Opening Act: Mic Check

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Nov. 16 2011 8:56 AM

Opening Act: Mic Check

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BERKELEY - NOVEMBER 15: University of California, Berkeley students set up tents after a general assembly voted to again occupy campus as part of an 'open university' strike in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement on November 15, 2011 in Berkeley, California. Teach-outs, workshops, public readings, and marches will culminate in an attempt to re-establish an Occupy Cal encampment that was shut down by police last week. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images

Spencer Ackerman manages to bring a Twitter conversation into the Yale Journal of International Affairs.

Clea Benson and Dawn Kopecki do the scrutiny on an odd Gingrich claim -- that Freddie Mac paid him to be an historian, and he warned them about the bubble.

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Jonah Goldberg explains why conservatives like the idea of a Gingrich-Obama debate.

Kathryn Jean Lopez makes the #slatepitch case why Personhood didn't fail.

Marco Roth analyzes Bloombergspeak.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.