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2:25 PM ET, November 22, 2011

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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 …
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Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Six Issues to Watch for at Tonight's Republican Debate  —  The Republican presidential candidates will gather for their second foreign policy debate in 10 days Tuesday night in Washington - the field's 11th debate of the cycle. … Seem a bit redundant?  It may well be.
Fred Barnes / Weekly Standard:
Gingrich Announces National Security Team
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Gingrich and Romney seesaw in SC, NH
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Gingrich seeks to prove staying power
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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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
New ThinkProgress ‘Ad’: Romney Says 'Let Us Just Raise Your Taxes Some More'*  —  Yesterday, Mitt Romney released his first campaign ad, which quotes President Obama saying “if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.”  But those weren't Obama's words; he was quoting a strategist for Sen. John McCain in 2008.
Discussion: Salon
Josh Dorner / ThinkProgress:
In Defending Dishonest Ad, Romney Campaign Stunningly Claims Obama Won't Talk About The Economy
Discussion: The American Prospect
CNN:
Democrats say new Romney ad distorts Obama's words
Tammy Webber / Associated Press:
Blago adviser Rezko sentenced to 7 more years … CHICAGO (AP) — A former top fundraiser for ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose trial exposed Illinois' pay-to-play political culture, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 1/2 years in prison but will get credit for time he has already served.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
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Annie Sweeney / Chicago Tribune:
Top Blagojevich adviser Tony Rezko gets 10½ years
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko sentenced to more than 10 years in prison
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Tony Rezko sentenced to 10-1/2 years in kickback scheme
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:   Former Obama fundraiser sentenced
Prof. Phil Jones / Watts Up With That?:
Climategate 2.0 emails - They're real and they're spectacular!  —  UPDATE: 8:20 AM PST These emails have not been verified yet, and this story was posted by one of my moderating staff while I was asleep.  Until such time they are verified, tread lightly because without knowing what is behind …
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Jeff Id / The Air Vent:
Climategate 2.0  —  UPDATE3: 9:25 AM PST - Having read a number of emails, and seeing this quote from Mike Mann in the Guardian: … It happened again.  I woke up to find a link from FOIA.org on a thread.  Thousands of emails unlocked with 220,000 more hidden behind a password.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Despite attacks, Dems standing by Occupy Wall Street  —  For weeks now, Republicans have attacked Democrats for voicing support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters, in particular faulting the DCCC for standing up for them.  And the incidents of violence and excess have led some neutral commentators …
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Elizabeth Flock / Washington Post:
Occupy march from Zuccotti Park to D.C.: My trip with the protesters
Frances Martel / Mediaite:   Michael Moore: UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident ‘Resonates’ With The World Like Tienanmen Square
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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Max Read / Gawker:
'It's a Food Product, Essentially': Fox News Starts Spinning Pepper Spray Cops  —  Tonight, Fox News hosts Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly got to talking about a UC Davis police officer's appalling use of pepper spray on nonviolent protesters over the weekend.  Guess what direction the conversation took!
Wall Street Journal:
Thank You, Grover Norquist  —  The super committee's failure is rooted in a clash of visions.  —  So it's all Grover Norquist's fault.  Democrats and the media are singing in unison that the reason Congress's antideficit super committee has failed is because of the conservative activist's magical antitax spell over Republicans.
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Toomey: Dems Rejected Compromise, Demanded $1 Trillion Tax Hike
Jeb Hensarling / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Super Committee Failed
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).
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘third force’ Brooks has been waiting for  —  David Brooks seems discouraged by the era of political “stagnation,” but I have good news for him. … Brooks gets one part of this horribly wrong.  Dems on the super-committee did more than “flirt with spending cuts” …
Discussion: driftglass
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama heckled by protesters at New Hampshire speech  —  President Obama was heckled on Tuesday during an appearance at a New Hampshire high school.  —  Obama had traveled north to the Granite State, which holds the nation's first presidential primary, to discuss the economy and his proposal to extend a current payroll tax cut.
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ABCNEWS:
Obama New Hampshire Jobs Speech Interrupted By Occupy Protesters
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Growth Revised Down to 2%—Should We Be Worried?
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.
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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Reporters Meet the Fists of the Law
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They didn't fail - they succeeded in doing nothing
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