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8:20 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  —  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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Gingrich's grim ground game
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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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 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
Discussion: Business Insider and EU Referendum
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James Kirkup / Telegraph:
Euro doomed from start, says Jacques Delors
Discussion: Guardian
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.
Mike Lilis / The Hill:
Democrats downplay leverage they know they have in fight over payroll tax cut  —  House Democratic leaders are downplaying talk that they have all the leverage in a tax fight with Republicans even as they insist that the GOP will need to move in their direction if a deal is going to be reached.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
10 Questions for Haley Barbour  —  Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi makes comments during a plenary session this week at the Republican Governors Association's annual conference in Orlando, Fla.  —  ORLANDO, Fla. - Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi has been engrossed in presidential politics since dropping …
Discussion: The Page
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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Still Seem Torn About Romney
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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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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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
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Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
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Discussion: Firedoglake and EconLog
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Nelson up double digits
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Fundamentally: Newt Gingrich's Favorite Word
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