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10:55 AM ET, November 22, 2011

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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 …
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Quinnipiac University:
Gingrich On Top Of GOP Pack As Cain Fades, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Romney Ties Obama In One-On-One Matchup  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich more than doubles his share of the Republican presidential vote to lead the presidential pack with 26 percent and in a head …
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Gingrich Announces National Security Team  —  Former CIA director R. James Woolsey and Robert McFarlane, national security adviser to President Reagan, have joined Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign as members of his national security advisory team.  —  They're the best known of the 10 men …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Gingrich and Romney seesaw in SC, NH  —  There's no doubt the Newt Gingrich surge is real, and it's apparently spreading to South Carolina - with new private polling showing the former House Speaker leading Mitt Romney and Herman Cain, another southerner, by a 2-to-1 margin.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Begala / The Daily Beast:
Newt Gingrich Would Be a Godsend to the Democrats
CNN:
Democrats say new Romney ad distorts Obama's words
A.Killough / CNN:
Gingrich at top of pack for first time in CNN polling
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Romney's First Television Ad Attacks Obama on Economy
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Defense spending likely to dominate next GOP presidential debate
Discussion: CNN
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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Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Michael Moore: UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident ‘Resonates’ With The World Like Tienanmen Square  —  With the Occupy movement having left Wall Street definitively this weekend after footage surfaced of students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed en masse, its most vocal unofficial spokespeople …
Ian Awesome / OneAngryQueer:
Pregnant Occupier Alleges Police Brutality Resulted In Miscarriage
New York Post:
They didn't fail - they succeeded in doing nothing  —  The “supercommittee” has failed, or so we're told.  This group of six Democrats and six Republicans from the House and Senate couldn't come up with $1.5 trillion in spending cuts and tax hikes to circumvent automatic draconian cuts to federal spending …
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The consequences of presidential weakness
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Supercommittee failure gives parties election ammunition
Discussion: The Politico
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Fox News Viewers Know Less Than People Who Don't Watch Any News: Study … Fox News , Fox News Fairleigh Dickinson , Fox News Less Informed , Fox News Less Informed Study , Fox News Study , Fox News Viewers , Fox News Viewers Know Less , Fox News Viewers Less Informed , Media News
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David Taintor / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  The poll — which asked New Jerseyans where they find news …
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker and The Stranger …
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.
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
OWS Following the Woodstock to Altamont Trajectory  —  Numerous observers have pointed out how the media and liberals (sorry for the redundancy) lavished sympathy on Occupy Wall Street until it became untenable to continue, after which they began to airbrush their previous encomia.
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Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
Poll: ‘Occupy’ movement fails to capture Americans' interest
Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
Occupy L.A. receives offer to decamp  —  Protesters could get downtown office space and farmland if they leave City Hall.  —  Jim Lafferty, who has been negotiating with city officials on behalf of Occupy L.A., addresses protesters.  (Robert Lachman, Los Angeles Times / November 21, 2011)
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Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Inside Obama Campaign Headquarters: Confident Urgency and an Empty Keg  —  ABC News' Devin Dwyer and Michael Falcone report:  —  CHICAGO - On a recent Friday afternoon, the 2012-themed ping pong, foosball, and air hockey tables sit idle inside President Obama's 50,000-square-foot re-election headquarters.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
CNBC:
Economic Growth Just 2%, Well Below Earlier Estimate  —  The U.S. economy grew more slowly than previously estimated in the third quarter, but weak inventory accumulation amid sturdy consumer spending supported views output would pick up in the current quarter.
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
BofA Warned to Get Stronger  —  Bank of America Corp.'s board has been told that the company could face a public enforcement action if regulators aren't satisfied with recent steps taken to strengthen the bank, said people familiar with the situation.  —  The nation's second-largest lender …
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Oil tax breaks safe as supercommittee flops  —  State of play: The collapse of the deficit supercommittee means oil companies fighting to preserve billions of dollars in tax breaks can once again breathe easy.  —  Many Democrats had sought to kill the tax subsidies as part …
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Two Moons  —  In 1951, Samuel Lubell invented the concept of the political solar system.  At any moment, he wrote, there is a Sun Party (the majority party, which drives the agenda) and a Moon Party (the minority party, which shines by reflecting the solar rays).
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Balloon Juice
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
As Layoffs Rise, Stock Buybacks Consume Cash  —  When Pfizer cut its research budget this year and laid off 1,100 employees, it was not because the company needed to save money.  —  In fact, the drug maker had so much cash left over, it decided to buy back an additional $5 billion worth …
 
 
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Byron York / Campaign 2012:
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City Room:
CUNY Students Protesting Tuition Increase Clash With Police
Discussion: Gothamist and Jammie Wearing Fools
Shushannah Walshe / Associated Press:
On the Iowa Trail with Rick Santorum: A Day with the GOP's Hardest Working Candidate
New York Times:
In Jose Pimentel Terror Case, F.B.I. Worries Over Informer
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
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Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
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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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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
No, Congress did not declare pizza a vegetable