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10:30 AM ET, December 1, 2011

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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.
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Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Forget Newt's surge.  Romney is still the favorite.  —  Does the Newt Gingrich polling surge mean that Mitt Romney is finished, or at least in serious trouble?  No — in fact, Romney remains a heavy favorite in the race, regardless of what the current headlines lifted from those surveys might say.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich latest candidate to visit Trump  —  (CNN) - The parade of Republican 2012 hopefuls continues to march past reality television host Donald Trump, with the latest frontrunner, Newt Gingrich, slated to pay the mogul a visit Monday.  —  The meeting will take place at Trump Tower in New York …
Discussion: The Hill and GOP 12
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Ron Paul Ad Blasts Newt Gingrich for ‘Serial Hypocrisy’
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:
Romney to air Iowa ad, signaling play for caucuses
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Gingrich up big in Florida and Montana
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
Islamists Hold Early Lead in Egypt Polls
Discussion: National Review and UN Dispatch
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 …
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Thomas Lane / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Bachmann: I Would Close Our (Non-Existent) Embassy In Iran  —  Michele Bachmann has had her fair share of foreign policy stumbles, but she just hit a whole new level.  —  According to a tweet from NBC News' Jamie Novogrod, Bachmann responded to the recent raiding of the British embassy …
Jason Noble / Iowa Caucuses:
Michele Bachmann debates same-sex rights with high-school students in Waverly
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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.
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 …
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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.
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Tina Brown: Obama 'Doesn't Like His Job'
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.
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
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
U.S. uncertain Israel would advise before Iran strike  —  (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer told Reuters on Wednesday he did not know whether Israel would alert the United States ahead of time if it decided to take military action against Iran.  —  General Martin Dempsey …
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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: Pirate's Cove
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 …
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Richardson Feels New Heat  —  Grand Jury Looks at Whether Former Governor Arranged Payments to Woman  —  A federal grand jury is investigating former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson over possible campaign-finance violations stemming from his 2008 presidential run, including allegations …
Discussion: MyFox Boston and Hotline On Call
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Schumer: Democrats can gain Senate seats in 2012 election  —  Sen. Charles Schumer says the political landscape has shifted dramatically from the 2010 election and predicts that Senate Democrats will hold their majority and might even expand it next year.  —  In an interview with The Hill …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Guardian:
Warning over incomes as Britain goes on strike  —  Families with children will be worse off in 2016 than 14 years earlier, analysis of George Osborne's autumn statement finds  —  High inflation, cuts and the longest period of wage stagnation on record will see the spending power …
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 …
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Mike Huckabee won't endorse before Iowa-and maybe not at all  —  With Iowa's Republican presidential caucus up for grabs, all eyes have been on Mike Huckabee, the contest's 2008 GOP winner whose potential endorsement in the race would surely be a game changer for any of the aspiring presidential hopefuls.
Scott Horton / Harper's:
A Club of Liars, Demagogues, and Fools  —  The German newsweekly Spiegel takes the latest disclosures concerning Herman Cain and the rise of Newt Gingrich as an opportunity to offer a foreign bird's-eye view of the current Republican Party and the American media froth around it.  My translation:
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Barney the bully: Congressman Frank's other legacy  —  The morning after his retirement announcement, Rep. Barney Frank scored an interview on NBC's “Today” show, gaining the opportunity to act as an elder statesman in front of a TV audience of millions.  Instead, the Massachusetts Democrat chose to quarrel with the interviewer.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Sins of the Parents  —  In the current race to the bottom to see which state can provide the most degraded and dehumanizing environment for undocumented immigrants, Arizona and Alabama have grabbed the headlines.  But largely unnoticed, it is Florida, home to nearly one million Cuban refugees …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ImmigrationProf Blog
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama, Congress restore horse-slaughter industry  —  President Obama last month quietly signed into law a spending bill that restores the American horse-slaughter industry, just a few months after a government investigation said the ban on slaughtering was backfiring.
 
 
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Steve Hargreaves / CNNMoney.com:
Solar power bankruptcies loom as prices collapse
Wall Street Journal:
Officials Broaden Insider-Trading Probe
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: Teaching Only Evolution Is ‘Censorship’
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
High-placed source: Allen West considering primary bid v. Tom Rooney
Rolling Stone:
Federal Judge Pimp-Slaps the SEC Over Citigroup Settlement
Discussion: US Politics
Joey Bunch / Denver Post:
Ex-Arapahoe County Sheriff Sullivan accused of dealing meth, trying to trade it for sex
Discussion: Nation Now, Hit & Run and Wonkette
Andrew Quinn / Reuters:
Clinton offers Myanmar first rewards for political reform
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and The Page
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Congressional incumbents start attracting ‘super PACs:’ The Influence Industry
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Caucus and The Hill
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Study Of Intelligence, Ctd
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
DOD to offer sneak peek at budget
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Kraushaar / 2012 Decoded:
Dem Recruit Attacks GOP Congressman for Backing Obama
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, WTRF-TV and Weasel Zippers
David Roberts / Ex-Gay Watch:
Exclusive: Secret Conference Held to ‘Save Exodus International’ from Ruin
Bill Estep / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Pike church takes stand against interracial couples
Hunter Walker / PolitickerNY:
Mayor Bloomberg: ‘I Have My Own Army’
 

 
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Aditya Kalra / Reuters:
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