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3:25 PM ET, November 23, 2011


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The Politico:
Gingrich relies on fading Newt Inc.  —  During his decade on the political sidelines, Newt Gingrich got rich by building a network of companies and think tanks that pulled in more than $115 million in contributions and fees from powerful corporations and individuals.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Romney Likes Illegals, Too? A Newt-Mitt Twitter Fight
Mark Krikorian / National Review:
The Gingrich Amnesty  —  Missed the debate because of wrestling …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Romney (Wild) and Gingrich (Mild) Swap Roles at Foreign Policy Debate
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gingrich, Immigration and ‘What Would Reagan Do?’
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses, Hot Air, Marbury and The Hill
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Team Mitt slams Newt for endorsing “amnesty”
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
German Bond Auction Fails  —  A year ago, Germany and France could probably have saved the euro—at least for a time—by stepping in to guarantee all the debts of the peripheral euro zone nations.  To be sure, this would have created quite a lot of other problems, but it would have saved their banks and their currency union.
Discussion: FT Alphaville
“Disastrous” bond sale shakes confidence in Germany  —  (Reuters) - A “disastrous” German bond sale on Wednesday sparked fears that Europe's debt crisis was even starting to threaten Berlin, with the leaders of the euro zone's two biggest economies still firmly at odds over a longer-term structural solution.
Spiegel Online:
Euro Crisis  —  Related articles, background features and opinions about this topic.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
Financial Times:
German bond sale fails to attract buyers
Discussion: Via Meadia
Free exchange:
Faster toward the end
Discussion: FT Alphaville and New York Times
Shannon Travis / CNN:
First on CNN: Key social conservatives secretly meet to stop Romney in Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) — Representatives for leading social conservative groups in Iowa held a secret meeting Monday as part of an effort with one main goal: find and support a Republican presidential candidate who can stop Mitt Romney in Iowa.
Sam Stanton / Sacramento Bee:
Katehi: Campus police were told not to use force against students  —  As the tent city on the University of California, Davis, tripled in size, Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi insisted Tuesday that the school's police department defied her orders when it used force against students in last week's pepper-spray fiasco.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Pepper Spray's Fallout, From Crowd Control to Mocking Images  —  Some women carry it in their purses in a pink, lipstick-shaped container.  Hikers use it to deter bears.  People in most states can buy a small canister of it on a quick-release key ring on for $7.07.
Yochi J. Dreazen /
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 …
Max Read / Gawker:
Did Bachmann Leak Classified Intel During the Debate?
Discussion: Mediaite and The Atlantic Online
Fallon apologizes to Bachmann  —  (CNN) - TV show host Jimmy Fallon apologized to GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann via Twitter Tuesday for a song played as the presidential candidate walked on stage for her Monday interview on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The Page
America's Newsroom / Fox News Insider:
Michele Bachmann Demands Apology From NBC for Vulgar Song Played During Her Appearance on ‘Late Night With Jimmy Fallon’
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
Romney's Mormon Faith Likely a Factor in Primaries, Not in a General Election  —  Many Americans continue to see the Mormon faith as unfamiliar and different.  Half say they know little or nothing about Mormonism, half say it is a Christian religion while a third say it is not …
Yemeni President Saleh signs deal on ceding power  —  Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh appeared jovial as he put pen to paper  —  Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed a deal under which he will step down after months of unrest.  —  Mr Saleh signed the agreement …
New York Times:
New Trove of Stolen E-Mails From Climate Scientists Is Released  —  The anonymous hacker who shook the world of climate science two years ago by posting a trove of stolen e-mails delivered a new batch on Tuesday, stirring up climate-change contrarians a little more than a week before global negotiations …
Eric Pfeiffer / Yahoo! News:
Man catches 881-pound tuna, seized by feds  —  A Massachusetts fisherman pulled in an 881-pound tuna this week only to have the federal authorities take it away.  It sounds like a libertarian twist on the classic novella by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, but for Carlos Rafael, the saga is completely true.
Discussion: Blog
CNN Poll: Blue collar Democrats' support for Obama drops  —  Washington (CNN) - Although President Barack Obama's overall approval rating remains steady, his standing among Democrats, and in particular among blue-collar Democrats, appears to have dropped, according to a new national survey.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Julie Satow / New York Times:
Visions of LoLo, a Neighborhood Rising From Landfill  —  New Yorkers are fond, perhaps overly so, of assembling ever-creative names for newly hot neighborhoods, from NoMad (north of Madison Square Park) to SoBro (the South Bronx) to BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens).  —  Multimedia
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 …
Tyler Durden /
Sarkozy: Europe's “Liquidity Run” Has Begun Because There Is An Unsolvable $30 Trillion Problem  —  No, not that Sarkozy.  His half-brother - the one who actually can use a calculator.  In an interview on CNBC, the Carlyle group head had the temerity to tell the truth, the whole truth …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Doug Ross
Associated Press:
Medicare chief Don Berwick steps down in standoff with GOP senators over his confirmation  —  WASHINGTON — The point man for carrying out President Barack Obama's health care law will be stepping down after Republicans succeeded in blocking his confirmation by the Senate, an official said Wednesday.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Cross removed at base in Afghanistan  —  A large cross that had been prominently displayed outside a chapel on an isolated military base in northern Afghanistan was taken down last week, prompting outrage from some American service members stationed there.  —  “We are here away from our families …
Associated Press:
Medvedev: Russia may target missile defense sites  —  will deploy new missiles aimed at U.S.  —  missile defense  —  sites in Europe if Washington goes ahead with the planned shield despite Russia's concerns,  —  President Dmitry Medvedev  —  said Wednesday.
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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David Weigel / Slate:
Team Romney Crows About That Obama Ad: “It Worked”
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
Dexia Bailout On Verge Of Collapse, Threatens To Take France AAA Rating Down With It
Discussion: Power Line
El Marco / Looking at the Left:
Zuccotti Utopia: Portraits of The New Revolutionaries
Discussion: Moonbattery and The Gateway Pundit
Chicago Tribune:
The chutes and ladders of The Chicago Way
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Wall Street's Recession Cost 1.5 Million Times More Than The Cost Of Securing Occupy Protests
Howard Megdal / Salon:
The GOP needs a brokered convention
Online NewsHour:
Mainstream Economic Media Cry Wolf
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Republican Might Quit Labor Board
Discussion: National Review and ThinkProgress
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich May Have Inside Track on Palin's Endorsement
Discussion: GOP 12 and National Review
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Rep. Barney Frank: Supercommittee failure ‘good news’ for Dems
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: Obama stimulus helping economy
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Despite Threat of Cuts, Pentagon Officials Made No Contingency Plans
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda targets dwindle as group shrinks
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Mojo and The Page