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6:50 PM ET, October 7, 2011


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Confronting the Malefactors  —  There's something happening here.  What it is ain't exactly clear, but we may, at long last, be seeing the rise of a popular movement that, unlike the Tea Party, is angry at the right people.  —  When the Occupy Wall Street protests began three weeks ago …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
White House: Cantor's ‘Mob’ Criticism Of Occupy Wall Street Is ‘Hypocrisy Unbound’  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is speaking out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to the thousands of Americans taking to the streets for the Occupy Wall Street movement, the White House said Friday.
Harry Siegel / Runnin' Scared:
Mayor Bloomberg: Occupy Wall Street ‘Trying To Destroy the Jobs of Working People’  —  ​Mayor Bloomberg said Friday that the Occupy Wall Street protesters would be better off aiming their fire at government rather than the banks.  And he fired a warning shot at the public sector unions who've backed …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Smears Occupy Wall Street As A ‘Mob’  —  Speaking at the social conservative Value Voters Summit today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) maligned the Occupy Wall Street protests and the wider 99 percent movement as a “mob” that is out to “divide Americans”: … Watch it:
Michelle Fields / The Daily Caller:
Organizer admits to paying ‘Occupy DC’ protesters [VIDEO]  —  A liberal organizer told the Daily Caller on Thursday afternoon that he paid some Hispanics to attend “Occupy DC” protests happening in the nation's capital.  —  TheDC attended the protest event, an expansion of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement that began in New York City.
Patrick George / Austin American-Statesman:
Occupy Austin protesters air grievances without drawing police ire
James Plummer / The Daily Caller:
‘Kill the cops!’ shout reported during ‘Occupy New Orleans’ protest
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Santorum unveils zero-zero-zero plan  —  Rick Santorum came out with his own economic plan Friday to top the 9-9-9 plan pushed by Herman Cain.  —  “I've got a better plan.  It's the zero-zero-zero plan,” the GOP presidential candidate and former senator told the Value Voters Summit.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Rick Perry backer Robert Jeffress: Mitt Romney not a Christian  —  Texas evangelical leader Robert Jeffress, the Baptist megachurch pastor who introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, said Friday afternoon he does not believe Mitt Romney is a Christian.
Journalistdee / CNN:
Romney's foreign policy blueprint
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Politico
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Perry gets warm reception as surrogate attacks Romney's faith
Discussion: CNN
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet  —  A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America's Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots' every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.  —  The virus, first detected nearly two weeks ago …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
Push to highlight Solyndra came from top levels of White House, according to e-mails  —  White House staff discussed in e-mails that either President Obama or his former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel were eager to help spotlight a solar company in early 2009, despite numerous internal warnings …
Obama Fundraiser Pushed Solyndra Deal From Inside  —  An elite Obama fundraiser hired to help oversee the administration's energy loan program pushed and prodded career Department of Energy officials to move faster in approving a loan guarantee for Solyndra, even as his wife's law firm …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Solyndra loan supported by Obama fundraiser  —  A prominent 2008 Barack Obama fundraiser who held a key role in the Energy Department played an active part in Solyndra's $535 million loan guarantee despite conflict of interest concerns over his wife's work at a law firm that also represented …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘An unforced economic error’  —  Following up on this morning's job numbers, it's worth reemphasizing a point the right generally prefers to ignore: spending cuts are making unemployment worse.  Dealing with the jobs crisis is hard enough, and conservative policies are akin to throwing an anvil at a drowning economy.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Shrinking Public Sector
Discussion: New Deal 2.0 and Rortybomb
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
After Adding Some Jobs, U.S. Economy Still Uncertain
Washington Wire:
Text of Mitt Romney's Speech on Foreign Policy at The Citadel  —  Here is the text of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's speech on foreign policy as prepared for delivery Friday at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.:  —  Mr. Romney: It's a great honor to be in South Carolina …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Mitt Romney interview
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf /
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011  —  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 is to be divided in three equal parts between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights …
Karin Tanabe / The Politico:
Moviegoing habits: Republicans vs. Democrats  —  In the Hollywood and politics issue of the The Hollywood Reporter, there's a piece looking at the moviegoing tendencies of Republicans and Democrats.  It focuses on Morgan Freeman's recent comments about the tea party and racism …
Wall Street Journal:
Steve Jobs Funeral Is Friday  —  The funeral for Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.'s co-founder, is taking place Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The funeral is characterized as a small private gathering, this person said.  The person wouldn't say where or when the event was taking place …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Sarah Palin: Hank Williams Jr. a victim of ‘hypocrisy’  —  'It's a one way street and we're always walking on eggshells, aren't we?'  Palin says.  AP Photo  —  Sarah Palin says Hank Williams Jr. is the victim of the media's double standard.  —  “Hank Williams and what he is going through now …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Sarah Binder / The Monkey Cage:
Did the Senate Just Go Nuclear?  —  I sat down tonight to read a little of Mr. Speaker!, Jim Grant's new, breezy biography of House Speaker Thomas Reed.  “Czar Reed” was the author of “Reed's Rules”—the package of House rule changes that broke the back of minority party obstruction in the late 19th century.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
One Reason We Need The 99 Percent Movement  —  Two good charts from Planet Money:  —  If you know a lot of young people, your social reality is of an economy in crisis.  If you know a lot of older people, things look better.  —  Again, if everyone you know has a BA …
Discussion: NPR
Primary Poll Shows Romney With Strong Lead  —  Many Likely Voters Remain Undecided  —  DURHAM, N.H. — A new poll shows that Mitt Romney continues to lead the race for the Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire, and there is a new candidate in second place.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
Producer Rob / CBS Sacramento:
Some ‘Occupy Sacramento’ Protesters Lash Out At Questions  —  SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Hundreds of protesters gathered in Cesar Chavez Park on Thursday to stand in solidarity with the growing nationwide demonstrations aimed at corporate greed, but some members of the peaceful event showed hostility …
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Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
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Dan Merica / CNN:
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Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
Brewer defends health exchange request
Rep. Pete Stark / The Huffington Post:
A Decade in Afghanistan: Thousands Dead, Billions of Dollars Wasted
Peter Marsh / Financial Times:
China labour costs push jobs back to US
John Zaremba / Boston Herald:
Tale of Hub teacher's job struggle stretches truth
Radley Balko / The Huffington Post:
U.S. Drug Policy Would Be Imposed Globally By New House Bill
Discussion: The Daily What
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Jan. 3 is tentative date for Iowa caucus
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Ex-Gay Advocates Urge Families To Reject Gay ‘Lifestyle’ And ‘Homofascism’ At Values Voter Summit
Daily Mail:
Warning over France's Islamic suburbs which are becoming ‘separate communities in a divided nation’
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Gardiner Harris / New York Times:
U.S. Panel Advises Against Routine Prostate Test
Kim Willsher / Los Angeles Times:
France bans ketchup in cafeterias