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5:50 PM ET, October 13, 2011


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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.
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.
Discussion: Wonkette
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
CHART: Americans Support Occupy Wall Street, Oppose Tea Party  —  The new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that Americans support the Occupy Wall Street protests by a two-to-one margin (37 percent in favor, 18 percent opposed) while more Americans view the Tea Party negatively (28 percent in favor, 41 percent opposed).
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.
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 …
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The Morning Plum  —  * Americans favor Occupy Wall Street far more than Tea Party: Despite nonstop GOP and conservative disparagement of the Wall Street protests, the most detailed polling yet on Occupy Wall Street suggests that the public holds a broadly favorable view of the movement — and, crucially, the positions it holds.
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 …
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.
J.J. Gould / The Atlantic Online:
OWS: What the Media Can't See About America's First Web-Era Movement
Discussion: Althouse and The New Republic
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: The Notice Of Rules That May Be Used To Shut Down Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: CNN and Shakesville
Colby Hall / Mediaite:   Bill Clinton To David Letterman: Occupy Wall Street Needs To Be For Something
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 …
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 …
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.
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Norquist: Cain 9-9-9 plan more dangerous than current code
Discussion: streiff's blog
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Declining Hotness of Flight Attendants  —  Glen Whitman asks why there are fewer startlingly beautiful flight attendants any more: … As a libertarianish economics blogger, I would love if this story were true.  But I'm skeptical.  Stewardesses used to be subject to all sorts …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
Glen Whitman / Agoraphilia:
Pan Am and the Economics of Hot Flight Attendants
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.”
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 …
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 …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Does Ben Bernanke Have A Secret Plan To Stymie Stimulus?
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
National Poll: Cain 29% Romney 29% Gingrich 10%  —  Following a Tuesday night debate focused on economic issues, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and businessman Herman Cain are tied in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the only other candidate in double-digits.
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.
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Who Besides Solyndra Got Loan Guarantees?  —  Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison just resigned, as the controversy stubbornly refuses to go away.  Seems worth revisiting the loans once again, since I've spent a little time looking more deeply at the program over the past few days.
Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
Dem groups can't quit Durkee  —  Political committees just can't seem to quit Kinde Durkee.  —  Through Tuesday, the embattled political operative remained listed as the treasurer of record for 53 federal political committees, a POLITICO analysis of federal records indicates …
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
TPM2012  —  A Taxing Situation: Why The GOP Is Advocating A Tax Increase On The Middle Class  —  You can almost always count on Republican presidential candidates to be united in their opposition to more taxes for the rich.  But this time around, the 2012 field is standing lockstep behind …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Ink-Stained Vigilante  —  An ugly moment during last night's Republican debate.  —  Commenting on the latest Republican debate, E.J. “Baghdad Bob” Dionne of the Washington Post observes: “Newt [Gingrich] was at his most outrageous and undisciplined, notably when he said …
Discussion: National Review and NCRenegade
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