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12:35 PM ET, December 1, 2011


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Chris Moody / Associated Press:
How Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — The Republican Governor's Association met this week in Florida to give GOP state executives a chance to rejuvenate, strategize and team-build.  But during a plenary session on Wednesday, one question kept coming up …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Strategist Admits He's ‘Scared’ Of Occupy Wall Street Because It's ‘Having An Impact’  —  The The Republican Governor's Association met in Florida this week and featured pollster Frank Luntz, who offered a coaching session for attendees about how they should communicate to the public.
Matt Flegenheimer / City Room:
Occupy Protesters Mobilize for Obama's Visit  —  Updated More than 100 Occupy Wall Street protesters marched to a Midtown hotel on Wednesday night to protest a fund-raising event for President Obama.  —  Escorted by police vehicles as they helped snarl traffic across the Times Square area …
Nick Schulz / Los Angeles Times:
Three inconvenient truths for Occupy Wall Street
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Gingrich meets with Trump Monday—Club for Growth hits Thompson—Romney gets 29 Missouri endorsements—Cain talking to wife Friday—Cuccinelli running for governor—Gingrich opens an Iowa office  —  EXCLUSIVE - GINGRICH TREKS TO TRUMP TOWER MONDAY: Donald Trump is scheduled to host Newt Gingrich at Trump Tower next Monday.
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Gingrich's N.H. Filing: Messy
Discussion: New Hampshire Journal
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Forget Newt's surge. Romney is still the favorite.
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Ron Paul Ad Blasts Newt Gingrich for ‘Serial Hypocrisy’
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
A Banker Speaks, With Regret  —  If you want to understand why the Occupy movement has found such traction, it helps to listen to a former banker like James Theckston.  He fully acknowledges that he and other bankers are mostly responsible for the country's housing mess.
Andy Stern / Wall Street Journal:
China's Superior Economic Model  —  The free-market fundamentalist economic model is being thrown onto the trash heap of history.  —  Andy Grove, the founder and chairman of Intel, provocatively wrote in Businessweek last year that, “Our fundamental economic beliefs, which we have elevated …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Islamists Claim Egypt's Mandate in Early Voting  —  CAIRO — Islamists claimed a decisive victory on Wednesday as early election results put them on track to win a dominant majority in Egypt's first Parliament since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the most significant step yet …
AT&T Public Policy Blog:
AT&T Response to FCC Staff Report  —  The following may be attributed to Jim Cicconi, AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs:  —  We expected that the AT&T-T-Mobile transaction would receive careful, considered, and fair analysis.
Molly Hunter / ABCNEWS:
US Embassy in Iran?  Michele Bachmann's ‘Oops’ Moment  —  ABC News' Molly Hunter reports:  —  Did Michelle Bachmann have her “oops” moment?  —  In light of the British Foreign Ministry pulling all U.K. nationals out of the British embassy in Tehran after students stormed the building in protest …
The Right Scoop:
Bret Baier: Romney told me my questions were “uncalled for”  —  Bret Baier said tonight that Romney told him after their interview yesterday that he didn't like the interview, that it was “overly aggressive” and said it was “uncalled for”.  —  Talk about thin skinned:
Josh Kraushaar / 2012 Decoded:
Dem Recruit Attacks GOP Congressman for Backing Obama  —  Here's a telling sign of how much President Obama's fortunes have changed since 2008 — a leading Democratic Congressional recruit is now attacking a Republican congressman for supporting the president.
Charlie Wilson to Challenge Bill Johnson for Congress
Discussion: Big Government
Ace / Ace of Spades HQ:
Shockingly, Morning Joe Transcript Actually Worth Five Minutes of Your Time  —  But only five minutes.  —  Down on Obama, and that includes the liberals, who are beginning to get as distracted and depressed as he is, over the burden of having to spin his failures.  —  Video at the link, but here's some good parts.
Mark Finkelstein / blogs:
Tina Brown: Obama 'Doesn't Like His Job'
David Weigel / Slate:
Pawlenty Explains his Campaign-Ending “Obamneycare” Whiff … - Gingrich Is the Only Candidate Who Talks About How He'd Govern the Country.  Good for Him.  - The Senate's Gruesome Decision To Allow the Military To Detain Citizens Without a Trial Forever - The Artist Is Slight …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steve Marble / L.A. NOW:
Occupy L.A.: 30 tons of debris left behind at City Hall tent city  —  Sanitation officials said Wednesday that they expect to haul away 30 tons of debris from the Occupy L.A. encampment — everything from clothing to heaps of garbage to oddball curiosities left behind by the protesters …
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Bachmann Campaign In Hot Water Over Misuse of Homeschooler Email List  —  The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators (NICHE) has sent out an email to its members that says Michele Bachmann's campaign uploaded the group's email list into their campaign database without permission.
Cheapest Primary in a Decade Defies Campaign Spending Prediction  —  Even as experts predict that the 2012 presidential race will be the most expensive in U.S. history, a funny thing is happening on the way to the Republican nomination: It's becoming one of the cheapest primaries in a more than a decade.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Barack Obama and blue-collar Pennsylvania voters : Take 2  —  SCRANTON, Pa. — They were never a natural fit.  —  President Barack Obama lost white working-class voters in this Rust Belt state during the 2008 Democratic primary, after describing them as bitter people who “cling” to God and guns.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Pirate's Cove
George W. Bush / Wall Street Journal:
No Retreat in the Fight Against AIDS  —  Humanitarian assistance, including AIDS relief, represents less than 1% of our federal budget.  Reducing that would only increase suffering.  —  Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  —  On this Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, the promise of progress against the disease has never been more vivid—or more fragile.
Jason Noble / Iowa Caucuses:
Michele Bachmann debates same-sex rights with high-school students in Waverly  —  Waverly, Ia.  - Amidst a breezy appearance before an enthusiastic crowd at pizza restaurant here, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann debated two high school students over whether civil rights included the right of same-sex couples to marry.
Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli will announce governor's run within days, GOP sources say  —  RICHMOND — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) will reveal his plans next week to run for governor in 2013, according to well-placed Republican sources.  —  Cuccinelli, a tea party hero who garnered national attention …
Vanity Fair:
Rick Perry Has Three Strikes Against Him  —  (Pay-to-play cronyism.  Roughshod, right-wing politics.  And . . . Oops, read on)  —  Rick Perry's already lackluster presidential bid went on a deathwatch after his debate debacle.  In talking to the many who have known Perry over the years …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Google rips Senate's online piracy bill: ‘This is what is wrong with Washington’  —  Google is exhorting senators to oppose an online piracy bill, arguing it would threaten national security, shackle the Internet with regulations and imperil free speech, according to a document obtained by The Hill.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Lieberman: SEC can nab Hill insiders  —  Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Thursday that the SEC maintains that Congressional insider trading is illegal and that the agency has the authority to prosecute members of Congress.  —  “The Securities & Exchange Commission is going to say in testimony submitted …
Discussion: Business Insider
Jill / Return The Democratic Majority …:
OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA  —  In response to this letter, written by former general partner of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and current Investment Fund Manager at Omega Advisors …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Dealbreaker
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Morgen / Verum Serum:
Unearthed: Gingrich Makes the Case for GSE's on Freddie Mac's Web Site in 2007/2008
Discussion: National Review
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Mack, Hill lead primaries
Discussion: Riptide 2.0
Caroline Crampton / Guardian:
The latest playground insult for adults? You're so ‘leftwing’
Del Quentin Wilber / Washington Post:
John Hinckley ‘flawed’ but ‘fundamentally decent,’ his attorney tells judge
Kevin Deutsch / NY Daily News:
President Obama goes on fundraising blitz through Manhattan
Discussion:, and Runnin' Scared
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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
High-placed source: Allen West considering primary bid v. Tom Rooney
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Sins of the Parents  —  In the current race to the bottom …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ImmigrationProf Blog
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama, Congress restore horse-slaughter industry
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Richardson Feels New Heat
Discussion: MyFox Boston and Hotline On Call
Warning over incomes as Britain goes on strike
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Schumer: Democrats can gain Senate seats in 2012 election
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Mike Huckabee won't endorse before Iowa-and maybe not at all
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and GOP 12
Scott Horton / Harper's:
A Club of Liars, Demagogues, and Fools
Discussion: Booman Tribune

From Mediagazer:

A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the Republican National Convention's final night averaged 25.38M US viewers over 14 outlets, up 7% from 2020; people 55+ were about 72% of the audience

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

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