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9:40 AM ET, November 23, 2011

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CNN:
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  Full Transcript of CNN NATIONAL SECURITY DEBATE, 20:00-22:00  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  WOLF BLITZER, DEBATE MODERATOR AND CNN LEAD POLITICAL ANCHOR: Live from Washington, DC, for the Republican National Security Debate.
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A.Killough / CNN:
Live Blog: CNN Republican National Security Debate  —  Washington, D.C. (CNN) - The CNN Political Ticker is live blogging the CNN Republican National Security Debate in Washington, D.C. Check here for live updates throughout the event and be sure to follow @PoliticalTicker, @CNNPolitics and use #CNNDebate.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
GOP debate: Newt Gingrich beats back immigration critique  —  Ascendant Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich delivered an unapologetic defense of his views on immigration Tuesday night, declaring in a foreign policy debate that the GOP should not adopt a platform on immigration that …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP debate: Gingrich divides himself from pack on immigration  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich helped himself with Republican Party insiders but may have done damage with anti-illegal immigration conservatives in a Tuesday debate focused on foreign policy.  ­­
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Team Mitt slams Newt for endorsing “amnesty”  —  After tonght's debate, Mitt Romney's campaign clearly saw an opening to go after a surging Newt Gingrich, after he argued for considering a path to citizenship for immigrants who had originally come to this country illegally 25 years ago …
ThinkProgress:
CNN National Security Debate Live-Blog
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
It Figures... UC Davis Students AGREED to Be Pepper Sprayed Before Incident (Video) ...Update: UC Davis Pepper Spray Massacre Victims Giggled & Smiled Describing Torture  —  For the record...  The UC Davis students who were holding the illegal protest on campus last weekend were warned …
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David Taintor / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  Fox News On UC Davis Pepper Spraying: 'It's A Food Product, Essentially'  —  On Monday night, O'Reilly Factor host Bill O'Reilly and Fox News host Megyn Kelly sat down to discuss what really happened at UC Davis on Friday and whether campus police acted appropriately in showering …
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Romney names possible running mate  —  (CNN) - GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney on Monday dropped a name for a possible running mate should he secure his party's nomination.  —  “There are probably 15 names of people, including (New Hampshire Sen.) Kelly Ayotte,” Romney said in an interview on Fox News.
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Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Mitt Romney: Says Barack Obama said, “If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.”
Gail Gitcho / Mitt Romney for President …:
TABLES TURNED  —  Three years ago, candidate Barack Obama mocked …
Discussion: Washington Post
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Despite Threat of Cuts, Pentagon Officials Made No Contingency Plans  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has painted such an apocalyptic vision of America's national security under $500 billion in automatic defense budget cuts that Pentagon officials said Tuesday they were pushing …
Discussion: USA Today and Prairie Weather
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ABCNEWS:
Bachmann Mocked Amid Talk-Show Yuks  —  The drummer for the house band on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” apologized sort of for his decision to play “Lyin' Ass Bitch” when Rep. Michele Bachmann appeared on the talk show Monday night.  —  “The performance was a tongue-in-cheek and spur of the moment decision.
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Richard Black / BBC:
‘New release’ of climate emails  —  The writer appears to argue that combating climate change will create poverty  —  What appears to be a new batch of emails and other documents from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit has been released.
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Prof. Phil Jones / Watts Up With That?:
Climategate 2.0 emails - They're real and they're spectacular!
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Romney bets he can win Iowa without support from social conservatives  —  After months of uncertainty, Mitt Romney has decided to roll the dice and go for a win in the Iowa caucuses.  —  But the former governor is betting that he can triumph in the state without any significant support …
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses
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Jeremy Peters / The Caucus:
Huckabee to Hold G.O.P. Candidate Forum
Discussion: Hot Air, Campaign 2012, Gallup and GOP 12
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Rep. Barney Frank: Supercommittee failure ‘good news’ for Dems  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said the congressional supercommittee's failure Monday to come to an agreement on spending reforms was “good news” because it will help to end the Bush-era tax cuts and give Democrats more bargaining power in budget negotiations.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Cadie Thompson / CNBC:
Demonstrators Plan to Occupy Retailers on Black Friday  —  Some demonstrators are planning to occupy retailers on Black Friday to protest “the business that are in the pockets of Wall Street.”  —  Organizers are encouraging consumers to either occupy or boycott retailers that are publicly traded …
Associated Press:
Occupy protests cost nation's cities at least $13M  —  NEW YORK (AP) — During the first two months of the nationwide Occupy protests, the movement that is demanding more out of the wealthiest Americans cost local taxpayers at least $13 million in police overtime and other municipal services …
Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
Weary, blistered Wall Street protesters reach DC  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Drenched, blistered and weary, a few dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters arrived Tuesday in the nation's capital after a two-week, 240-mile march from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.  —  The marchers, many wearing hooded ponchos …
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Journalism.org:
BIGGEST WEEK YET FOR OCCUPY WALL STREET COVERAGE
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats ready to move $400 billion in new legislation  —  After failing to reach a deal to reduce the deficit, the Senate will move next month to take up legislation that could add more than $400 billion to the deficit.  —  All of the proposals, such as the extension of the payroll tax cut …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Obama stimulus helping economy  —  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that President Obama's 2009 stimulus package continues to benefit the struggling economy.  —  The agency said the measure raised gross domestic product by between 0.3 and 1.9 percent in the third quarter of 2011, which ended Sept. 30.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda targets dwindle as group shrinks  —  Here's a look at individuals deemed the most wanted terrorists in al-Qaeda..  —  The leadership ranks of the main al-Qaeda terrorist network, once expansive enough to supervise the plot for Sept. 11, 2001, have been reduced to just two figures whose demise …
Discussion: The Page and Political Mojo
Yochi J. Dreazen / NationalJournal.com:
FACT CHECK: How Serious is the Threat to Pakistan's Nuclear Program?  —  Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann serves on the House Intelligence Committee, so her comments on Pakistan's nuclear program represent either a news-making leak of previously unknown classified information or another …
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Newt Gingrich won't appear on Missouri ballot  —  Newt Gingrich speaks at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire Nov. 21, 2011 (Adam Hunger / Reuters)  —  Newt Gingrich may be a top-tier contender in the latest polls …
 
 
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Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich May Have Inside Track on Palin's Endorsement
Liz Essley / Washington Examiner:
Capital Land  —  Occupy DC expects to be raided, tells campers to remove drugs
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Agence France Presse:
Bomb attack on Pakistan school kills policeman
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CNN:
Afghan woman's choice: 12 years in jail or marry her rapist and risk death
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The Atlantic Online:
Nearing the End of the Iraq War
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Jeremy Herb / Ballot Box:
Huntsman, Romney trade jabs over Afghanistan drawdown
CNN:
What is the U.S.'s role in a changing world?
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why Republicans like Simpson-Bowles
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The Huntsman Dilemma  —  After spending $800,000-plus on media …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
A complicated Romney family
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