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12:20 PM ET, December 3, 2011

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Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Why Republicans like Newt Gingrich  —  Things sure do change fast around here.  One week it's Rick Perry, the next it's Herman Cain.  Now it's . . .  Newt Gingrich?  —  The Republican voter is like a starving man at a free buffet.  He gorges on this, then that …
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Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
- Architect of Obama's health care plan fears a ‘political’ decision by the Supreme Court, says Romney's lying  —  When Representative Peter King called me between votes on Thursday afternoon to talk about his party's current presidential front-runner, Newt Gingrich, he joked that the conversation …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
One month before Iowa, GOP field wide open  —  One month before the first votes are cast, it's anybody's guess who will come out on top in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sits at the top of recent polls in Iowa …
Discussion: CNN
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney looks to outlast and outwork Gingrich to GOP nomination
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Occupy Richmond Stands Up For Local Tea Party Group  —  The two sides are joining forces.  —  The Richmond Tea Party has been alleging that it is being singled out for unfair treatment from the city of Richmond, Virginia after officials have opened a tax audit of the group.
Discussion: Reuters
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Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
LAPD undercover cops infiltrated Occupy camp before raid, source says  —  The Los Angeles Police Department's effort to evict Occupy L.A. protesters from their camp at City Hall included using Occupy undercover officers in the weeks leading up to Wednesday's raid, a police source said.
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Occupy Richmond to Tea Party: We're on Your Side Against City Hall
Discussion: MyFox Atlanta and Verum Serum
The Politico:
Decision day for Herman Cain  —  The party scheduled for the opening of Herman Cain's new campaign headquarters Saturday may end up a wake.  —  After nearly a week of reassessing his campaign, the former Godfather's Pizza CEO will be in Atlanta to tell his supporters whether the accumulation …
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unionleader.com:
Assessing Cain: Charisma isn't enough
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.
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CNN:
Huntsman and Gingrich agree to debate
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Does Romney Have a Moderate Problem?
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Jon Huntsman will skip presidential debate moderated by Donald Trump
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.
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Jeff Passan / Yahoo! Sports:
SEC targets Marlins' shady business  —  For two decades now, Major League Baseball has funded its rise from corporate slacker to gilded cash cow on the backs of taxpayers bullied into building new stadiums.  It's a marvel the government took so long to sniff out the rot that emanates from these deals …
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
British Austerity: The Past Weighs Like a Nightmare on the Brains of Cameron and Osborne Blogging  —  Note that Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats in Britain could end this farce tomorrow, and give their country a chance.  It would be the end of Nick Clegg's political career, of course—but his career is over already.
Charles Moore / Telegraph:
Jacques Delors interview: Euro would still be strong if it had been built to my plan  —  Former president of the European Commission Jacques Delors talks to Charles Moore about the fate of the euro.  —  It was Jacques Delors whose report produced the plan for what we now call the euro
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James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Euro doomed from start, says Jacques Delors
Discussion: Guardian
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Alabama red-faced as second foreign car boss held under immigration law  —  Judge drops charges against Japanese Honda executive Ichiro Yada trapped by Alabama's tough new anti-immigration laws  —  To arrest one foreign car-making executive under Alabama's new tough immigration laws …
Front Page Magazine:
Non-Muslim Muslims and the Jihad Against the West  —  My name is Bosch and I'm a recovering Muslim.  —  That is, if Muslims don't kill me for leaving Islam, which it requires them to do.  That's just one of the reasons I've been writing and drawing against Islam and its Jihad for a number of years now.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
 
 
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Judge: Occupy Protesters Can Stay 2 More Weeks
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Mike Lilis / The Hill:
Democrats downplay leverage they know they have in fight over payroll tax cut
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
10 Questions for Haley Barbour
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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:
Drilling Down: Drilling Down: Fighting Over Oil and Gas Well Leases
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Christine Todd Whitman to Jon Huntsman: Run third party
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