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8:25 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.
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Jon Huntsman will skip presidential debate moderated by Donald Trump  —  The conservative news magazine Newsmax announced Friday that it would co-sponsor a Republican presidential debate moderated by media personality and real estate tycoon Donald Trump on Dec. 27th in Des Moines, Ia. …
CNN:
Huntsman and Gingrich agree to debate
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
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
Erin McPike / Real Clear Politics:
Romney Declines Lincoln-Douglas Debate Against Gingrich  —  With the Republican presidential primary appearing to have narrowed into a two-man contest, Human Events and Red State moved quickly to lock down a date for a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Mitt vs. Newt
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Gingrich presidential run inspires fear and loathing in top GOP circles
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Gingrich's grim ground game
David Weigel / Slate:
Absolution for Newt  —  How evangelicals are finding a way to support Gingrich.
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
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
November jobs report: 7 reasons why it's better but still terrible
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
The Household Survey: A Note on the December 2, 2011 Report
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Angry Bear
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Signs of Hope in Jobs Report; Unemployment Drops to 8.6%
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: CNN, Business Insider, ABCNEWS and Hot Air
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
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.
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
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.
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: Wonkette, ThinkProgress and UN Dispatch
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Breaks from Some in Anti-Abortion Community on When Life Begins  —  WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — It may seem a technical point to some, but to those focused on abortion as an issue, it isn't.  —  Breaking from groups that believe human life begins at the moment an egg is fertilized …
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.
The White House:
Upgrades Will Create Tens of Thousands of Jobs and Save Billions  —  WASHINGTON, DC - President Obama today announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next 2 years.  These investments will save billions in energy costs …
New York Times:
Drilling Down: Drilling Down: Fighting Over Oil and Gas Well Leases  —  After Scott Ely and his father talked with salesmen from an energy company about signing the lease allowing gas drilling on their land in northeastern Pennsylvania, he said he felt certain it required the company to leave the property as good as new.
 
 
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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:
House votes to end election commission
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Raise Nick Hanauer's taxes
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
The Draghi Deal  —  If I understand the news coming …
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Netanyahu Cancels Anti-Diaspora Ad Campaign
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Cuddly puppies help law students de-stress before exams
Discussion: Gawker and Law Blog
 Earlier Items: 
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Is Iran Already Under Attack?
Discussion: Harry's Place and Sister Toldjah
Washington Post:
Payroll tax break: Extension proposals from both parties fail in Senate
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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Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Graydon Carter opens a physical store called Air Mail Newsstand in NYC, as an extension of his digital newsletter Air Mail, selling books, magazines, and more

Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
The Trump campaign has denied press credentials for several reporters, often after tough questions or articles; in 2016, it denied them for entire news outlets

Michael Msika / Bloomberg:
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