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8:35 PM ET, December 4, 2011


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Erik Wasson / Ballot Box:
Coburn blasts Gingrich, found his leadership ‘lacking’ as House Speaker  —  Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Sunday that he cannot support GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich because the former House speaker lacks leadership skills.  —  “I am not inclined to be a supporter …
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.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Campaign 2012
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sen. Conrad: Reid to unveil payroll tax holiday compromise  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will unveil a compromise proposal on Monday to resolve the simmering congressional dispute over whether and how to extend a payroll tax holiday.  —  Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) …
Discussion: CNN and The Moderate Voice
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 …
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.
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:
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Iowa Poll: Gingrich leads GOP pack, then Paul, Romney  —  With the dizzying fall of Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich has stepped into the breach and now stands alone as the most popular GOP presidential candidate in The Des Moines Register's new Iowa Poll.  —  Gingrich, with support of 25 percent …
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
State attorneys general grill Republican candidates at forum
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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
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.
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Truthdig
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.
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Out of Africa and Into Iowa  —  NEWT GINGRICH'S mind is in love with itself.  —  It has persuaded itself that it is brilliant when it is merely promiscuous.  This is not a serious mind.  Gingrich is not, to put it mildly, a systematic thinker.  —  His mind is a jumble, an amateurish mess lacking impulse control.
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Eric Lipton / New York Times:
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Discussion: RedState and Hullabaloo
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Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Huntsman's Cash-Poor Campaign Gets Help From Father
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Discussion: National Review
George F. Will / Washington Post:
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Ron Paul says he's ‘flavor of the decade’
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Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
A closer look at Mitt Romney's job creation record
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
McCain: GOP needs to address immigration in a ‘humane’ way
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and CNN
Washington Post:
ProPublica review of pardons in past decade shows process heavily favored whites
Associated Press:
Panetta Scolds Israel on Peace Talks
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Decadent Left  —  IN the days when Tea Party activists …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TBogg