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3:55 PM ET, December 8, 2011


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New York Times:
Democrats See 2-Horse Race, Adding Whip  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and its allies are starting to turn their sights to Newt Gingrich, invoking his tumultuous history as House speaker to brand him as the “king of gridlock,” a testament to his new viability and the sudden realization …
Hayley Peterson / Campaign 2012:
Christie heckles ‘Occupy’ protesters in Iowa  —  Follow on Twitter:Follow @hcpeterson  —  WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heckled a group of protesters at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Iowa on Wednesday, calling them immature and dissilusioned for supporting President Obama.
Here Comes the Romney SuperPAC
Discussion: CNN, HotAirPundit and The Caucus
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
GOPers prep for ‘alpha dog’ debate
Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
N.J. Gov. Christie gets “Occupied” in Iowa
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Gothamist and CNN
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman lashes out at GOP frontrunners
Discussion: The Politico
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Happens: Gingrich Camp Says Personal Attacks Will Backfire
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney launches coordinated assault on Gingrich
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Priebus: ‘Malpractice’ for me to back Trump debate  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spoke out Thursday against an upcoming GOP presidential debate to be moderated by Donald Trump, saying it would be “malpractice” for him as the leader of the party not to think the debate was problematic.
Rhodes Cook / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
2012 Republican Race: The Field May Not Be Closed  —  Conventional wisdom is that the Republican presidential field is set, and that it is much too late for a new candidate to enter the race.  —  In years past, that would be absolutely correct.  Over the last few decades …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / The Caucus:
Perry Also Passes on Trump Debate  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has joined other candidates, including Mitt Romney, in passing on Donald Trump's Dec. 27 debate in Iowa.  His campaign issued this statement on Thursday: … Mr. Trump's involvement has been criticized …
Discussion: GOP 12 and New York Times
Perry declines Trump debate invite
Discussion: The Politico
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Poll: Elizabeth Warren soars 7 up over Scott Brown  —  UMass-Lowell, Herald poll shows attack ads harm both  —  Democrat Elizabeth Warren has opened up a lead against Republican incumbent Scott Brown for the first time in their U.S. Senate showdown, but a barrage of attack ads appears …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
GOP blocks Cordray for CFPB
Discussion: CNN and
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry's Anti-Gay Iowa Ad Divides His Top Staff … 2012 Election , Log Cabin Republicans , Elections 2012 , Rick Perry , Video , Iowa Caucuses , Fabrizio Perry , Iowa Caucus 2012 , Perry Ad , Perry Dadt , Rick Perry 2012 , Rick Perry Ad Campaign , Rick Perry Don't Ask Don't Tell …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Less Enthusiastic About Voting in 2012  —  Republicans' enthusiasm gap over Democrats narrows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans' enthusiasm about voting in the election for president next year has decreased, with 49% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican now saying …
Lerone Graham / WDBJ-TV:
Police officer shot on Virginia Tech campus  —  A police officer is reportedly the one who has been shot.  —  A police officer has been shot on the campus of Virginia Tech.  —  There is a report of a shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech.  —  BLACKSBURG, Va.—
Daniel deVise / Washington Post:
Virginia Tech Police officer, one other, killed on campus  —  A Virginia Tech police officer was fatally shot Thursday during a routine traffic stop on the Blacksburg campus and a second person was found slain in a nearby parking lot after the gunman fled, the university reports.
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Obama delaying Keystone pipeline to appease envelope stuffers, suggests McConnell  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday said President Obama decided to delay a decision on whether or not to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to maintain the support …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama threatens veto if pipeline decision is added to payroll tax cut
Wall Street Journal:
Corzine: ‘I Simply Do Not Know Where The Money Is’  —  A contrite Jon S. Corzine will express both sorrow and a firm defense of his actions Thursday in his first public appearance since the collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd. in late October.  —  “Recognizing the enormous impact …
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Eric Cantor smacks down ‘insider’ Spencer Bachus  —  A day after Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus said he would move forward on an insider-trading bill, Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped him dead in his tracks.  —  In a Wednesday meeting described by one source as …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Booman Tribune
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: House leaders ‘petty’ to block insider trading bill
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Pelosi avoids criticism of Obama, Sebelius on morning-after pill  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) avoided criticizing President Obama or Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the decision to overrule federal regulators and limit access to the morning-after pill.
Discussion: The Politico
Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Restrictions on Morning-After Pill Are Politically Driven
Discussion: The American Prospect and Hot Air
Ann Coulter /
Ann Coulter Newt Presents a Fresh New Virtual Face  —  Before you newly active Republicans commit to Newt Gingrich as your presidential nominee on the basis of the recent debates, here's a bit of Newt history you ought to know.  I promise you, it's going to come up if he's the candidate.
David Frum / FrumForum:
The Coming GOP Gingrich Freakout  —  Today's question is: will the Gingrich balloon deflate like all the previous Not Mitt balloons?  —  The answer is: yes of course-but given that these balloons take typically 6-8 weeks to shrivel, the impending Gingrich bust may not arrive soon enough to save Romney.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: AG Holder could be impeached over gun-tracking program  —  A senior GOP lawmaker said Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder could be impeached over the botched gun tracking operation Fast and Furious.  —  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) suggested at a House Judiciary Committee hearing …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Eric Boehlert Targeted In Bungled ‘Verizon’ Sting … Verizon , Video , 99 Percent , Eric Boehlert , Mandy Nagy , Media Matters , Media Criticism , Mike Flynn , Sam Stein , Andrew Breitbart , James o'Keefe , To Catch a Journalist , Politics News  —  It was the middle of the day on Friday, and Eric Boehlert heard a knock on the door.
Malawi to review homosexuality law  —  Last year, a gay couple were given a 14-year jail term before being pardoned  —  Malawi will review a series of controversial laws, including a ban on homosexual acts, Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume has said.  —  Mr Chiume said the review was in response to “public opinion”.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
Sen. Boxer to climate-change deniers: ‘You are endangering humankind’
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US Department of State:
QUESTION: No.  —  MR. TONER: No, let's go ahead.  —  QUESTION: Stay on Syria.
Discussion: Washington Post and Campaign 2012
CBS News:
Putin: Clinton, U.S. to blame for voter unrest
Maggie Fazeli Fard / Washington Post:
Three Occupy D.C. members launch hunger strike
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
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