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10:55 AM ET, October 19, 2011


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The Politico:
Why Perry went there  —  The Texas governor went into Tuesday night's debate looking for a reaction — and he got one.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The dangers of accidental candor  —  After five debates in six weeks, these get-togethers for the Republican presidential candidates were quickly becoming sleep-inducing.  Last night in Las Vegas, though, was at least lively — with time running out, someone lit a fire under the candidates' feet.
Discussion: FrumForum and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in Las Vegas  —  LAS VEGAS — Mitt Romney came under withering attack from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination at a debate here Tuesday night, with Gov. Rick Perry leading an intense and sometimes personal barrage …
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Immigration sparks war of words between Romney, Perry at GOP debate
SLIDESHOW: Meet The 2012 GOPers: Rick Perry
Five things we learned from Tuesday's GOP debate
The Politico:
Rick Perry vs. Mitt Romney: Now it's personal
Adrianne Jeffries / The New York Observer:
Real World: Occupy Wall Street?  MTV Issues Casting Call for Protesters  —  Is Occupy Wall Street ready to start being real?  Bunim/Murray Productions, the agency casting for MTV's Real World 27, appears to think the show Real World needs some real world drama: an ad appeared …
Alex Klein / New York Magazine:
Are You Smarter Than a Wall Street Occupier?  —  Over the past month, the crusaders at Zuccotti Park have braved the elements, tussled with police, and stood their ground against Mayor Bloomberg.  But how much do the protesters actually know about the economic system that they're fighting to change?
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Naomi Wolf arrested while defending Occupy Wall Street protesters
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Goldman Loss Offers a Bad Omen for Wall Street
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The 1600 Report
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama: Occupy Wall Street ‘Not That Different’ From Tea Party Protests
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Doug Schoen Grossly Misrepresents His Own Poll Results To Smear Occupy Wall Street
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.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Unpaid student loans top $1 trillion
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Mark Murray /
NBC Poll: Cain leads in S.C.; tight Fla. race with Romney  —  ‘The road to the convention is going to go through these two states’  —  Below:  —  Deputy political director  —  updated 2011-10-19T10:19:11  —  Former businessman Herman Cain holds a narrow lead in South Carolina's Republican primary …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
New Herman Cain Super PAC launched during debate
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Tea Party's ‘anybody but Obama’ attitude benefits Mitt Romney in general election
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall St. pepper-spray cop Anthony Bologna loses 10 vacation days for violating NYPD rules  —  NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was disciplined Tuesday for pepper-spraying two female protesters in the notorious YouTube video seen around the world.
Al Baker / New York Times:
Commander Who Pepper-Sprayed Protesters Faces Disciplinary Charge
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Balloon Juice
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
President Obama's strategy on jobs is working — even if Americans aren't  —  It's certainly not pretty, but darn if it doesn't appear to be working.  —  President Obama's newfound message discipline on jobs and his two-pronged attack on the GOP are providing the beleaguered president …
Discussion: Don Surber
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Question That Needs Asking  —  I only caught a little of the GOP debate last night, but I came away with two thoughts: first, the distinct impression that New Gingrich's “it's-so-crazy-it-just-might- work” strategy for this race is looking a little less crazy with every debate.
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.
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.
Discussion: The Politico and
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid looks to move Obama's $35 billion teacher, first-responder jobs measure  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled on Tuesday that he and other Senate Democrats are looking to advance President Obama's proposal to spend $35 billion to shore up jobs for teachers, police and firefighters in the coming weeks.
Latest from Crain's New York Business:
Protesters get personal to embarrass city's titans  —  Advocates are making scenes at the restaurants and doorsteps of the rich and famous in increasingly edgy attempts to change policies or win labor disputes.  —  By Daniel Massey @masseydaniel  —  It's been a rough few weeks …
CBS Cleveland:
‘Occupy Cleveland’ Protester Alleges She Was Raped  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) - An “Occupy Cleveland” protester tells police she was raped in her tent over the weekend.  —  Cleveland police are investigating an alleged sexual assault incident Saturday at the “Occupy Cleveland” …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
David Brooks Does Not Get the Moral Norm of Being Broke  —  It's Tuesday, and David Brooks is happy — nay, ecstatic — that all of you out there are using your encroaching poverty to rediscover your moral compass.  He calls it — and I am not kidding here — The Great Restoration …
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Jessica Calefati / New Jersey Online:
Teacher's anti-gay Facebook rants attract protesters, supporters to N.J. school board meeting
Discussion: Nation Now and Associated Press
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Economic Outlook in U.S. Follows Home Prices Downhill
Discussion: Economix and The Big Picture
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Deficit Panel May Need Push to Meet Deadline, Lawmakers Say
Marty Toohey / Austin American-Statesman:
No more outdoor watering in Austin by spring?
Discussion: The Agonist and
New York Times:
Western Republican Leadership Conference (WRLC)/CNN Debate at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
Discussion: Shakesville
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James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Herman Cain says he ‘misspoke’ on considering prisoner transfer
Associated Press:
Naomi Wolf arrested outside Andrew Cuomo ceremony
Discussion: New York Magazine
Wireless carriers agree to end ‘bill shock’
Carolyn Kaster / Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's stolen teleprompter recovered, national silence averted
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Derek Hunter / Big Government:
OccupyBaltimore Discourages Sexual Assault Victims From Contacting Police, Offers Counseling for Perpetrators
Discussion: Verum Serum and Sister Toldjah