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11:55 AM 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: Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Bloomberg Says ‘Tent City’ Goes Beyond Free Speech
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Donald Trump: Obama should put a stop to Occupy Wall Street protests
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jack Coleman / blogs:   Ed Schultz Vows He'll Cheerlead for Wall Street Protests Every Night on TV
New York Post:
New York's Marxist epicenter
Discussion: Pajamas Media and The Raw Story
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 …
NBC Washington DC:
Truck Full of Equipment for Obama Bus Tour Stolen in Virginia: Report
Discussion: and Hotline On Call
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. …
James King / Valley Fever:
Herman Cain Was Joking About Electrified Border Fence...Err, He Might Be Serious...Err, He Doesn't Want to Offend Anyone  —  Presidential candidate Herman Cain met with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio this afternoon, but he was late to the meeting because of an unknown security threat.
TPM2012  —  Herman Cain Spends $100K In Campaign Cash On Herman Cain Inc.
Discussion: Wonkette and TBogg
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 White House'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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Politico and Hot Air
New York Times:
Hamas Frees Israeli Soldier as Prisoner Swap Begins  —  JERUSALEM — The Islamist Palestinian group Hamas on Tuesday released an Israeli soldier captured more than five years ago, initiating an elaborate exchange as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners on Israeli buses began their journey …
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Gilad Shalit reunited with family in Israel; Palestinian prisoners freed
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.
Republicans Call For Romney To Join Nevada Boycott
A.Killough / CNN:
Rep. Paul: Cain's ‘9-9-9’ plan is ‘dangerous’  —  (CNN) - While Ron Paul said attacking other candidates is his “least favorite thing to do,” he didn't pull any punches Tuesday when talking about fellow GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's ‘9-9-9’ tax proposal.
Discussion: The Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
“Christopher Columbus Was the First Zionist”  —  Someone leaked a batch of emails that have been exchanged by leaders of the Occupy Wall Street group.  I've only dipped into them briefly, but some are pretty entertaining.  This thread reminded me of my days as a leftist …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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
And Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Perry Campaign's Payment for Private Jet Raises Questions  —  In the first two weeks of Rick Perry's presidential campaign, his aides turned to Brian D. Pardo, a Texas businessman under investigation by federal securities regulators, to use his Cessna Citation X business jet to fly to campaign events.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
WI Assemblyman Mark Pocan confronts CEO president Roger Clegg, calling him “some guy” who “came all the way from Virginia” to tell us what “all us flyover country folk don't know.”  —  I've already blogged a few times about the report of the Center for Equal Opportunity — here, here …
Discussion: American Power
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 …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
For Bachmann, a Bid to Reconnect in Iowa  —  PERRY, Iowa — Hoping for a second look from Republicans who just two months ago considered her a front-runner, Representative Michele Bachmann is going back to basics — a lot of hand-shaking and shoulder-rubbing at small events in early-voting Iowa …
Washington Post:
As growth lags, IMF shifts gears  —  BRUSSELS — The International Monetary Fund, known throughout its history for urging governments to slash their budgets, is now worried that a global round of austerity may trigger a new recession and is urging countries to look for ways to boost growth.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Record-High 50% of Americans Favor Legalizing Marijuana Use  —  Liberals and those 18 to 29 most in favor; Americans 65 and older most opposed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A record-high 50% of Americans now say the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46% last year.
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Herman Cain / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Big Green Mess
Discussion: Hit & Run and Pajamas Media
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
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Financial Times:
Big US banks hurt by struggling consumers
Fox News:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
K Street money flowing into deficit panel
Steve Metsch / Chicago Sun Times:
At EPHS, urine trouble if you go too often
Mike Baker / Associated Press:
State releases Referendum 71 petition names
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
Iowa GOP officials set date for the Republican caucuses: Jan. 3
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Page
Rafer Guzman / Newsday:
Susan Sarandon calls the pope a ‘Nazi’
Lori Preuitt / NBC Bay Area:
Iran Hikers Show Support for Occupy Movement
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Dave Levinthal / The Politico:
K Street suffers from Twitter jitters
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Michael Muskal / Los Angeles Times:
Hillary Clinton again says she won't run for president in 2016
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Herman Cain Claimed That A ‘Liberal Court’ Killed Jesus