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Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
My Tax and Spending Reform Plan  —  Individuals will have the option of paying a 20% flat-rate income tax and I'll cap spending at 18% of GDP.  —  The folks in Washington might not like to hear it, but the plain truth is the U.S. government spends too much.
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The Politico:
Rick Perry readies assault on Mitt Romney  —  The Rick Perry relaunch has finally arrived.  —  After weeks battling questions about how he plans to salvage his listing presidential bid, the Texas governor has finally started spelling out an answer.  It involves opening his $15 million campaign war chest …
Discussion: CNN and Connecting.the.Dots
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Rick Perry's Miraculous Tax Plan  —  Huzzah!  Rick Perry's new tax plan is out: … In addition, Perry is going to lower the corporate tax rate, move to a territorial tax system, pass a Balanced Budget Amendment, ban earmarks, freeze federal hiring and salaries through 2020 …
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
First Reading: Details of Perry's tax proposal  —  Perry to call for flat tax of 20 percent, plan will be called a gift to the rich and Herman Cain web ad leaves plenty of heads scratched.  —  (Happy birthday to Luke Legate, even though it was yesterday.  Today, happy birthday to Rep. Donna Howard.)
The Daily Beast:
Why the GOP Demonizes ‘Illegals’
San Francisco Chronicle:
Cops arrest Occupy Oakland protesters  —  (10-25) 05:58 PDT OAKLAND — Oakland police arrested dozens of people at a plaza outside City Hall, two weeks after the protesters began building an intricate encampment as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate greed and economic inequality.
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Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Watch live: ‘Occupy Oakland’ attacked by police
Discussion: Mercury News and Crooks and Liars
Joseph E. Gagnon / RealTime Economic Issues Watch:
The Last Bullet  —  US policymakers are running out of options to solve our massive unemployment problem and get the economy growing again.  The Administration's jobs bill faces resistance in Congress.  The best option that can be implemented without a vote of Congress is to work through …
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Felix Salmon:
Obama's pathetic refinancing initiative  —  HARP II is being announced with great fanfare today: … Sounds impressive, eh?  It is, until you read the official FHFA press release.  At which point you learn that  — If you're a homeowner whose mortgage isn't owned or guaranteed by Frannie, you're out of luck.
Quinnipiac University:
Opposition To Ohio's SB 5 Grows, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women, Union Members Push Kasich Deeper In Hole  —  Ohio voters support 57 - 32 percent the repeal of SB 5, the centerpiece of Gov. John Kasich's legislative program, as the margin against the governor's measure has almost doubled …
Allison Kopicki / The Caucus:
Most Republican Primary Voters Remain Uncommitted  —  A large majority of Republican primary voters have yet to make up their minds about the candidate they would like to see as their party's nominee for president in 2012, with the nation's first nominating contests just two months away.
David Weigel / Slate:
Herman Cain's Amazing Campaign Ad … - Saletan: Bachmann Thinks Our Military Was in Iraq Not To Liberate It but To Own It - The President of ASU on Rick Scott's Stupid Idea To Cut Funding for Liberal Arts Education - My Seven Beliefs About Tim Tebow: 1) He Is Not a Viable NFL Quarterback …
Discussion: CBS News, GOP 12 and Political Mojo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Biden complains after dust-up with reporter  —  Joe Biden's office has complained to the Senate press gallery about a confrontation the vice president had with a conservative journalist last week on Capitol Hill.  —  Biden aides asked whether Senate rules were broken in the wake …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
CBS News:
GlobalPost: Qaddafi apparently sodomized after capture  —  Amid mounting questions about just how and when Muammar Qaddafi died, a GlobalPost analysis of video footage suggests a Libyan fighter sodomized the former dictator after he was captured near Sirte.  —  As GlobalPost reports:
Tracy Connor / NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall Street sympathizer creates 'I'm Getting Arrested' app to help protesters  —  Police arrested this Occupy Wall Street supporter during a protest against ‘stop and frisk.’  —  An Occupy Wall Street sympathizer created a free app called “I'm Getting Arrested” that lets protesters send …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Divided Over Occupy Wall Street Movement
Discussion: The Raw Story
David Welna / NPR:
Rubio Tries To Clarify How His Family Left Cuba … GOP rising star Sen. Marco Rubio caught heat last week for his Senate bio that misstated when his family left Cuba for the U.S., a detail of some relevance in his home state of Florida.  But in explaining his side of the story in a Politico op-ed …
Victor Davis Hanson / Works and Days:
Rage On—and on and on...  Occupy Wall Street?  —  I've been following the Wall Street protests, in New York and elsewhere.  I read as well of the Democratic Party's sorta interest in turning the anger of a few into a left-wing Tea-Party-like movement of many.
Gallup:
Gov't Regulations at Top of Small-Business Owners' Problem List  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations (22%) is the most important problem facing them today, followed by consumer confidence in the economy (15%) and lack of consumer demand (12%).
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama tells Hollywood 2012 campaign won't be as ‘sexy’ as last time  —  President Obama acknowledged that his re-election effort “will not be as sexy as the first one” at a star-studded fundraiser Monday night in Hollywood.  —  “This election will not be as sexy as the first one,” Obama said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
n+1:
Monday Night Urgent OWS Message  —  UPDATE (12:44 AM): Crisis averted: tonight at the General Assembly, the working group of drummers, Pulse, in a spirit of conciliation and generosity, brought forward a proposal to limit their drumming from 12 to 2 and 4 to 6 PM only.
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner, Hot Air and Gawker
Sarah Kunin / ABCNEWS:
Jon Huntsman Vies for ‘The Colbert Bump’  —  With poor poll percentages and even worse fundraising numbers, there's no denying that these days Jon Huntsman could use a little public relations pick-me-up.  —  On Monday, the former governor swapped out the New Hampshire house party circuit …
Discussion: The Politico and Campaign 2012
Julian Walker / Virginian-Pilot:
Gun-rights group to hold rally at ODU's Kaufman Mall  —  A gun rights group has planned a rally next week at Old Dominion University to protest college policies that restrict where people can carry firearms on campus.  —  Members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League will visit ODU's Kaufman Mall …
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry Doubles Down on Birther Issue  —  Perry in Iowa.  Is he risking his candidacy with birther talk?  Nati Harnik/AP Photo  —  Gov. Rick Perry will unveil an economic plan today that he hopes will revive the economy as well as his campaign, but in an interview prior to his speech …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Gregory Simmons / ABCNEWS:
The Unforgiven: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus Says Florida Must Pay the Price for Moving Primary  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Gregory Simmons report:  —  The 2012 political calendar may now be set, but Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says Florida will not be forgiven …
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and Hot Air
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
California Rep. Laura Richardson may face ethics inquiry  —  The House Ethics Committee is moving toward a full-scale investigation of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.), who has been under scrutiny for months over allegations that her staff engaged in banned political activities while on government time …
Discussion: Don Surber
C.J. Ciaramella / The Daily Caller:
Justice Dept. proposes lying, hiding existence of records under new FOIA rule  —  A proposed revision to Freedom of Information Act rules would allow federal agencies to lie to citizens and reporters seeking certain records, telling them the records don't exist.
Grant Schulte / Associated Press:
Nebraska Lawmakers to Consider Pipeline Challenge  —  Nebraska's governor said Monday that he'll call a special legislative session for lawmakers to consider challenging the planned route of a massive transnational oil pipeline.  —  Republican Gov. Dave Heineman's decision means Nebraska …
Discussion: Michigan Messenger
 
 
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Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Suggests Obama Is Ushering ‘Defeat’ In Iraq, Two Days After Saying He's ‘Right’ To Withdraw
Discussion: CBN.com and The Great Debate
Jonathan Bines / The Huffington Post:
How to Speak Republican  —  Republican Party , Gop Dictionary …
Discussion: Room Eight
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Firedoglake
Ben Smith / The Politico:
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CNN:
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Pam Martens / truth-out.org:
Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
The Daily Beast:
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