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3:15 AM ET, December 9, 2011


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Michele Bachmann Becomes Fifth GOP Candidate To Reject Donald Trump Debate  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  DES MOINES — Another one bites the dust.  —  Michele Bachmann has officially said “no” to the Donald Trump-moderated Newsmax debate scheduled for later this month.
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum on Trump debate no-shows: They're hypocrites
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Richard A. Oppel Jr / The Caucus:
Perry and Bachmann Also Pass on Trump Debate
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:   Bachmann opts out of Trump debate
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Goes After Gingrich, Romney; Declines Trump
Discussion: Ballot Box
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 …
Matt Ortega / 2012 US Elections:
Perry's jacket in anti-gay ad?  Heath Ledger wore it in “Brokeback Mountain”  —  Rick Perry launched an anti-gay ad called, “Strong.”  In the ad, he attacks gays openly serving in the armed forces.  —  As it turns out, the gays get their revenge... the jacket Rick Perry wore in the ad?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
BIG BARNSTORM: Rick Perry to hit 44 Iowa cities on two-week bus tour
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and GOP 12
Mason City / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry to Roll Through 42 Cities in Iowa on December Bus Tour
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Dems' payroll tax cut extension goes down again in Senate  —  Senate Republicans blocked the latest installment of President Obama's jobs plan — a bill to extend the payroll tax cut — for the second week in a row on Thursday.  —  The bill, titled the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, was shot down 50-48.
New York Times:
Republicans Unveil Plan for Payroll Tax
Discussion: The Caucus and Reuters
Iran shows film of captured US drone  —  The BBC's James Reynolds says the video appears to support Iran's claims  —  Iranian TV has shown the first video footage of an advanced US drone aircraft that Tehran says it downed near the Afghan border.  —  Images show Iranian military officials inspecting …
Jennifer Griffin / Fox News:
Officials Confirm Authenticity of Iranian TV Images Showing Lost U.S. Drone  —  U.S. officials have confirmed to Fox News that images aired by Iranian state television do in fact show the secret U.S. drone that went down last week in eastern Iran.  —  “Yep, that's it,” one senior official told Fox News.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Vodkapundit
Eric Segall / Slate:
A Liberal's Lament on Kagan and Health Care  —  Should Elena Kagan recuse herself in the ACA case?  —  Elena Kagan was appointed by Obama from within his administration shortly after health care reform passed.  Should she hear the case before the Supreme Court?
NW Daily Marker:
Tweets from Congressional Staffers Describe On-Job Drinking in Office of Congressman Larsen  —  For young men and women with ambitions toward a career in politics, working in a Congressional office can be a heady, almost dreamlike experience.  Left unsupervised, the combination of youth indiscretion …
The Politico:
Hill staffers fired for off-color tweets
Discussion: Hot Air
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Next step in our Randian dystopia: stimgatize the unemployed  —  So now they're going to “reform” unemployment.  The first thing they say they'll do do is stop the millionaires from collecting it.  I don't know how many millionaires are collecting it now or how this will be administered, but fine.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Jack Kingston: Drug Test The Jobless
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
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.
Meet Josh Block: Lobbyist For Foreign Human Rights Abuser  —  A Politico article yesterday on CAP's Middle East posture cited Josh Block, who described CAP's bloggers as writing “borderline anti-Semitic stuff.”  In a leaked email to a right-wing listserv, Block, now senior fellow …
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.
Josh Glasstetter / Right Wing Watch:
VIDEO: Bill O'Reilly Hits Community Organizer with Umbrella, Tries to Get Him Arrested  —  Anyone who has watched the footage of Bill O'Reilly's infamous meltdown on the set of Inside Edition knows that the Fox News personality has a hot temper.  But you would expect the Fox News personality …
Jon Brooks / KQED News Fix:
Judges Hear Arguments on Prop 8 Trial Video, Judge Vaughn Walker's Same-Sex Relationship  —  Today a 9th Circuit Court panel heard oral arguments on two ancillary issues in the long-running legal battle to decide the fate of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Lines Redrawn, Longtime Allies Fight for a Seat  —  LOS ANGELES — Democrat-on-Democrat warfare has returned to the San Fernando Valley.  —  After a tiff over the redrawing of their adjacent Congressional districts a decade ago, Representative Brad Sherman and his fellow California Democrat …
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Sensenbrenner floats impeachment of Obama admin. officials as ‘Fast and Furious’ response  —  Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee where Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Thursday, suggested that impeachment …
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Associated Press:
Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House
Willem Buiter / Financial Times:
The terrible consequences of a eurozone collapse
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
CBS News:
SuperPACs aim to sway 2012 election
Richard Vinen / New York Times:
Bring the Iron Lady Back
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
President Obama: ‘Ask Osama Bin Laden Whether I Engage In Appeasement’
Discussion: Liberal Values
Toys for Tots ‘running out of toys’ in Philly
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Ivan Villanueva / Advocate:
Troy Mayor Fired from Realty Job for Antigay Comments
First Thoughts: The attack on Newt begins
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: House leaders ‘petty’ to block insider trading bill

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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

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