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8:15 PM ET, December 7, 2011


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Topline Results of Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2011, CNN/TIME/ORC Poll  —  FLORIDA  —  BASED ON INTERVIEWS WITH 446 REGISTERED REPUBLICANS WHO ARE LIKELY TO VOTE IN THE FLORIDA REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY — SAMPLING ERROR: +/- 4.5 PERCENTAGE PTS.  —  1. If the Republican presidential primary were held today …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gingrich or Romney: McCain prepares to play kingmaker in 2012 GOP primary  —  Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, is moving toward endorsing a candidate for 2012.  —  Republican sources familiar with his thinking say he will probably endorse his onetime political enemy, Mitt Romney.
Jackie Kucinich / USA Today:
Romney says he'd consider naming his Cabinet early
Erick Erickson / RedState:
My Confession  —  The problem with Mitt Romney is the inconsistencies in his record.
Discussion: Money & Politics Blog and GOP 12
Kevinliptak / CNN:
CNN Poll: Gingrich front-runner in 3 of first 4 states to vote
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Gingrich Clocks Huge Gains in All Early Voting States
Discussion: Swampland and Capital J | JTA
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul downplays exclusion from Jewish forum
Discussion: The Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Colorado shows GOP electability differences
Discussion: Hot Air and Ballot Box
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Obama administration refuses to relax Plan B restrictions  —  The federal government Wednesday rejected a request to let young teenage girls buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves without a prescription.
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years  —  Disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison after he made a final plea for leniency, acknowledging his guilt and saying, “I am unbelievably sorry.”  —  “I believe he did, in fact, accept [responsibility] …
Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich gets 14 years
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Documents: ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations  —  Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.
Michael Pollak / New York Times:
Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter on ‘M*A*S*H,’ Dies at 96  —  Harry Morgan, the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series “M*A*S*H,” died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles.  He was 96.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Israel rift roils Democratic ranks  —  Two of the Democratic Party's core institutions are challenging a bipartisan consensus on Israel and Palestine that has dominated American foreign policy for more than a decade.  —  The Center for American Progress, the party's key hub of ideas and strategy …
Manar Ammar / Bikya Masr:
Islamic cleric bans women from touching bananas, cucumbers for sexual resemblance  —  Cucumbers are forbidden for women, says Islamic sheikh.  —  CAIRO: An Islamic cleric residing in Europe said that women should not be close to bananas or cucumbers, in order to avoid any “sexual thoughts.”
Tom Kennedy / Telegraph:
Nasa's Voyager 1 in ‘cosmic purgatory’ on verge of entering Milky Way  —  Nasa's Voyager 1 has entered a new region of space between the Solar System and interstellar space in what Nasa has described as a ‘cosmic purgatory’.  —  Nasa's Voyager 1 spacecraft
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Alec Baldwin / The Huffington Post:
A Farewell to Common Sense, Style, and Service on American Airlines … Airlines , American Airlines , Alec Baldwin , Alec Baldwin American Airlines , Flight Attendants , Flying , Travel News  —  First off, I would like to apologize to the other passengers onboard the American Airlines flight that I was thrown off of yesterday.
Amy Bingham / ABCNEWS:
Voters Flee Democratic Party in Key Swing States  —  President Obama's uphill battle to re-election is getting steeper.  —  A report released today by the centrist think-tank Third Way showed that more than 825,000 voters in eight key battleground states have fled the Democratic Party since Obama won election in 2008.
Ishaan Tharoor / Time:
1. Occupy Wall Street Protests Spread  —  On Sept. 17, a couple hundred protesters demonstrating against the excesses of corporate execs and the pervasive influence of high finance in U.S. politics set up camp in Lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park and refused to leave.
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Gingrich Promise Breaks the Law  —  Newt Gingrich promised he would ask former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton “to be his secretary of state if he's elected president next year,” the Washington Times reports.  —  Unfortunately, naming individuals you would appoint to office before the election is apparently illegal.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What in the world is Romney talking about?  —  In presenting a fairly detailed picture of his economic worldview, President Obama explained yesterday that “the free market is the greatest force for economic progress in human history.  It's led to a prosperity and a standard of living unmatched by the rest of the world.”
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rick Perry TV ad hits President Obama ‘war on religion’  —  Rick Perry's latest spot in his Iowa ad buy rotation is another faith-based appeal, but one that has one of the most audible dog-whistles so far this cycle about President Obama.  —  In the spot, “Strong,” Perry says …
Kathy Matheson / Associated Press:
Death penalty dropped against Mumia Abu-Jamal  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will no longer pursue the death penalty against former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, meaning he will spend the rest of his life in prison for gunning down a white police officer nearly 30 years ago.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Warren Cursed by the Bambino … DONATE Email Print Send to Instapaper  —  In today's election news, a candidate for the World's Most Deliberative Body is facing an earth-shattering scandal because she said “2008” when she should have said “2007,” demonstrating to all that she is utterly incapable …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Moore: “Wall Street Has Their Man And His Name Is Barack Obama”  —  MICHAEL MOORE, ON CNN: Well, “The Washington post” three weeks ago had this investigation and they said that President Obama has now raised more money from Wall Street and the banks for this election cycle than all — than all eight Republicans combined.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Big Hollywood
Curtis Cartier / The Daily Weekly:
Crystal Cox, Oregon Blogger, Isn't a Journalist, Concludes U.S. Court—Imposes $2.5 Million Judgement on Her  —  ​A U.S. District Court judge in Portland has drawn a line in the sand between “journalist” and “blogger.”  And for Crystal Cox, a woman on the latter end of that comparison, the distinction has cost her $2.5 million.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Limbaugh Declares Fox News and National Review to Be Un-Conservative  —  The talk-radio host takes right-wing heretic-hunting to its logical conclusion … Has there ever been a less conservative sentiment uttered than the one above?  —  Yet its creator, Rush Limbaugh …
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Hit & Run
Michael Kazin / The New Republic:
Why a Gingrich vs. Obama Matchup Would Be Good For the Country  —  I sincerely hope Newt Gingrich wins the Republican nomination for president: It could bring a healthy candor to our politics and end up boosting the fortunes of liberalism as well.  Now, I realize the former Speaker may not be able …
Washington Examiner:
Transcript of our interview with Mitt Romney  —  MARK TAPSCOTT: From the very beginning of this race you've drawn support from about 25 percent of Republican voters and there's been a succession of “not Romney” shooting stars, if you will, who shot up and then down.
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Obama unveils new border rules  —  President Barack Obama joined Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Wednesday to announce the details of two new initiatives designed to improve safety and streamline trade and commerce between the United States and its largest trading partner.
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
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Chuck Grassley: Lanny Breuer must go
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
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Discussion: Ballot Box and Business Insider
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Why Newt's surge is for real