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3:50 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 will make his final decision “over the next several days.”  —  UPDATE: National Review was on the call.  It lasted five minutes.
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.
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Jon Huntsman: Herman Cain should consider dropping out over latest sexual allegation
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Los Angeles Times
Herman Cain Reassessing Campaign
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain abandoned by conservatives
Discussion: Daily Kos, ABCNEWS and CNN
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 …
Felix Salmon:
Hank Paulson's inside jobs  —  What on earth did Hank Paulson think his job was in the summer of 2008?  As far as most of us were concerned, he was secretary of the US Treasury, answerable to the US people and to the president.  But at the same time, in secret meetings …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Big Government
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney's Fading Popularity  —  You want to know the biggest reason Mitt Romney hasn't surged at any point in the Republican Presidential race this year?  It's because the more GOP primary voters across the country have been exposed to him, the less they've liked him.
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.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Newt Gingrich: 'I Call On The President To Repudiate The Concept Of The 99 And The 1′  —  2012 GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich today, during an event in South Carolina, said that he repudiates the very idea behind the Occupy Wall Street movement — that the economy should work for everyone …
Walter C. Jones / The Augusta Chronicle:
Gingrich takes lead in SC poll
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
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: CNN, Moe Lane, The Politico and HotAirPundit
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Hoyer: Dems can retake House after retirements of Frank, other Dems
Discussion: The Politico
Karl Rove / Fox News:
Congress Will Be a Better Place When Barney Frank Is Gone
Investor's Business Daily:
Loved by media, Barney Frank Helped Cause Financial Crisis
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 …
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 …
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.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Obama's Job Approval Drops Below Carter's
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 …
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 …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Sens. Paul, McCain clash over terrorist detainee amendment  —  Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and John McCain (Ariz.) battled on the Senate floor Tuesday over a proposed amendment to the pending defense authorization bill that could allow American citizens who are suspected of terrorism to be denied a civilian trial.
Mark Zuckerberg / Facebook Blog:
Our Commitment to the Facebook Community  —  I founded Facebook on the idea that people want to share and connect with people in their lives, but to do this everyone needs complete control over who they share with at all times.  —  This idea has been the core of Facebook since day one.
Norway massacre: Breivik declared insane  —  Norwegian prosecutor Svein Holden: “The observed person was psychotic at the time the offences were committed”  —  Psychiatrists assessing self-confessed Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik have concluded that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Financial analyst: Consequences of failure to extend payroll tax cut would be dire
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Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
Covering the Anti-Romney: A Five-Month Week-by-Week Media Analysis of the GOP Field
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Pete Souza / ABCNEWS:
Obama Supporters Worried He May Grant Contraception Exemptions to Catholic Hospitals
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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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Image shows Iranian missile site was destroyed