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6:15 PM ET, October 3, 2011


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The New York Observer:
Exclusive: Occupy Wall Street Activist Slams Fox News Producer In Un-Aired Interview [Video]  —  Even if Geraldo Rivera was at the Zuccotti Park yesterday, Fox News has generally been a tad dismissive of the Occupy Wall Street movement. (as of this writing) …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Cost Of A Demobilized Left  —  Watching the growth of Occupy Wall Street solidarity protests around the country, it's hard not to be reminded of the lost opportunity to mobilize a left-wing popular movement back in the winter of 2008-2009 and the spring of 2009.
NY Daily News:
TWU blasts city for putting handcuffed Occupy Wall Street protesters on buses  —  The Transport Workers Union will go to court Monday to try to stop the city from forcing bus drivers to transport Wall Street protesters arrested by the NYPD, the Daily News has learned.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul supports anti-Wall Street protests
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
‘Niggerhead’  —  Ok, then: … In all seriousness, I think this says very little about Rick Perry, and a lot more about the country he seeks to govern.  A few choice quotes: … And from the Times: … Surely there are people, in both stories, who find the name offensive.
Rick Perry / Washington Post:
At Rick Perry's Texas hunting spot, camp's old racially charged name lingered  —  The rock was about five feet across and three feet tall, smooth and relatively flat, the word in block letters stretching across its surface, said the former worker from the Hendrick ranch …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:   Perry Declares ‘There Is Nothing In That Constitution’ That Allows Medicaid To Exist
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry Signed 2007 Mandate Requiring 30 Minutes Of Daily Exercise For Texas Students
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Campaign 2012
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Cain denies playing ‘race card’
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Shock Photos: Candidate Obama Appeared And Marched With New Black Panther Party in 2007  —  New photographs obtained exclusively by reveal that Barack Obama appeared and marched with members of the New Black Panther Party as he campaigned for president in Selma, Alabama in March 2007.
Gary Langer / Politics:
Majority Expects Obama to Lose Re-Election  —  A majority of Americans expect Barack Obama to be a one-term president, an assessment on which, in past elections, the public more often has been right than wrong.  —  Just 37 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they expect Obama …
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Calls Himself ‘Underdog’ in 2012 Race for White House  —  George Stephanopoulos of ABC News interviews President Barack Obama live on and Yahoo! today at 2:35 EST. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)  —  Calling himself an “underdog,” President Obama today …
Janet Hook / Washington Wire:
Cantor: Obama's Job Bill Is Dead in Congress
Discussion: Economist's View
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Rep. Cantor rejects Obama, says president's jobs package is dead
Discussion: CNN
Bob Inglis / Bloomberg:
Conservative Means Standing With Science on Climate: Bob Inglis  —  Oct. 3 (Bloomberg) — Normally, the country can count on conservatives to deal in facts.  We base policies on science, not sentiment, we insist on people being accountable for their actions, and we maintain that markets, not mandates, are the path to prosperity.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
For Christie, a ‘modern front-porch campaign’?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Washington Examiner:
York: The crazy math of a Chris Christie candidacy
Fran Tarkenton / Wall Street Journal:
What if the NFL Played by Teachers' Rules?  —  Imagine a league where players who make it through three seasons could never be cut from the roster.  —  Imagine the National Football League in an alternate reality.  Each player's salary is based on how long he's been in the league.
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Obama impeachment a possibility, says Ron Paul  —  Ron Paul said Monday that President Barack Obama's targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki might be an impeachable offense.  —  Asked at a Manchester, N.H. town hall meeting about last week's killing of the American-born Al Qaeda leader …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Marc Caputo / St. Petersburg Times:
Fla poll: Romney 28%, Cain 24, Gingrich 10, Perry 9  —  Debates matter.  So did Florida's straw poll.  Just ask two guys: Herman Cain and Rick Perry.  —  Cain is now running in second place in Florida now that his support surged nearly 19 percentage points after last month's Republican Party …
TRENDING: Cain: I'm ‘not playing the race card’ with Perry
Discussion: New York Magazine and Ballot Box
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
VIDEO: Reagan Called For An End To ‘Crazy’ Tax Loopholes That Let Millionaires Pay Less Than Bus Drivers  —  When President Obama released his plan for “the Buffett rule,” which involves closing tax loopholes and ensuring that millionaires pay their fair share in taxes, he explained that …
New York Post:
Furiously unraveling  —  The joke goes that anything named “Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms” ought to be a convenience store instead of an arm of the federal government, but what's going on in Washington these days with the embattled agency is no laughing matter.
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Donor, officials warned Obama not to visit Solyndra after financial warnings
Washington Examiner:
Thank Wal-Mart for your new bank card fee  —  When Bank of America announced last week that it would charge $5 a month to customers who make purchases with their debit card, customers railed against the bank.  —  Many conservatives and libertarians said the anger should be aimed at Congress …
Mallory Simon / This Just In:
Live blog: Amanda Knox to go free after jury overturns murder conviction  —  [Updated at 6:00 p.m. ET] CNN's Matthew Chance described the courtroom scene as the ruling was read: “It was absolutely electric.  There were whoops.  There were tears.”  Amanda Knox “was in hysterics, in a positive way,” he said.
Discussion: The Daily What, CNN and TalkLeft
Amanda Knox / The Daily Beast:
Inside Obama's Populist Makeover  —  The president's friends (and foes) on what prompted his lurch to the left—and whether it will work.  Plus, Michael Tomasky on Obama's new centrist battle plan.
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Risk-averse America  —  Economist Robert Litan of the Kauffman Foundation likes to recall that half of today's Fortune 500 companies began as start-ups in a recession or a bear stock market.  And why not?  During a recession, it's cheaper to hire new workers, rent office space, buy supplies.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
McCaskill won't be in Missouri Tuesday for President Obama's visit  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) won't join President Obama when he visits St. Louis on Tuesday, prompting claims by Republicans that she is avoiding an appearance with the president, whose poll numbers are underwater in Missouri.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
It's between Christie and his wife  —  I've been avoiding doing a tick-tock of “will-he-or-won't-he” on Chris Christie's deliberations this weekend, and his camp has stayed off the grid.  Christie himself has also stayed mum, and he has no media availability tomorrow.
New York Times:
A U.S.-Backed Geothermal Plant Struggles  —  WASHINGTON — In a remote desert spot in northern Nevada, there is a geothermal plant run by a politically connected clean energy start-up that has relied heavily on an Obama administration loan guarantee and is now facing financial turmoil.
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Amanda Knox / The Daily Beast:
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Obama's tax hikes would really impact the rich, in three easy charts
Discussion: Political Mojo
Rick Perry / Associated Press:
Obama says he's ‘still working’ on view of gay marriage; says gay friends influence thinking
Democracy Now:
PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY OCT. 3, 1PM: Amy Goodman Announces Major Settlement in Federal Lawsuit …
Discussion: Gawker
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Panetta's (Mostly) Unfair Criticism
Discussion: Associated Press
Vanity Fair:
The November 2011 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
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New York Post:
FDNY welcomes 1st transgender firefighter in city history
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McCain Dismisses Cheney's Demand That Obama Apologize For Rebuking Bush Administration's Use Of Torture
Mort Zuckerman / Financial Times:
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