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12:45 AM ET, October 20, 2011


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Washington Post:
Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll  —  This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and the Pew Research Center by telephone October 13 to 16, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,007 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Obama still flush with cash from financial sector despite frosty relations  —  View Photo Gallery —  President Obama's reelection campaign and DNC together raised $70 million in the third quarter of 2011.  Outside of fundraising, the president is ramping up support for his reelection …
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
West counters Obama: MLK would not have backed Wall Street protests
The Politico:
Barney Frank supports protesters, raises Wall St. cash
Discussion: Hot Air, Shakesville and Wizbang
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Poll: Half of Americans believe Obama doesn't deserve reelection
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Rick Perry better known, more disliked by GOP conservatives
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
A Moment of Candor From Harry Reid  —  Every once in a while a liberal says what he really thinks.  Today Harry Reid explained why the Democrats prefer funding public sector jobs rather than permitting private sector job creation: … Yes, the private sector is doing just great.
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.
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.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Pushes Radical Bill To Restrict Discussion Of Abortion Over The Internet  —  Instead of focusing on job creation, congressional Republicans have spent their time passing socially conservative legislation like the “Let Women Die” bill that would allow hospitals that receive federal funds …
Thomas / Blog for Choice:
Anti-Choice Senator: No Talking about Abortion on the Internet
Discussion: Liberal Values and Shakesville
Paul Krugman:
Getting Nominal  —  “Market monetarists” like Scott Sumner and David Beckworth are crowing about the new respectability of nominal GDP targeting.  And they have a right to be happy.  —  My beef with market monetarism early on was that its proponents seemed to be saying that the Fed …
J. Bradford DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
What Needs to Happen for the Fed to Successfully Target the Level of Nominal GDP?
Discussion: Modeled Behavior
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 …
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bickering  —  Newt Gingrich had the line of the night toward …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Energy Department Altered Loan-Related Releases  —  Someone affiliated with the Department of Energy has been going back to make changes to press releases posted on the Internet weeks and months ago, CNBC has found.  —  The changes occurred in two press releases from the Department …
Jason Mattera / Human Events:
All Huffy, Joe Biden Stands By Rape Reference to GOP  —  Vice President Joe Biden now says he didn't make a reference to rape, and got testy with HUMAN EVENTS when we asked if he would like to retract his comments that the number of sexual assaults would increase if Republicans don't sign on to Barack Obama's latest “jobs” proposal.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   Blaming the victim  —  In several recent Republican debates …
Sasha Chavkin / The New York World:
Women ride in back on sex-segregated Brooklyn bus line  —  On the morning of October 12, Melissa Franchy boarded the B110 bus in Brooklyn and sat down near the front.  For a few minutes she was left in silence, although the other passengers gave her a noticeably wide berth.
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NPR host is Occupy DC spokeswoman  —  National Public Radio host Lisa Simeone appears to be breaking the taxpayer-subsidized network's ethics rules by acting as a spokeswoman for Occupy D.C. group “October 2011,” which is currently “occupying” Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C.
Neda Semnani / Roll Call:
Heard on the Hill: Breaking the Code of Ethics
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Rick Santorum Pledges To Defund Contraception: 'It's Not Okay, It's A License To Do Things'  —  Rick Santorum pledged to repeal all federal funding for contraception, during a recent interview with editor Shane Vander Hart, arguing that birth control devalues the act of procreation.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Arthur B. Laffer / Wall Street Journal:
Cain's Stimulating ‘9-9-9’ Tax Reform  —  A new sales tax could be raised in the future—but so can any other tax.  And the low marginal rates would jump-start the economy.  —  It used to be that the sole purpose of the tax code was to raise the necessary funds to run government.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Perry Commits to Flat Tax, Reforming Entitlements
Discussion: National Review
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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Man living as an ‘adult baby’ is cleared of Social Security fraud  —  The California man who lives part of his life as an “adult baby” and collects Social Security disability payments says the federal agency has cleared him of wrongdoing and will continue sending checks.
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
9-9-9 in One (Really Long) Graph  —  In my previous post decrying the extreme redistribution of the tax burden from the wealthy to everyone else, I had to use two graphs to tell the story.  I couldn't fit the increase in tax liabilities for the bottom 80% on the same graph that includes …
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Anjeanette Damon / Las Vegas Sun:
Pressure building for Nevada GOP to give up its early caucus date
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tim Dickinson / Rolling Stone:
Obama Solicits Designers to Work - Unpaid - on ... Jobs Poster!
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pajamas Media
Damian Kahya / BBC:
Rising energy bills causing fuel poverty deaths
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Janet Napolitano: deportation review to begin in weeks
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bernie Sanders:
GAO Finds Serious Conflicts at the Fed
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post
Kevinliptak / CNN:
CNN Poll: Mormon candidate not a problem for most Americans
 Earlier Items: 
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Grassley: “I'm not going to endorse anybody” (audio)
Discussion: The Hill and The Page
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
HI-Sen Tightens Up  —  Linda Lingle's image has rebounded …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Asked Paper To Keep Town Hall Secret, Selected Residents Who Were Invited
Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Spew Anti-Semitism at Occupy Rally — Get Fired
Discussion: YID With LID
Josh Jarman / The Columbus Dispatch:
Sheriff: Owner of escaped exotic animals opened cages, then committed suicide