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11:30 AM ET, October 14, 2011


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City Room:
Cleanup of Zuccotti Park Is Postponed  —  The cleanup of the Lower Manhattan park that has been occupied by protesters for nearly a month was postponed Friday shortly before it was supposed to begin, averting a feared showdown between the police and demonstrators who had vowed to resist any efforts to evict them from their encampment.
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 …
Aaron Rutkoff / Metropolis:
Cleanup Is Postponed in ‘Occupy’ Park
Occupy Wall Street:
OccupyWallStreet  —  Tell Bloomberg: Don't Foreclose …
Associated Press:
Cleaning of Zuccotti Park Is Postponed
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Plates Shifting  —  I don't want to make too much of this.  But something finally dawned on me when I saw the news today that a group of Republican senators were introducing what they called a “real” American jobs bill.  Then today Speaker Boehner spoke to President Obama and volubly denied …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Daily Kos and TPMDC
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Barack Obama calls John Boehner, gets earful  —  President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) Thursday to congratulate him for passing three trade agreements — but ended up getting an earful on the jobs debate.  —  According to an unusually detailed account released …
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
John Boehner's committees hit $18M mark
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
MyFox Boston:
Coast Guard member spit on near Occupy Boston tents  —  BOSTON (FOX 25 / - The Coast Guard in Boston confirmed that a woman in uniform was harassed and spat upon near Occupy Boston protesters.  —  The woman was walking to the train and said protesters spit on her twice …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Paul airs anti-abortion ad in Iowa  —  Morning Score has the latest ad from Ron Paul, who leans strongly into an anti-abortion message in the spot airing on Iowa television:  —  “I happen to have walked into an operating room where they were performing an abortion on a late pregnancy,” …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Hot Air
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Advance text of Perry's Pittsburgh speech …
Discussion: CNN, Iowa Caucuses, ABCNEWS and GOP 12
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Rabbit-Hole Economics  —  Reading the transcript of Tuesday's Republican debate on the economy is, for anyone who has actually been following economic events these past few years, like falling down a rabbit hole.  Suddenly, you find yourself in a fantasy world where nothing looks or behaves the way it does in real life.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Herman Cain for Senate?  The Inside Story of His First Insurgent Campaign  —  Years ago in Georgia, he ran as a conservative outsider against the establishment favorite — and nearly succeeded  —  If the Republican primary is now a Mitt Romney-vs.-Herman Cain contest, Romney has an ace up his sleeve …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
Paul Ryan ‘loves’ Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
“Generic” Republican Continues to Lead Obama in 2012 Vote  —  Lead is 46% to 38% among registered voters  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. registered voters, by 46% to 38%, continue to say they are more likely to vote for the Republican presidential candidate than for Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.
Poll Shows Little Support For Repealing Same-Sex Marriage  —  Voters More Likely To Support Candidate Who Opposes Repeal Of Law  —  DURHAM, N.H. — A new poll shows strong support for allowing same-sex marriage to continue in New Hampshire.  —  Republicans in the state Legislature …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Professor of Philip Garber, N.J. Stutterer, Defends Actions  —  Calling herself “the victim of a character assassination,” the college professor who asked a student with a severe stutter not to pose questions in class said that her actions were misinterpreted, and that she did not mean to silence him.
Discussion: Althouse, Gawker and Associated Press
Denver Post:
Arrests made as police, CSP clear out Occupy Denver camp site  —  A handful of people have been arrested as police in riot gear moved into the Occupy Denver camp in front of the Colorado Capitol early this morning to dismantle tents and remove debris.  —  The initial order to disperse came shortly …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Romney raises $14.2 million in third quarter  —  Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney raised 14.2 million in the third fundraising quarter, bringing his total amount raised for his 2012 presidential race to $32 million.  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets guests before a debate in Orlando, Florida.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Republicans present Obama with counteroffer on jobs  —  Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled their own jobs package and called on President Obama to enter negotiations reconciling it with parts of his own jobs bill.  —  They said the package was developed in response to criticisms …
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 …
New York Times:
Obama Visits Michigan as Auto Jobs Come Back  —  ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. — President Obama arrives here on Friday on another visit to Michigan, seeking not only the electoral votes that are essential to his re-election effort, but a platform for a far bigger message.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Bill Gardner's Bluffing  —  Updated with DoJ fact sheet, 11:04 a.m.  —  In a statement [pdf] on his website Wednesday, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner drew a clear line in the sand between his state's traditional first-in-the-nation primary and Nevada's newer first-in-the-West caucuses …
Lindsay Murdoch / Sydney Morning Herald:
Islamic sex guide says wives meet only 10% of husbands' desires  —  BANGKOK: Just months after telling its members to serve their husbands better than prostitutes, prompting widespread criticism, the Obedient Wives Club of Malaysia has stirred further controversy by publishing a guide to Islamic sex.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
The Politico:
Editors' Note  —  One of the inviolable principles of journalism, one we live by at POLITICO, is that the work we publish must be genuinely our own.  Whenever we must rely on reporting or ideas that were first produced by others, our policy is to cite and/or link to these sources by name …
Space Tourism, Space Transport …:
Iran failed with space monkey launch: report  —  Iran acknowledged as a failure Wednesday its attempt to send a live monkey into space last month — touted as its first step towards launching a man into space.  —  “The Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live animal (a monkey) …
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Neil Irwin / Washington Post:
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Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
LaHood to be transportation secretary for one term only
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Michelle Quinn / The Politico:
California OKs donations via text
Discussion: The Raw Story and PolitiCal
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Dems Press Eric Holder To Investigate Banks For Colluding Over ATM Fees
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