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9:45 AM ET, December 8, 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 …
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 …
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 …
The Forgotten Candidate: Ron Paul Gathers Momentum, Has Sights Set on Newt Gingrich
Discussion: GOP 12 and The Reaction
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Ron Paul downplays exclusion from Jewish forum
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
JON CORZINE WILL TESTIFY: ‘I Simply Do Not Know Where The Money Is’  —  Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine will speak in front of a House panel today.  —  His testimony has just been released.  —  You can download it here.  —  One line that stands out (via @djfxtrader): “I simply do not know where the money is.”
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Jon Corzine to tell House panel he doesn't know where customers' money went  —  Jon S. Corzine, the former U.S. senator and New Jersey governor who presided over the collapse of the commodities brokerage MF Global, says he cannot explain what happened to “many hundreds of millions of dollars” that the firm was holding for customers.
New York Post:
EXCLUSIVE: At House hearing Thursday, Corzine expected to plead the Fifth
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Reuters
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.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Was Fast and Furious All About Gun Control?
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NY Dems unaware of Operation Fast and Furious, confronted by reporter [VIDEO]
Discussion: Hot Air and The Right Scoop
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
New e-mails: ATF officials discussed using Fast & Furious to ... push gun control
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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Warren Cursed by the Bambino
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Republicans are the real defenders of Social Security, Republicans say
Discussion: Daily Kos
Byron Tau / The Politico:
Obama unveils new border rules
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
David Weigel / Slate:
Republicans: Save Social Security!
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 …
Discussion: Hotline On Call and The Politico
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.
Investor's Business Daily:
A Lesson in Fairness For Obama  —  Election '12: President Obama this week started testing his new campaign theme, replacing “hope and change” with the equally vacant promise of “fairness.”  Apparently he hopes Americans can be fooled twice.  —  In a talk Tuesday at the site of Teddy Roosevelt's …
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.
Discussion: Big Journalism
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Banks Prep for Life After Euro  —  Countries Study Printing Their Own Notes in Case Monetary Union Unravels  —  Some central banks in Europe have started weighing contingency plans to prepare for the possibility that countries leave the euro zone or the currency union breaks apart entirely …
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
House Passes Bill To Grant Congress Veto Power Over White House Rules … 112th Congress , Nancy Pelosi , Congress , Regulation , Video , Government Regulators , Obama Regulations , Ben Quayle , Congress Regulations , Epa , Government Regulations , Reins Act , Ted Poe , Politics News
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Miriam Elder / Guardian:
Russia's anti-Putin protests grow  —  Tens of thousands say they are prepared to take to the streets in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government  —  Russia's anti-government protest movement has gathered momentum as tens of thousands of people said they were prepared …
Discussion: US Politics
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.”
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