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10:00 AM ET, October 5, 2011


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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Perry raises $17 million  —  Siren, as they say: … The $17 million figure, which a Perry spokesman confirms to me, is almost as much as Mitt Romney raised in his first quarter as a declared presidential candidate this year.  —  It's also more than Rudy Giuliani and John McCain raised …
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Herman Cain rises, Rick Perry slides in new CBS News poll  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Herman Cain has moved into a tie with Mitt Romney atop the field of Republican presidential candidates …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Hot Air exclusive: Perry raises $17.1 million in Q3  —  A source on the Rick Perry campaign tells Hot Air that the Texas governor conducted some Texas-size fundraising in the third quarter.  Coming in just a little over halfway through, Perry raised $17.1 million.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Campaign 2012
Wall Street Journal:
Christie Exit Shifts Focus to Romney
Discussion: driftglass and Hot Air
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Chris Christie won't run for president: Now what?
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
Push for President Obama's jobs bill illustrates the art of beating a dead horse  —  “Why don't we just pretend he didn't die?  Just for a bit!”  — Larry Wilson in “Weekend at Bernie's”  —  It might help to think of the American Jobs Act as Elvis.  —  The King made $60 million last year even though he died in 1977.
Matt DoBias / The Politico:
Reid considers surtax on millionaires  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is eyeing a tax on the nation's highest earners as a way to defray some of the $447 billion price tag for the White House-written jobs package-a move that would shift attention away from its underlying policies and more towards party politics.
Discussion: Business Insider, Reuters and The Page
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   Senate Democrats buck Obama on jobs by changing ‘pay-fors’
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Senate Democrats forced to block Obama's jobs bill
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
The Hill:   GOP worries they'll have to accept massive spending measure
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Who are the 99 percent?  —  “I did everything I was supposed to and I have nothing to show for it.”  —  It's not the arrests that convinced me that “Occupy Wall Street” was worth covering seriously.  Nor was it their press strategy, which largely consisted of tweeting journalists to cover …
Alicia Ciccone / The Huffington Post:
Occupy Wall Street Causing Problems On Main Street
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Sarah Palin-affiliated law firm made early-state deadline inquiries  —  Ken Vogel and I both have sources telling us that calls were made on behalf of a mystery candidate to various early states to determine presidential filing deadlines.  —  The calls were made by representatives …
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Why Palin could run as an independent
Discussion: GOP 12 and Hot Air
Pete Kennedy / Food Freedom:
Wisconsin Judge Rules No Right to Own a Cow or Drink Its Milk  —  WI Judge to Zinniker, FTCLDF: No “Fundamental Right to Own a Cow, or Consume Its Milk... Am I Making Myself Clear?”  —  ~ David Gumpert  —  FTCLDF  —  In a decision denying basic property rights and even exceeding …
Discussion: Rod Dreher and Marginal Revolution
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Poll sees a new low in Americans' approval of Congress  —  View Photo Gallery —  New polling shows congressional popularity is at an all-time low of 14 percent.  You'd be surprised at some of the things in history that have been more popular than the current Congress.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Prairie Weather
David Nakamura / Washington Post:   President Obama goes on the attack, to Democrats' delight
William Creeley / FIRE:
Getting It Right: Dean of George Mason Law Sets Excellent Example  —  All too often here at FIRE, we find ourselves up to our necks in campus censorship.  For example, in just the last few weeks, we've seen a professor threatened by campus police for posting a sci-fi quote and a coalition …
Michael W. McConnell / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Wants a Say Over Your Minister  —  The Supreme Court weighs whether the feds can decide which church employees are clergy and which aren't.  —  Today, the Obama administration will invite the Supreme Court to open a new front in the culture wars.
Lisa Pollack / FT Alphaville:
Quantum leap: EuroTARP  —  The FT's report yesterday that policy makers may finally be getting around to throwing a TARP over European banks has sure got people talking.  Will Dexia go down as the unwitting catalyst to addressing the lingering questions around bank solvency?
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard:
CBS News Reporter Says White House Screamed, Swore at Her Over Fast and Furious  —  The Fast and Furious scandal, in which the Justice Department knowingly gave Mexican criminal gangs thousands of guns, just keeps escalating.  The latest development centers around whether …
Jason Noble / Iowa Caucuses:
College students change Michele Bachmann's plans for event in Grinnell  —  Grinnell, Ia.  - Michele Bachmann's appearance at a fundraiser on a pumpkin farm here this evening was delayed and then curtailed after several dozen Grinnell College students showed up.
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era  —  5 October 11 As the United States marks the 10th anniversary of the longest period of sustained warfare in its history, the overwhelming majority of veterans of the post-9/11 era are proud of their military service.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Opposition to Obama grows — strongly  —  Four in 10 Americans “strongly” disapprove of how President Obama is handling job as president in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the highest that number has risen during his time in office and a sign of the hardening opposition to him as he seeks a second term.
Public Citizen:
Obama Just Flip-Flopped Right off the Trade Cliff; Congress Must Slam on the Brakes Statement of Lori Wallach, Director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch  —  By asking Congress to approve three NAFTA-style trade deals signed by former President George Bush, President Barack Obama …
Discussion: CBS News
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Jonathan Portes / Guardian:
Ignore David Cameron - dealing with our debt would be disastrous
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Andy Birkey / Minnesota Independent:
Anti-gay marriage groups say they won't follow new campaign finance guidelines
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Banking's Self Inflicted Wounds
Discussion: Dealbreaker
Rating Action: Moody's downgrades Italy's government bond ratings to A2 with a negative outlook
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Time for a Tobin tax  —  There's been a lot of discussion …
Discussion: Vagabond Scholar and ThinkProgress
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
Samuel L. Jackson echoes Morgan Freeman, says Tea Party racism is obvious
 Earlier Items: 
Bill Roggio / The Long War Journal:
‘German Taliban Mujahideen’ leader thought killed in US airstrike
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Immelt: ‘Our job is to make our ideas his ideas’
Discussion: Political Mojo and ThinkProgress
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
Gingrich surprises Al Sharpton with birthday wish
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers