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6:25 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.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Romney Losing Among Fox News Viewers  —  If there were a Fox News primary, Mitt Romney would be losing it.  —  Among Republican voters in Iowa, nearly 40 percent say they get most of their news from the network and its many conservative hosts, according to the most recent New York Times poll.
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
Jackie Kucinich / USA Today:
Romney says he'd consider naming his Cabinet early
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.
United States Department of Health and Human Services:
A Statement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius  —  Plan B One-Step is an emergency contraceptive, sometimes referred to as the “morning after pill.”  Plan B One-Step is currently labeled over the counter to women ages 17 years and older, but is sold behind the pharmacy counter.
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
Health Secretary Overrules F.D.A. on Sale of Contraceptives
Discussion: Truthdig and Feministing
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
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.
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.
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
Manny Fantis /
Sidwell Friends School, Sasha and Malia Obama's School, Opts For Asian, including Japanese Food On Pearl Harbor Day  —  Sidwell Friends School's website shows the menu for Wednesday December 7th, 2011, the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, as an Asian food day.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Fewer Veterans to Remember Pearl Harbor Day
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 …
Fox News:
Lawmakers Blast Administration For Calling Fort Hood Massacre ‘Workplace Violence’  —  Sen. Susan Collins on Wednesday blasted the Defense Department for classifying the Fort Hood massacre as workplace violence and suggested political correctness is being placed above the security of the nation's Armed Forces at home.
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.
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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama's Kansas speech: some suspect facts  —  “I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory.  Remember in those years, in 2001 and 2003, Congress passed two of the most expensive tax cuts for the wealthy in history.  And what did they get us?  The slowest job growth in half a century.”
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.
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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The right's problems with children's entertainment  —  You've likely heard about Fox News targeting the Muppets, but it's worth appreciating the extent to which this ties into a larger pattern. … Bolling actually went after Muppets twice, first accusing the movie of trying to …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
President Obama won't go to Hawaii while payroll tax is in limbo  —  President Obama is not vacationing in Hawaii with his wife and children while the extension of the payroll tax holiday remains in limbo, and has warned GOP congressional leaders to stay in town as well.
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
Jim Burroway / Box Turtle Bulletin:
Marriage Criminalization Bill Introduced In Nigerian House  —  It took barely twenty-four hours for Nigeria's House of Representatives to register its answer to the Obama Administration's pledge to become more vigorous in protecting the human rights of LGBT people abroad.
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.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Why Newt's surge is for real  —  Washington is waking up to a prospect that a week ago seemed far-fetched.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Obama threatens veto of payroll tax linked to pipeline measure  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he will veto any attempt by Republicans to link approval of a major oil pipeline from Canada or other unrelated measures with the payroll tax cut extension issue currently before Congress.
Discussion: The Politico
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Phillip Rawls / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: Tough US immigration law questioned
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and The Politico
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What in the world is Romney talking about?
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Chuck Grassley: Lanny Breuer must go
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Romney wouldn't recommend Romneycare for states
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
The cost of switching to an insurance exchange
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Mojo
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Did Israel Train American Interrogators in Torture?
Discussion: Political Mojo and Michael Totten
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Bank Tellers and ATMs
Discussion: Political Mojo and Eschaton
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
The Gingrich who stole Christmas?
Discussion: Ballot Box and Business Insider
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Democrat says GOP trying to deny blacks the right to vote
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Republicans stands solidly against Richard Cordray
Discussion: Politics Extra and CNN
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Walsh complains about protesters' vomit in his office
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann Is Concerned About Bestiality In The Military
Discussion: WorldNetDaily
Firefighters let home burn over $75 fee — again
Discussion: Indecision Forever and Law Blog
Daily Mail:
Girl gang who kicked woman in the head while yelling ‘kill the white slag’ …