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12:25 AM ET, October 22, 2011


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Eric Cantor /
Read the speech the House Majority Leader had prepared for his Wharton Leadership Lecture  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor canceled his speech at Huntsman Hall today.  Printed below are the remarks he had prepared, courtesy of his office.  —  Thank you for having me this afternoon.
Protesters storm campus after Cantor cancels visit  —  Cantor's office was told Thursday that Penn security was welcoming protesters  —  Protesters gather inside Huntsman Hall after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor canceled his Wharton Leadership Lecture slated for Friday afternoon in Huntsman Hall.
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Cancels Income Inequality Speech After Learning It Will Be Open To The Public.  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) has abruptly canceled a speech planned for this afternoon at the University of Pennsylvania that was meant to lay out the GOP's plans to address income inequality.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Wall Street protests force Cantor to cancel economic speech
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor speech abruptly canceled
Discussion: The Raw Story
Emily Schultheis / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cantor fled Wharton demonstrations
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
CHART: How Income Inequality Skyrocketed And The 1 Percent Profited From The Decline Of Unions
James Pindell / WMUR Political Scoop:
EXCLUSIVE: All Bachmann NH Staffers Quit  —  All paid New Hampshire staff for Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign have quit over deep frustration with the campaign's lack of commitment to New Hampshire. ...
Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign staff quit  —  (Reuters) - Staff members in New Hampshire for presidential candidate Michele Bachmann have resigned en masse, a Republican familiar with the situation said on Friday, in a fresh blow to her 2012 hopes.  —  All of the staffers, said to number six …
John DiStaso /
Primary Status: After NH mutiny, Bachmann national campaign manager re-emphasizes that her …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Investor's Business Daily:
Wall Street Did It?  —  Meltdown: If Republicans are to take back the White House and Senate, they need to do a better job tying Democrats and Washington to the subprime crisis.  It's not hard, yet even their front-runner struggles to make the case.  —  On Wednesday night …
Discussion: Verum Serum
Paul Wilson / blogs:
WaPo's ‘On Faith’: Jesus Would Bless ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:   Occupy Wall Street backed by 37 percent of Americans, poll says
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: 37 percent of public back protests
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Sen. Marco Rubio / The Politico:
Exclusive: Rubio defends himself  —  The Washington Post on Friday accused me of seeking political advantage by embellishing the story of how my parents arrived in the United States.  —  That is an outrageous allegation that is not only incorrect, but an insult to the sacrifices my parents …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive interview with Senator Marco Rubio on WaPo's story about his family history
Discussion: The Politico and
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
The Iraq War Ain't Over, No Matter What Obama Says  —  President Obama announced on Friday that all 41,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq will return home by December 31.  “That is how America's military efforts in Iraq will end,” he said.  Don't believe him.  —  Now: it's a big deal that all U.S. troops are coming home.
Washington Post:
All U.S. troops to leave Iraq by the end of 2011  —  The Obama administration has decided to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of the year after failing to reach an agreement with the Iraqi government that would have left several thousand troops there for special operations and training.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: Mission not accomplished
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
A skeptical physicist ends up confirming climate data  —  Back in 2010, Richard Muller, a Berkeley physicist and self-proclaimed climate skeptic, decided to launch the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project to review the temperature data that underpinned global-warming claims.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
2012 sneak preview: New pro-Obama group rolls out class-warfare ad against Romney  —  Via Political Wire, what's the most depressing thing about this?  The fact that it grossly distorts support for a lower long-term capital-gains rate generally into some sort of sinister plutocratic carve-out for millionaires specifically?
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Tea Party Nation poll shows 52 percent will vote for Romney if he is GOP nominee
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
DNC slams Romney on foreclosures
Discussion: CNN
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Cain: It should be illegal for rape victims to have abortion  —  On Fox News this afternoon, Herman Cain spent literally three minutes trying to explain his position on abortion.  —  Here's the key part, though.  —  Martha MacCallum asks him if he believes it should be legal for a rape victim to have an abortion.
Past Her Freshness Date  —  Just as interest in Sarah Palin has moved into the day-old discount bin, so has novelty memorabilia about her.  But this doesn't mean that she's going to leave a nickel on the table before she is swept kicking and screaming in that awful voice of hers into the dustbin of has beens.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Which States Are Most Enthusiastic About Obama's Reelection?  —  The Obama reelection campaign is very proud that it has now reached 1 million donors.  As it should be!  That's a lot of people who still believe strongly in the president despite, you know, How Things Are.
Discussion: Political Mojo
Lauren Bans / GQ:
The Hipster Cop: An Occupy Wall Street Conversation  —  The Ralph Lauren-obsessed plainclothes police officer spotted at the Occupy Wall Street protests has become an Internet sensation.  We tracked him down to talk to the man about his personal style, how the protesters are dressing, and what exactly he's doing down there
Discussion: ANIMAL, Gothamist and Guardian
New York Post:
Florida banker's wife left family to join Wall Street protesters  —  A married mother of four from Florida ditched her family to become part of the raggedy mob in Zuccotti Park — keeping the park clean by day and keeping herself warm at night with the help of a young waiter from Brooklyn.
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Ex-Governor of South Carolina Joins Fox News  —  Former Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina may have not have been able to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination after his 2009 cheating scandal, but he will at least get to talk about the campaign on national television …
TPM2012  —  American Crossroads: Obama's ‘Class Warfare’ Message Is Working  —  American Crossroads, the big money GOP group founded by Karl Rove, is warning Republicans that President Obama's new campaign to raise taxes on millionaires is a political winner.
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Jason Noble / Iowa Caucuses:
In Newton, Ron Paul calls for smaller government, less ‘militarism’
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Live From New York, It's Steve Schwarzman
Discussion: Dealbreaker and Business Insider
George Zornick /
Shocking Report Reveals the Pentagon's Addiction to Fraudulent Contractors
Wall Street Journal:
Murdochs Are Re-Elected Amid Protest
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Job Approval Average Hits All-Time Low
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Baron / Yahoo! News:
For $1 billion, one dictator  —  Call him the billion-dollar man.
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Solyndra to Auction Assets, But Taxpayers Won't See a Dime
Discussion: National Review and Hot Air
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Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Defections by Senate Dems hamper Obama's message on jobs
Danielle Camilli /
Website alleges mayor paid for sex
Discussion: Wonkette and Business Insider
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
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