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7:10 PM ET, November 30, 2011


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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.
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 …
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 …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Said Allowing People To Forgo Health Insurance Is ‘Not American’ In 2006
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Washington Examiner:
Conservatives should think twice about Newt
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog and Instapundit
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
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman calls latest Cain accusation ‘bimbo eruption’
A.Killough / CNN:
Cain to CNN: ‘A decision in the next several days’
Discussion: The Hill, Weasel Zippers and Daily Kos
Mary Lu Carnevale / Washington Wire:
Herman Cain Pushes Ahead With Campaign
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and MyFox Atlanta
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.
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System:
For release at 8:00 a.m. EST  —  The Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the Swiss National Bank are today announcing coordinated actions to enhance their capacity to provide liquidity support to the global financial system.
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.
Mark Thoma / CBS News:
Will the Fed's move to help Europe hurt the U.S.?
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” …
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: and Gawker
Andrew Jones / The Raw Story:   Cops, movers refuse to foreclose on 103-year-old woman
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:   Movers And Sheriff's Deputies Refuse Bank's Order To Evict 103-Year-Old Atlanta Woman
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 …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Republican leaders warn 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 …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Fed salary freeze to cover payroll tax cut?
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog and Daily Kos
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum  —  * Obama's reelection challenge …
William Lajeunesse / Fox News:
‘Fast and Furious’ Whistleblowers Struggle Six Months After Testifying Against ATF Program
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Labor board approves controversial union election rule in 2-1 vote  —  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted Wednesday to move forward with portions of a controversial union election rule after the board's lone Republican member showed up to register his opposition.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Board Chairman releases details of election proposal for Wednesday vote
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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
David Roberts / Ex-Gay Watch:
Exclusive: Secret Conference Held to ‘Save Exodus International’ from Ruin  —  Exodus President Alan Chambers called a meeting together this past November 16.  The subject was quite simply how to keep Exodus International from social and financial oblivion.
Bill Estep / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Pike church takes stand against interracial couples  —  A small Pike County church has voted not to accept interracial couples as members or let them take part in some worship activities.  —  The decision has caused sharp reaction and disapproval in the Eastern Kentucky county.
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 …
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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