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2:42 AM ET, December 5, 2011


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Marist Poll:
12/4: NBC News/Marist Poll: Romney Lead Narrows in New Hampshire Primary  —  Although Mitt Romney outpaces his closest competitor in New Hampshire's Republican Presidential Primary by 16 percentage points, his lead has been cut in half since a similar poll conducted in October.
Marist Poll:
12/4: NBC News/Marist Poll: Gingrich Races to the Head of the Pack in Iowa  —  With less than one month to go until the Iowa caucus, Newt Gingrich has surged to the top of the leaderboard in the state.  Gingrich outdistances his closest rivals, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul, by 8 and 9 percentage points, respectively.
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Huntsman's Cash-Poor Campaign Gets Help From Father
NBC's Mark Murray /
Gingrich takes control in Iowa
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Michele Bachmann Talks Presidential Politics; Sens. Coburn, Conrad on Extending the Payroll Tax Cut  —  Special Guests: Michele Bachmann, Sen. Kent Conrad, Sen. Tom Coburn … CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.  —  Herman Cain suspends his presidential campaign.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Report: Cain to endorse Newt Monday  —  That was fast.  —  Fox-5 in Atlanta, the same station that broke the Ginger White allegations, is reporting that Herman Cain is going to endorse Newt Gingrich on Monday.  Gingrich's camp put a late add of a press conference at 1:45 p.m. on his schedule.
Paul Krugman:
Lies, Damned Lies, And Elections  —  As we wait to see whether the GOP nominates the guy who claims that his health plan was nothing like Obamacare, oh no, or the guy who claims that Freddie Mac paid him $1.6 million as a historian, one thing is obvious: this election is going to pose a major challenge to the news media.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Brad DeLong
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House opens offensive to confirm consumer agency head  —  The White House on Sunday night launched a major offensive to get Richard Cordray confirmed this week as the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) created by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law enacted last year.
Discussion: The Politico
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama to channel T.R. — Cain may endorse Newt — Gingrich talks Middle East, inner city this week - Perry bus tour - Iowa Poll: Newt, Ron Paul, Mitt, undecided, Bachmann, Cain, Santorum, Perry  —  GREEN ROOM CHEAT SHEET - our notes for “Face the Nation” roundtable:
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
State attorneys general grill Republican candidates at forum
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
U.S. Drug Agents Launder Profits of Mexican Cartels  —  WASHINGTON — Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington's expanding role in Mexico's fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.
Cynthia Kouril / Firedoglake:
The Profits on the Secret $7.7 Trillion Loans to TBTF Banks  —  Elliot Spitzer has an excellent article up at Slate about the $7.7 trillion secret loans that the Fed made to the nation's biggest banks.  He wants criminal and Congressional investigations, as you would expect.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Justin Gillis / New York Times:
2010 Carbon Dioxide Output Shows Biggest Jump Ever  —  Global emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil-fuel burning jumped by the largest amount on record last year, upending the notion that the brief decline during the recession might persist through the recovery.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Parisa Hafezi / Reuters:
U.S. official says no sign Iran shot down drone  —  (Reuters) - Iranian media reported on Sunday that their country's military had shot down a U.S. reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran, but a U.S. official said there was no indication the aircraft had been shot down.
New York Times:
31 Are Arrested at Occupy D.C. Building Site  —  WASHINGTON — Police arrested 31 people on Sunday night and tore down a barnlike building Occupy D.C. protesters began to erect that morning in a park two blocks from the White House where they have been camping out.
Discussion: RedState
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Sunday Reflection: The higher ed bubble is bursting, so what comes next?  —  A couple of years back, I suggested in these pages that higher education was facing a bubble much like the housing bubble: An overpriced good, propped up by cheap government-subsidized credit, luring borrowers …
Discussion: ParaPundit
Elaine Thompson / KOMO News:
Police: Anti-Occupy Seattle protester beaten near SCCC  —  SEATTLE — Police say a man who displayed an antI-Occupy Seattle sign near Seattle Central Community College was beaten on Friday.  —  The 42-year-old man stood just north of the Occupy camp holding a sign that read “Occupy Somewhere Else, Not My School,” according to police.
David McKay / Hartford Courant:   Sexual Assault Reported At Occupy Hartford Camp
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Choking on Obamacare  —  In 1941, Carl Karcher was a 24-year …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad: Reid to unveil payroll tax holiday compromise
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Washington Post:
ProPublica review of pardons in past decade shows process heavily favored whites
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Out of Africa and Into Iowa  —  NEWT GINGRICH'S mind is in love with itself.