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2:10 PM ET, October 18, 2011


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Douglas Schoen / Wall Street Journal:
Polling the Occupy Wall Street Crowd  —  In interviews, protesters show that they are leftists out of step with most American voters.  Yet Democrats are embracing them anyway.  —  President Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement …
New York Post:
Thieves preying on fellow protesters  —  It's a den of thieves!  —  Occupy Wall Street protesters said yesterday that packs of brazen crooks within their ranks have been robbing their fellow demonstrators blind, making off with pricey cameras, phones and laptops — and even a hefty bundle of donated cash and food.
Bucky Turco / ANIMAL:
Jesse Jackson Occupies OWS Medical Tent, Saves it from Being Evicted by NYPD  —  A little after 11:25PM, there was a big commotion on the south side of Zuccotti Park as someone mic checked that the NYPD was moving into to remove the “medical tent” (tents are a violation of the park's rules.).
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Obama campaign ties Romney to Wall Street, corporate greed
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
AFL-CIO Shells Out Ad Dollars to Support ‘Occupy’ Protests
Laura Geller / WWBT-TV:
Thieves steal truck with President's equipment  —  HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - NBC12 has uncovered one of those stories that makes you think: “How in the world does that happen?!”  A truck filled with President Obama's podiums and audio equipment was stolen in Henrico just days before his visit to Chesterfield.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Report: Obama teleprompter stolen  —  A truck carrying President Obama's podium, teleprompter and audio equipment was stolen in Richmond, Va., a local news outlet reports.  —  Sources tell WWBT/NBC12 that around $200,000 of presidential equipment was stolen from a Richmond Marriott hotel location …
Josh Voorhees / Slate:
Thieves made off with a van carrying $200K of White House equipment earlier this week.
Cain Used Campaign Funds to Buy Autobiography  —  Republican presidential contender Herman Cain used campaign funds to buy his own books from his motivational speaking company, Federal Election Commission records show.  —  Although his autobiography was published by a division of Simon & Schuster Inc. …
TPM2012  —  Herman Cain Spends $100K In Campaign Cash On Herman Cain Inc.  —  Given any money to Herman Cain lately?  There's a decent chance some of it went directly into the coffers of a for-profit company Cain runs.  —  A review of Cain's last two FEC reports shows the campaign transferring …
Discussion: Wonkette and TBogg
Sarah Huisenga / CBS News:
Herman Cain acknowledges his electric border fence idea isn't a joke after all  —  PHOENIX - After first apologizing for suggesting an electric fence along the border, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain told reporters here Monday that he still thinks it's a good idea for controlling illegal immigration.
Wall Street Journal:
New Mortgage Plan Floated  —  Underwater Borrowers Current on Payments Would Get Help  —  State and federal officials are pushing a plan that could help some “underwater” borrowers get refinancing assistance in the latest government bid to break a legal impasse with big banks …
Discussion: The Page and Calculated Risk
David Dayen / Firedoglake:   Newest Foreclosure Fraud Settlement Idea? Same As Fannie/Freddie Refi Plan
More from Capital Flows  —  In order to save the economy …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
What the CLASS Act says about health-care reform  —  Back in January, I published an “omnibus” look at the various criticisms conservatives were lobbing at the Congressional Budget Office's score of the health-reform law.  Only one, I concluded, had real merit: the case against the CLASS Act.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
New healthcare fight is joined as administration's 2010 law implodes  —  Congressional Republicans on Monday called for the immediate repeal of a major component of the 2010 healthcare reform law as the issue blew up in the administration's face.  —  The seemingly unworkable long-term care benefit contained …
Nevada Mitt: Romney and the primary  —  At 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman filed to run in the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary.  An hour and a half later, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney held a grand opening for his state presidential campaign headquarters — in Las Vegas.
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Gilad Shalit reunited with family in Israel; Palestinian prisoners freed  —  TEL NOF AIR FORCE BASE, Israel — Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned to Israel Tuesday morning after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip, gaunt and frail-looking but apparently healthy.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senate GOP takes Geithner to task on jobs: ‘Rome is burning’  —  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner tried to sell the president's $447 billion jobs plan to skeptical lawmakers Tuesday, even as he had to defend underwhelming previous efforts to boost employment.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
On GOP jobs plan, an epic media fail  —  Look, I know this sounds terribly earnest.  And I know I'm repeating myself.  But still: Many major news organizations and neutral commentators are simply not engaging on one of the central questions at the heart of our politics right now …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans lay groundwork for healthcare repeal  —  Seeing a chance to regain power next year, GOP activists are making sure they're ready to act on a full rollback of President Obama's overhaul.  —  Reporting from Washington— Republican activists, increasingly optimistic they can win …
Discussion: Political Mojo
Walter Pincus / Washington Post:
United States needs to reevaluate its assistance to Israel  —  As the country reviews its spending on defense and foreign assistance, it is time to examine the funding the United States provides to Israel.  —  Let me put it another way: Nine days ago, the Israeli cabinet reacted to months …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Great Restoration  —  If, in the 1960s, you had tried to judge America by looking at the sit-ins and Woodstock, you would have had a very distorted picture of where the country was heading.  You wouldn't have been able to predict that Richard Nixon would win the youth vote in 1972, which he did.
CBS News:
Climate change pushing coffee to extinction?  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Millions of people enjoy a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, but a group of scientists says that daily ritual could be on its way to extinction.  —  The driving force behind the new information is coffee giant Starbucks …
Washington Post:
In tight Virginia races, Democrats cutting ties to Obama  —  ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — Three years ago, Democrats in Virginia couldn't get enough of Barack Obama — a popular, transformational figure running for his first term as president.  —  But as Obama arrives in Virginia Tuesday for a two-day swing …
DeeDee Garcia / Tucson Citizen:
Long-life Texas GOP Latino Leader Leaves Republican Party After Herman Cain Advocates the Death of Immigrants  —  The Republican Party lost a long life Republican, Lauro Garza, who is a Texas Latino GOP leader due to the continued betrayal of the Republican Party.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain: 'I'm Very Proud Of The Relationship That I Have With The Koch Brothers'  —  Newly minted GOP frontrunner Herman Cain acknowledged his long relationship with the conservative billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch yesterday.  Cain has “close” and “long ties” …
Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Iran's nuclear program suffering new setbacks, diplomats and experts say  —  Iran's nuclear program, which stumbled badly after a reported cyber attack last year, appears beset by poorly performing equipment, shortages of parts and other woes as global sanctions exert a mounting toll, Western diplomats and nuclear experts say.
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Andy Newman / City Room:
Officer Faces Civil Rights Charges in Stop-and-Frisk Arrest
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
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Discussion: Democracy in America
USA Today:
Most illegal immigrants deported last year were criminals
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Washington Post:
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A.Killough / CNN:
Rep. Paul: Cain's ‘9-9-9’ plan is ‘dangerous’
Discussion: The Politico
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
WI Assemblyman Mark Pocan confronts CEO president Roger Clegg, calling him “some guy” …
Discussion: American Power
Rafer Guzman / Newsday:
Susan Sarandon calls the pope a ‘Nazi’
And Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Perry Campaign's Payment for Private Jet Raises Questions
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
“Christopher Columbus Was the First Zionist”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers