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10:05 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  —  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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman skips Trump, will debate Gingrich in unmoderated format
Discussion: CNN
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Does Romney Have a Moderate Problem?  —  Mitt Romney is enduring a tough week.  He now trails Newt Gingrich by 20 or more points in some state and national surveys.  He had a testy interview with Brett Baier of Fox News, and then compounded the problem by complaining about Mr. Baier's questioning later.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Gingrich's grim ground game
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Gingrich presidential run inspires fear and loathing in top GOP circles
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Mitt vs. Newt
Hotline On Call:   Insiders Not Sold on Gingrich
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Santorum on Gingrich: ‘Humility is an important thing’
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
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Hill
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
Discussion: Jared Bernstein, 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
Charles Grassley / Associated Press:
Justice Dept. details how it got statements wrong  —  on Friday provided Congress with documents detailing how department officials gave inaccurate information to a U.S. senator in the controversy surrounding  —  , the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the Southwest border.
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
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner hopes to avoid GOP Senate fate on payroll taxes  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday he hopes to avoid the kind of mass intra-party resistance that Senate GOP leaders saw on Thursday when they brought their proposal to extend the payroll tax cut up for a vote.
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Wall Street Journal:
Senate Democrats Plan Vote on Consumer Watchdog
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyFox Atlanta
Washington Post:
Payroll tax break: Extension proposals from both parties fail in Senate
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 …
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.
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.
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
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's November Approval Weak From Historical Perspective  —  Only Carter had lower job approval during November of his third year  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Obama's 43% average job approval rating last month ranks as one of the lowest for an elected president in November of his third year in office.
 
 
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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
New York Times:
Drilling Down: Drilling Down: Fighting Over Oil and Gas Well Leases
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
The Draghi Deal  —  If I understand the news coming …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson up double digits
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Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Cuddly puppies help law students de-stress before exams
Discussion: Gawker and Law Blog
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
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Meathead Vote  —  For liberal baby boomers, it's always 1972.
Discussion: Don Surber and americanthinker.com
Josh Peterson / The Daily Caller:
Under assault for liberal bias, Politico's traffic dives
 

 
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Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

 
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