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9:55 AM ET, December 9, 2011


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Sen. Rand Paul / Des Moines Register:
Rand Paul: Republicans would take a giant step backward by choosing Gingrich  —  As a U.S. senator elected from and by the tea party, I am often asked about the tea party, the conservative movement and the presidential race.  —  While conservatives and limited-government activists did …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Gingrich Tragedy  —  Of all the major Republicans, the one who comes closest to my worldview is Newt Gingrich.  Despite his erratically shifting views and odd phases, he continually returns to this core political refrain: He talks about using government in energetic but limited ways to increase growth, dynamism and social mobility.
Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich Is Inspiring—and Disturbing  —  The first potential president about whom there is too much information.  —  I had a friend once who amused herself thinking up bumper stickers for states.  The one she made up for California was brilliant.  “California: It's All True.”
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
All the G.O.P.'s Gekkos  —  Almost a quarter of a century has passed since the release of the movie “Wall Street,” and the film seems more relevant than ever.  The self-righteous screeds of financial tycoons denouncing President Obama all read like variations on Gordon Gekko's famous …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Andrew Grossman / Metropolis:
N.Y.U. to Offer Classes on Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: ThinkProgress, NBC New York and ABCNEWS
Rita Solomon / Washington Square News:
NYU to add course on OWS next semester
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Winning the argument
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP seeks to cut unemployment benefits  —  GOP leaders hope to build momentum for an end-of-year tax package with sweeping reforms to federal unemployment benefits.  —  The Republican proposal is expected to reduce the total number of weeks unemployed workers are eligible for aid …
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
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.
Scott Olson / ABCNEWS:
Iowa's Secretary of State Matt Schultz to Endorse Rick Santorum
A.Killough / CNN:
Santorum on Trump debate no-shows: They're hypocrites
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Politico
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Mitt's granite fortress under siege  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. - Mitt Romney, whose team has been working New Hampshire for nearly five years, has a coordinator in most of the state's 234 towns.  Newt Gingrich, who opened an office here less than a month ago, has a state director who's never worked on a campaign before.
A.Killough / CNN:
Romney super PAC prepping Gingrich attack
Google Mobile Blog:
Google Currents is hot off the press  —  We strive to give you beautiful and simple ways to experience all the content the web has to offer, such as sharing photos on Google+, watching YouTube videos and discovering books, movies and music from Android Market.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Record High Anti-Incumbent Sentiment Toward Congress  —  But voters are more inclined to say their own representative deserves re-election  —  PRINCETON, NJ — About three-quarters of registered voters (76%) say most members of Congress do not deserve re-election, the highest such percentage Gallup …
Discussion: The Politico and Hotline On Call
New York Post:
‘Furious’ twisting  —  For the sake of argument, let's assume that everything Attorney General Eric Holder told the House Judiciary Committee yesterday was true.  —  That the answer to several questions about who ordered Fast and Furious — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' …
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
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Vodkapundit
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Real G.O.P. Dark Horse: None of the Above  —  Two of my favorite analysts, Rhodes Cook and Josh Putnam, have a good debate going about just how plausible it is that a Republican who is not currently running for president could enter the race later and potentially win it (probably necessitating a brokered convention).
Discussion: GOP 12 and Business Insider
Associated Press:
Groups seek Calif. gay marriage ban appeal over judge's sexual orientation, marriage views  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The sponsors of California's gay marriage ban renewed their effort Thursday to disqualify a federal judge because of his same-sex relationship, but they met a skeptical audience in an appeals court panel.
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: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
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?
Associated Press:
Obama celebrates Hanukkah at White House  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is marking Hanukkah as a story of “faith over doubt.”  —  Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden convened a Hanukkah celebration at the White House Thursday in an early celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights.
Janet Tavakoli / The Huffington Post:
Jon Corzine Dodges the Fraud Question  —  It's as if Jon Corzine's PR machine is in top spin mode.  You'll recall Jon Corzine is the former head of Goldman Sachs and former CEO of MF Global that appeared in front of Congress yesterday to answer questions about an estimated $600 million …
New York Times:
Obama Endorses Decision to Limit Morning-After Pill  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, who took office pledging to put science ahead of politics, averted a skirmish with conservatives in the nation's culture wars on Thursday by endorsing his health secretary's decision to block over-the-counter sales …
Discussion: Althouse and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Republicans Unveil Plan for Payroll Tax  —  WASHINGTON — Pivoting to challenge President Obama and Senate Democrats, House Republicans said Thursday that they would forge ahead with a payroll tax holiday bill that includes an oil pipeline opposed by the president and looks to changes …
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Conservative Women's Group Applauds Senate Decision To Deny Military Rape Victims Abortion Coverage
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats for Buchanan  —  “Core institutions” of the president's …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
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