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7:25 PM ET, October 21, 2011


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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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Wall Street protests force Cantor to cancel economic speech  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) abruptly cancelled a planned economic address Friday at the University of Pennsylvania after learning that the event could be flooded with protesters aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Discussion: Firedoglake
New York Post:
More arrests coming for Wall St. protesters, Bloomberg says
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:   Occupy Wall Street backed by 37 percent of Americans, poll says
Chris Brennan /
UPenn: U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor cancels Wharton speech
Emily Schultheis / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cantor fled Wharton demonstrations
Eric Cantor /
Read the speech the House Majority Leader had prepared for his Wharton Leadership Lecture
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
CHART: How Income Inequality Skyrocketed And The 1 Percent Profited From The Decline Of Unions
Laurie Kellman / Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: 37 percent of public back protests
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor speech abruptly canceled
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
O.Kay Henderson:
Bachmann says reports of NH staff exodus “not true” (audio)  —  Michele Bachmann called into the Radio Iowa newsroom moments ago.  My first question was about a WMUR report that her campaign staff in New Hampshire quit.  —  “That is a shocking story to me,” Bachmann said.  “I don't know where that came from.
John DiStaso /
Primary Status: After NH mutiny, Bachmann national campaign manager re-emphasizes that her …
Discussion: Washington Wire
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.
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: Mission not accomplished
Discussion: The Hill and The Politico
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq by Year's End, Obama Says
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.
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 …
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Climate Skeptics Take Another Hit  —  Physicists are notorious for believing that other scientists are mathematically incompetent.  And University of California-Berkeley physicist Richard Muller is notorious for believing that conventional wisdom is often wrong.  For example, the conventional wisdom about climate change.
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
To Emulate Bush, Obama Will Have To Become More Popular  —  Another day, another story about how Team Obama is hoping to replicate George W Bush's successful re-election strategy.  —  I've written about this before, but the fact of the matter is that this theory is based on a largely mythical recollection of what happened in 2004.
Richard W. Stevenson / The Caucus:
Can Obama 2012 Replicate Bush 2004?
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Obama Has Written Personal Checks To Struggling Americans … Health Insurance , Obama , President Obama , Recession , Unemployment , 99ers , American Stories , Obama Personal Checks , Obama Writing Checks , Politics News  —  WASHINGTON — Got problems?  Tell Barack Obama.  He can help.
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 …
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Job Approval Average Hits All-Time Low  —  President Obama's job approval for the last quarter fell to the lowest of his administration, according to a new Gallup poll.  Down four points from his previous all-time low of 45 percent, the president's average job approval slid to just 41 percent in the 11th quarter.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Bob Cusack / The Hill:
Defections by Senate Dems hamper Obama's message on jobs  —  Democratic defections and a united Republican front are hampering President Obama's message on the economy.  —  Last week and again Thursday night, there were a couple Democratic defections on Obama's jobs measure.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Dems try again with third jobs bill
Paul Wilson / blogs:
WaPo's ‘On Faith’: Jesus Would Bless ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Movement  —  On Washington Post's On Faith blog, Daily Beast contributor Lisa Miller teased a piece about Occupy Wall Street with a worthy question: “What would Jesus think about Occupy Wall Street?”  Her answer was simple …
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
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Biden's absurd claims about rising rape and murder rates  —  (JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS) “Let's look at the facts: in 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city.  In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers …
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.
A.Killough / CNN:
Cain: For the poor, it's ‘9-0-9’  —  (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain clarified his much talked-about “9-9-9” tax plan Friday, saying those who fall at or beneath the poverty level would have a different plan: “9-0-9.”  —  Cain took heat over his proposal …
Alex Klein / New York Magazine:
The Organizers vs. the Organized in Zuccotti Park  —  All occupiers are equal — but some occupiers are more equal than others.  In wind-whipped Zuccotti Park, new divisions and hierarchies are threatening to upend Occupy Wall Street and its leaderless collective.
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
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Mj Lee / The Politico:
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