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8:45 AM ET, November 22, 2011

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Paul Begala / The Daily Beast:
Newt Gingrich Would Be a Godsend to the Democrats  —  What's next?  The Santorum Surge?  The Huntsman Hiccup?  Why Newt Gingrich would be a godsend to the Democrats.  —  What are we to make of the ascension of Newt Gingrich?  —  Perhaps the day has finally, belatedly …
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A.Killough / CNN:
Gingrich at top of pack for first time in CNN polling  —  Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich tops the list in the race for the GOP nomination, according to a new national survey.  —  And a CNN/ORC International Poll released on the eve of a CNN presidential debate focusing heavily …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Defense spending likely to dominate next GOP presidential debate
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
On trail, new Newt Gingrich looks like old one
Discussion: CNN
Josh Dorner / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: First Romney TV Ad Falsely Presents McCain Campaign Quote As Obama's  —  The Romney campaign's very first television ad, released this evening, dishonestly presents a 2008 McCain campaign quote as the words of President Obama.  The ad features a voice-over of Obama saying …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Gawker
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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney's First Television Ad Attacks Obama on Economy
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Politico
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney Heats Up Campaign in New Hampshire With an Ad Attacking Obama
Discussion: The Caucus
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
No, ‘both sides’ aren't equally to blame for supercommittee failure  —  Here's why the supercommittee is failing, in one sentence: Democrats wanted the rich to pay more in taxes towards deficit reduction, and Republicans wanted the rich to pay less in taxes towards deficit reduction.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Supercommittee failure gives parties election ammunition
Discussion: The Politico
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The consequences of presidential weakness
Discussion: Betsy's Page, GayPatriot and The Hill
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David Taintor / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  The poll — which asked New Jerseyans where they find news and information about current events — found that Sunday morning news shows are the most informative, while Fox News actually leads people to be less informed than those who consume no news at all.
Discussion: Gawker and The Stranger …
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Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Poll: ‘Occupy’ movement fails to capture Americans' interest  —  A new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that the “Occupy” movement has failed to capture the attention of a majority of Americans, indicating either ambivalence toward it or lack of interest.  —  The poll finds that 56% of Americans surveyed …
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Charles Riley / CNNMoney.com:
Gingrich: CBO a ‘reactionary socialist institution’  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Look out budget wonks, Newt Gingrich is comin' for you.  —  The former Speaker of the House labeled the Congressional Budget Office a “reactionary socialist institution” during a speech on Social Security reform in New Hampshire on Monday.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Gingrich Calls the CBO a “Reactionary Socialist Institution”
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Rush: First Lady Booed for ‘Uppityism’  —  On Sunday, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden visited Homestead Miami speedway to serve as ceremonial grand marshals of the Ford 400, where some in the crowd booed them.  —  The White House downplayed the incident today …
Discussion: US Politics
Sean Higgins / Capital Hill:
Ex-Solyndra Staff To Get $13,000 Each In TAA Federal Aid  —  The Labor Department today announced that it had approved Trade Adjustment Assistance for the former employees of the bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra.  —  That means all of the firm's 1,100 ex-employees are eligible for federal aid packages …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
GOP presidential field in DC as Obama touts jobs plan in Granite State  —  President Obama will head to New Hampshire to lobby for a payroll tax cut extension Tuesday — the same day his GOP rivals will be in Washington and less than 24 hours after the supercommittee announced its failure to reach a deal.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Peter Lattman / DealBook:
Foreclosure Firm Steven J. Baum to Close Down  —  A law firm that had become a lightning rod in the controversy over mortgage-foreclosure practices has shut down, costing 89 employees their jobs.  —  The Steven J. Baum P.C. law firm, which has offices in Amherst, N.Y., and Westbury on Long Island …
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Kyle Leighton / tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com:
SLIDESHOW: The Homeless-themed Halloween Party
Discussion: Gawker and Talking Points Memo
Shushannah Walshe / Associated Press:
On the Iowa Trail with Rick Santorum: A Day with the GOP's Hardest Working Candidate  —  “Are you with the campaign?”  —  “I am the campaign!”  —  It's 7:30 a.m. in West Burlington, Iowa and Rick Santorum has just walked into his second stop of the day, a breakfast town hall at the Broadway Cafe.
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Atlantic Online
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Supercommittee's failure pushes Bush tax cuts to forefront of 2012 campaign  —  The imminent failure of the congressional deficit “supercommittee,” which had a chance to settle the nation's tax policy for the next decade, would thrust the much-contested Bush tax cuts into the forefront of next year's presidential campaign.
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Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sarah Palin Got Scolded by Roger Ailes for Not Announcing Her Non-Candidacy on Fox News  —  Sarah Palin's announcement that she wouldn't run for president disappointed her legions of admirers — but it infuriated Roger Ailes.  The Fox News chief wasn't angry about the decision itself.
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
No, Congress did not declare pizza a vegetable  —  There are many ways for Congress to frustrate the American people.  A high-profile failure to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit, for example.  But declaring pizza sauce a vegetable?  That, it turns out, might work even better.
Tina Dupuy / The Atlantic Online:
The Occupy Movement's Woman Problem  —  Women may be the 51%, but the Occupy camps and General Assemblies look as gender-imbalanced as Congress  —  “I'm called ‘that white bitch who gets everything she wants’ at the GA's,” says Elise Whitaker, 21, adopting a bit of a defiant posture.
Dominic Holden / The Stranger …:
Pregnant Woman Blasted with Pepper Spray by SPD Says She Miscarried (Updated)  —  Posted at 3:55 p.m. and updated below with an interview with Jennifer Fox.  —  One of Occupy Seattle's outspoken activists who blogs under the name Ian Awesome has a post up this afternoon about the pregnant woman …
 
 
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In Jose Pimentel Terror Case, F.B.I. Worries Over Informer
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Jesse Drucker / Bloomberg:
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BofA Warned to Get Stronger
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MF Global Trustee Says Shortfall Could Exceed $1.2 Billion
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Bends to U.S. Complaint on Solar Panels but Plans Retaliation
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George Soros Helped Craft Stimulus Then Invested in Companies Benefiting
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Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: ‘All The People Who Live In The West Bank Are Israelis’
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Steve Marble / L.A. NOW:
Teen in gay-student slaying case agrees to 21-year prison term
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Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Herman Cain and the Holy Land Experience