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5:40 PM ET, November 30, 2011


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Jonathan Martin / Reuters:
Herman Cain's campaign a study in ineptitude  —  Herman Cain is in the midst of “reassessing” whether to continue his 2012 bid, but its legacy is already settled: His campaign will go down as one of the most hapless and bumbling operations in modern presidential politics …
Herman Cain Would Not Make a ‘Good President,’ Ginger White Says  —  Ginger White, who says she was involved in a 13 or 14 year “on and off” affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, today told me she does not think he is fit to be president.
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Herman Cain Pushes Ahead With Campaign
Discussion: ABCNEWS and MyFox Atlanta
A.Killough / CNN:
Cain to CNN: ‘A decision in the next several days’
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Chip Somodevilla / ABCNEWS:
Herman Cain: ‘They Are Trying to Do Character Assassination On Me’
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman calls latest Cain accusation ‘bimbo eruption’
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: While defending himself, Perry steps in it again  —  (CNN) - Rick Perry sought to defend a recent gaffe in an interview Wednesday, but in the same appearance made another.  —  On Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate incorrectly said the voting age in the U.S. is 21 instead …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich up big in Florida and Montana  —  Newt Gingrich's momentum is continuing to build, and he now leads Mitt Romney by over 25 points in both Florida and Montana.  —  In Florida Gingrich is at 47% to 17% for Romney, 15% for Herman Cain, 5% for Ron Paul, 4% for Michele Bachmann …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Another poll shows Gingrich up big in Florida
Discussion: CNN
Walter C. Jones / Florida Times Union:
Poll: Newt Gingrich soars in Florida
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Political Memo: Presidential Candidates Make Fewer In-Person Appearances
Discussion: The Caucus
New York Times:
Gingrich Gave Push to Clients, Not Just Ideas  —  Newt Gingrich is adamant that he is not a lobbyist, but rather a visionary who traffics in ideas, not influence.  But in the eight years since he started his health care consultancy, he has made millions of dollars while helping companies promote …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Newt Gingrich Said What?  —  Recalling a speech where Newt Gingrich proposed abolishing tenure at state universities, I decided to go through the news archives for other examples of bold, intriguing ideas that went nowhere.  There is no doubt that Newt Gingrich is one of the most creative and energetic thinkers in the Republican Party.
Washington Examiner:
Conservatives should think twice about Newt
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and Instapundit
Emily Schultheis / Ben Smith's Blog:
Registration or not, Gingrich was a lobbyist
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and ABCNEWS
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Central Banks Take Joint Action to Ease Debt Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve moved Wednesday with other major central banks to buttress financial markets by increasing the availability of dollars outside the United States, reflecting growing concern about the fallout of the European debt crisis.
Fed, Five Central Banks Cut Dollar Swap Rate
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Here's to Potty-Mouthing, and the Real Lesson for All of Us  —  It is very clear that Emma Sullivan of Shawnee Mission East High School is a late-charging entrant for Person of the Year at the blog here.  If there was ever any doubt, it was erased when Ruth Marcus, an “opinion writer” …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Ruth Marcus reveals another journalistic value  —  The Post columnist demands an apology from a high school student for harshly criticizing her governor  —  Yesterday, The New York Times' Roger Cohen displayed a core value of American political journalism — love of government secrecy …
A second Iranian nuclear facility has exploded, as diplomatic tensions rise between the West and Tehran  —  SHEERA FRENKEL - … AN IRANIAN nuclear facility has been hit by a huge explosion, the second such blast in a month, prompting speculation that Tehran's military and atomic sites are under attack.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP leaders to rank and file: Don't blow our advantage on taxes  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that Republicans support extending the payroll tax cut but that “there's no debate” about whether the measure should be paid for.  —  “We're going to continue to seek common ground …
Discussion: The New Republic
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Fed salary freeze to cover payroll tax cut?
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and Daily Kos
Hunter Walker / PolitickerNY:
Mayor Bloomberg: ‘I Have My Own Army’  —  In a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House.  Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he's eyeing a White House bid …
Ryan Young / WSB-TV:
Movers, deputies refuse to evict 103-year-old woman  —  ATLANTA, Ga. —  A 103-year-old woman and her 83-year-old daughter were just moments from being evicted from their home Tuesday, when sheriff's deputies and the moving company hired by the bank decided not to go through with the action.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gawker
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:   Movers And Sheriff's Deputies Refuse Bank's Order To Evict 103-Year-Old Atlanta Woman
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Netanyahu Government Suggests Israelis Avoid Marrying American Jews  —  The Netanyahu government's Ministry of Immigrant Absorption is sponsoring advertisements in at least five American communities that warn Israeli expatriates that they will lose their identities if they don't return home.
William Lajeunesse / Fox News:
‘Fast and Furious’ Whistleblowers Struggle Six Months After Testifying Against ATF Program
Joe Eskenazi / The Snitch:
Happy Meal Ban: McDonald's Outsmarts San Francisco  —  On Thursday, Dec. 1, the city's de facto ban of the Happy Meal commences.  San Francisco has accomplished what the Hamburglar could not.  Or has it?  —  In order to include a toy with a meal, restaurants must now comply with city-generated nutritional standards.
Tiffany Hsu / Money & Company:
Toys with McDonald's Happy Meals will cost a dime in San Francisco
Discussion: MyFox Atlanta
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — November 2011  —  The November Health Tracking Poll takes a closer look at public opinion and knowledge about specific provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Findings include:  — After taking a negative turn in October …
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Villaraigosa: Children living at Occupy L.A. sparked eviction order  —  Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he decided it was time to evict Occupy L.A. protesters from the City Hall lawn after learning that there were children staying there.  —  Given the smattering of assaults and other incidents reported …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Fischer Wonders How Many Men Died Of AIDS Because Of Barney Frank  —  On Monday, Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank announced that he will not seek reelection next year, and American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer decided to celebrate Frank's retirement by attacking the congressman for being gay.
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Labor board approves controversial union election rule in 2-1 vote
Discussion: The Politico
Jennifer Steinhauer / The Caucus:
Secret Santa in the Senate
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Lisa Gilbert / The Huffington Post:
Isn't That Already Illegal? Congressional Insider Trading
Discussion: Angry Bear
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Arab Awakening and Israel
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and Israel Matzav
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Reasons to Worry About the Prospects for a European Bailout
Emily Allen / Daily Mail:
Heathrow has never been more efficient!  Passengers' glee as border agency strike SPEEDS UP passport control
Discussion: BizzyBlog and Don Surber
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Bedard / US News:
Declassified Memo Hinted of 1941 Hawaii Attack
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Nears Milestone: Net Fuel Exporter
Foreclosure fraud whistleblower found dead
Washington Examiner:
FLOTUS dines at Co Co. Sala
Mike Beaudet / MyFox Boston:
Teacher was a porn star
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Building a Better Mitt Romney-Bot
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and Hotline On Call