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7:00 AM ET, December 3, 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. …
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.
CNN:
Huntsman and Gingrich agree to debate
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Gingrich's grim ground game
Discussion: The Politico, Balloon Juice and ABCNEWS
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Huntsman skips Trump, will debate Gingrich in unmoderated format
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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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.
Fox News:
Cain Plans ‘Announcement’ on Saturday About Future  —  Herman Cain plans to make an announcement Saturday about his political future, as his campaign reels from new allegations about an extramarital affair.  —  Cain previously had said he was taking a “reassessment” of his presidential campaign …
unionleader.com:
Assessing Cain: Charisma isn't enough
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Hill
Reid Pillifant / Capital New York:
Pete King: Gingrich is condescending, undisciplined, and bad for the G.O.P.  — 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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Fabienne Faur / Agence France Presse:
Occupy movement searches for new direction  —  WASHINGTON — With protest camps being cleared out of many US cities, the “Occupy” movement targeting Wall Street and economic inequality is searching for new targets as it strives to remain relevant.  —  Some of the demonstrators …
James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Euro doomed from start, says Jacques Delors  —  The euro project was flawed from the start and the current generation of European leaders has failed to address its fundamental problems, Jacques Delors, the architect of the single currency, declares today.  —  Jacques Delors sees the euro crisis …
Discussion: Guardian and EU Referendum
J. Bradford DeLong / Brad DeLong:
The Household Survey: A Note on the December 2, 2011 Report  —  We do not typically see 40 basis-point declines in the unemployment rate in a single month.  —  The decline that we would like to see would be this one: a 60 basis-point decline generated by an increase in employment …
Discussion: Modeled Behavior and Angry Bear
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
8.6% Unemployment: The Good, the Bad, and the Mysterious in the Jobs Report
Jamie Schram / New York Post:
Doctor upset over losing hospital fellowship allegedly stole scientific materials, shuffled around lab rats  —  He really was a mad scientist.  Dr. Mohsen Hosseinkhani, angry over losing his fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center, allegedly swiped secret scientific material and screwed …
Peter H. Stone / iWatch News:
K Street, Wall Street line up behind Sen. Scott Brown in his race against Elizabeth Warren  —  Prospect of Elizabeth Warren in the U.S. Senate motivates K Street, Wall Street to support Scott Brown  —  Sen. Scott Brown's campaign and his political action committee are hustling for millions …
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
 
 
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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
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Raise Nick Hanauer's taxes
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Christine Todd Whitman to Jon Huntsman: Run third party
Discussion: The New Republic
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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