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7:35 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:
Poll: Half of Americans believe Obama doesn't deserve reelection
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Perry Commits to Flat Tax, Reforming Entitlements
Discussion: National Review
Kevinliptak / CNN:   CNN Poll: Mormon candidate not a problem for most Americans
Washington Post:
Rick Perry better known, more disliked by GOP conservatives
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bickering  —  Newt Gingrich had the line of the night toward …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Perry to call for flat tax in economic plan
Discussion: CNN
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.
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Joe Biden touts jobs bill at Hill rally
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ohio SB 5 Headed For Rejection
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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Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
Obama: “All the choices we've made have been the right ones”
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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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Obama has more cash from financial sector than GOP hopefuls combined, data show
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Salon.com, Corrente and Salon
Sam Youngman / Ballot Box:
President Obama's strategy on jobs is working — even if Americans aren't
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Don Surber
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Pushes Radical Bill To Restrict Discussion Of Abortion Over The Internet  —  Instead of focusing on job creation, congressional Republicans have spent their time passing socially conservative legislation like the “Let Women Die” bill that would allow hospitals that receive federal funds …
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Thomas / Blog for Choice:
Anti-Choice Senator: No Talking about Abortion on the Internet
Discussion: Shakesville
Naomi Wolf / Guardian:
how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street  —  Arresting a middle-aged writer in an evening gown for peaceable conduct is a far cry from when America was a free republic  —  • Naomi Wolf condemns ‘Stalinist’ erosion of protest rights  —  Last night I was arrested in my home town …
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Naomi Wolf arrested while defending Occupy Wall Street protesters
Sean Captaintoday / Fast Company:
The Demographics Of Occupy Wall Street
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.
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
Eamon Javers / CNBC:
Energy Department Altered Loan-Related Releases  —  Someone affiliated with the Department of Energy has been going back to make changes to press releases posted on the Internet weeks and months ago, CNBC has found.  —  The changes occurred in two press releases from the Department …
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.
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
Neda Semnani / Roll Call:
Heard on the Hill: Breaking the Code of Ethics  —  One major commandment of journalism: If thou art a hack, thou mustn't flack.  —  So imagine our surprise when we realized the spokeswoman for October 2011, the group occupying Freedom Plaza, is Lisa Simeone, host of the radio program …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NPR host is Occupy DC spokeswoman
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 …
Sasha Chavkin / The New York World:
Women ride in back on sex-segregated Brooklyn bus line  —  On the morning of October 12, Melissa Franchy boarded the B110 bus in Brooklyn and sat down near the front.  For a few minutes she was left in silence, although the other passengers gave her a noticeably wide berth.
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 …
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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GAO Finds Serious Conflicts at the Fed
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Behind Cain's Humor, a Question of Seriousness
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HI-Sen Tightens Up  —  Linda Lingle's image has rebounded …
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