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Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Romney still the best at this, Perry not as bad, and the loser?  Anderson Cooper  —  Well, it was the feistiest debate — Rick Perry even stayed awake for the whole thing, which was a nice change — and we had the welcome (at least for entertainment purposes) return of the Crazy GOP Audience thing …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Perry Commits to Flat Tax, Reforming Entitlements  —  In a brief speech this morning at the Western Republican Conference, Texas governor Rick Perry announced that in six days he would reveal an “economic pro-growth package that will create growth” and encourage investment in America.
Discussion: National Review
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Republican Bickersons  —  That was fun tonight.  Attack, defend, attack and attack some more.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry had some problems in tonight's Republican presidential debate, as he's had before — do we really want to “defund the United Nations”? — but he was a real presence this time …
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bickering  —  Newt Gingrich had the line of the night toward the end of the debate when he complained that the moderator encouraged a level of bickering that could only make it harder for the GOP to get the White House.  —  I don't think Anderson Cooper was really trying to sink the Republican nominee for president in this debate.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
New York Times:
Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in Las Vegas
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Perry to call for flat tax in economic plan
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Rick Perry better known, more disliked by GOP conservatives
Joshua Altman / Ballot Box:
After eight debates, the GOP hopefuls get personal in Vegas
Discussion: CNN
Bloomberg:
U.S. Capital Now Richer Than Silicon Valley  —  Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation's greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid says government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first responders.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ohio SB 5 Headed For Rejection  —  Labor is poised for a big victory in Ohio next month- PPP's newest poll of the state finds that voters intend to reject Senate Bill 5 by a 56-36 margin.  Although that margin is consistent with what we found in the state earlier this year …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators angry about Reid claim that they're rooting for economic failure
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
West counters Obama: MLK would not have backed Wall Street protests  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) rejected President Obama's comparison between Martin Luther King Jr. and what he called the “Occupy Wall Street gangs.”  —  “Martin Luther King Jr. would not have backed these types of protesters …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Adrianne Jeffries / The New York Observer:
Real World: Occupy Wall Street? MTV Issues Casting Call for Protesters
Sean Captaintoday / Fast Company:
The Demographics Of Occupy Wall Street
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Naomi Wolf arrested while defending Occupy Wall Street protesters
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP rips Dems for anti-Semitism in Occupy Wall Street protests
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dennis Cauchon / USA Today:
Student loan debt hits record levels  —  Students and workers seeking retraining are borrowing extraordinary amounts of money through federal loan programs, potentially putting a huge burden on the backs of young people looking for jobs and trying to start careers.
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Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
The student debt crisis in one chart
Ana Ley / MySanAntonio.com:
Feds investigating break-in at county courthouse  —  aley@express-news.net  —  metro - An RV used by the suspects in the alleged break-in at the Bexar County Courthouse remains parked outside the courthouse moments before it was towed away by authorities in San Antonio on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.
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ABCNEWS:
Animals Loose in Ohio: Town Under Lockdown  —  An Ohio town is under lockdown as dozens of wild animals including bears, wolves and tigers have escaped from a private preserve are and are on the loose after the owner of the preserve has been found dead.  —  Terry Thompson of Zanesville …
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Moni Basu / CNN:
Only two escaped exotic animals still at large in Ohio
Discussion: Hot Air, Gothamist and Gawker
Phil Izzo / Real Time Economics:
What Percent Are You?  —  To get the full experience of this page, please upgrade your Flash Plugin  —  The Occupy Wall Street movement seeks to speak for the bottom 99% of the population by income, which includes pretty much everyone who makes less than $500,000 a year.
Jon Huntsman / Wall Street Journal:
‘Too Big to Fail’ Is Simply Too Big  —  There is no evidence huge banks add sufficient value to offset the systemic risk they pose.  —  Is Dodd-Frank an appropriate regulatory response to the 2007 financial crisis?  Tragically, no. That legislation ignores the government's pervasive role …
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Jon Huntsman's Plan To End ‘Too Big To Fail’ Doesn't Do Anything To Shrink Big Banks
Discussion: Political Mojo
Lee Hughes / Columbian:
Politician didn't want event touted  —  Herrera Beutler's office asked paper to not publicize meeting; select residents called  —  Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's office asked a Centralia newspaper not to publicize her community coffee meeting on Monday.  —  Who should be informed …
Discussion: The Politico
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Asked Paper To Keep Town Hall Secret, Selected Residents Who Were Invited
Rebecca Rosenberg / New York Post:
Protest mob is enjoying rich diet  —  They may sleep in the park, but they eat like kings.  —  Hundreds of grimy protesters laying siege to Wall Street and stuffed into the now-smelly Zuccotti Park dine each night on gourmet meals prepared by a former hotel chef using only the finest organic ingredients.
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: ABC News' Jake Tapper's Exclusive Interview With President Obama  —  President Obama sits down with ABC News' senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper for an exclusive interview in Jamestown, N.C. (Courtesy the White House)  —  The following is a transcript …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP debate crowd cheers idea that jobless are to blame for their plight  —  This caused a dust up on Twitter last night.  But it deserves more attention today.  This moment from last night's debate, in which the audience cheered the idea that the unemployed are solely to blame for not having a job …
 
 
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Naomi Wolf / Guardian:
how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: AlterNet and New York Magazine
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
David Graeber: On Playing By The Rules - The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Spew Anti-Semitism at Occupy Rally — Get Fired
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Question That Needs Asking
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
President Obama's strategy on jobs is working — even if Americans aren't
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Don Surber
NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall St. pepper-spray cop Anthony Bologna loses 10 vacation days for violating NYPD rules