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5:00 PM ET, December 1, 2011

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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Florida shows perils of Gingrich for GOP  —  If the Newt surge persists over the next few months the biggest winner is going to be Barack Obama.  We can see that pretty clearly in our newest Florida poll.  —  If Mitt Romney's the Republican nominee, Obama's in a lot of trouble in the Sunshine State.
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Nmcalvanah / Florida Democracy 2012:
Christie: Gingrich Has Never Run Anything  —  With Newt Gingrich's popularity growing in Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to South Florida today to campaign for Mitt Romney and dismissed the former House speaker as the “newest flavor of the two weeks.”
Dylan Byers / Ben Smith's Blog:
Fox's temptation: Newt  —  As Newtmentum continues to build, some members of Washington's chattering class are beginning to wonder whether Fox News chairman Roger Ailes might throw his network's weight behind former contributor Gingrich — a move that would deal a powerful blow to Mitt Romney …
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Mitt Romney preps Newt Gingrich attack  —  Mitt Romney's campaign advisers insist they're no more scared of Newt Gingrich than the candidates who've surged before — but they're already rolling out a playbook that show they know the latest alarm isn't a drill.
O.Kay Henderson:
Harkin: Gingrich as GOP nominee would be “heaven sent” (audio)  —  U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) held a telephone conference call with reporters this morning.  The topic of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was raised, and Harkin started swinging (rhetorically).  Here's the AUDIO.
Discussion: The Hill
Joshua Altman / Ballot Box:
Santorum attacks Gingrich, calls himself 'solid, consistent conservative"
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gingrich's hand ‘always six inches from the self-destruct button’
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
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 …
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Top GOP Strategist Admits He's ‘Scared’ Of Occupy Wall Street Because It's ‘Having An Impact’
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Nick Schulz / Los Angeles Times:
Three inconvenient truths for Occupy Wall Street
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 Say They Have Mandate in Egypt 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 …
Fergus Cullen / New Hampshire Journal:
Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann Fail to File Full Slates of NH Delegates  —  As recently as two weeks ago, the Gingrich campaign was apparently unable to name 40 New Hampshire supporters of his presidential campaign.  —  Candidates needed to file their slates of 20 delegates to the National Convention …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Daily Kos
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:   Gingrich's N.H. Filing: Messy
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.
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Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
Iowa Students Challenge Michele Bachmann on Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Issues: VIDEO
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Boehner On Whether Letting The Payroll Tax Cut Expire Hurts The Economy: 'I'm Not An Economist'  —  In just a few weeks, a cut in the payroll tax is scheduled to expire, hitting 113 million households with a tax increase in a weak economy.  Democrats have been pushing to extend the cut …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Huntsman offers a ‘Mittstant Replay’  —  Honestly, is there any entity in politics more effective in slamming Mitt Romney than Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign?  —  In this new video, Team Huntsman not only draws additional attention to Romney's awful interview with Fox News, but also fact-checks Romney's denials about flip-flops.
Discussion: Swampland and CNN
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The Right Scoop:
Bret Baier: Romney told me my questions were “uncalled for”
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Group calls for Bush arrest  —  Amnesty International is calling for the arrest of former President George W. Bush while he is travelling overseas in Africa.  —  The human rights group issued a statement Thursday calling for the governments of Ethiopia, Tanzania or Zambia to take the former president into custody.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rick Perry 2012 video: 'I'm Rick Perry and...what's that line again?'  —  Rick Perry is heading to Jay Leno's couch tonight, and he's making the most of it - airing this campaign ad in Iowa, in which he takes on his own “oops” moment from the CNBC debate in which he couldn't remember the third agency he'd cut …
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com, GOP 12 and Business Insider
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
New Hampshire GOP Speaker Discourages Students From Voting Because They'll Vote ‘Liberal’  —  New Hampshire Speaker William O'Brien (R)  —  As ThinkProgress has been reporting, the slew of unnecessary voter ID laws passed by Republicans in many states this year are a transparent attempt …
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Emily Schultheis / The Politico:   Students hit by voter ID restrictions
Nick Hanauer / Bloomberg:
Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators: Nick Hanauer  —  It is a tenet of American economic beliefs, and an article of faith for Republicans that is seldom contested by Democrats: If taxes are raised on the rich, job creation will stop.  —  Trouble is, sometimes the things that we know to be true are dead wrong.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
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.
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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Study: Racial Bias Cost Obama 3 to 5 Points in 2008 Election
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Bloomberg:
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.
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.
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Unearthed: Gingrich Makes the Case for GSE's on Freddie Mac's Web Site in 2007/2008  —  I'm a little late with this - it's been at least a couple of weeks since Bloomberg broke the story that Newt Gingrich received $1.6 million in consulting fees from Freddie Mac over a decade or so.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The strange GOP embrace of Simpson-Bowles  —  The Republican National Committee today sent out what has to be the strangest press release I've seen in a long while.  The RNC, in turns out, is outraged that President Obama hasn't embraced the Simpson-Bowles debt-reduction plan.
Discussion: GOP.com and Swampland
Pew Hispanic Center:
Unauthorized Immigrants: Length of Residency, Patterns of Parenthood  —  OVERVIEW  —  Nearly two-thirds of the 10.2 million unauthorized adult immigrants in the United States have lived in this country for at least 10 years and nearly half are parents of minor children …
Discussion: Reuters and Hit & Run
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.
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
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Cain accuser's phone records sought  —  At least 70 messages reportedly exchanged recently between White, Cain cellphones  —  Just days before coming forward with allegations of a 13-year affair with Herman Cain, Ginger White was repeatedly having contact with the presidential candidate, according to her cellphone records.
 
 
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Daily Mail:
A White House Christmas: Michelle unveils holiday decorations to military families as Obamas celebrate …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Doubles Down On Child Labor: Poor Kids Should ‘Clean The Bathroom’
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
Why Occupy?  —  Now that two of biggest remaining occupations …
Gail Burkhardt / Monitor:
Brother: Late student ‘shut down’ by legal status; he was ‘bound for greatness,’ principal says
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Bill to ban insider trading in Congress is suddenly popular
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Ed Blaguszewski / University of Massachusetts Amherst:
In High-Profile Matchup, UMass Amherst Poll Finds Elizabeth Warren in Dead Heat with Incumbent Sen. Scott Brown
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Adam Skaggs / The Atlantic Online:
A Call to Abolish the FEC
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 Earlier Items: 
Keith Richburg / Washington Post:
Gary Locke is star in China as first U.S. ambassador of Chinese ancestry
Vanity Fair:
Rick Perry Has Three Strikes Against Him
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Sins of the Parents  —  In the current race to the bottom …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ImmigrationProf Blog
Jill / Return The Democratic Majority …:
OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Dealbreaker
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Richardson Feels New Heat
Discussion: MyFox Boston and Hotline On Call