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12:05 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.
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
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
Five things we learned from Tuesday's GOP debate
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Herman Cain backers launch super PAC
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Reid looks to move Obama's $35 billion teacher, first-responder jobs measure
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: Shakesville
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
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 …
Florida Today:
Ohio town locked down after lions, bears, wolves escape from sanctuary
Discussion: Mediaite
Jim Forsyth / WOAI-TV:
Terror Link Downplayed in Courthouse Break-In  —  Five men in their twenties, described as French-Moroccan Muslims, are being questioned by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and by officials of the Department of Homeland Security after they were arrested inside the 120 year old Bexar County Courthouse …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Atlas Shrugs
5 detained in overnight break-in at old Bexar Co. Courthouse
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pat Dollard
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Violent anti-austerity protests grip Greek capital  —  (Reuters) - Greek police cleared the square in front of parliament on Wednesday after clashing with black-clad demonstrators during a mass anti-austerity rally called to coincide with a vote on a bitterly resented new round of belt-tightening.
Matthew Cooper /
Occupy D.C.?  Most Back Protests, Surtax  —  The Occupy Wall Street movement that started in New York City spread to Freedom Plaza in Washington D.C.  —  At a time when protests have erupted across the country over a growing inequality of wealth and Congress is considering measures to impose …
Paul Krugman:
TPC Does Herman Cain  —  The Tax Policy Center has the distributional analysis of 9-9-9.  It's awesome:  —  Howard Gleckman summarizes:
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Murdochs' Infighting Clouds Future of News Corp.
The Huffington Post:
Russ Feingold Endorses Tammy Baldwin In 2012 Senate Race
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
9-9-9 in One (Really Long) Graph  —  In my previous post decrying …
Washington Post:
Washington Post-Pew Research Center Poll
Tim Carman / Washington Post:
Presidential candidate Herman Cain and his Godfather's Pizza: Both full of empty calories?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Dave Gram / Associated Press:
Vt. gov nominates Robinson to Supreme Court
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Sean Maher / Mercury News:
Rats and drugs mar Occupy Oakland tent city, officials say
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
State Rules on Foreclosure
Discussion: The Big Picture
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Economic Outlook in U.S. Follows Home Prices Downhill
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