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9:50 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 …
Jesse / CBS New York:
Violence Breaks Out During ‘Occupy Wall Street’ March Toward New York Stock Exchange  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Just a few hours after protesters learned they'd be able to stay in Zuccotti Park indefinitely, violence broke out as a group marched away from it.
Discussion: Don Surber and Wake up America
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Occupy Wall St. cleanup called off  —  The scheduled cleanup of the park where hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters have camped for four weeks has been postponed, Mayor Michael Blooomberg's office announced early Friday morning.  —  “Late last night, we received notice from the owners …
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 …
Denver Post:
Colorado State Patrol, Denver police clearing out Occupy Denver camp site  —  Authorities in riot gear moved into the Occupy Denver camp near the Capitol early this morning to dismantle tents and remove debris, but despite warnings that people who remained in the park would be arrested, no arrests have been made.
Discussion: Guardian
Occupy Wall Street:
OccupyWallStreet  —  Tell Bloomberg: Don't Foreclose …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
EXCLUSIVE: The Notice Of Rules That May Be Used To Shut Down Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shakesville
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 …
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: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
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 Page
The Hill:   House Dems focus on raising revenue, taxes in supercommittee suggestions
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.
John Rossomando / The Daily Caller:
Paul Ryan ‘loves’ Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan
Tom Williams / ABCNEWS:
Fact Check! Herman Cain's Ice Cream Meltdown
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
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: Associated Press
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
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
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) …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Which cities get hit hardest by rising sea levels?  —  It's not easy figuring out how cities should adapt to future sea-level rise.  At the rate we're heating the planet, many scientists now expect the ice caps to melt enough to hike ocean levels three to four feet by 2100.
Discussion: Political Mojo
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 …
Susan Page / USA Today:
Rick Perry to unveil far-reaching energy plan  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to unveil a far-reaching energy plan Friday that would dramatically expand oil and gas exploration — and, he may hope, also reboot his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
Discussion: The Page
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Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
David Alexander / Reuters:
Budget cuts take U.S. military “to the edge”: Panetta
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Twilight of the Wise Man
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