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6:40 PM ET, December 1, 2011


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Gingrich Tells ABC News: 'I'm Going to Be The Nominee'  —  WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — A very confident New Gingrich asserted to ABC News Thursday afternoon that he will be the Republican presidential nominee.  —  “I'm going to be the nominee,” the former Speaker told ABC News.
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.
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.”
Discussion: Opinion L.A. and Los Angeles Times
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Huntsman offers a ‘Mittstant Replay’
Discussion: Swampland and CNN
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Gingrich Instructs Team Not to Attack Romney
Discussion: Pat Dollard, GOP 12 and Hot Air
John Gizzi / Human Events:
Top Romney Aide Calls Gingrich Evil
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Chris Christie Slams Newt Gingrich
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gingrich's hand ‘always six inches from the self-destruct button’
Joshua Altman / Ballot Box:
Santorum attacks Gingrich, calls himself 'solid, consistent conservative"
Discussion: CNN
John DiStaso /
Cain: Wife didn't know about friendship, ‘financial assistance’ to Ginger White  —  MANCHESTER - Herman Cain acknowledged Thursday that he repeatedly gave Ginger White money to help her with “month-to-month bills and expenses” without telling his wife.  —  In fact, the embattled presidential candidate …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner calls on Obama to help Congress alter automatic cuts  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday called on President Obama to intercede in the growing push to change the automatic spending cuts to military and domestic programs triggered by the congressional supercommittee's failure to strike a deficit-reduction deal.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Andy Towle / Towleroad News #gay:
Iowa Students Challenge Michele Bachmann on Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Issues: VIDEO
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 …
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 …
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 …
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:   Students hit by voter ID restrictions
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The political significance of the Boeing deal  —  The Boeing/NLRB issue hasn't been especially prominent at the national level, but in Republican circles — especially in the presidential primary in South Carolina — it's a big deal.  —  And as of today, it's pretty much over.
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Dear Ta-Nehisi  —  Dreher weighs in on the popular IQ and race thread: … TNC's final thoughts on the subject, which are difficult to excerpt and should be read in full, are here.  They deserve a final response from me.  —  Let me first suggest he is conflating two separate issues.
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.
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 …
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 …
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
Suskind's Confidence Men Raises Questions About Obama's Credibility  —  Barack Obama , Larry Summers , Bill Daley , Gene Sperling , Peter Orszag , Robert Rubin , Tim Geithner , White House Economic Team , Confidence Men , Jack Lew , Ron Suskind , Politics News
Discussion: Verum Serum
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: and Swampland
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich Backed Freddie Mac in 2007 Interview
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Alex Williams / New York Times:
The Literary Cubs  —  REBECCA CHAPMAN, who has a master of arts …
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Study: Racial Bias Cost Obama 3 to 5 Points in 2008 Election
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David Weigel / Slate:
Pawlenty Explains his Campaign-Ending “Obamneycare” Whiff
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
Sins of the Parents  —  In the current race to the bottom …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ImmigrationProf Blog