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3:10 PM ET, October 15, 2011


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New York Times:
In Private Conversation, Wall Street Is More Critical of Protesters  —  Publicly, bankers say they understand the anger at Wall Street — but believe they are misunderstood by the protesters camped on their doorstep.  —  But when they speak privately, it is often a different story.
Linette Lopez / Business Insider:
Here Are Occupy Wall Street's Plans For A National Convention That Could Change The Face Of America  —  It's in the works.  A massive Occupy Wall Street gathering with delegates from all over the country.  And if these plans are carried out, Occupy Wall Street will be a major force to be reckoned with on Election Day 2012.
Rush Limbaugh:
Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians  —  RUSH: President Obama has deployed troops to another war, in Africa, ladies and gentlemen.  Jacob Tapper, ABC News, is reporting that Obama has sent 100 US troops to Uganda to help combat Lord's Resistance Army.
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Online:
Why Is Obama Sending Troops Against the Lord's Resistance Army?  —  The pseudo-Christian terror cult has enslaved 66,000 children in its 20-year campaign across several countries in Central Africa, but it poses no threat to the U.S. or its interests  —  A young girl balances a jerrycan …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
White House Starts a Mini-War in Africa  —  Joseph Kony Wanted Poster (image: Enough Project)  —  I guess Leon Panetta's admonition against reducing the US military presence had some foreknowledge.  The President, in a letter to Congress, just acknowledged that he deployed approximately 100 combat forces …
Julie Mason / The Politico:
Daley: Press ‘carry water’ for pols  —  President Obama's remark to Ed Henry of Fox News on Thursday that, “I didn't know you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney” set off heated discussions this week around the White House briefing room.  —  Henry declined comment on the matter.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Long-Term Care Program Cut From Health Law  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced Friday that it was scrapping a long-term care insurance program created by the new health care law because it was too costly and would not work.  —  Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services …
N.C. Aizenman / Washington Post:
White House eliminates insurance program for long-term care
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama pulls plug on part of health overhaul law
Discussion: Wake up America
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Wall Street protests go global; riots in Rome  —  (Reuters) - Demonstrators rallied Saturday across the world to accuse bankers and politicians of wrecking economies, but only in Rome did the global “day of rage” erupt into violence.  —  Galvanized by the Occupy Wall Street movement …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Will Herman Cain's Sunday sit-down be the new GOP front-runner's star turn?  —  Herman Cain's presidential bid faces a big test Sunday as the newly minted front-runner takes center-stage on NBC's “Meet the Press.”  —  The appearance will mark the first time he has appeared …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's foreign policy failings  —  FOREIGN POLICY has played a marginal role so far in the Republican presidential contest, squeezed to the side during debates focused on the U.S. economy and by social issues such as immigration.  What the candidates have said has sometimes been confusing …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Washington Examiner:
Lesson of Perry's candidacy: Think before you run  —  What's wrong with Rick Perry?  How did the successful, well-liked, long-term governor of one of America's largest states enter the Republican presidential primary race with great fanfare, zoom to the top of the polls, and then slide almost as quickly back into the pack?
Jessica Heslam / Boston Herald:
Fun takes a holiday in Somerville  —  School frowns on Halloween, Columbus Day - and maybe Thanksgiving  —  A Somerville principal has opened fire on cherished American holidays, blasting legendary explorer Christopher Columbus for “atrocities” and saying “we need to be careful” …
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
W.H. won't share Solyndra BB emails  —  President Barack Obama won't be sharing his BlackBerry messages with House investigators seeking communications about Solyndra, the White House told Hill Republicans on Friday.  —  White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler told House Energy …
Discussion: The Page
Kevinliptak / CNN:
On Solyndra: President's Blackberry Off Limits
Discussion: Hot Air, Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
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Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Court claims some of Abramoff's book profits
Discussion: USA Today
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Pelosi Left Out of Leaders Meeting on Super Committee
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
First Read /
Forget Iowa, Cain takes campaign to Tennessee
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Treasury announces 2011 deficit is second highest in history
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Rattner / Steve Rattner:
The Irony of Lake Orion
Discussion: Mediaite
Free exchange:
Hitting our limits?  —  ROGER PIELKE, JR. posts a chart …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Boston Globe:
Brown dismisses plagiarism flap as ‘silly’
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABCNEWS