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12:20 PM ET, November 25, 2011


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Debbie Goffa / L.A. NOW:
Customers hit by pepper spray at Wal-Mart describe scene of chaos  —  Matthew Lopez went to the Wal-Mart in Porter Ranch on Thursday night for the Black Friday sale but instead was caught in a pepper-spray attack by a woman who authorities said was “competitive shopping.”
CBS News:
Black Friday shoppers pepper-sprayed in Calif.  —  Twenty people, including children, were injured when a woman at a San Fernando Valley Walmart store used mace against other customers in what authorities referred to as a “competitive shopping” incident.  —  The Los Angeles Times reports …
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Shootings, pepper-spray attack mar Wal-Mart Black Friday sales  —  As shoppers converged on retailers around the country looking for Black Friday deals, authorities reported scattered problems.  —  In Porter Ranch, a woman pepper sprayed customers at a Wal-Mart in what authorities …
Discussion: Guardian
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Black Friday Sales Show Divide Between Shoppers
Robert H. Frank / New York Times:
How to End the Black Friday Madness
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is the end near?  —  I am seeing reports of 7.7 on the Italian ten-year bond, over eight percent on the two-year bond, 6.5 percent on the six-month note, and so on.  Here is one account.  —  Maybe these markets simply will shut down soon.  There is so much talk about what the Germans should do, but I don't see the viable options.
Valentina Za / Reuters:
“Awful” Italy debt sale heightens euro zone stress  —  (Reuters) - Italy paid a record 6.5 percent to borrow money over six months on Friday and its longer-term funding costs soared far above levels seen as sustainable for public finances, raising the pressure on Rome's new emergency government.
Andrew Osborn / Telegraph:
Russian newsreader fired after Obama middle finger insult  —  A top Russian female newsreader who appeared to defiantly show US President Barack Obama her middle finger during a live newscast has been fired.  —  Tatyana Limanova, an award-winning senior newsreader at the channel, can be seen briskly reading out an item about APEC
Frank Miller and the rise of cryptofascist Hollywood  —  Fans were shocked when Batman writer Frank Miller furiously attacked the Occupy movement.  They shouldn't have been, says Rick Moody - he was just voicing Hollywood's unspoken values  —  A sturdy corollary emerges in the wake …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
We Are the 99.9%  —  “We are the 99 percent” is a great slogan.  It correctly defines the issue as being the middle class versus the elite (as opposed to the middle class versus the poor).  And it also gets past the common but wrong establishment notion that rising inequality is mainly …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Prairie Weather
Michael Marshall / New Scientist:
CO2 may not warm the planet as much as thought  —  The climate may be less sensitive to carbon dioxide than we thought - and temperature rises this century could be smaller than expected.  That's the surprise result of a new analysis of the last ice age.  However, the finding comes …
Discussion: Power Line
Matthew Continetti / Weekly Standard:
Anarchy in the U.S.A.  —  The roots of American disorder.  —  Ever since September, when activists heeded Adbusters editor Kalle Lasn's call to Occupy Wall Street, it's become a rite of passage for reporters, bloggers, and video trackers to go to the occupiers' tent cities and comment on what they see.
Discussion: Klein Online
New York Times:
Image Expert Shapes Romney (His Hair, Anyway)  —  BELMONT, Mass. — Voters routinely ask about it on the campaign trail.  Pundits chronicle the slightest changes in its presentation.  There is a Facebook page devoted it — not to mention an entire blog.  “Has it always been this good?” read a recent online entry.
Discussion: Mediaite and Iowa Caucuses
Daily Mail:
Mark Kelly and Piers Morgan blast Sarah Palin for ‘not bothering to pick up the phone’ over crosshairs map after Giffords shooting  —  Mark Kelly has spoken candidly about the moment he learned his wife, Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, was shot at a voting event in Tuscon …
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Financial Times:
US blocks key fund in climate agreement
Kate Nocera / The Politico:
Rick Perry's Texas gets plenty of money from the feds
Logan Smith / KLTV-TV:
Man arrested for Facebook comment threatening Gov. Haley's life
Discussion: RedState and Verum Serum
Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
Why cutting fiscal deficits is an assault on profits
Discussion: Business Insider and Paul Krugman
Judson Berger / Fox News:
'Occupy'-Inspired Campaign Urges Boycott of Black Friday
Discussion: The Raw Story and Klein Online
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Obama criticized on Twitter for Thanksgiving remarks omitting God
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Discussion: Israpundit
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Conservative students to apologize to Obama for burning effigy
Fox News:
Weapons Cache Found During Zuccotti Park Cleanup, Sources Say