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1:05 PM 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.
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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: Daily Kos, FrumForum and Balloon Juice
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Rick Perry vs. Mitt Romney: Now it's personal  —  LAS VEGAS - After months of diversions — sideshow candidates, Hamlet acts and straw polls — Tuesday night's sizzling Republican presidential showdown boiled the nomination fight down to its essentials: a deeply personal …
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bickering  —  Newt Gingrich had the line of the night toward …
Discussion: CNN
CNN:
Five things we learned from Tuesday's GOP debate
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Romney still the best at this, Perry not as bad, and the loser? Anderson Cooper
Stephen Green / Pajamas Media:
Drunkblogging Tonight's GOP Debate
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.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators angry about Reid claim they're rooting for failure  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is trying to bring comity back to the upper chamber, has broken protocol by accusing Republicans of rooting for the economy to fail.  —  The accusations from the blunt Nevada Democrat …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid looks to move Obama's $35 billion teacher, first-responder jobs measure
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 …
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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
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Goldman Loss Offers a Bad Omen for 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.
Discussion: Gawker and Shakesville
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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” …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Unpaid student loans top $1 trillion
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
Discussion: Gawker, msnbc.com and Pajamas Media
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Mj Lee / The Politico:
Census: D.C. is country's wealthiest area
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:
Deputies forced to shoot escaped exotic animals in Ohio
Discussion: Hot Air, Gothamist and Gawker
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.
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Al Baker / New York Times:
Commander Who Pepper-Sprayed Protesters Faces Disciplinary Charge
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.
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.
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.
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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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
Occupy D.C.? Most Back Protests, Surtax
Sean Maher / Mercury News:
Rats and drugs mar Occupy Oakland tent city, officials say
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
State Rules on Foreclosure
Discussion: The Big Picture
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Economic Outlook in U.S. Follows Home Prices Downhill
Paul Krugman:
TPC Does Herman Cain
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