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12:45 PM ET, October 19, 2011

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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 …
CNN:
CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL  —  Full Transcript CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate (08:00pm - 10:00pm)  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.  —  ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR AND DEBATE MODERATOR: I'm Anderson Cooper in Las Vegas.
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 …
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
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 …
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” …
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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
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
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: 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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Florida Today:
Ohio town locked down after lions, bears, wolves escape from sanctuary
Discussion: Mediaite
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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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Unpaid student loans top $1 trillion
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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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
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
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.
Kathy Mellott / The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA:
Windmills to shut at night following demise of rare bat  —  LILLY — Night operation of the windmills in the North Allegheny Windpower Project has been halted following discovery of a dead Indiana bat under one of the turbines, an official with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Monday.
 
 
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Matthew Cooper / NationalJournal.com:
Occupy D.C.? Most Back Protests, Surtax
Reuters:
Violent anti-austerity protests grip Greek capital
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