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2:20 PM ET, December 6, 2011


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Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Heartbreak Awaits Republicans Who Love Newt: Ramesh Ponnuru  —  Before Republicans put Newt Gingrich at the top of their party, they should consider what happened the last time he led it.  —  In the mid-1990s, Gingrich was the de facto head of the Republican Party.
Pema Levy /
TPM2012  —  The Libertarian Intelligentsia Is Freaking Out Over Newt  —  Libertarians in Washington are not happy about how the Republican primary is shaping up.  Barring a miracle, there are two candidates with a decent shot at the nomination.  Mitt Romney, the godfather of Obamacare, is not libertarians' first choice.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP kingmakers unhappy with choice between Romney, Gingrich for 2012  —  The Republican presidential primary is shaping up as a two-man race, but influential conservatives are clearly expressing their dissatisfaction with choices A and B.  —  In recent weeks, key GOP lawmakers …
The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Gingrich 37%, Romney 22% Among GOP Voters Nationwide  —  Gallup's initial Daily tracking finds all other candidates in single digits  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Newt Gingrich leads Mitt Romney 37% to 22% in Gallup's inaugural Daily tracking of Republican registered voters' preferences …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Ron Paul goes negative against Newt Gingrich on air in Iowa  —  Ron Paul is becoming the first to go negative against Newt Gingrich on the air in Iowa, with a 60-second version of a blistering, and roughly two-minute, web video he did painting the former House Speaker as the portrait of ‘serial hypocrisy.’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Alicia Mundy / Washington Wire:
Super PAC Supporting Romney Looks to Run Ads in Iowa
Discussion: Swampland
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Encourages Newt Gingrich to Read Panetta Speech Before Criticizing
New York Post:   Newt's second act
The Politico:
Nervous Mitt fans: Hit Newt harder
Discussion: Swampland, GOP 12 and CNN
Glenn Beck:
Transcript of Newt Gingrich interview  —  Glenn is back on TV!  Watch Glenn's new two-hour show available live and on-demand Monday through Friday on!  Start your two week free trial HERE!  —  Below is a rush transcript of Glenn's interview with Newt Gingrich this morning.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
An absurd choice for a health care award
Discussion: The Politico and Paul Krugman
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Beck the latest GOPer to take on Gingrich
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Rick Santorum Has Tense Exchange on Gay Rights and Health Care in Iowa  —  SIOUX CENTER, IOWA—Rick Santorum is usually quite amiable on the trail, but Monday evening at campaign event at small Christian college in Sioux City he had some tense back and forth exchanges with one student and another graduate of the college.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Craig Ruttle / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Iowans Rally to Gingrich  —  Newt Gingrich has leapt to a sizable lead in preferences for the Iowa Republican caucuses, drawing on a rally from conservatives, positive views of his political experience and a sense he best represents “core Republican values” to push Mitt Romney into a trailing tie with Ron Paul.
First Thoughts: Invoking Teddy Roosevelt
Discussion: Washington Post and The Politico
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Who Killed the Postal Service?  —  USPS is slashing first-class delivery, cutting billions of dollars, and looking to cut thousands of workers.  How did it get this bad?  —  Wikipedia  —  Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep your postman from delivering that Mad Men DVD you've been waiting for.
Spike Dolomite Ward / Los Angeles Times:
‘Obamacare’ to the rescue  —  A woman who felt President Obama had let the middle class down has changed her mind.  —  In this August 20, 2009 photo, President Obama spoke during a town hall meeting on healthcare at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.  (Alex Wong/Bloomberg)
Huw Evans /
Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed  —  Following on from the announcement that GM is looking at redesigning the Chevrolet Volt's lithium-ion battery system in the wake of several highly publicized fires resulting from test crashes …
Discussion: Don Surber and
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Senate Republican filibuster blocks Obama D.C. Circuit nominee Caitlin Halligan  —  Senate Republicans on Tuesday filibustered the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, blocking a nominee tapped last year by President Obama to serve on one of the country's most powerful courts.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Nomination Race Hurting GOP, But Not Helping Obama  —  As the fight for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination unfolds, more Americans say their impression of the GOP field is worsening than improving.  Those views, however, have not resulted in a better view of President Barack Obama at this point.
William Glaberson / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Police Maligned Paradegoers on Facebook  —  They called people “animals” and “savages.”  One comment said, “Drop a bomb and wipe them all out.”  —  Hearing New York police officers speak publicly but candidly about one another and the people they police is rare indeed, especially with their names attached.
Kevin Bogardus / Ballot Box:
Public workers union endorses Obama as ‘only choice for the 99 percent’  —  The largest public employee union in the country endorsed President Obama for a second term on Tuesday.  —  With 1.6 million members, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) …
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Meaghan Murphy / Fox News:
Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say  —  Allison Arngrim (left) starred on 'Little House on the Prairie.  " She said stories about Corey Feldman and Corey Haim (right) being abused as child stars were common in the 1980s and 90s.
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Park Police must provide Occupy D.C. notice before eviction, judge says  —  View Photo Gallery —  Two groups of demonstrators have entrenched themselves in Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square downtown.  Another group of Occupy protesters from New York walked to the District to join them.
Felix Salmon:
The euro zone's terrible mistake  —  The FT is reporting today that the new fiscal rules for the EU “include a commitment not to force private sector bondholders to take losses on any future eurozone bail-outs”.  If this principle really does get enshrined into some new treaty …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote  —  Civil rights group petitions UN over ‘massive voter suppression’ after apparent effort to disenfranchise black and Hispanic people  —  The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement …
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Woman stabbed at Occupy Baltimore encampment, police say  —  Police say dispute was over cat  —  Baltimore Police say a 24-year-old woman was stabbed during a dispute around midnight Saturday at the Occupy Baltimore encampment at the Inner Harbor.  —  According to a police report …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Verum Serum
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP members offer payroll tax solution: Let taxpayers choose
Discussion: The Politico
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It's Tone, Not Taxes, a Tycoon Tells the President
Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:
President Obama's road to reelection runs through Pennsylvania
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
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Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Dan Quayle / Arizona Republic:
Romney's qualities make him best candidate for president
Discussion: The Page and Outside the Beltway
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Final government shutdown fight rings out the old year
Discussion: The Politico and Booman Tribune
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Wonky Liberal  —  Republicans have many strong arguments …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Discussion: The Impolitic
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Reichle v. Howards

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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

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