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7:00 PM ET, December 2, 2011

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Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Trump to Moderate Republican Debate  —  It's officially a reality television Republican primary now.  —  Donald Trump is pairing up with Newsmax, the conservative magazine and news Web site, to moderate a presidential debate in Des Moines on Dec. 27.  —  “Our readers and the grass roots …
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Zeke Miller / Business Insider:
Here's The Huntsman Campaign's Awesome RSVP To The Trump Debate  —  Tim Miller, a spokesman for Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign, had this response when asked if his candidate would participate in the Dec. 27 Newsmax debate moderated by Donald Trump:  —  “Lol.
CNN:
Huntsman and Gingrich agree to debate  —  Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Two men who would like to unseat long-time New Hampshire front-runner Mitt Romney will sit down for a one-on-one debate in the state later this month.  —  Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich have agreed …
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:   Jon Huntsman will skip presidential debate moderated by Donald Trump
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman skips Trump, will debate Gingrich in unmoderated format
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
Huntsman to skip Iowa debate, plans NH town hall
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment Situation Summary  —  Transmission of material in this release is embargoed USDL-11-1691 until 8:30 a.m. (EST) Friday, December 2, 2011  —  Technical information:  —  Household data: (202) 691-6378 * cpsinfo@bls.gov * www.bls.gov/cps
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
8.6% Unemployment: The Good, the Bad, and the Mysterious in the Jobs Report  —  This was a very confusing report.  The unemployment rate fell dramatically in November.  But we're only adding 120,000 jobs a month.  How can both things be true at the same time?
Discussion: CNBC and US Politics
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
The Household Survey: A Note on the December 2, 2011 Report
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Angry Bear
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
November jobs report: 7 reasons why it's better but still terrible
Phil Izzo / Real Time Economics:
Why Did the Unemployment Rate Drop?
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Signs of Hope in Jobs Report; Unemployment Drops to 8.6%
Ramesh Ponnuru / National Review:
Romney's the One  —  Even though nobody has yet cast a vote in the primaries, Republicans are increasingly resigned to Gov. Mitt Romney's winning the party's presidential nomination.  Every week he gets a few more endorsements from Republican officeholders.
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Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Fundamentally: Newt Gingrich's Favorite Word  —  By now, we've all become familiar with Newt Gingrich's habit of using a few choice adverbs to make the things he says sound just a bit more intelligent to his listeners. … But none of them are as vital to the Gingrich lexicon as fundamentally …
Discussion: Political Mojo
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Mitt vs. Newt  —  It's Iowa minus 32 days, and barring yet another resurrection (or event of similar improbability), it's Mitt Romney vs. Newt Gingrich.  In a match race, here's the scorecard:  —  Romney has managed to weather the debates unscathed.  However, the brittleness he showed …
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Gingrich presidential run inspires fear and loathing in top GOP circles
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Gingrich's grim ground game
Allison Samuels / The Daily Beast:
Herman Cain's Marriage Shaken by Infidelity Charges  —  As the one-time GOP frontrunner meets up with his wife to discuss his political future, friends say fresh charges of infidelity reopened old wounds in his marriage.  —  In October, Herman Cain was having the time of his life, according to those who know him well.
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Herman Cain 2012:
ENCOURAGEMENT for HERMAN CAIN  —  Encouragement for Cain is the official page where supporters are invited to show their support, communicate their prayers and voice their vote for Herman Cain.  Please take a moment to write Mr. Cain a note sharing why you feel it is important for him to stay …
unionleader.com:
Assessing Cain: Charisma isn't enough  —  Volumes will be written about the scandals surrounding Herman Cain's campaign for President.  We will reserve comment on the merits of those for another day (though voters may not).  Without knowing any more about those allegations than is already public …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Hill
Washington Post:
Herman Cain nearing decision on candidacy
Discussion: ABCNEWS, CNN, Hot Air and Business Insider
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
The Draghi Deal  —  If I understand the news coming out of Europe correctly, the new head of the European Central Bank is offering a simple deal: If fiscal policy becomes hawkish, monetary policy will be dovish.  In other words, as government spending is cut to put European governments …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Killing the Euro  —  Can the euro be saved?  Not long ago …
Discussion: US Politics
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Conservatives craft bill to prevent IMF bailout of crumbling eurozone
Wall Street Journal:
GMAC, Massachusetts Trade Salvos in Mortgage Fight  —  GMAC Mortgage, the mortgage lender of Ally Financial Inc., is exiting the vast majority of its lending in Massachusetts a day after the state sued it and other lenders over its allegedly improper foreclosure practices, a decision the state's attorney general called an admission.
Discussion: naked capitalism and Boston Globe
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Jenifer B. McKim / Boston Globe:
State sues big US lenders
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Christine Todd Whitman to Jon Huntsman: Run third party  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, who is leading a group trying to draft a third-party presidential candidate, is encouraging Jon Huntsman to make an independent bid for the White House.  —  “I would hope he would do it, frankly.
WJXT-TV:
Teen stopped at airport for design on purse  —  17-year-old missed flight to Jacksonville after agents inspected gun replica  —  A teenage girl's sense of style got her in trouble at the airport.  —  Vanessa Gibbs, 17, claims the Transportation Security Administration stopped …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Sorry, There Is No Actual 17-Year-Old Named Bennett Writing Those Purported “Texts From Bennett”  —  Those hilarious “Texts From Bennett” that this week took the Internet by storm are not, in fact, written by a dopey 17-year-old who works at an Amoco station and fashions himself a Midwest Crip.
Discussion: Betabeat and Gawker
Metro:
First-grader accused of sexual harassment  —  A Boston elementary school is investigating a 7-year-old first-grader for sexual harassment after he struck another boy his age in the groin.  But the mother of the accused said her son was fending off the other child, who had choked him in an altercation on a school bus on Nov. 22.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson up double digits  —  Several Florida Senate polls conducted shortly after Connie Mack IV's entry into the race found a toss up contest, but PPP's newest look finds that any announcement bump Mack may have received has now receded.  Bill Nelson leads him by a 46-35 margin.
Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
U.N. Envoy: U.S. Isn't Protecting Occupy Protesters' Rights … United Nations , First Amendment , Frank La Rue , Free Speech , Occupy Movement , Occupy Wall Street , Business News  —  WASHINGTON — The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and UN Dispatch
 
 
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Peter H. Stone / iWatch News:
K Street, Wall Street line up behind Sen. Scott Brown in his race against Elizabeth Warren
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
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New York Times:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Raise Nick Hanauer's taxes
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's November Approval Weak From Historical Perspective
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Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Breaks from Some in Anti-Abortion Community on When Life Begins
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Is Iran Already Under Attack?
Discussion: Harry's Place and Sister Toldjah
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Meathead Vote  —  For liberal baby boomers, it's always 1972.
Discussion: Don Surber and americanthinker.com
David Brooks / New York Times:
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