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10:05 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.
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Arrests after ‘Occupy’ cleanup called off  —  The scheduled cleanup of the park where hundreds of Occupy Wall Street protesters have camped for four weeks was postponed Friday and at least 15 protesters have been arrested after hundreds marched toward the city's financial center, according to reports.
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 …
Occupy Wall Street:
OccupyWallStreet  —  Tell Bloomberg: Don't Foreclose …
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
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
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Advance text of Perry's Pittsburgh speech …
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses, GOP 12 and
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: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
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
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 …
Discussion: Guardian
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
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 …
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David Alexander / Reuters:
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