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10:00 PM ET, October 6, 2011


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid's ‘nuclear option’ changes rules, ends repeat filibusters  —  In a shocking development Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a rarely used procedural option informally called the “nuclear option” to change the Senate rules.
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Reid rewrites Senate rules with shocking move  —  In a stunning turn of events this evening, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used an arcane legislative maneuver to effectively rewrite Senate rules to make it harder for the minority party to force uncomfortable votes on the majority.
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Obama's jobs bill to get Senate vote
Discussion: Daily Kos
OWS: Here's the message you've all been waiting for  —  Lots of people, including this writer, have criticized the Occupy Wall Street movement for lacking a concrete goal.  I have found it.  I've come up with a single, clear demand — easily stated and easily realized.
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama on Bank Prosecutions: They Did Nothing Illegal, Only Found Loopholes That We Worked to Close  —  For perhaps the first time, President Barack Obama was forced to explain why there have been no prosecutions of Wall Street executives for their fraudulent actions during the run-up to the financial crisis.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Herman Cain Aims Another Rant at Wall Street Protesters
Discussion: Rod Dreher
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Nancy Pelosi: ‘God bless’ Wall Street protesters
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
5 questions for President Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Don Surber
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Would Accept Surtax on Incomes Over $1 Million
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Wall Street Corruption, Solyndra, and Fast & Furious: Today's Q's for O - 10/6/2011
Discussion: emptywheel and Guardian
Braden / 100.7 WZLX:
Senator Scott Brown Calls In & Thanks Elizabeth Warren For Keeping Her Clothes On  —  WZLX's Kevin Karlson: “Have you officially responded to Elizabeth Warren's comment about how she didn't take her clothes off?”  —  Senator Scott Brown (laughs) “Thank God.”
Eric Kleefeld /
TPM2012  —  Scott Brown Replies To Warren: ‘Thank God’ She Didn't Take Her Clothes Off (AUDIO)  —  Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) was interviewed on a local talk radio show Thursday morning.  And he had an interesting response to a recent line from Democratic frontrunner Elizabeth Warren.
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown quips about Elizabeth Warren's appearance on Boston radio show  —  Republican Senator Scott Brown made a crack about Democrat Elizabeth Warren's physical appearance on a radio show this morning.  —  Brown was responding to a crack Warren made in Tuesday's debate …
Nick Baumann / Political Mojo:
Scott Brown Calls Elizabeth Warren Ugly
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Huntsman Hits Palin for ‘Stringing People Along’  —  ABC News' Shushannah Walshe (@shushwalshe) and Sarah Kunin (@sarah_kunin) Report:  —  In an interview with ABC's “The View,” presidential candidate Jon Huntsman rebuked former Gov. Sarah Palin for “stringing people along” as she decided whether to run for president.
David Frum / FrumForum:
Palin: Already Almost Forgotten  —  “I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets...”  — From Sarah Palin's statement announcing her decision not to run for president.  —  Um, probably not.  Sarah Palin's political voice had dwindled well before she announced her decision not to run.
Adam Brickley / The Daily Caller:
The Palin movement isn't retreating, it's reloading
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Sarah Palin industry faces depression
Washington Examiner:
Palin was right to forgo 2012 presidential run
Lindsey Boerma /
Cain Says He ‘Would Not Be Comfortable’ As Perry's Running Mate  —  Businessman Herman Cain, a Republican candidate for president, says he would consider running for vice presidential with anyone other than Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  —  HOUSTON — Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cain open to VP offer from any Republican candidate except Perry
Discussion: CNN, Riehl World View and Hot Air
Simon Maloy / Media Matters for America:   Laura Ingraham Isn't Sure If Obama Is Black
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Laura Ingraham: Would A Herman Cain Presidency Be Historic Because Obama Has White Relatives?  (UPDATE)
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham On ‘Intimidation’: 'If You're A Southern White Guy, It Is Part Of Your Life'  —  GOP presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry (TX) has faced severe backlash this week as the result of stories that he had opposed a campaign to remove the Confederate battle flag from statehouses across …
Discussion: Shakesville
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rick Perry hunting camp resolution blocked by House  —  This post has been updated.  —  The House of Representatives has blocked consideration of a resolution calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) to apologize for not immediately “doing away” with a rock bearing the controversial name …
First Read /
House dismisses resolution condemning Perry ranch
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Secret panel can put Americans on “kill list'  —  (Reuters) - American militants like Anwar al-Awlaki are placed on a kill or capture list by a secretive panel of senior government officials, which then informs the president of its decisions, according to officials.
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Execution by secret WH committee
Tyler Durden /
BBC Does It Again: “In The Absence Of A Credible Plan We Will Have A Global Financial Meltdown In Two To Three Weeks” - IMF Advisor  —  A week after the BBC exploded Alessio Rastani to the stage, it has just done it all over again.  In an interview with IMF advisor Robert Shapiro …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Repeating the same mistake, expecting new results  —  The very first question in this morning's White House press conference was pretty discouraging: … Towards the end of the event, another reporter asked the nearly identical question: … Look, I realize the media loves the idea of compromise.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Post:
‘Furious’ mess has Justice in full panic  —  So now the Fast and Furious affair has reached Stage 2 of the classic Washington scandal: House Republicans have called for a special counsel to investigate Attorney General Eric Holder himself for possible perjury.
Discussion: National Review
Robert Bryce / Wall Street Journal:
Five Truths About Climate Change  —  During the decade that Al Gore dominated the environmental debate, global carbon-dioxide emissions rose by 28.5%.  —  Over the past two months, environmental activists have held protests at the White House and elsewhere hoping to convince the Obama administration …
Darius Dixon / The Politico:
DOE loan program official Jonathan Silver steps down
Discussion: The Page
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
The Steve Jobs I Knew  —  That Steve Jobs was a genius, a giant influence on multiple industries and billions of lives, has been written many times since he retired as Apple's chief executive in August.  He was a historical figure on the scale of a Thomas Edison or Henry Ford …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Why So Few Steve Jobses?
Discussion: Political Mojo
Will Oremus / Slate:
The Presidential Horse Race  —  Literally: an animation of the 2012 Republican campaign as a horse race.  —  The press is routinely accused of covering political campaigns as if they were horse races: so preoccupied with who's up or down in the polls that it ignores the substance of the campaign.
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Nevada Republicans set Jan. 14 caucus  —  Mark your calendars.  —  Nevada Republicans on Wednesday evening set Jan. 14 for the GOP presidential caucuses here, clearing the way for New Hampshire and Iowa to schedule their traditional first-in-the nation voting dates.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Santorum savages Mitt Romney over Nevada calendar report
Discussion: Daily Kos and GOP 12
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