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December 4th, 2011
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SOTU Early Bird for December 4th

(CNN)-It's early, and State of the Union is bringing you the best of the  morning headlines to go with your cup of coffee.

On our radar: Things heat up in the 2012 race after Herman Cain's departure.  But who will pick up his supporters?

We'll ask two presidential contenders this morning on State of the Union:  Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).  Be sure to watch!

2012 RACE

Bachmann On Immigration: Deport All The Undocumented

Speaking at a Fox News forum hosted by Mike Huckabee, the Minnesota Republican was fairly broad in describing how she would round up and ship out of the country the 10 to 12 million people living here without documentation. But the implication was that she would empower government agents to do the deed.

"[I]t would be enforcement: Enforcement both at the border but also by the [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] agents. Right now the ICE agents - those are the agents in the interior of the country who are tasked with enforcing the law - they are not enforcing them and we also have sanctuary cities now where they don't enforce the laws on deportation. I think that what we simply need to do is to start enforcing the laws which we are not doing and begin the process of deportation," she said.

PICKET: Pawlenty takes swipe at Bachmann as Palin's 'stunt double'

According to a tweet from The Washington Post's Karen Tumulty, former Republican presidential hopeful and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty took a shot at both GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in one sentence:

Pawlenty at #gridiron winter dinner: "it bothers me a little to be beaten by sarah palin's stunt double."

Who gets Herman Cain’s Iowa voters? Newt Gingrich and four others

If Herman Cain supporters in The Des Moines Register’s new Iowa Poll are redistributed to their second-choice candidates, the results show what happens without him in the race.

Newt Gingrich goes up 3 points.

Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann each go up one point, as does the undecided number.

Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman stay the same.

Herman Cain 2012 campaign a victim of the laws of political gravity

“In 2010, it was fun to be an anti-establishment Republican and make a point by rallying around unelectable candidates like Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle, but the stakes are higher and therefore electability does play much more of a factor,” said a GOP operative whose current post prevents him from speaking on the record. “So while it is fun to flirt with a [Michele] Bachmann or Cain, voters are not going to send an unproven entity into the Obama wood-chipper.”

A closer look at Mitt Romney's job creation record

Huntsman Campaign Gets Aid From Group Tied to Father

OUR OPINION: Mitt Romney stands out as best choice


Yemeni president hands over power, but little changes

More than a week after President Ali Abdullah Saleh handed over authority to his vice president, the autocrat still exerts enormous presidential power, issuing decrees and engaging with world leaders. His family still controls the security forces, which activists say have continued to kill and arrest protesters. His portrait still hangs ubiquitously around the capital.

Egypt's Brotherhood leads on eve of run-off vote

Arab League Bans Travel for Syrian Officials as 25 Killed

Biden Makes Case for Sanctions on Iran

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