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6:10 PM ET, October 4, 2011


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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.
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cainmentum  —  Is the new Republican frontrunner Herman Cain?  Maybe for this week anyway.  PPP polled Republican primary voters in three pretty different states over the weekend- North Carolina, Nebraska, and West Virginia- and found Cain leading the way in each of them as Newt Gingrich surged …
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.
The Caucus:
‘Now Is Not My Time’ to Run, Christie Says  —  Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced on Tuesday that he had decided not to seek the presidency.  —  1:30 p.m. |  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.
Washington Post:
Chris Christie not running for president in 2012, source says
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Chris Christie won't run for president: Now what?
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Bachmann: Now that Christie's made his decision ‘I think the table is set’
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and CNN
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
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid blocks attempt by McConnell to vote on president's jobs bill  —  In a lively spat on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) attempted call up President Obama's jobs plan for an immediate vote in the upper chamber.  —  However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid …
Discussion: TPMDC and Weasel Zippers
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama administration kept Democratic senators hanging on the phone
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Betsy's Page
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   In Texas remarks, Obama targets Cantor
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 …
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!”
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Warren Buffett says he will release his tax return if Rupert Murdoch does  —  The billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Tuesday that he would release his tax returns if NewsCorp chairman Rupert Murdoch does.  —  Buffett's finances became a political target after President Obama made the …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Buffett challenges Murdoch on tax returns
Discussion: The Politico and ThinkProgress
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP Rep. Wolf rips Norquist, tax pledge  —  Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) on Tuesday ripped the Grover Norquist tax pledge and the tax activist himself.  —  Wolf criticized Norquist's pledge, which most Republicans have taken in promising to not raise taxes, and said Norquist had used it to advance …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dan Scandling / Congressman Frank R. Wolf:
Wolf: Grover Norquist's Relationships Should Give People Pause
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.
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.
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: The Consumerist and TalkLeft
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Perry's weird science  —  With the launch of Rick Perry's campaign came Sasha Issenberg's ebook casting Perry's political team as unusually analytical and data driven, in league with “egghead” social scientists who had reached new conclusions about campaigns.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
John Boehner's Anti-Gay Lawyer Gets A Million-Dollar Bump At Taxpayer Expense  —  Earlier this year, Speaker John Boehner's (R) office announced that American taxpayers would pay former Bush Solicitor General Paul Clement to defend the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act — at a cost of $520 per hour of legal work.
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
IPS: Latest Content:
America Loses: Corporations That Take “Tax Holidays” Slash Jobs  —  Some of America's most flush corporations are demanding a tax holiday on their profits sitting offshore.  But the last holiday produced a nasty hangover.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Wonkbook: The jobs bill is dead  —  It's not much of a surprise, I guess.  The American Jobs Act never had a particularly good chance of passing the House.  But as of yesterday, it's officially dead.  Majority Leader Eric Cantor isn't even pretending the two sides will work something out.
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David Espo / Associated Press:
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Rick Perry, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney to boycott Univision debate over Rubio report
Discussion: Ballot Box
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Cozy relationships and ‘peer benchmarking’ send CEOs' pay soaring
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Iran hangs up on U.S. hotline
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Dem Rep. Costello to retire, giving GOP opening for his seat
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Wall Street Journal:
The Definition of Insanity
Discussion: Hit & Run and Betsy's Page
Cath Elliott / Guardian:
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Discussion: Pharyngula and Harry's Place