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7:05 PM ET, November 15, 2011


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New York Times:
Police Clear Zuccotti Park of Protesters  —  Hundreds of New York City police officers cleared Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters early Tuesday, arresting dozens of people there after warning them that the nearly two-month-old camp would be “cleared and restored” …
J. David Goodman / City Room:
Updates on the Clearing of Zuccotti Park  —  Overnight, hundreds of New York City police officers cleared Zuccotti Park of the Occupy Wall Street protesters and arrested dozens of people, forcing the two-month-old protest that had spawned a movement into a new and uncertain phase.
NY Daily News:
Judge Lucy Billings, who signed Occupy Wall Street order, is an ACLU veteran  —  Hearing on the order to be held Tuesday with different judge  —  When the cops raided Zuccotti Park, lawyers for Occupy Wall Street immediately woke up a judge with a civil liberties background and asked for help.
Gregg Levine / capitoilette:
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Admits Cities Coordinated Crackdown on Occupy Movement  —  Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (photo: Ella Baker Center)  —  Embattled Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, speaking in an interview with the BBC (excerpted on The Takeaway radio program-audio of Quan starts at the 5:30 mark) …
New York Post:
NYPD raiders roust OWS rabble  —  Good riddance!  —  The NYPD arrested 70 protesters as they moved in on Zuccotti Park early this morning and began clearing out the thousands of Occupy Wall Street protesters who had taken over the space for nearly two months.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Getting Kicked Out Of Zuccotti Park Is Probably Good For Occupy Wall Street
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Did Bloomberg do Occupy Wall Street a favor?
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Labor rallies to Occupy movement
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Occupy Wall Street's Eviction Was a Lucky Break—Now What?
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site
James Downie / Washington Post:
Bloomberg's disgraceful eviction of Occupy Wall Street
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Bloomberg served with temporary restraining order requiring reopening of Zuccotti Park …
BREAKING NEWS - Judge Orders Protesters Be Allowed Back in Park With Their Belongings
Discussion: Gothamist
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Solyndra: Energy Dept. pushed firm to keep layoffs quiet until after midterms  —  The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:   Blockbuster: Obama administration pressured Solyndra to delay layoffs for political gain
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Republican Candidates in Four-Way Dead Heat  —  Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are in a dead heat as the top choices for Iowans likely to attend the Jan. 3 Republican presidential caucuses.  —  A Bloomberg News poll shows Cain at 20 percent, Paul at 19 percent …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Iowa scientists urge candidates to accept climate change
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain offered Henry Kissinger secretary of state post  —  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has posted a new set of Herman Cain videos online, including one in which the Republican presidential candidate says he offered Henry Kissinger a place in his administration, but was politely rebuffed by the former secretary of state.
The Right Scoop:
Rush defends Herman Cain over collective bargaining and Libya
Discussion: Hot Air
A.Killough / CNN:
Cain: I'm against ‘collective hijacking’
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
John McWhorter / The New Republic:
Words, Mere Words: Newt Gingrich Speaks Well.  But Is He Smart?  —  If Newt Gingrich's career in public service proves anything, it is that he will never be caught saying “Oops.”  Gingrich is currently rising to frontrunner status in the Republican presidential primary largely because he's willing …
Discussion: Democracy in America
David Brody / The Brody File:   Newt Gingrich to Brody File: Republican politicians 'don't rely enough on actually knowing things'
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich's Clinton Foes Reflect On Resurgence Of Their B&ecircte Noire
Discussion: GOP 12 and Swampland
Clea Benson / Bloomberg:
Gingrich Said Paid by Freddie Mac to Win Allies  —  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said during a Nov. 9 debate that he earned a $300,000 fee to advise Freddie Mac as a “historian” who warned that the mortgage company's business model was “insane.”
David Brooks / New York Times:
Let's All Feel Superior  —  First came the atrocity, then came the vanity.  The atrocity is what Jerry Sandusky has been accused of doing at Penn State.  The vanity is the outraged reaction of a zillion commentators over the past week, whose indignation is based on the assumption …
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Giffords's husband rips Boehner  —  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) husband scolded House Speaker John Boehner for failing to visit his wounded wife while she was recovering from injuries sustained in a shooting in his and Giffords' new book.  —  Mark Kelly writes that Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Discussion: Gawker and Taegan Goddard's …
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Scalia and Thomas dine with healthcare law challengers as court takes case  —  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to a policy forum in Washington last month.  (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)  —  The day the Supreme Court gathered behind closed doors to consider the politically divisive question …
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Allies Accuse James O'Keefe of ‘Hit Job’ in Undercover NPR Sting  —  The two men who pulled off James O'Keefe's NPR sting are now criticizing the conservative activist for what one calls a ‘hit job.’ They tell Howard Kurtz exclusively why they feel exploited.  —  The fake Muslim donor had played his role perfectly.
Felix Salmon:
Krugman vs Summers: The debate  —  I'm glad I found myself in Toronto this evening, because tonight's Munk Debate was illuminating and enjoyable.  The motion was that “North America faces a Japan-style era of high unemployment and slow growth”; Paul Krugman was arguing for it, while Larry Summers was arguing against.
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
The Fate of Obamacare  —  The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to decide if Obamacare is constitutional, and in particular, whether the individual mandate is constitutional.  One senator thinks it's all a big nothingburger: … In a way, he's right.  If the mandate falls but the rest of the law remains intact, what happens?
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Republicans Lose Way by Misreading Bush History: Ramesh Ponnuru  —  In 2006 and 2008, voters inflicted on Republicans the worst back-to-back electoral drubbing any party has received since the Great Depression, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt all but destroyed the Party of Hoover.
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Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
Investors sell off French bonds, push up Italian borrowing rates
Discussion: Maggie's Notebook
Howard Packowitz / Real Time Economics:
Fed's Evans Seeks To ‘Take New Chances’ on Monetary Policy
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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