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11:35 AM ET, October 24, 2011

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Jobs Plan Stalled, Obama to Try New Economic Drive  —  WASHINGTON — With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition, President Obama on Monday will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months …
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Reuters:
Obama to announce actions on housing, student loans  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama this week will announce a series of actions to help the economy that will not require congressional approval, including an initiative to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages, according to a White House official.
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama's efforts to aid homeowners, boost housing market fall far short of goals  —  It was a critical plan to jump-start the economy.  —  President Obama pledged at the beginning of his term to boost the nation's crippled housing market and help as many as 9 million homeowners avoid losing their homes to foreclosure.
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Why the housing burden stalls America's economic recovery
Discussion: Business Insider
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Libya's liberation: interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law  —  Libya's interim leader outlined more radical plans to introduce Islamic law than expected as he declared the official liberation of the country.  —  Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman …
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Dreams of a liberal Libya
Discussion: Telegraph and Big Peace
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Medical help for illegal immigrants could haunt Mitt Romney  —  On the Republican campaign trail, he derides any such public aid.  But the healthcare law he signed as Massachusetts governor allows it.  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sharply criticizes public aid for illegal immigrants.
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Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Huntsman writes letter to Sununu arguing Romney isn't ‘principled conservative’
Discussion: CNN
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hole in Europe's Bucket  —  If it weren't so tragic, the current European crisis would be funny, in a gallows-humor sort of way.  For as one rescue plan after another falls flat, Europe's Very Serious People — who are, if such a thing is possible, even more pompous and self-regarding …
Discussion: Guardian and Shakesville
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Julia Kollewe / Guardian:
Eurozone debt crisis live: Eurozone lurches closer to recession
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Lieberman Irks Democrats Before Race for His Senate Seat  —  WASHINGTON — A few months ago, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who is allied with the Democratic majority in the Senate, had a surprising guest at his office: Linda E. McMahon, the former wrestling mogul …
The Politico:
Democrats duck Obama  —  Despite President Barack Obama's sagging poll ratings, top Democratic leaders from around the country insist they'd love for him to visit.  From state party chairmen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the message remains remarkably consistent: No one views the president as a political liability.
Brad Hamilton / New York Post:
Shootings way up in two weeks  —  Bullets are flying over Broadway — and everywhere else in the city.  —  The number of people shot surged 154 percent two weeks ago — to 56 from 22 over the same week last year — and spiked 28 percent in the last month.  —  Last week tallied another increase …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Forbes backs Perry for president  —  Businessman and two-time presidential candidate Steve Forbes is backing Rick Perry's presidential bid.  —  Forbes' support for Perry stems primarily from Perry's support for a flat tax system, which Forbes drilled as his primary campaign theme in 1996 and 2000.
Discussion: CNN
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New York Times:
Romney, Once a Critic, Hedges on Flat-Tax Plans
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
More Jobs Predicted for Machines, Not People  —  A faltering economy explains much of the job shortage in America, but advancing technology has sharply magnified the effect, more so than is generally understood, according to two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and EconLog
Dennis Hoey / Portland Press-Herald:
Chemical bomb tossed into Occupy Maine encampment  —  PORTLAND — Portland police are looking for the person who threw a chemical bomb at the Occupy Maine encampment in Portland during the early morning hours today.  —  Sgt. Glen McGary said police responded around 4 a.m. today to an explosion …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Runnin' Scared
Susan Kelleher / Seattle Times:
Seattle's street plan is ‘recipe for disaster’  —  One out of every four major roads in the city is in serious disrepair.  One out of every 10 is in such bad shape that it'll have to be reconstructed, according to the city's transportation department.  In all, 400 miles of major streets need fixing …
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Romney Economy  —  At Bain Capital, Romney remade one American business after another, overhauling management and directing vast sums of money to the top of the labor pyramid.  The results made him a fortune.  They also changed the world we live in.  —  One day early this August …
Discussion: 2012 US Elections
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Most voters say the United States is in decline  —  More than two-thirds of voters say the United States is declining, and a clear majority think the next generation will be worse off than this one, according to the results of a new poll commissioned by The Hill.
Reuters:
U.S. rating likely to be downgraded again: Merrill  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States will likely suffer the loss of its triple-A credit rating from another major rating agency by the end of this year due to concerns over the deficit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasts.
Discussion: Firedoglake and US Politics
Tom Wrobleski / Staten Island Politics:
Giuliani, Pataki holding their endorsement fire  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Not every New York state Republican is ready to make an endorsement in the race for the GOP presidential nomination — including two bigwigs who looked at jumping into the 2012 race themselves.
Discussion: GOP 12
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘Focusing on the wrong problem’  —  Ask congressional Republicans what's wrong with the economy, and they'll point to federal regulations.  Recent analyses from CNN, the New York Times, the AP, the Economic Policy Institute, the Wall Street Journal, and McClatchy newspapers — relying on …
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Google Speaks Truth to Power  —  About the growing regulatory state, even Google's Eric Schmidt—a big supporter of the Obama administration—now feels the need to tell it like it is.  —  Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, gave a remarkable interview this month to the Washington Post.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
 
 
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
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