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6:15 PM ET, November 23, 2011

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David Weigel / Slate:
Team Romney Crows About That Obama Ad: “It Worked” … - Spitzer: How Obama Can Make the Bush Tax Cuts a Winning Campaign Issue  — Why Tiny Thanksgiving Dinners Are Better Than Huge Ones - Exuberant, Sunny, Not a Bit Snarky: The Joy of the New Muppets Movie
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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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. King denounces Gingrich immigration plan as ‘amnesty’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Romney (Wild) and Gingrich (Mild) Swap Roles at Foreign Policy Debate
Chris Good / The Atlantic Online:
Video of the Day: Romney Likes Illegals, Too? A Newt-Mitt Twitter Fight
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.
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.
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Reuters:
“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.
Free exchange:
Faster toward the end
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Post-supercommittee, Senate Dems ready to move $400 billion in new bills  —  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 …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Jon Kyl's search-and-destroy mission
Discussion: Political Mojo
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.
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The Politico:
Don Berwick to step down Dec. 2
Discussion: The Hill and Campaign 2012
NY Daily News:
Molotov madman who said on YouTube he would bomb Macy's is out of jail and back at Zuccotti Park  —  Nkrumah Tinsley is bailed out by Occupy Wall Street movement and has rejoined protest  —  Activist Nkrumah Tinsley, who was arrested last week after he appeared on video making terrorist threats including …
Discussion: Gothamist and Jammie Wearing Fools
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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 …
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Max Read / Gawker:
Did Bachmann Leak Classified Intel During the Debate?
Discussion: Mediaite and The Atlantic Online
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’  —  GOP candidate Michele Bachmann joined America's Newsroom Wednesday morning and addressed the controversy surrounding her appearance on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon …
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CNN:
Fallon apologizes to Bachmann
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats get big win with Texas court's redistricting map  —  A Texas court released its congressional redistricting plan for the next election cycle, a major victory for Democrats and Latinos who had protested a GOP-drawn map that squeezed both groups.  —  The new map will likely give …
Discussion: The Politico
CNN:
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
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Jon Huntsman declares war on big banks and Too Big To Fail  —  With a brand new proposal, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is the only GOP 2012er to have moved beyond “repeal Dodd Frank” (which sounds like a return-to-the-status-quo) and fashioned a serious and comprehensive — and bold — financial reform plan.
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: LewRockwell.com Blog
 
 
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Mark Krikorian / National Review:
The Gingrich Amnesty  —  Missed the debate because of wrestling …
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Rep. Barney Frank: Supercommittee failure ‘good news’ for Dems
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Newt Gingrich won't appear on Missouri ballot
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