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5:00 AM ET, October 15, 2011


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A.Killough / CNN:
Anita Perry blames Obama for son's job loss  —  Pendleton, South Carolina (CNN) - Rick Perry's wife Anita said Friday that she could sympathize with the plight of the unemployed because her son was forced to resign his job to take a more active role on his father's presidential campaign.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Huntsman campaign nearly broke as GOP campaign heats up  —  (CNN) - Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign is verging on broke after burning through more than $4 million since the former Utah governor entered the race for the Republican nomination in June.  —  The Huntsman campaign …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: McCain to Perry: Get some rest
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Poll: Romney rocking, Cain creeping, Gingrich gaining
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Cain to join boycott of Nevada caucus
The White House:
Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate Regarding the Lord's Resistance Army  —  TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE
New York Times:
U.S. Advisers to Aid in Fight Against Lord's Resistance Army  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama said Friday that he had ordered the deployment of 100 armed military advisers to central Africa to help regional forces combat the Lord's Resistance Army, a notorious renegade group that has terrorized villagers …
Rush Limbaugh:
Obama Invades Uganda, Targets Christians
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 …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Outside the Beltway
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Obama pulls plug on part of health overhaul law … WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration Friday pulled the plug on a major program in the president's signature health overhaul law - a long-term care insurance plan dogged from the beginning by doubts over its financial solvency.
Brett Norman / The Politico:
Setback for long-term insurance plan
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Health-Law Program Dropped
Discussion: Firedoglake and MyFox Boston
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: CNBC and The Page
Kevinliptak / CNN:
On Solyndra: President's Blackberry Off Limits  —  Washington (CNN) - Congress isn't getting a glimpse of what's on President Barack Obama's Blackberry - or any more internal White House communications related to the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan guarantee from the federal government.
Discussion: Hot Air, Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
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.
New York Times:
U.S. Bishop Is Charged With Failing to Report Abuse  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bishop in the Roman Catholic Church has been indicted for failure to report suspected child abuse, the first time in the 25-year history of the church's sex abuse scandals that the leader of an American diocese …
Kansas City Star:
Bishop Finn, diocese indicted
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gothamist
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Unprecedented  —  I've covered the sex abuse scandal …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
[UPDATE] HIV Positive Protester Says Cop Who Punched Him Should Get Tested  —  [UPDATE BELOW] During the chaotic Occupy Wall Street march through the financial district this morning, we witnessed a protester on William Street get punched in the face by a police officer, seemingly without provocation.
John Del Signore / Gothamist:
[UPDATE] Video: NYPD Scooter Runs Over National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer  —  [UPDATES BELOW] Here is disturbing video of a legal observer for the National Lawyers Guild getting run over by an NYPD scooter during this morning's Occupy Wall Street march.  We're still trying to determine …
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?
Discussion: Rod Dreher, ABCNEWS and National Review
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Treasury announces 2011 deficit is second highest in history  —  The U.S budget deficit for fiscal year 2011 is $1.299 trillion, the second largest shortfall in history.  —  The nation only ran a larger deficit for the 2009 fiscal year, which included the dramatic collapse of financial markets …
Steven Rattner / Steve Rattner:
The Irony of Lake Orion  —  President Obama is visiting the General Motors plant at Lake Orion today with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to celebrate both the passage of the South Korean free trade agreement and also the evident success of his auto rescue program.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama takes victory lap with auto industry
Discussion: The Politico, Booman Tribune and Salon
First Read /
Forget Iowa, Cain takes campaign to Tennessee  —  Herman Cain (R) speaks at a “Faith and Freedom” rally at Ohio Christian University Thursday.  —  By NBC's Andrew Rafferty  —  BARTLETT, Tenn. — With the Republican presidential primary season potentially beginning as early as December …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Economist: Senate GOP jobs plan wouldn't help economy in short term, and could even hurt  —  Yesterday, Senate Republicans released an economic plan called the “Jobs Through Growth Act.”  Senator Rand Paul said it would create five million jobs without specifying a time frame.
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Pelosi Left Out of Leaders Meeting on Super Committee  —  Congressional leaders met this week with two of the most important people in Washington: the co-chairmen of the Joint Committee for Deficit Reduction.  There was only one problem: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi didn't even know the meeting was taking place.
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
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Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Court claims some of Abramoff's book profits
Free exchange:
Hitting our limits?  —  ROGER PIELKE, JR. posts a chart …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Boston Globe:
Brown dismisses plagiarism flap as ‘silly’
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Daily Kos and The Politico
Regulation: Not the job killer GOP says
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Biden on a Beer Can: Obama Campaign Hawks VP-Themed Koozie
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Bradley Horowitz / The Official Google Blog:
A fall sweep  —  We aspire to build great products …
Julie Mason / The Politico:
Obama's MLK moment
 Earlier Items: 
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
One More Note on ‘False Equivalence’ and the Filibuster
Washington Examiner:
Obama wants a government bank to fund more Solyndras
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alison Fitzgerald / Bloomberg:
Cain's Sales Tax Would Hurt Consumer Spending ‘For Some Years’
Free exchange:
Things could actually get a lot worse
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Our health-care productivity problem, in one chart
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Clint Eastwood as VP? George H.W. Bush Considered It
Michel Rose / Reuters:
Students storm Goldman Sachs building in Milan
Discussion: The Lede, and New York Times