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5:35 PM ET, October 19, 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.
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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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Half of Americans believe Obama doesn't deserve re-election  —  Half of all Americans believe President Obama should not be re-elected, although the president leads all Republican challengers in head-to-head matchups according to a new AP-GfK poll.  —  The poll found that of all voters …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Washington Post:
Rick Perry better known, more disliked by GOP conservatives
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
President Obama's strategy on jobs is working — even if Americans aren't
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Don Surber
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
The Republican Bickersons
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bickering  —  Newt Gingrich had the line of the night toward …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Perry Commits to Flat Tax, Reforming Entitlements
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in Las Vegas
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.
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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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ohio SB 5 Headed For Rejection
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators angry about Reid claim that they're rooting for economic failure
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
West counters Obama: MLK would not have backed Wall Street protests  —  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) rejected President Obama's comparison between Martin Luther King Jr. and what he called the “Occupy Wall Street gangs.”  —  “Martin Luther King Jr. would not have backed these types of protesters …
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Adrianne Jeffries / The New York Observer:
Real World: Occupy Wall Street? MTV Issues Casting Call for Protesters
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Naomi Wolf arrested while defending Occupy Wall Street protesters
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: ABC News' Jake Tapper's Exclusive Interview With President Obama  —  President Obama sits down with ABC News' senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper for an exclusive interview in Jamestown, N.C. (Courtesy the White House)  —  The following is a transcript …
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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.
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Suzy Khimm / Washington Post:
The student debt crisis in one chart
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 …
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   Blaming the victim  —  In several recent Republican debates …
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
GOP Rep. Asked Paper To Keep Town Hall Secret, Selected Residents Who Were Invited  —  Freshman Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) told a town hall gathering Monday that “the whole purpose” of the meeting “is to hear from you.”  But apparently Herrera Beutler isn't interested in hearing from everyone.
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Lee Hughes / Columbian:
Politician didn't want event touted
Discussion: The Politico
Ginger Gibson / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie calls teacher's anti-gay Facebook remarks ‘disturbing’  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie said he is concerned about statements made by Viki Knox, a high school teacher whose anti-gay Facebook comments set off a debate about free speech and gay rights.
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Jon Huntsman / Wall Street Journal:
‘Too Big to Fail’ Is Simply Too Big  —  There is no evidence huge banks add sufficient value to offset the systemic risk they pose.  —  Is Dodd-Frank an appropriate regulatory response to the 2007 financial crisis?  Tragically, no. That legislation ignores the government's pervasive role …
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Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Jon Huntsman's Plan To End ‘Too Big To Fail’ Doesn't Do Anything To Shrink Big Banks
Discussion: Political Mojo
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.
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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 CaffeinatedThoughts.com editor Shane Vander Hart, arguing that birth control devalues the act of procreation.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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.
Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
David Graeber: On Playing By The Rules - The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet  —  Yves here.  I have to note that David DeGraw of Amped Status is widely credited as the originator of “We are the 99%.” … Just a few months ago, I wrote a piece for Adbusters that started with a conversation …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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