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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 …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
On trail, new Newt Gingrich looks like old one
Discussion: CNN
Washington Examiner:
Newt Gingrich was a lobbyist, plain and simple
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Ron Paul is surging, an Iowa and New Hampshire front-runner and powerful third-party possibility
Discussion: CNN
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney, Gingrich Now Top Choices for GOP Nomination
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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New York Times:
Deficit Deal Fell Apart After Seeming Agreement
David Frum / New York Magazine:
When Did the GOP Lose Touch With Reality?  —  Some of my Republican friends ask if I've gone crazy.  I say: Look in the mirror.  —  It's a very strange experience to have your friends think you've gone crazy.  Some will tell you so.  Others will indulgently humor you.  Still others will avoid you.
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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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Artist Behind Iconic ‘HOPE’ Poster Makes New One For Occupy Wall Street
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Romney Admits He Destroyed Government Records To Keep Them From Political Opponents  —  Last week, a Boston Globe investigation uncovered that former Gov. Mitt Romney's administration destroyed emails, purchased hard drives, and otherwise obliterated all digital records of his time as governor of Massachusetts.
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Romney Heats Up Campaign in New Hampshire With an Ad Attacking Obama
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Boehner blames Obama for failure of supercommittee to reach a deal  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is blaming President Obama for the failure of the congressional supercommittee to reach a deal for cutting the federal deficit.  —  The Speaker's office sent out a memo Monday morning …
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Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Grover Norquist Was The Super Committee's Lex Luthor, And Other Stories
Discussion: Political Mojo
Kyle Wagner / Gizmodo:
This Is the Pepper Spray Police Used on UC Davis Protesters (Updated)  —  We're awaiting confirmation from UC-Davis police, but after examining photos and videos of the incident, this is what we believe campus police used against the Occupy Wall Street protesters at UC Davis this weekend.  It's nasty.
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Associated Press:
University president vows pepper spraying probe
Discussion: The Agonist
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: Riptide 2.0 and US Politics
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Herman Cain and the Holy Land Experience  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — By the time Herman Cain took the stage, Jesus had already been crucified, resurrected and returned to Earth to collect the faithful once that day.  —  Cain made a campaign stop Friday at The Holy Land Experience …
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.
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?  —  If every Democratic president disappoints, maybe there's something wrong with our expectations.  Tough love from a fellow traveler.  —  “The disappointment and disillusionment with President Clinton are widespread.”  —Bob Herbert, New York Times, 1993
Nick Summers / The Daily Beast:
Bloomberg's Plan for World Domination  —  With an army of reporters and wonky information services, the media company is expanding from Wall Street to Washington, Where it hopes to control—even more.  —  Bloomberg was everywhere, like Bloomberg likes to be.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Bloomberg rebukes Obama over collapse of debt talks
Yahoo! Good Morning America:
Exclusive: CIA Spies Caught, Fear Execution in Middle East  —  In a significant failure for the United States in the Mideast, more than a dozen spies working for the CIA in Iran and Lebanon have been caught and the U.S. government fears they will be or have been executed …
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.
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
What Killed JFK  —  The hate that ended his presidency is eerily familiar.  —  Thanksgiving week is a milestone for Barack Obama, but not one that many are likely to commemorate.  The president who seemed poised to inherit John F. Kennedy's mantle—in the eyes of Kennedy's last surviving child …
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org blogs
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 …
Sara Ganim / PennLive.com:
Alleged Jerry Sandusky victim leaves school because of bullying, counselor says  —  Victim One, the first known alleged victim of abuse by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, had to leave his school in the middle of his senior year because of bullying, his counselor said Sunday.
 
 
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Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Republicans vow to undo Pentagon cuts after supercommittee fails
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