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9:45 AM ET, October 19, 2011


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Washington Examiner:
In fifth debate, Perry finally shows up  —  Twenty-four hours before the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, an adviser to Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Perry would try a new strategy after a series of lackluster debate performances.  “We're going to pay a little less attention to the rules …
The Politico:
Why Perry went there  —  The Texas governor went into Tuesday night's debate looking for a reaction — and he got one.
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Immigration sparks war of words between Romney, Perry at GOP debate  —  In an already testy debate, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry got into an all-out squabble over Romney's use of a lawn-mowing company that had hired undocumented immigrants in the past.  —  “Those people that hire illegals ought …
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 …
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Tonight's GOP Debate  —  Viva Las Vegas!  Via Las Cocktails!  Find out what our friendly neighborhood Vodkapundit has on tap, starting at 8:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Pacific.  —  4:45PM Anderson Cooper is moderating tonight's debate, which fills me with a special kind of dread, over and above the usual.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Debate rivals pile on Romney in Vegas  —  LAS VEGAS — Mitt Romney found himself under a fierce assault from his primary opponents for the first time in the 2012 race during Tuesday night's GOP debate, with multiple rivals assailing him over his record on health care.
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.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Candidates go all-in for Las Vegas debate
Kevinliptak / CNN:
New Herman Cain Super PAC launched during debate
Discussion: Fire Andrea Mitchell!
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Tea Party's ‘anybody but Obama’ attitude benefits Mitt Romney in general election
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
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 …
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Politico
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?
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.
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.
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:   Clark Clifford Republicans
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Herman Cain says he ‘misspoke’ on considering prisoner transfer  —  It was a rough night at the GOP debate in Las Vegas for Herman Cain — and after the debate it got rougher still.  —  Cain was asked about remarks he made earlier in the day during a CNN interview about whether he would consider …
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 …
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.
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” …
Derek Hunter / Big Government:
OccupyBaltimore Discourages Sexual Assault Victims From Contacting Police, Offers Counseling for Perpetrators  —  I was in downtown Baltimore Monday morning taking care of some business, so I thought I'd stroll a block over and check out the “Occupy Baltimore” crowd.  Well, the word “crowd” might be an overstatement.
Discussion: Verum Serum and Sister Toldjah
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.
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Romney Campaigns Against Foreclosure Relief In Nevada (VIDEO) … Bank Of America , Economy , Foreclosures , Housing , Jobs , Obama , Politics , Video , Foreclosure Fraud , Nevada , Romney , Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney suggested …
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Marc R. Masferrer /
Feds open campaign finance investigation of Rep. Vern Buchanan
Discussion: The Politico
Howard Gleckman / TaxVox:
Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Would Cut Taxes for the Rich, Raise Taxes for Almost Everyone Else
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Meet the senator who killed the CLASS Act
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
9th Circuit finds police stun gun use excessive in 2 cases
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hullabaloo and Seattle Times
Robert Jeffress / Washington Post:
Why a candidate's faith matters
Discussion: Booman Tribune and CNN