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The Obama campaign is keeping its sights aimed at Mitt Romney, with a conference call with reporters Wednesday slamming Romney for attacking Newt Gingrich's positions on immigration reform in the debate Tuesday night.

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) said: "I think we're all profoundly disappointed by Mitt Romney's comments in the debate, where he chastised former Speaker Newt Gingrich about his statement that this country should have a humane immigration policy, and that we ought to have the policy that takes into consideration not separating families, not discriminating against children by not educating them.

"And he was taken to task, I thought pretty severely by Mitt Romney - the same individual that has had multiple positions throughout his different campaigns.

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Capital New York reports:



On Monday, New York Times Company vice president and assistant general counsel George Freeman wrote a letter to Deputy Police Comissioner Paul Browne on behalf of 13 news organizations requesting an “immediate meeting” to discuss the NYPD’s treatment of journalists during last week’s Occupy Wall Street protests.

[Update: 2:26 pm ET]

Occupy Wall Street protesters in California are planning to shut down University of California campuses on Monday.

According to a post on the Occupy Wall Street website, the UC Board of Regents on Monday will propose "drastic" budget reductions and a massive increase of fees. And the protesters are calling for action.

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It's Thanksgiving, so time to tuck into some turkeys. But it's not just on this special day that the GOP presidential candidates have been dishing out the turkeys: they've been at it for months now. In honor of that here are TPM's top 5 turkeys of the 2012 campaign so far.

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Michele Bachmann appeared Wednesday morning on Fox News, and was asked about the controversy from her otherwise friendly interview with Jimmy Fallon -- when the house band The Roots, led by the drummer Questlove, played a song called "Lyin' Ass Bitch" as she entered onto the stage. Fallon has since apologized.

"I wasn't aware of it at all. I didn't find out until later yesterday, and at that point I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate," said Bachmman. "I'm hoping to be able to speak to Jimmy Fallon today. I don't have anything against Jimmy Fallon. I love him, he's a kick. It was a great opportunity to be able to be on the show, I'd love to go back again.

"But I think the point is, if that had been Michelle Obama who had come out on the stage, and if that song had been played for Michelle Obama, I have no doubt that NBC would have apologized to her, and likely they could have fired the drummer, or at least suspended him.

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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the government’s case against four senior citizen militia members in Alabama charged with plotting an attack on the U.S. should be considered “complex” and not subject to regular scheduling procedures, according to court documents.

The ruling gives federal prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to review evidence in the case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cole denied bond for the foursome in order to “reasonably assure the safety of the community.”

More on the militia members here

Military police poured into Cario’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday in an attempt to halt ongoing demonstrations. After a period of brief calm, skirmishes started up again, CNN reports. Protesters are calling on Egypt’s military leaders to hand over power. National elections are still scheduled for Monday.

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Updated 11:17 am ET, Wednesday Nov. 23 Finally! The European Space Agency has made contact with Russia's wayward Mars probe Phobos-Grunt, Russian news outlet Itar-Tass reported early Wednesday.

"We succeeded in creating relationship [sic] with the spacecraft. But till now there [has] been no information," ESA Moscow chief Rene Pischel said, Itar-Tass reported.

"At present, we are working further with our Russian colleagues in order to decide what will do farther."

"Unfortunately, we have no telemetric data," said Vitaly Davydov, deputy head of the Russian Space Agency, "We simply do not understand what is going on there."

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