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11:35 AM ET, October 17, 2011


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The Politico:
Mitt Romney: Too unloved to be inevitable?  —  Mitt Romney has won every Republican presidential debate.  He has outraised all of his primary opponents.  Polls show he's the most competitive candidate against President Barack Obama.  —  And most Republicans still don't want to nominate him.
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
DeMint May Endorse Romney  —  Mitt Romney is the favorite to receive Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) much-sought-after endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to knowledgeable GOP sources.  —  DeMint, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in 2008 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Jim DeMint-Mitt Romney story a ‘fabrication,’ spokesmen say  —  Spokesman for Sen. Jim DeMint emails to take strong exception to the Roll Call story I posted earlier, which suggested the South Carolinian is likely to endorse Mitt Romney for president.  —  “That story is a fabrication …
Discussion: Erick's blog
Meredith Hoffman / New York Times:
Occupy Wall Street Trying to Settle on Demands  —  In a quiet corner across the street from Zuccotti Park, a cluster of 25 solemn-faced protesters struggled one night to give Occupy Wall Street what critics have found to be most lacking.  —  “We absolutely need demands,” said Shawn Redden, 35, an earnest history teacher in the group.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
MLK's Daughter: My Father Would Have Supported The 99 Percent Movement  —  Speaking at the dedication ceremony for a new monument to her father, the Rev. Bernice King said Martin Luther King Jr. would have been heartened by the Occupy Wall Street protests and larger 99 Percent Movement.
Discussion: NPR and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Zeke Miller / Business Insider:
White House Draws Closer To Occupy Wall Street, Says Obama Is Fighting For The Interests Of The 99%
Ryan Jones / Israel Today:
Israelis worried by anti-Semitic flavor of ‘Occupy Wall St.’ protests
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Losing Their Immunity  —  As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow, the response from the movement's targets has gradually changed: contemptuous dismissal has been replaced by whining.  (A reader of my blog suggests that we start calling our ruling class the “kvetchocracy.")
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   The Hill Poll: Voters say Washington is worse than Wall Street
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
Obama extends support for protesters
Dana Loesch / Big Journalism:
Journolist 2.0: OccupyDC Emails Show MSM, Dylan Ratigan, Working With Protesters To Craft Message  —  Big Journalism has learned that the Occupy Washington DC movement is working with well-known media members to craft its demands and messaging while these media members report on the movement.
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Targeting a Few, Crucial States  —  President Barack Obama starts a three-day bus trip Monday through North Carolina and Virginia that brings fresh attention to the kinds of voters he will rely on as he works to assemble a majority next year in the Electoral College.
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
BREAKING: An IPCC backchannel ‘cloud’ was apparently established to hide IPCC deliberations from FOIA.  —  By Christopher Horner, for WUWT  —  Although this is seedy and unlawful at any time, it also goes in the ‘bad timing’ file.  Or it's good timing, depending on one's perspective.
El Marco / Looking at the Left:
Neo-Cannibals, Deadbeats, Dopers and Democrats Occupy Denver  —  Back with a Vengeance, Evicted Protesters Take the Streets  —  “Occupy Denver” returned to the streets with a vengeance Saturday after being expelled, having their camp forcibly removed from Veterans' Park by police at 4 a.m. Friday morning.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Herman Cain nailed “Meet the Press.”  —  In my opinion, and I was quite critical of Cain after the last debate.  Here's the transcript and video.  I'll add a few comments to this post soon.  —  ADDED: I thought David Gregory really lost his cool early on, as he was questioning Cain about 9-9-9.
John Doyle / NY Daily News:
Protecting Lady Liberty: Airport-type security screening finds Statue of Liberty tourists well-armed  —  Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses - just tell them to leave their switchblades, their blackjacks and their brass knuckles at home.  —  The Statue of Liberty is attracting …
Dan Hirschhorn / The Politico:
Ron Paul to propose $1T in specific budget cuts  —  Ron Paul's opinions about cutting the budget are well-known, but on Monday, he'll get specific: the Texas congressman will lay out a budget blueprint for deep and far-reaching cuts to federal spending, including the elimination …
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review
Porn hackers hit ‘Sesame Street’ YouTube page  —  (CNN) — Hackers appeared to have commandeered the YouTube page of the venerable “Sesame Street” children's show Sunday, reprogramming the page with content brought to you by the letter “X.”  —  The show page was taken offline Sunday afternoon …
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
New York Times:
Big Cash Edge Powers Obama in Drive for '12  —  President Obama is exploiting his early lead in campaign fund-raising to bankroll a sprawling grass-roots organization and information technology apparatus in critical general election battlegrounds.  He is doing so even as the Republican …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Taegan Goddard's …
Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
California has 1 in 4 U.S. solar energy jobs, study says  —  The National Solar Jobs Census 2011 says job growth in the industry grew 6.8% in the one-year period ended in August, and a survey of solar employers suggests employment will rise by 24%, creating 24,000 jobs, during the next year.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hullabaloo
New York Times:
10 Questions for William Daley  —  William M. Daley, the former commerce secretary and JPMorgan executive, became White House chief of staff earlier this year with the hope of repairing relations with business and striking deals with Republicans.  He's met with considerable frustration …
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Hollywood Republicans still undecided
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