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2:10 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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
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, CNN and Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: GOP 12
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Forget Newt's surge. Romney is still the favorite.
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 …
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
Fergus Cullen / New Hampshire Journal:
Gingrich, Santorum, Bachmann Fail to File Full Slates of NH Delegates
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Daily Kos
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 …
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
Democracy Project Triumph: Islamists Surge Ahead in Egyptian Elections
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi: GOP ‘out to get middle class,’ rips payroll tax proposal  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Republicans are “out to get the middle class,” as she criticized their proposal for paying for an extension of the payroll-tax cut.
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Pelosi backs ban on insider stock trading by members of Congress
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
Bill to ban insider trading in Congress is suddenly popular
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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.
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
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Study: Racial Bias Cost Obama 3 to 5 Points in 2008 Election
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
Legendary investor to Obama: Is all this class warfare rhetoric really necessary?
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
Ed Blaguszewski / University of Massachusetts Amherst:
In High-Profile Matchup, UMass Amherst Poll Finds Elizabeth Warren in Dead Heat with Incumbent Sen. Scott Brown  —  AMHERST, Mass. - A political poll conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that Elizabeth Warren, the leading Democrat in the field of challengers …
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
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
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Adam Skaggs / The Atlantic Online:
A Call to Abolish the FEC
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: 'This Administration has Done More in Terms of the Security of the State of Israel …
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
JPMorgan, BofA Sued By MA Over Foreclosures
Keith Richburg / Washington Post:
Gary Locke is star in China as first U.S. ambassador of Chinese ancestry
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Lieberman: SEC can nab Hill insiders
Discussion: Business Insider
Kevin Deutsch / NY Daily News:
President Obama goes on fundraising blitz through Manhattan
Discussion:, and Runnin' Scared
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Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Cuccinelli will announce governor's run within days, GOP sources say
Jason Noble / Iowa Caucuses:
Michele Bachmann debates same-sex rights with high-school students in Waverly
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Sins of the Parents  —  In the current race to the bottom …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ImmigrationProf Blog
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Richardson Feels New Heat
Discussion: MyFox Boston and Hotline On Call
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Google rips Senate's online piracy bill: ‘This is what is wrong with Washington’
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Schumer: We can gain Senate seats
Discussion: Prairie Weather