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9:00 PM ET, October 12, 2011


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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Cain leads nationally  —  Yesterday PPP released numbers showing Herman Cain leading Mitt Romney 30-22 in Iowa and our monthly look at the national picture finds the exact same numbers.  Cain is up 30-22 on Romney with Newt Gingrich sneaking past Rick Perry for 3rd place at 15% to Perry's 14% …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Oh my: Cain 30, Romney 22, Gingrich 15, Perry 14  —  Alternate headline: “Republicans really, really, really don't want to nominate Mitt Romney.” … NBC's teasing its own poll to come later today by noting that Cain leads Romney two-to-one among tea partiers and that Cain/Perry/Bachmann combined continue …
Mark Murray /
NBC/WSJ poll: Cain now leads GOP pack  —  The pizza CEO's ascent, and Perry's decline — probably not the last shakeup  —  Below:  —  Deputy political director  —  updated 2011-10-12T22:28:08  —  Fueled by Tea Party supporters, conservatives and high-interest GOP primary voters …
First Read /
First Thoughts: Is Romney a sure thing?  —  By NBC's Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Brooke Brower  —  Is Romney a sure thing?  All signs point in that direction, but the numbers tell a different story... Recapping last night's debate: Another missed opportunity for Perry …
Washington Examiner:
After another bad debate, is Rick Perry finished?  —  HANOVER, NH — It would be an understatement to say that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's top aides are unhappy with press reports casting Tuesday night's Republican debate as a make-or-break moment for the Texas governor.
Patricia Zengerle / Reuters:
Romney leads GOP, Cain second: Reuters/Ipsos  —  (Reuters) - Mitt Romney leads the field vying for the Republican presidential nomination but fewer than one in four of the party's voters back him as a surging Herman Cain gains ground, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
The Shame Of The Crowded Field
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Rolling Stone:
My Advice to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters  —  Hit bankers where it hurts  —  I've been down to “Occupy Wall Street” twice now, and I love it.  The protests building at Liberty Square and spreading over Lower Manhattan are a great thing, the logical answer to the Tea Party and a long-overdue middle finger to the financial elite.
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Wall Street Sees ‘No Exit’ From Woes  —  Wall Street executives, facing demonstrators camped for a fourth week in New York's financial district, say they're anxious and angry for other reasons.  —  An era of decline and disappointment for bankers may not end for years …
The New Republic:
Protests and Power  —  Should liberals support Occupy Wall Street?  —  How should liberals feel about Occupy Wall Street?  If you follow politics and you think of yourself as a liberal, then you have undoubtedly been grappling with that question in recent weeks.
Khamenei claims Occupy Wall Street protests will topple US capitalism
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
A Modest Proposal: Call Obstruction What It Is  —  Here is the headline in the online home page of the NYT, about Obama's “pass this jobs bill, pass it now” proposal.  Note the word “fails”:  —  The subhead and the rest of the article make clear that more Senators voted for the bill than against it — 50 to 49.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
There's no need to obscure obstructionism
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Passing bills is more important than joint caucus when it comes to mending partisan relations
Discussion: The Politico
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
DWS: We're not here to create jobs
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden Warns of More Rapes and Murders If Jobs Bill Is Not Passed  —  In Flint, Michigan, Vice President Joe Biden suggested that more rapes and murders could occur if President Barack Obama's jobs bill is not passed.  —  “In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force …
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Wall Street Journal circulation scam claims senior Murdoch executive  —  Andrew Langhoff resigns as European publishing chief after exposure of secret channels of cash to help boost sales figures  —  One of Rupert Murdoch's most senior European executives has resigned following Guardian inquiries …
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
N.H.'s Bill Gardner to Nevada: Drop dead  —  Bill Gardner just flipped the Republicans the bird.  Again.  —  In a three-page statement released Wednesday afternoon, the New Hampshire secretary of state reiterated his independence and said he'll move the primary up as far as necessary …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
NH primary could jump up to early December
David Frum / FrumForum:
Conceding One to the Critics  —  As readers of this site have no doubt noticed, I'm not one who is greatly troubled by hostile criticism.  —  On the other hand, sometimes the critics make a valid point.  When they do, I'm not too obstinate to concede.  —  For years, I've shared …
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and The Daily Caller
Charles Krupa / ABCNEWS:
Perry Botches U.S. Revolution Century  —  Texas Governor Rick Perry energetically bounded into the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on Dartmouth College's campus after Tuesday night's debate, but when he was asked a question about states' rights, he slipped up on the dates for when the American Revolution was fought.
Kate Bolick / The Atlantic Online:
All the Single Ladies  —  IN 2001, WHEN I was 28, I broke up with my boyfriend.  Allan and I had been together for three years, and there was no good reason to end things.  He was (and remains) an exceptional person, intelligent, good-looking, loyal, kind.
Lisa Mascaro / Los Angeles Times:
Charles Schumer: ‘Impossible’ for Democrats to lose Senate in 2012  —  (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)  —  A top Democrat said it's “almost impossible” Republicans will take over the Senate majority in 2012.  —  Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), his party's former campaign chairman …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Schumer's strategy: Tie GOP in 2012 to rising Tea Party unpopularity
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be  —  In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Buffett made $62,855,038 last year  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Billionaire investor Warren Buffett this week showed a little more leg in his campaign to get Congress to raise taxes on the uber-rich.  —  In a letter to Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp Tuesday, Buffett revealed that his adjusted gross income …
Investor's Business Daily:
Apologies Not Accepted  —  Leadership: Leaked cables show Japan nixed a presidential apology to Hiroshima and Nagasaki for using nukes to end the overseas contingency operation known as World War II.  Will the next president apologize for the current one?  —  The obsessive need of this president …
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Herman Cain consultant: 9-9-9 wouldn't be accepted  —  Herman Cain expressed confidence at Tuesday's debate that his much-touted “9-9-9” plan to revamp the tax code would pass Congress, but the paid campaign consultant who scored the plan for Cain said the idea was more of a theory …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
OWS Protester Wants College Paid for Because That Is What He Wants  —  In picking someone out from a crowd, one runs the risk of being accused of cherry-picking.  So be it.  Over the last week I have spoken to a significant number of people involved in the Occupy Wall Street protests …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael McCarthy / The Independent:
Global warning: climate sceptics are winning the battle  —  Father of the green movement says scientists lack PR skills to make public listen  —  Climate sceptics are winning the argument with the public over global warming, the world's most celebrated climate scientist, James Hansen of NASA, said in London yesterday.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Jeffress Denounces Gays As Promiscuous, Manipulative And Abnormal  —  Robert Jeffress' criticism of the Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Mormon faiths has gained increasing attention since he endorsed and introduced Rick Perry at last week's Values Voter Summit.
Discussion: Good As You and ThinkProgress
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Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
ACLU sues on S.C. immigration law
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
William B. English / Board of Governors …:
Developments in Financial Markets and the Federal Reserve's Balance Sheet
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Keynesianism And Big Government
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Protect Life Act: New Bill Would Allow Hospitals To Refuse To Perform Abortions
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
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Alice Gribbin / The Staggers:
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Discussion: Guardian and Eschaton
Abdon M. Pallasch / Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Joe Walsh: I had ‘verbal’ deal not to pay child support
Joe Kemp / NY Daily News:
New York squeegee king Greg (Grover) Washington busted for a staggering 186th time
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Gothamist
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A conspiracy only Bachmann could create
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Peter J. Wallison / Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street's Gullible Occupiers