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2:25 PM ET, November 29, 2011


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Robert Costa / National Review:
BREAKING: Cain ‘Reassessing’ Candidacy  —  In a conference call this morning, Herman Cain told his senior staff that he is “reassessing” whether to remain in the race.  He told them he will make his final decision “over the next several days.”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: Cain “reassessing” whether to stay in race  —  Herman Cain told members of his staff that he is “reassessing” his decision to remain in the race for the Republican presidential nomination following new allegations that he conducted a 13-year-long affair with an Atlanta businesswoman.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Cain Reassessing Candidacy Amid New Allegations  —  Herman Cain told members of his campaign staff on Tuesday that he was reassessing whether to proceed with his presidential campaign, an aide confirmed, a day after an Atlanta woman disclosed details of what she said was a 13-year affair with him.
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Cain Accused of Affair by Ginger White  —  An Atlanta woman came forward in an interview broadcast Monday night with details about what she called a 13-year affair with Herman Cain, the Republican presidential contender whose campaign was already struggling to overcome damage from accusations of sexual harassment.
Herman Cain Reassessing Campaign  —  Herman Cain's chief of staff Mark Block confirmed to ABC News that the candidate told his senior staff this morning that he is reassessing whether he should stay in the race, as reported by the National Review.  —  Cain told his staff in a conference call …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Dale Russell / MyFox Atlanta:
Georgia Woman Claims 13-Year Affair with Herman Cain  —  Ginger White's exclusive interview with the I-Team  —  ATLANTA, Ga. - An Atlanta businesswoman is breaking her silence, claiming she has been involved in a 13-year-long affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Ray Henry / Associated Press:
Cain tells aides he is reassessing his campaign
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Herman Cain “reassessing” candidacy after affair claim
Richard Teitelbaum / Bloomberg:
How Paulson Gave Hedge Funds Advance Word  —  Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson stepped off the elevator into the Third Avenue offices of hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management LP in Manhattan.  It was July 21, 2008, and market fears were mounting.  Four months earlier …
Iran protesters storm UK embassy in Tehran  —  Militant students are said to have removed the British flag, burnt it and replaced it with Iran's flag.  State TV showed youths smashing embassy windows.  —  The move comes after Iran resolved to reduce ties following the UK's decision to impose further sanctions on it.
Robin Pomeroy / Reuters:
Iranian protesters storm British embassy
Iranian protest leads to embassy incursion
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Chris Christie: President Obama's just a ‘bystander’  —  Gov. Chris Christie on Monday tore into President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the supercommittee's failure to reach an agreement on debt reduction last week, asking the president, “What the hell are we paying you for?”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Christie rips Obama over deficit talks: ‘What the hell are we paying you for?’  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ripped President Obama for the failure of the debt supercommittee calling the president “a bystander in the Oval Office” in comments Monday.  —  “I was angry this weekend …
Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Retirements hit Dem aspirations for a House takeover in 2012  —  Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) announcement Monday that he won't seek reelection — coming on the heels of Rep. Charles Gonzalez's (D-Texas) weekend announcement to the same effect — threw another stumbling block in the way of Democrats …
Discussion: Moe Lane and The Politico
Karl Rove / Fox News:
Congress Will Be a Better Place When Barney Frank Is Gone
National Review:
Exit Barney Frank
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich still rising  —  Last night we went into the field in Florida and Montana- we'll have the results of those polls out tomorrow after another night of calls but the early indications are that Newt Gingrich will have a double digit lead in both states- he has not peaked yet and is still on an upward curve.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney's Fading Popularity
Walter C. Jones / The Augusta Chronicle:
Gingrich takes lead in SC poll
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's venture-capital politics
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Ann Coulter bleeped on ‘Morning Joe’  —  Ann Coulter was bleeped on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” show on Monday but the censoring didn't work and the conservative pundit could be heard using some words not fit for TV.  —  Coulter appeared to make the comments when talking about deceased Democratic …
American Airlines Parent Files for Bankruptcy  —  The parent company of American Airlines said on Tuesday that it has filed for bankruptcy protection, in an effort to reduce labor costs and shed its heavy debt load.  —  American's parent, the AMR Corporation, was the last major airline …
Gerard Arpey / Associated Press:
American Airlines files for Ch. 11 protection
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Exclusive: Obama in 2006: I ‘stole’ book title ‘Audacity of Hope’ from Rev. Wright, ‘my pastor’ [VIDEO]  —  Video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller shows Illinois Senator Barack Obama, then campaigning for Democrats before the 2006 midterm elections, praising Reverend Jeremiah Wright …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama Approval Remains at 43% Through Thanksgiving Week  —  Approval is particularly suppressed among independents, left-leaning Republicans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval rating averaged 43% last week, identical to his rating each week since late October.
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Covering the Anti-Romney: A Five-Month Week-by-Week Media Analysis of the GOP Field  —  Mitt Romney has been mentioned in the most broadcast reports among the Republican field for just four of the last 22 weeks  —  If Republican primary voters are to be accused of still searching for the …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and GOP 12
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Perry scores Sheriff Arpaio endorsement
Discussion: CNN and The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
The Great Global Warming Fizzle  —  The climate religion fades in spasms of anger and twitches of boredom.  —  How do religions die?  Generally they don't, which probably explains why there's so little literature on the subject.  Zoroastrianism, for instance, lost many of its sacred texts …
Hoover Institution:
Curing the Unemployment Blues  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  Deregulation is our last, best hope.  —  One of the enduring faiths of modern progressive thought is that omniscient policy makers …
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Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Sens. Paul, McCain clash over terrorist detainee amendment
Norway massacre: Breivik declared insane
Pete Souza / ABCNEWS:
Obama Supporters Worried He May Grant Contraception Exemptions to Catholic Hospitals
Discussion: Moe Lane
Amy Davidson / Close Read:
Strauss-Kahn and the Dancing Men
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Emily Glazer / Wall Street Journal:
Serfing the Web: Sites Let People Farm Out Their Chores
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A Crude Hit to the Recovery
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Kyle Olson / Big Government:
Bill Ayers Dishes on Hosting a Fundraiser for Barack Obama
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent …
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Decorated Marine Sues Contractor
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Telemarketer Abuse Statute Confounds Supreme Court
Discussion: Hot Air