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11:15 PM ET, October 13, 2011


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David Moore / Wall Street Journal:
The Panhandler and the President  —  I do not recall another president whose negative drumbeat about large segments of the population has been so relentless.  —  Walking down New York's 55th Street near Park Avenue last Friday evening, our group of seven men in suits and ties was approached by a panhandler asking for money.
Occupy Wall Street:
OccupyWallStreet  —  Tell Bloomberg: Don't Foreclose the Occupation. Join us at 6AM FRIDAY for non-violent eviction defense.  —  Please take a minute to read this, and please take action and spread the word far and wide.  —  Occupy Wall Street is gaining momentum, with occupation actions now happening in cities across the world.
Who's behind the Wall St. protests?  —  (Reuters) - Anti-Wall Street protesters say the rich are getting richer while average Americans suffer, but the group that started it all may have benefited indirectly from the largesse of one of the world's richest men.
Felix Salmon:
On George Soros, Occupy Wall Street, and Reuters  —  Wouldn't it be ironic if Occupy Wall Street — the soi-disant “99%” — were being secretly funded by billionaire Davos Man George Soros, exemplar of the 1%?  Well, no, it wouldn't, actually.  As Noreen Malone points out, lots of the 1% have …
City Room:
Facing Eviction, Protesters Begin Park Cleanup  —  As the clock ticked down on the occupiers of Zuccotti Park and the prospect of eviction loomed, the Occupy Wall Street protesters' pre-emptive cleanup effort lurched into gear Thursday afternoon.  —  Volunteers taped off sections of the park …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
An unintentionally amusing take from Wall Street  —  David Moore is the CEO of Wall Street holdings company, and he has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today reflecting on a recent run-in with a panhandler.  As best as I can tell, the op-ed is not a parody.
New York Post:
Wall St. protesters will not be allowed to bring sleeping bags, tents back into park  —  The party's over!  —  The city's top cop said today that the Occupy Wall Street protesters who clear out of Zuccotti Park tomorrow so their filthy makeshift campsite can get a much-needed cleaning …
Jake Dobkin / Gothamist:
This Just In: Mayor Bloomberg Shows Up At Occupy Wall Street
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Is Occupy Wall Street overblown?
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: The Notice Of Rules That May Be Used To Shut Down Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: Shakesville
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum  —  * Americans favor Occupy Wall Street far …
J.J. Gould / The Atlantic Online:
OWS: What the Media Can't See About America's First Web-Era Movement
Discussion: The New Republic and Althouse
John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
Paul Ryan ‘loves’ Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan  —  House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan says he “loves” presidential candidate Herman Cain's signature “9-9-9″ tax plan.  —  Ryan told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview that Cain's plan shows the GOP presidential campaign season …
The Huffington Post:
Herman Cain 999 Plan: Did It Come From SimCity? … WASHINGTON — In Herman Cain's America, the tax code would be very, very simple: The corporate income tax rate would be 9 percent, the personal income tax rate would be 9 percent and the national sales tax rate would be 9 percent.
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
There is no such thing as the 9-9-9 tax  —  Let's get something straight: There is no 9-9-9 plan.  Not, at least, in the sense that most people think there is.  —  Herman Cain has not proposed three entirely separate taxes — one a 9 percent corporate income tax, another a 9 percent consumption tax …
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Norquist: Cain 9-9-9 plan more dangerous than current code
Discussion: streiff's blog
Scott Galupo / US News:
The Tea Party Was Just a Giant Temper Tantrum  —  Is former Gov. Mitt Romney a better campaigner than I thought—or are his closest rivals just that pathetic?  —  As things stand now, the former Massachusetts governor will enjoy an astonishingly painless pivot into the general election.
Ross Douthat:
Romney the Inexorable  —  I spent last night's Republican debate trying …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Pres. Obama to Ed Henry: 'I didn't know you were the spokesman for Mitt Romney'
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Alex Altman / Time:
TIME Poll: Obama Leads Head-to-Head Match-Ups with Republican Rivals
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Barbour says wife would vote for Cain if primary was held today
CBS News:
“Unusual” meeting between US, Iran over plot  —  WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Thursday that officials at the “highest levels” of the Iranian government must be held accountable for a brazen and bizarre plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States on American soil …
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Vows to Punish Iran in Alleged Plot Against Envoy
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dem: House GOP ‘misogynist’ for bringing up abortion bill  —  Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Thursday charged House Republicans of misogynous motives in bringing up a bill that seeks to limit federal funding for abortion.  —  “What my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are attempting …
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Raising Eyebrows  —  IT wasn't quite the slip-up (or slip-down, as it were) most people expect during a presidential campaign, but whatever happened to Ron Paul's eyebrows at Tuesday's night debate certainly caught some viewers' attention.  —  For those of you not yet riveted by the Republican race …
Boston Globe:
in study, sweat  —  Mitt Romney would lead Bain Capital from a staff of seven people managing $37 million to 115 people managing $4 billion.  During his tenure, the firm would post an astonishing record, on average doubling its return on realized investments every year.
Martin S. Feldstein / New York Times:
How to Stop the Drop in Home Values  —  HOMES are the primary form of wealth for most Americans.  Since the housing bubble burst in 2006, the wealth of American homeowners has fallen by some $9 trillion, or nearly 40 percent.  In the 12 months ending in June, house values fell by more than $1 trillion, or 8 percent.
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Jackson, Jr: Obama should ‘declare a national emergency,’ add jobs with ‘extra-constitutional’ action  —  Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.”
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
John McCain's ideas will save billions and billions of jobs  —  The beauty of the conservatives' “uncertainty” argument — that businesses aren't creating jobs because of the uncertainty created by Obama policies — is that you can always raise the bar on it indefinitely.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and US Politics
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
New York Times Plans Staff Reductions  —  In the midst of a deteriorating advertising climate, The New York Times plans to eliminate up to 20 newsroom positions and seek additional savings in the business units, the company said Thursday.  —  The reductions, described by the New York Times Company …
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Jacob Heilbrunn / Foreign Policy:
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Test run of new state voter ID law in Madison led to lines and voter confusion
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
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TPM2012  —  A Taxing Situation: Why The GOP Is Advocating …
Mark Krikorian / National Review:
Romney's Been ‘Pre-Disastered’
Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Dem groups can't quit Durkee
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Tom Williams / ABCNEWS:
Fact Check! Herman Cain's Ice Cream Meltdown
Discussion: Washington Wire
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Reps. Conyers, Lewis balk at Obama's position on Iran
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Sam Grobart / New York Times:
Kohler's Numi Is Everything One Wants in a Toilet, and a Lot More
Discussion: Gothamist and Runnin' Scared
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Anita Perry reflects on campaign's ‘rough month’
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Declining Hotness of Flight Attendants
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Ink-Stained Vigilante  —  An ugly moment during last night's Republican debate.