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3:35 PM ET, October 4, 2011


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Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Rick Perry slips, Herman Cain rises in bid for GOP nomination, poll finds  —  After a quick rise in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has experienced an almost equally dramatic decline, losing about half of his support over the past month, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Sources: Christie's Out  —  Trenton, N.J. - New Jersey Republicans tell National Review Online that Gov. Chris Christie will not run for president.  The governor, they predict, will make this clear at a press conference this afternoon.  Per his schedule, he'll meet with reporters at 1 p.m. outside his office.
Washington Post:
Chris Christie not running for president in 2012, source says  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has decided not to run for president in 2012, according to a source informed of his thinking.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during the Perspectives on Leadership Forum …
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Chris Christie will not run for president  —  TRENTON — He's not running, and he says he means it this time.  —  At a jammed Statehouse news conference, Gov. Chris Christie announced today that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
David Brooks / New York Times:
In Defense of Romney  —  Over the past several months, Mitt Romney has been an excellent presidential candidate.  He has performed superbly in the debates.  He has outorganized his rivals.  He has relentlessly stayed on his core theme of putting Americans back to work.
Quinnipiac University:
Christie Coulda' Been A Contender, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Ran Neck And Neck With Romney, Obama  —  New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie shot to the top of the Republican presidential field, and ran neck and neck with President Barack Obama in a 2012 general election matchup …
The Caucus:
‘Now Is Not My Time’ to Run, Christie Says  —  Updated Saying “now is not my time,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced on Tuesday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for the presidency.  —  Mr. Christie said he had taken to heart the appeals of influential Republicans …
The Politico:
Christie clear: It's a no  —  The New Jersey governor has decided against a presidential bid in 2012.
Jonathan Karl / Politics:
Chris Christie Not Running for President
Discussion: Guardian, The Other McCain and Gawker
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
On Wall Street, a Protest Matures  —  “I think a good deal of the bankers should be in jail.”  —  That is what Andrew Cole, an unemployed 24-year-old graduate of Bucknell University, told me Monday morning in Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Courtney Gross /
Union Workers, Politicians Voice Support For “Occupy Wall Street” Protesters Following Arrests
Wall Street Journal:
The Definition of Insanity  —  Why no one wants to repeal a program that everyone knows is a fraud.  —  The Obama health-care plan passed 18 months ago, and its cynicism still manages to astonish.  Witness the spectacle surrounding one of its flagship new entitlements, which is eliciting some remarkable concessions from its drafters.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Betsy's Page
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama administration kept Democratic senators hanging on the phone
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Betsy's Page
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House GOP freshmen slam Reid, Senate for inaction on budget
Discussion: The Politico
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
After Ruling, Hispanics Flee an Alabama Town  —  ALBERTVILLE, Ala. — The vanishing began Wednesday night, the most frightened families packing up their cars as soon as they heard the news.  —  They left behind mobile homes, sold fully furnished for a thousand dollars or even less.
Discussion: topics and Gawker
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Fearful Hispanic students skip class
Discussion: ANIMAL
Fox News:
House Republicans Request Special Counsel to Probe Holder on ‘Fast and Furious’  —  EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Documents show Holder was informed of Fast and Furious operation in 2010
Amanda Knox / The Daily Beast:
Money Dispute May End ‘Simpsons’  —  A money dispute between Fox and the actors who voice the characters on The Simpsons may force the long-running hit series to shut down next spring.  Lloyd Grove reports exclusively.  —  As Homer Simpson would put it, “D'oh!”
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
In Texas remarks, Obama targets Cantor  —  President Obama on Tuesday plans to target House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, including the Virginia Republican in an all-out assault on the GOP.  —  After making a trip to a bridge in Kentucky to publicly shame House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: The jobs bill is dead
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Buffett says he will release his tax return if Murdoch does  —  Warren Buffett said Tuesday that he would release his tax returns - if NewsCorp chairman Rupert Murdoch did so as well.  —  A cornerstone of President Obama's proposed tax reform is the “Buffett rule”, in which richest Americans …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Carnage in Murdoch Primary
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain: ‘Show Me The Science’ That Being Gay Is Not A Choice  —  The ladies of The View today challenged newly crowned Republican presidential front-runner Herman Cain on his beliefs about homosexuality.  He confirmed that he would bring back Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and “Yes,” he believes being gay is a choice.
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Bernanke on the Twist, Greece, and Bailouts  —  In an economic policy hearing before Congress, the Federal Reserve chairman addressed some vital questions about the U.S. economy  —  Congress got a few hours to grill Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Capital Hill today.
Discussion: Business Insider
Will Ripley / KUSA-TV:
Pizza delivery guy calls cops on customer who smoked marijuana  —  AURORA - A man says he got much more than a large pizza when he called Papa John's for delivery - he got a visit from Aurora Police.  —  Officers performed a child welfare check and left without filing any charges.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Matthew Balan / blogs:
George Lopez: Cain ‘Darker Than Obama, But Whiter On The Inside’  —  On Monday's “Fox and Friends,” liberal comedian George Lopez all but threw the “Oreo” racial slur at Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain: “The Republicans do know that he's darker than Barack Obama...but whiter on the inside.”
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Herman Cain: ‘Black walnut’ rising in polls
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: Most want taxes on millionaires increased  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto  —  Most Americans believe that taxes on millionaires should be increased in order to reduce the deficit, according to a new CBS News poll.
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
Poll: 7 in 10 say Obama has not helped economy
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Rejects Proposed U.S. Military Hot Line  —  WASHINGTON— Iranian military leaders have rebuffed a plan championed by senior Obama administration officials to establish a military-to-military hot line between Washington and Tehran, increasing U.S. fears about the potential …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Tim Mak / The Politico:   Iran hangs up on U.S. hotline
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Racial Resentment Checklist  —  As I said when initially discussing Rick Perry's time vacationing at Niggerhead Ranch, the important context here is that there is no racism in America.  Or if there is, it certainly has nothing to do with white people.  And certainly not with conservative white people.
Secret Docs Show Foreclosure Watchdog Doesn't Bark or Bite  —  Why has the administration's flagship foreclosure prevention program been so ineffective in helping struggling homeowners get loan modifications and stay in their homes?  One reason: The government's supervision of the program has apparently ranged from nonexistent to weak.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Perry's weird science
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
House Dems condemn GOP's tripling of Defense of Marriage lawyer contract
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Dem Rep. Costello to retire, giving GOP opening for his seat
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
‘Green jobs’ farm in Colorado sheds jobs after receiving $200M in stimulus funds
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
John Boehner's Anti-Gay Lawyer Gets A Million-Dollar Bump At Taxpayer Expense
Cornelia Dean / New York Times:
Group Urges Research Into Aggressive Efforts to Fight Climate Change
 Earlier Items: 
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Why I do not like the IS-LM model
Discussion: Grasping Reality … and EconLog
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Misrepresentations, Regulations and Jobs
Paul Waldman / TAPPED:
Stupid Answers to Stupid Questions
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Top 5 Reasons Why The Occupy Wall Street Protests Embody Values Of The Real Boston Tea Party
Cath Elliott / Guardian:
Facebook is fine with hate speech, as long as it's directed at women | Cath Elliott
Discussion: Pharyngula and Harry's Place