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6:30 PM ET, November 21, 2011

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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Romney, Gingrich Now Top Choices for GOP Nomination  —  Gingrich's support on the rise this month  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans are most likely to name Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as their first choice for their party's 2012 presidential nomination, with Herman Cain close behind.
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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 …
Washington Examiner:
Newt Gingrich was a lobbyist, plain and simple  —  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) arrives for a meeting in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 31, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Gingrich met with about 20 freshman Republican members of Congress and discussed ways …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
On trail, new Newt Gingrich looks like old one
Discussion: CNN
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Ron Paul is surging, an Iowa and New Hampshire front-runner and powerful third-party possibility
Discussion: CNN
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Left blogs cheer supercommittee's collapse  —  Judging by the reaction from the blogosphere, the deficit supercommittee's failure is a victory for the left.  —  Liberal bloggers are praising the widely expected collapse in bipartisan talks and the apparent failure of supercommittee to come …
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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 …
First Read / msnbc.com:
Gingrich: Super committee failure ‘good for America’
Discussion: Gawker, The Hill, The Caucus and Swampland
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Lawmakers make last-ditch effort to reach supercommittee deal
Discussion: Business Insider and The Politico
Stan Collender / Capital Gains and Games blogs:
Grover Norquist Was The Super Committee's Lex Luthor, And Other Stories
Discussion: Political Mojo
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.
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  —  WASHINGTON — The one sliver of real hope came a week ago, in the darkened Capitol on the Sunday night after Veterans Day.  —  Called away from dinner tables, the Jets-Patriots game on television and, in one case, a soccer team party …
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Supercommittee's failure pushes Bush tax cuts to forefront of 2012 campaign
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
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Occupy our consciences  —  Everyone on the left side …
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
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 …
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 …
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Ken Dilanian / Los Angeles Times:
CIA forced to curb spying in Lebanon
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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.
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
The ‘Dump Obama’ movement has begun; Guess who'd replace him?  —  Faced with peanut-sized Jimmy Carter poll numbers, disturbing big-donor reluctance, unacceptable unemployment and depressing economic forecasts, President Obama heads back on the road tomorrow to do what he always does when in trouble:
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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
Discussion: Gothamist and National Review
Josh Hafner / Iowa Caucuses:
Rick Perry signs the Family Leader's marriage pledge  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry(AP Photo/Brett Flashnick)  —  A few days after appearing at a Family Leader forum, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the latest GOP presidential candidate to sign the group's controversial marriage pledge.
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A.Killough / CNN:
Perry signs Family Leader's controversial marriage vow
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: NewsBusters.org blogs
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Mika Brzezinski's Anti-Newt Rant Drives Her To Emotional Brink  —  Shades of “Special Comment”!  In a rant worthy of Keith Olbermann at the height of his Miss Precious Perfect histrionics, Mika Brezinski began today's Morning Joe by tearing into Newt Gingrich for his recent suggestion …
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.
Pamela Geller / American Thinker:
Happy Halal Thanksgiving  —  Did you know that the turkey you're going to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day this Thursday is probably halal?  If it's a Butterball turkey, then it certainly is — whether you like it or not.  —  In my book Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Boring Cruel Romantics  —  There's a word I keep hearing lately: “technocrat.”  Sometimes it's used as a term of scorn — the creators of the euro, we're told, were technocrats who failed to take human and cultural factors into account.  Sometimes it's a term of praise …
 
 
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
No, Congress did not declare pizza a vegetable
Charles Hoskinson / The Politico:
Buck McKeon vows to repeal Pentagon cuts if supercommittee fails
Discussion: The Hill, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Manchin wants Bowles-Simpson vote
Ginger Gibson / The Politico:
Bush gave Bachmann fashion advice
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Congress kills request for National Climate Service
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Romney tried beer, cigarette
Paul Krugman:
Fairy Tales  —  One repeated gripe I've had about news coverage …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Brad DeLong
Lee Siegel / The Daily Beast:
What Occupy Harvard Should Tell Liberal Elite Parents on Thanksgiving
Wall Street Journal:
Greenberg Sues U.S. Over AIG Rescue
CBS News:
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