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12:05 PM ET, September 27, 2011


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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:
Wall Street Demonstrations Test Police Trained for Bigger Threats  —  When members of the loose protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street began a march from the financial district to Union Square on Saturday, the participants seemed relatively harmless, even as they were breaking the law by marching in the street without a permit.
Goldman Sachs Draws Up Deeper Cuts  —  Goldman Sachs, bracing for what could be one of its worst quarters since it went public 12 years ago, is preparing to expand its cost-cutting initiative by hundreds of millions of dollars, a move that could lead to additional job losses at the Wall Street bank.
Romney Lures Obama Wall Street Donors in Race for Campaign Cash
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politics
Ben White / The Politico:
Obama out West: Opens slashing re-election effort …
Discussion: Business Insider
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Huntsman Spot in Oct. 18 Debate Endangered  —  Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, has been in every presidential debate since he threw his hat in the ring last June.  —  Now, that may change.  —  CNN, which is hosting a debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 18, has set criteria for participation …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Huntsman: I'm ‘undervalued stock’
Discussion: CNN
Bill Carter / New York Times:
MSNBC Is Close to Falling to Third Place in Cable News Ratings  —  How badly has MSNBC been hurt by the loss of Keith Olbermann?  Enough, apparently, to be on the verge of falling back into third place among the cable news networks.  —  The ratings results for the month of September show that CNN …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Wealthy, Influential and Pushing a Christie Bid for President  —  They are rich.  They are unattached.  They are looking for a little excitement.  —  Meet the Draft Christie committee, a small but influential group of Republican-leaning donors and activists, many based in New York …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Reagan Library speech fuels talk about Christie entering presidential race
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Burgess Everett / The Politico:
McGinniss attacks media over alleged snubs
Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Obama advisors raised warning flags before Solyndra bankruptcy  —  Treasury chief Timothy F. Geithner and others were worried that the selection process for federal loan guarantees fell short and raised the risk that funds could be going to the wrong firms.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Washington Post
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Critic of Obama clean-energy loans lobbied Energy Department
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and The Politico
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Lost Decade?  —  If you want a big swig of despair, listen to the people who know something about the global economy.  Roger Altman, a former deputy Treasury secretary, is arguing that America and Europe are on the verge of a disastrous double-dip recession.
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.
Gail Russell Chaddock / Christian Science Monitor:
Government shutdown averted: Why did Congress get this close?
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Agonist
Julie Mason / The Politico:
POTUS testy in BET interview  —  Making the cross face: Obama sits down with Emmett Miller  —  President Obama, slipping in the polls among black supporters and under fire from black Democratic leaders for policies they say fail to address black poverty and unemployment …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Republicans Can Win, but They Can't Lead  —  ORLANDO — Jon Huntsman, poor dear, truly is a lost soul.  He came here this weekend, for the Florida presidential debate and the ensuing straw poll, running what appeared to be a complicated simulacrum of a national presidential campaign.
A.Killough / CNN:
Perry moves to reassure Republicans in Iowa, South Carolina  —  Washington (CNN) - As he faces growing scrutiny about his conservative credentials, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called grassroots activists in the key early states of Iowa and South Carolina on Monday evening to address his record and take questions.
Wall Street Journal:
Blue-State Math Is Boon to Obama, Target for GOP  —  Amid those dark political clouds overhead right now, President Barack Obama can console himself with this silver lining: The electoral map remains stacked in favor of him and his Democrats.  —  In a close presidential election …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Decision on health-care law means Supreme Court will likely determine constitutionality next summer  —  The constitutionality of the 2010 health-care law will likely be determined by the Supreme Court this term, meaning the decision could come next summer in the thick of the 2012 presidential campaign.
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Super Committee's Cuts Anything But Automatic … WASHINGTON — The 12-member super committee created to slash the federal deficit is powered by the threat that if it doesn't come up with $1.2 trillion in savings, automatic, across-the-board cuts will be instituted to reach that same goal, with half of those cuts hitting the Pentagon.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Eschaton
NY Daily News:
Bible-thumping heckler identified as David Serrano calls President Obama ‘the Antichrist’  —  A bizarre Bible-thumping heckler called President Obama “the Antichrist” as the Secret Service dragged him out of a presidential fund-raiser Monday.  —  The bearded young man …
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
Executives Expect Scandal From Undisclosed Campaign Donations  —  Undisclosed campaign money that began pouring into political groups during last year's congressional elections will, without reform, only grow and lead to scandal, a group of business leaders and university professors said yesterday.
The Charlotte Observer:
Wallace Kuralt's era of sterilization  —  Mecklenburg's impoverished had few, if any, rights in the '50s and '60s as he oversaw one of the most aggressive efforts to sterilize certain populations  —  Compassionate.  Visionary.  A champion of women and the poor.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Barack Obama Just Can't Please Everyone  —  In response to this post, in which I noted that President Obama gave an impassioned pro-Israel speech (impassioned is actually Robert Satloff's description), I received many letters from many people, Jews and non-Jews, who believe, against all evidence, that President Obama hates Jews.
Discussion: Attackerman
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e-Media Global / Simon Collis:
The truth is what big brother says it is
Discussion: Guardian and Washington Post
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Palin ‘on the Verge’ of a Decision About Presidential Run
Discussion: GOP 12
Brad Watson / WFAA-TV:
Dewhurst: I'll serve in Senate, won't support immigrants tuition law
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
AFL-CIO President Trumka sends list of killed Colombian labor leaders to Obama
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Inside Team Perry: How do we right the ship?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Campaign 2012
Corporations Couldn't Wait to ‘Check the Box’ on Huge Tax Break
Discussion: Shakesville and Prairie Weather
Zeeshan Haider / Reuters:
Pakistan turns to China as ties with U.S. suffer
Marc Caputo / St. Petersburg Times:
Marco Rubio to pen autobiography
 Earlier Items: 
Kathryn Jean Lopez / National Review:
Frank Talk About Marriage: The New Anti-Defamation Project
Discussion: Oliver Willis and Good As You
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Pakistanis Tied to 2007 Border Ambush on Americans
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
The Decline of American Client States
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Ashley Halsey III / Washington Post:
D.C. area is No. 1 nationwide in traffic congestion, study says
Discussion: Eschaton
Alan Rappeport / Financial Times:
Coca-Cola chief criticises US tax rules
Discussion: Business Insider
Adam Bink / Prop 8 Trial Tracker:
What happened at Rev. Lou Sheldon's press conference opposing the FAIR Education Act
Discussion: Good As You and Joe. My. God.
New York Times:
In Turn to Politics, Facebook Starts a PAC
Euan Mearns / The Oil Drum:
A Brief Economic Explanation of Peak Oil