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1:30 PM ET, November 23, 2011


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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.
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich May Have Inside Track on Palin's Endorsement
Discussion: GOP 12 and National Review
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In the Land of the Salamanders, the Newt is King
The Politico:
Gingrich relies on fading Newt Inc.
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Team Mitt slams Newt for endorsing “amnesty”
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gingrich, Immigration and ‘What Would Reagan Do?’
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses, The Hill and Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:   Gingrich Calls for Regime Change in Iran
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Romney bets he can win Iowa without support from social conservatives
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses
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.
Discussion: L.A. NOW, Gawker and Balloon Juice
Rolling Stone:
UC Davis Pepper-Spray Incident Reveals Weakness Up Top
“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.
Financial Times:
German bond sale fails to attract buyers
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Via Meadia
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Howard Megdal / Salon:
The GOP needs a brokered convention  —  New rules mean Romney's rivals can save the party from an unpopular nominee  —  Mitt Romney and the candidates of the Not Mitt Romney movement (Credit: Chris Keane / Reuters)  —  It has been a tumultuous year for those eager to handicap the 2012 GOP race for president.
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 …
Gideon Spanier / This Is London:
James Murdoch quits the boards of Sun and Times  —  James Murdoch has dramatically resigned as a director of the companies that publish The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun.  —  The surprise move, which has seen Rupert Murdoch's son quit a string of directorships at News International …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Wall Street's Recession Cost 1.5 Million Times More Than The Cost Of Securing Occupy Protests  —  Wall Street cost America much more than protesting Wall Street has.  —  Today, the Associated Press (AP) has a story where it estimates the costs of police securing for the various ongoing protest occupations across the country.
Chicago Tribune:
The chutes and ladders of The Chicago Way  —  While Obama climbs high, his onetime pal Rezko is slip-slidin' away  —  The federal sentencing hearing for convicted influence peddler Antoin “Tony” Rezko — once a friend and personal real estate fairy to President Barack Obama— had just begun in Chicago.
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 …
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 …
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
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Mark Krikorian / National Review:
The Gingrich Amnesty  —  Missed the debate because of wrestling …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Giffords to spend holiday in Tucson
Discussion: The Politico
G-A-Y / Good As You:
What does it take to get banned from NOM's Ruth Institute?
David Catanese / The Politico:
Dems mum on who'd run vs. Walker
Discussion: Teamster Nation
Mark Milian / CNN:
Steve Jobs fielded some customer service requests
Discussion: Washington Post
Online NewsHour:
Mainstream Economic Media Cry Wolf
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Republican Might Quit Labor Board
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Timothy R. Homan / Bloomberg:
Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Rise From Seven-Month Low
Discussion: BizzyBlog
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Al-Qaeda targets dwindle as group shrinks
Discussion: Daily Kos, Political Mojo and The Page
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Why Republicans like Simpson-Bowles
Discussion: New York Times and The Daily Dish