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1:40 PM ET, December 8, 2011


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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.
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 …
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.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
GOPers prep for ‘alpha dog’ debate  —  In a Republican presidential campaign marked by eventful debates, Saturday's forum stands to outdo all the others that came before it.  —  The drama is unmistakably building.  The ABC News/Des Moines Register debate at Drake University comes …
RNC chair takes issue with Trump debate
Discussion: The Politico
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Mitt Happens: Gingrich Camp Says Personal Attacks Will Backfire
Discussion: Mediaite
The Forgotten Candidate: Ron Paul Gathers Momentum, Has Sights Set on Newt Gingrich
Discussion: The Daily Dish, GOP 12 and The Reaction
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney launches coordinated assault on Gingrich
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman lashes out at GOP frontrunners
Discussion: The Politico
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Trump: I know more than all the other moderators
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 …
Fox News:
Holder Suggests ‘Fast and Furious’ Guns Will Be Used in Crimes for ‘Years to Come’  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Thursday that weapons lost during the course of the failed “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation will continue to show up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico “for years to come.”
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
Documents: ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations
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 …
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama threatens veto if pipeline decision is added to payroll tax cut  —  The battle between the White House and Republicans over the Keystone XL pipeline escalated Wednesday with a veto threat delivered personally by President Obama.  —  Obama warned that he would veto an extension of the payroll-tax cut …
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Obama delaying Keystone pipeline to appease envelope stuffers, suggests McConnell
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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.
CBS News:
Putin: Clinton, U.S. to blame for voter unrest  —  Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (AP/Getty)  —  (CBS/AP) Updated at 8:57 a.m. Eastern.  —  MOSCOW - Prime Minister Vladimir Putin strongly criticized U.S. Secretary …
Miriam Elder / Guardian:
Russia's anti-Putin protests grow
Investor's Business Daily:
Five Big Lies in Obama's Economic Fairness Speech  —  Election '12: One thing is certainly true about President Obama — no matter how many times people point out the falsehoods in his speeches, he just keeps making them.  Case in point: his latest “economic fairness” address.
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.
TWITTER AND THE CAMPAIGN  —  HOW THE DISCUSSION ON TWITTER VARIES FROM BLOGS AND NEWS COVERAGE AND RON PAUL'S TWITTER TRIUMPH  —  A detailed examination of more than 20 million Tweets about the race for president finds that the political discussion on Twitter is measurably different …
Discussion: The Politico, Poynter and Campaign 2012
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
Deanna Lambert / WSMV-TV:
Friends say classmate killed self after bullying on sexuality  —  Students at a local school are grieving a classmate.  Friends say the young man took his own life because he couldn't take any more bullying.  —  And they say school officials knew about the torment but didn't do enough to stop it.
Washington Post:
Air Force dumped ashes of more troops' remains in Va. landfill than acknowledged  —  The Air Force dumped the incinerated partial remains of at least 274 American troops in a Virginia landfill, far more than the military had acknowledged, before halting the secretive practice three years ago, records show.
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
45 GOP Senators Filibustering Consumer Protection Nominee Have Received Millions From Wall Street This Year
US Department of State:
QUESTION: No.  —  MR. TONER: No, let's go ahead.  —  QUESTION: Stay on Syria.
Discussion: Washington Post and Campaign 2012
Lauren A. E. Schuker / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Courts Seacrest for ‘Today’
Maggie Fazeli Fard / Washington Post:
Three Occupy D.C. members launch hunger strike
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Scott's approval hits new low in poll: 26 percent
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
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Hope Yen / Associated Press:
Census: Widening income gap as blacks leave cities
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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
House Passes Bill To Grant Congress Veto Power Over White House Rules
Discussion: Firedoglake
Investor's Business Daily:
A Lesson in Fairness For Obama