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12:05 AM ET, September 27, 2011


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Jeanne Mansfield / Boston Review:
Why I Was Maced at the Wall Street Protests  —  My boyfriend Frank and I are heading toward Liberty Square to check out what's going on at the Occupy Wall Street protest, when we stumble upon the afternoon march toward Union Square.  So we join up and walk along behind.
Karen McVeigh / Guardian:
Occupy Wall Street: ‘Pepper-spray’ officer named in Bush protest claim  —  Anthony Bologna, NYPD officer named in pepper-spray incident, is accused of civil rights violations at the time of the 2004 Republican national convention protests  —  A senior New York police officer accused …
Joseph Goldstein / New York Times:
Videos Show Police Using Pepper Spray at Protest on the Financial System
Philosopher Artists / Davids Camera Craft:
Occupy Wall Street March Turns Violent
Shushannah Walshe / Politics:
Sarah Palin Threatens to Sue ‘Rogue’ Book Publisher  —  Sarah Palin's family attorney John Tiemessen has written a letter to Maya Mavjee, the publisher of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, that Palin may sue her, the company, and the book's author Joe McGinniss …
CNN Poll: Perry still at top but Romney stronger vs. Obama  —  Washington (CNN) - Despite his performances in the two most recent Republican presidential debates, a new national survey indicates that Texas Gov. Rick Perry remains on top of the field in the race for the GOP nomination.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New gaffe: Obama confuses Jews with janitors  —  President Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus awards banquet over the weekend.  —  Those folks will stick with him in 2012, of course.  —  But they've been somewhat miffed in recent months that the first post-partisan president …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Waters: Obama got ‘fired up’ and a little ‘carried away’ in Black Caucus speech
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Audience Member Asks Obama: ‘Would You Please Raise My Taxes?’  —  President Obama is currently fielding questions from a town hall audience in Mountain View, California, hosted by LinkedIn.  At one point, a man stood and asked Obama, “Would you please raise my taxes?”
Timothy P. Carney / Campaign 2012:
Meet the Google Dem donor who wants a tax hike  —  “Would you please raise my taxes?”  —  Oh, liberals gushed when a rich audience member asked Obama that question today.  It seems relevant to point out that this rich liberal is Doug Edwards from the Obama-friendly and regulation-friendly Google.
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Health suit might head to SCOTUS  —  The Obama administration chose not to ask the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to re-hear a pivotal health reform case Monday, signaling that it's going to ask the Supreme Court to decide whether President Barack Obama's health reform law is constitutional.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Verdict on Kagan's first year on Supreme Court
Discussion: and Law Blog
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Senate leaders announce bipartisan agreement to avert government shutdown  —  Senate leaders announced a bipartisan agreement Monday evening that would keep government agencies funded until Nov. 18, potentially ending a contentious dispute over how to pay for disaster funds.
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Cain nearly quit campaign before Florida straw poll, calls Obama a ‘liar’  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — Not everyone needs to go to Disney World to have fun in central Florida.  —  After one of Herman Cain's strongest showings yet at a Republican presidential debate Thursday, and two days …
William Lajeunesse / Fox News:
U.S. Government Used Taxpayer Funds to Buy, Sell Weapons During ‘Fast and Furious,’ Documents Show  —  Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel — the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Barack Obama Does The Impossible  —  Matt Miller continues to advocate for a third party in America: … Isn't Miller's position on this exactly the position of President Obama?  It seems to me that 15 months ago, Miller was touting “the exciting reform energy unleashed across the country …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Washington Post
Euan Mearns / The Oil Drum:
A Brief Economic Explanation of Peak Oil  —  The following is a guest posting by Chris Skrebowski, the ex Editor of Petroleum Review and longtime ASPO and ODAC member.  Chris is the founder and Director of Peak Oil Consulting Ltd. The article was published on the ODAC website on 16th September.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gautham Nagesh / The Hill:
Facebook to form its own PAC to back political candidates  —  Facebook confirmed it filed paperwork on Monday to start its own political action committee.  —  “FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals …
Stephen M. Walt / Foreign Policy:
Mearsheimer responds to Goldberg's latest smear  —  Ever since John Mearsheimer and I began writing about the Israel lobby, some of our critics have leveled various personal charges against us.  These attacks rarely addressed the substance of what we wrote — a tacit concession that both facts …
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Unrelenting Downturn Is Redrawing America's Economic Map  —  When the unemployment rate rose in most states last month, it underscored the extent to which the deep recession, the anemic recovery and the lingering crisis of joblessness are beginning to reshape the nation's economic map.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and
The Nation:
Fatwa for Jihad against America  —  LAHORE - As many as 50 religious scholars associated with the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC), a conglomerate of 20 Barelvi school of thought groups, have declared that Jihad against the US would be obligatory for the entire in case of aggression against the country.
Rick Perry / The Daily Beast:
Roger's Reality Show  —  First, Ailes dialed back the Tea Party talk.  Now he's turning the GOP race into a political X-Factor—and steering the election agenda one more time.  —  It was part political spectacle, part American Idol, part YouTube extravaganza, a pure Roger Ailes production …
‘Firefly’ and Anti-Fascism Posters Get Professor Threatened with Criminal Charges on University of Wisconsin Campus  —  A professor has been censored twice, reported to the “threat assessment team,” and threatened with criminal charges because of satirical postings on his office door.
Spencer Soper / Morning Call:
A MORNING CALL INVESTIGATION  —  The Morning Call interviewed 20 current and former Amazon warehouse workers who offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what it's like to work in the warehouse, where temperatures soar on hot summer days, production rates are difficult to achieve …
Robert Costa / National Review:
Kean Confirms Christie Boomlet: 'It's Real'  —  Former New Jersey governor Tom Kean, who has known Chris Christie since he was a teenager and remains an informal adviser, tells National Review Online that the governor is “very seriously” considering a presidential bid.  —  “It's real,” Kean says.
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Spiegel Online:
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Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama mocks Perry, Republican debates
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