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11:40 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: Daily Kos 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 …
SLIDESHOW: Meet The 2012 GOPers: Rick Perry  —  “Mitt, you lose all of your standing from my perspective because you hired illegals in your home and you knew about it for a year,” Perry said.  “And the idea that you stand here before us and talk about that you're strong on immigration is on its face the height of hypocrisy.”
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 …
Five things we learned from Tuesday's GOP debate
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Herman Cain backers launch super PAC
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Immigration sparks war of words between Romney, Perry at GOP debate
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Herman Cain says he ‘misspoke’ on considering prisoner transfer
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The 1600 Report
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
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
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
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.
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.
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” …
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 …
Paul Krugman:
TPC Does Herman Cain  —  The Tax Policy Center has the distributional analysis of 9-9-9.  It's awesome:  —  Howard Gleckman summarizes:
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.
Jessica Calefati / New Jersey Online:
Teacher's anti-gay Facebook rants attract protesters, supporters to N.J. school board meeting  —  UNION — About 300 people turned out Tuesday night for a Union Township school board meeting to both denounce and defend Viki Knox, the high school teacher whose anti-gay Facebook comments …
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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
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
Discussion: Economix
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
 Earlier Items: 
Christian Heinze / Ballot Box:
Tea Party's ‘anybody but Obama’ attitude benefits Mitt Romney in general election
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
Associated Press:
Naomi Wolf arrested outside Andrew Cuomo ceremony
Discussion: New York Magazine
Wireless carriers agree to end ‘bill shock’
Derek Hunter / Big Government:
OccupyBaltimore Discourages Sexual Assault Victims From Contacting Police, Offers Counseling for Perpetrators
Discussion: Verum Serum and Sister Toldjah