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The Day Ahead: Monday, December 5

By on 12.5.11 | 5:54AM

Senate Democrats will release "serious" plan to cut payroll tax today (CNN)

Newt Gingrich is the first Republican presidentical candidate to rsvp to a debate moderated by Donald Trump (USA Today)

Occupy DC ends in a standoff between police and protesters over a wooden structure building erected by Occupiers (CNN)

Vice President Joe Biden is in Greece to meet with Greek leaders as they try to avoid a debt crisis (CNN)

Herman Cain expected to endorse Newt Gingrich today (Huffington Post)

Barack Obama lobbying Republican senators to confirm Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (USA Today)

Gingrich to air first ad in Iowa today:

On the main site:

Dreams Die Hard, by Robert Stacy McCain: The heartbreaking wreckage of Herman Cain's campaign.

Rand's Rebellion, by W. James Antle, III: The Tea Party senator from Kentucky picked his battles on war and civil liberties.

Richard Cordray's 'Heroes' Occupy Banks and Private Homes, by John Berlau: Obama consumer nominee's long support of radical East Side Organizing Project.

The EU's Big Kazoo, by Jed Babbin: As Europe insists on still more socialism as a solution to its ill, the U.S. Fed is doing its best to help out -- in deep secrecy, of course.

You're Starting to Creep Me Out, First Family, by Jeremy Lott: Barack and Michelle, Joe and Dr. Jill -- spammers or stalkers?

Gloomy Days in Durban, by Peter Hannaford: Climate change comes to $100 billion and counting -- nice government work if you can get it.

Viva Rafa! España en mi Corazon! by Roger Kaplan: Argentina fights hard but loses the tie.

Free to Be Responsible, by David N. Bass: Personal responsibility and other keys to American renewal, from John Andrews, doing the right thing.

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