Sweet
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
GOP candidates court conservative Christians in Iowa
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
Social issues take center stage for GOP candidates in Iowa
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Stephanie Baer / The Daily Californian:
Man throws aluminum water bottle at UC Berkeley student's face  —  A man threw an aluminum water bottle at a UC Berkeley student Thursday evening on campus, causing minor injuries to the victim's face.  —  At about 5:09 p.m., the female student was approached by a man at …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Zombie / The PJ Tatler:
Berkeley woman assaulted for NOT joining OWS protest  —  Looks like the “Join us or else!” mentality is growing violent at Occupy Cal in Berkeley, where an (apparent) OWS protester assaulted a female student when she gave the wrong answer about going to the Occupation protest:
David Segal / New York Times:
After Law School, Associates Learn to Be Lawyers  —  PHILADELPHIA — The lesson today — the ins and outs of closing a deal — seems lifted from Corporate Lawyering 101.  —  “How do you get a merger done?” asks Scott B. Connolly, an attorney.  —  There is silence from three well-dressed people …
Akhil Reed Amar / Slate:
Paying Students To Quit Law School
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Aides: ‘Super Committee’ likely to announce failure to reach debt deal  —  Washington (CNN) — Members of the “super committee” charged with coming up with $1.2 trillion in budget cuts are focused on how to announce failure to reach a deal, Democratic and Republican aides confirmed to CNN Sunday.
Discussion: CBS News, Associated Press and The Hill
Kyl Expresses Doubt Supercommittee Will Reach Deficit Agreement
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Supercommittee slows to a standstill
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Super Committee Members on Debt Deal Prospects  —  Special Guests: Rep. Jeb Hensarling, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Mark Zandi … CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.  —  It's three days and counting for the congressional super committee.  —  Can they make a deal or will the old political obstacles derail …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Campaign 2012
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Ron Paul: ‘Flawed’ US policies led to 9/11  —  Ron Paul said that American policymakers were at least partially at fault for the country being attacked on 9/11 during a discussion of foreign policy on CBS's Face the Nation Sunday.  —  Paul argued that the American military presence in Saudi Arabia …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Supercommittee likely to admit defeat on debt deal  —  The congressional committee tasked with reducing the federal deficit is poised to admit defeat as soon as Monday, and its unfinished business will set up a year-end battle over emergency jobless benefits and an expiring payroll tax holiday.
Lhfang / The Second Alarm:
Breaking Video: UC Davis Chancellor Emerges From Press Conf., Tells Me She Didn't Feel Threatened  —  Pepper sprayed UC Davis student addresses 1,000 other students, talks about his meeting with Kotehi to end the standstill.  —  **UPDATE** Switched out low-quality video for better version.
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Too Much Violence and Pepper Spray at the OWS Protests
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Was George Will influenced by his wife's work for the GOP?  —  The Post's prickly, Pulitzer Prize-winning, conservative columnist George F. Will is one-half of a Washington political power couple.  His wife, Mari Maseng Will, is a longtime Republican operative who was President Reagan's final …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Daily Kos
David Rose / Daily Mail:
BBC's Mr Climate Change accepted £15,000 in grants from university rocked by global warning scandal  —  A senior BBC journalist accepted £15,000 in grants from the university at the heart of the ‘Climategate’ scandal - and later went on to cover the story without declaring an interest to viewers.
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Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
BINNED: Anti-litter poster that was an ‘insult to Muslims’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
New York Times:
Violent Clashes in Cairo Continue Into a Second Day
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Truthdig
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
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