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3:35 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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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 …
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.
John Feehery / Pundits Blog:
Bickering  —  Newt Gingrich had the line of the night toward the end of the debate when he complained that the moderator encouraged a level of bickering that could only make it harder for the GOP to get the White House.  —  I don't think Anderson Cooper was really trying to sink the Republican nominee for president in this debate.
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Perry Commits to Flat Tax, Reforming Entitlements  —  In a brief speech this morning at the Western Republican Conference, Texas governor Rick Perry announced that in six days he would reveal an “economic pro-growth package that will create growth” and encourage investment in America.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
New York Times:
Republican Presidential Candidates Debate in Las Vegas
Joshua Altman / Ballot Box:
After eight debates, the GOP hopefuls get personal in Vegas
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Rick Perry better known, more disliked by GOP conservatives
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.
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Sean Captaintoday / Fast Company:
The Demographics Of Occupy Wall Street  —  Students are a big contingent at Zucotti Park and other occupations.  But a new study shows that online support crosses age, income and political boundaries.  Look out for the rich, nonpartisan mobs.  —  Coverage of the technology …
Adrianne Jeffries / The New York Observer:
Real World: Occupy Wall Street? MTV Issues Casting Call for Protesters
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
West counters Obama: MLK would not have backed Wall Street protests
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Naomi Wolf arrested while defending Occupy Wall Street protesters
Naomi Wolf / Guardian:
how I was arrested at Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: AlterNet and New York Magazine
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
GOP rips Dems for anti-Semitism in Occupy Wall Street protests
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP senators angry about Reid claim that they're rooting for economic failure
Ana Ley / MySanAntonio.com:
Feds investigating break-in at county courthouse  —  aley@express-news.net  —  metro - An RV used by the suspects in the alleged break-in at the Bexar County Courthouse remains parked outside the courthouse moments before it was towed away by authorities in San Antonio on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.
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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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Moni Basu / CNN:
Deputies forced to shoot escaped exotic animals in Ohio
Discussion: Hot Air, Gothamist and Gawker
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.
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
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Ohio SB 5 Headed For Rejection  —  Labor is poised for a big victory in Ohio next month- PPP's newest poll of the state finds that voters intend to reject Senate Bill 5 by a 56-36 margin.  Although that margin is consistent with what we found in the state earlier this year …
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 …
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: The Daily Dish and Don Surber
 
 
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
GOP debate crowd cheers idea that jobless are to blame for their plight
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Yves Smith / naked capitalism:
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Report: Military ballot problems rise
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Zombie / Pajamas Media:
Spew Anti-Semitism at Occupy Rally — Get Fired
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NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall St. pepper-spray cop Anthony Bologna loses 10 vacation days for violating NYPD rules