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2:35 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 …
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Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Iowa Poll: Newt Gingrich leads three-candidate race in Iowa  —  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich appears at a news conference before a tea party rally in New York Saturday.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)  —  Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has carved out a clear lead …
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 …
NBC's Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
Gingrich takes control in Iowa  —  With about four weeks until the first Republican presidential nominating contest, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has surged to the lead in Iowa and has climbed nearly 20 percentage points in New Hampshire since October, according to new NBC News-Marist polls.
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: GOP Candidate Rick Santorum and Rep. Barney Frank
Discussion: The Politico, The Other McCain and CNN
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: The Moderate Voice
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Decadent Left  —  IN the days when Tea Party activists were crowding town hall meetings and Glenn Beck's fans were thronging the Washington Mall, a kind of existential despair settled over the American left.  The country was mired in an economic crisis that most left-wingers believed …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and TBogg
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.
Washington Post:
ProPublica review of pardons in past decade shows process heavily favored whites  —  White criminals seeking presidential pardons over the past decade have been nearly four times as likely to succeed as minorities, a ProPublica examination has found.  —  Blacks have had the poorest chance …
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Ron Paul says he's ‘flavor of the decade’  —  Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Sunday he hoped voters attracted to Herman Cain's “independent mindedness” would take a second look at his presidential campaign with Cain now out of the race.  —  “We're paying a lot of attention of that …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
A closer look at Mitt Romney's job creation record  —  The Republican presidential contender says he learned about expanding employment during his time heading a private equity firm.  But under his leadership, Bain Capital often maximized profits in part by firing workers.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Hullabaloo
Telegraph:
Merkel and Sarkozy to unveil eurozone rescue package  —  Germany's Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy of France will set out plans for a eurozone rescue package when they meet tomorrow, and the European Central Bank could offer a €1 trillion (£640bn) cash injection if closer fiscal union is agreed later this week.
Discussion: National Review
Associated Press:
Panetta Scolds Israel on Peace Talks  —  WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged Israel on Friday to “reach out and mend fences” with Turkey, Egypt and other security partners in the Middle East, saying he is troubled by the Jewish state's growing isolation in the volatile region.
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Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Herman Cain Suspends His Campaign  —  ATLANTA — An unapologetic and defiant Herman Cain suspended his presidential campaign on Saturday, pledging that he “would not go away” even as he abandoned hope of winning the Republican nomination in the face of escalating accusations of sexual misconduct.
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