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12:05 PM ET, October 13, 2011


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Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Lech Walesa, former Polish president, to visit New York in support of Occupy Wall Street  —  Solidarity hero Lech Walesa is flying to New York to show his support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters.  —  “How could I not respond,” Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday.
Buffett's Son Defends Occupy Wall Street  —  Howard Buffett, the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) director and son of Chairman Warren Buffett, said Wall Street protesters were provoked by abuses from corporations amid a widening disparity between rich and poor.
David W. Chen / New York Times:
Protesters Told to Vacate Park, for Its Cleaning
Who's behind the Wall St. protests?
Discussion: US Politics and Big Government
Alex Altman / Time:
TIME Poll: Obama Leads Head-to-Head Match-Ups with Republican Rivals  —  President Barack Obama speaks at the White House Forum on American Latino Heritage in Washington, Oct. 12, 2011.  —  Despite sweeping pessimism about the nation's fortunes and his own sliding approval ratings …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Republicans increasingly see Mitt Romney as the ‘inevitable candidate’  —  NASHUA, N.H. — Buoyed by a series of strong debate performances, Mitt Romney is suddenly attracting new support from major donors and elected officials, some of whom had resisted his previous entreaties …
Wall Street Journal:
Cain Vaults to Lead in Poll
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Obama campaign reports raising $70 million in third quarter  —  President Obama's reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee reported Thursday raising $70 million in the third quarter.  —  The campaign and the DNC reported that, combined, 606,027 people donated to the campaign …
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama Surges Past Money-Making Goal
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
The Caucus:
Obama Raises More Than $42 Million for Campaign
Associated Press:
Obama Raises More Than $70 Million
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
The Obamas Subtly Begin to Play Racial Politics
Discussion: GILL REPORT and Weasel Zippers
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Reid: Republican senators only care about their own jobs  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took a swing at Senate Republicans Thursday morning, saying their rejection of President Obama's jobs package on Tuesday proves they only care about preserving their own jobs.
Alex Katz / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown web message mirrors 2002 Elizabeth Dole speech  —  WASHINGTON - A Democratic group has unearthed a bit of inspirational autobiography on Senator Scott Brown's official website that was lifted verbatim from a 2002 campaign speech by Elizabeth Dole.
Mickey Edwards / The Atlantic Online:
How to Turn Republicans and Democrats Into Americans  —  An insider's six-step plan to fix Congress  —  ANGRY AND FRUSTRATED, American voters went to the polls in November 2010 to “take back” their country.  Just as they had done in 2008.  And 2006.  And repeatedly for decades …
Discussion: The Politico
John Marzulli / NY Daily News:
We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies  —  A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.
James Dao / New York Times:
Denied Veterans Benefits Over Same-Sex Marriage, Ex-Sailor Challenges Law  —  In what experts say is the first case of its kind, a disabled Navy veteran from Connecticut is challenging the constitutionality of two federal laws that define marriage as being between opposite-sex partners …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
A Campaign Windfall for 4 Republicans Who Voted for Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Gothamist
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Five questions for Rick Perry  —  Perry spoke to a large crowd at the Des Moines Register Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair last month.  (Justin Hayworth/The Des Moines Register)  —  1. You've been criticized over the racial slur that a rock once bore outside the hunting camp you leased …
Discussion: Washington Post and GOP 12
Tony Romm / The Politico:
New tax bill to watch - Splitsville for Yahoo, U.S. Chamber - Fed jobs site revamp gets panned - CTIA dispatch: USF, spectrum and more from San Diego - Barton, Frank team up on online gambling  —  With help from Michelle Quinn, Kim Hart, David Saleh Rauf and Eliza Krigman
Discussion: ThinkProgress and US Politics
Paul Krugman:
I Am Not Your Mirror Image  —  Russ Roberts tries to debunk my explanation of the reasons to believe in a broadly Keynesian view of the world — and reveals more than he intended.  —  First, a few points.  Roberts treats my statement that we have a lot of evidence on the effects of monetary policy …
Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
Banks turn to demolition of foreclosed properties to ease housing-market pressures  —  View Photo Gallery — Demolition: Four years into this city's housing crisis, it has often become cheaper for banks to give away a home and pay to demolish it than continue to hold on.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Corrente
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Ben Nelson's Ads May Break New Ground  —  WASHINGTON — A new series of political advertisements on behalf of an embattled Nebraska senator could open the door to a flood of similar ads financed by outside groups and even businesses working directly with political candidates — a sharp departure from past practice.
Discussion: Hotline On Call
Ben Forer / ABCNEWS:
9-9-9 Plan Would Almost Double Taxes on Middle Class  —  Herman Cain is running on three numbers: 9-9-9.  —  “Nine percent corporate business flat tax, nine percent income flat tax and a nine percent national sales tax,” he said, explaining the plan once again during Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.
Associated Press:
Nearly 8-in-10 Americans now see country on the wrong track  —  Somehow, 16% of likely American voters still believe the country is doing swell.  —  Rescue teams are out looking for them right now.  —  Sixteen percent is not much of a political base for President Obama to build a 2012 reelection campaign on.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Ink-Stained Vigilante  —  An ugly moment during last night's Republican debate.
Andrew Zajac / Bloomberg:
‘Buffett Rule’ May Be Broken by 25% of Millionaire Taxpayers, Study Finds
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The big money  —  Another eye-popping tally from Obama …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Defense says Obama team didn't stand up for John Edwards
Glen Whitman / Agoraphilia:
Pan Am and the Economics of Hot Flight Attendants
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Manu Raju / The Politico:
John McCain feels protesters' pain
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
DCCC touts recruitment wins
Discussion: CNN
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama gets win as Congress passes free-trade agreements
 Earlier Items: 
Frank Newport / Gallup:
In U.S., Support for Death Penalty Falls to 39-Year Low
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Air Force Insists: Drone Cockpit Virus Just a ‘Nuisance’
Discussion: Associated Press
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
Odd Turn for Mansour Arbabsiar, Suspect in Iranian Plot
Breaking News:
Rep. Curry Todd Arrested for DUI
Stephen Clark / Fox News:
Solar Firm That Received $1.2 Billion Federal Loan Plagued by Financial Problems
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, Hot Air and Don Surber