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10:55 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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
‘Occupy’ protesters take to streets  —  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.
Occupy Wall Street:
OccupyWallStreet  —  Tell Bloomberg: Don't Foreclose …
Associated Press:
Cleaning of Zuccotti Park Is Postponed
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and
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 …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Plates Shifting
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
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 …
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.
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Advance text of Perry's Pittsburgh speech …
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses, GOP 12 and
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. considers sanctions on Iran's central bank
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
Obama Vows to Punish Iran in Alleged Plot Against Envoy
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
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: 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 …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Guardian
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 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
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