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4:45 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.
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 …
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
On private call, Republicans say attacking Obama personally is too dangerous: Yahoo News exclusive  —  Obama greets a crowd at Wilkes Barre/Scranton International Airport (Carolyn Kaster/AP)  —  Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday …
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 …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Ron Paul goes negative against Newt Gingrich on air in Iowa
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Encourages Newt Gingrich to Read Panetta Speech Before Criticizing
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Beck the latest GOPer to take on Gingrich
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Gingrich: Most likely to kiss up to the liberal elite
Discussion: American Spectator
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Call him crazy but Huntsman shifts on climate change  —  GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman shifted his position on global warming Tuesday, telling a conservative audience that there is “not enough information right now” on the issue to formulate policies.
Discussion: CNN
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
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
Here's The BIG Class Warfare Speech Obama Is Giving In Kansas Right Now  —  President Barack Obama is in Kansas, channeling Teddy Roosevelt with a huge class warfare speech in the same town where T.R. gave his “New Nationalism” speech aimed at uniting the Republican party.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Obama says economic ‘inequality’ hurts everyone
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
GOP filibusters judicial nominee
Discussion: Hot Air
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Republicans vs. Democrats TV survey results: Lefties want comedy, right wingers like work  —  Republicans don't watch MTV's Jersey Shore.  But they dig ABC's Castle.  —  Democrats don't like Discovery's Deadliest Catch.  But they swoon for NBC's Parks and Recreation.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Truth About Pundit Crap: Could Jon Meacham Be the Most Insufferable Human in Washington?  —  I have long proposed that every single major elite political pundit be frog-marched away from the buffet tables inside the Beltway and deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains, there to be confined …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Correction from White House: President didn't say he's ‘mad living here’  —  Note to critics of President Obama and any remaining birthers out there: Contrary to what the White House originally claimed, the president didn't actually say he was “mad” living here.
Discussion: CNN
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Bob Woodward says sitting next to Al Gore is ‘taxing, unpleasant’  —  If you plan on throwing a dinner party full of VIPs, whatever you do, don't seat Bob Woodward next to Al Gore.  —  In a speech at the Organization for International Investment's annual dinner at D.C.'s Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Thursday …
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)
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
ALEC Deems Kids Eating Rat Poison An ‘Acceptable Risk’  —  As ThinkProgress has been reporting for some time, the corporate front group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been colluding with the billionaire Koch brothers to privatize government and eliminate environmental regulations that interfere with profits.
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
It's Tone, Not Taxes, a Tycoon Tells the President  —  Leon Cooperman, a 68-year-old Wall Street veteran, says he is for higher taxes on the wealthy.  He'd happily give up his Social Security checks.  He voted for Al Gore in 2000.  He says the special treatment of investment gains …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Agree on Tax Deal  —  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and legislative leaders on Tuesday announced that they had reached an agreement to raise taxes on New York state's wealthiest residents as part of a deal to overhaul the state's tax rates.
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 …
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.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama announces foreign aid to promote gay rights; plan panned by Perry
Discussion: CNN
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Gaming website picks Hillary Clinton over Bachmann and Santorum for president
Discussion: Reuters
Jeremy Rosen /
Chris Myers resigns as Medford mayor
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott hits a new low
Justin Fenton / Baltimore Sun:
Woman stabbed at Occupy Baltimore encampment, police say
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Verum Serum
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Nomination Race Hurting GOP, But Not Helping Obama
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP members offer payroll tax solution: Let taxpayers choose
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Park Police must provide Occupy D.C. notice before eviction, judge says
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
Insider: $56 Billion Later, Airport Security Is Junk
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
An absurd choice for a health care award