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7:05 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.”
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 …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Black Friday Sales Show Divide Between Shoppers
Jeremy Warner / Telegraph:
Death of a currency as eurogeddon approaches  —  It's time to think what hitherto markets have regarded as unthinkable - that the euro really is on its last legs.  —  They need to wake up fast; it's happening before their very eyes.  In its current form, the single currency may always have been doomed …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Support Builds for a Plan to Rein In Medicare Costs  —  WASHINGTON — Though it reached no agreement, the special Congressional committee on deficit reduction built a case for major structural changes in Medicare that would limit the government's open-ended financial commitment to the program, lawmakers and health policy experts say.
CEPR:   NYT Claims Increasing Bipartisan Support for Plans that Could Raise the Cost of Medicare Policies by $34 Trillion
Not Photoshopped: Beam of Light Shines on Fallen Soldier's Miracle Dog  —  Reported by ABC News' Kimberly Launier:  —  It was an overcast day in Newport, N.H., when a simple “20/20″ shoot turned into something that made me wonder about life after death.
Suzanne Perez Tobias / Wichita Eagle:
Disparaging tweet about Gov. Sam Brownback lands Kansas teen in principal's office  —  A Kansas teenager is in trouble after mocking Gov. Sam Brownback during a mock legislative assembly for high school students.  —  Emma Sullivan, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village …
Mará Rose Williams / Kansas City Star:
Teen's joking tweet on Topeka trip creates a capital fracas
Discussion: Firedoglake and Wonkette
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
GQ thinks Ed Schultz is one of ‘The Least Influential People Alive’  —  Wow.  Is it that time of year all ready?  —  Well, yes it is.  When publishers come up with end of the year lists.  Here's one from the December GQ: the magazine's list of “The 25 least Influential People Alive” MSNBC's Ed Schultz comes in at #3.
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 …
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
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
Logan Smith / KLTV-TV:
Man arrested for Facebook comment threatening Gov. Haley's life  —  COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A South Carolina man is accused of threatening the life of Gov. Nikki Haley on Facebook, but he claims he was only making a point about free speech.  —  When 26-year-old Nathan Shafer heard about the arrests …
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 …
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.
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Martin Wolf / Financial Times:
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