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9:35 AM ET, October 21, 2011

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Josh Saul / New York Post:
Angry Manhattan residents lambast Zuccotti Park protesters  —  Infuriated lower Manhattan residents went ballistic on Zuccotti Park protesters at a chaotic Community Board 1 meeting tonight while blasting politicians for allowing the siege to continue without any end in sight.
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
New Yorkers rage over ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protestors  —  Dowtown New Yorkers furious with the continued presence of the Occupy Wall Street protesters vented angrily at a community board meeting Thursday, according to reports.  —  The desire to complain about the demonstrators was so widespread …
Discussion: myfoxny.com and NY1.com
Alastair Gale / Korea Real Time:
Occupy Wall Street Gets Pyongyang's Backing
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Psychic Claims He Predicted Exact Date And Time Of Occupy Wall Street Beginning...And He Has Proof!
Jerold S. Kayden / New York Times:
Meet Me at the Plaza  —  AN unintended but potentially significant …
The Huffington Post:
Steve Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Obama, 'You're Headed For A One-Term Presidency' … In one of the most hotly-anticipated biographies of the year, “Steve Jobs,” author Walter Isaacson reveals that the Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama's 2012 campaign despite …
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Did Steve Jobs warn Obama?  —  Steve Jobs told President Barack Obama he was “headed for a one-term presidency,” citing the U.S.'s competitive disadvantages with China and a “crippled” education system, a new biography of former Apple CEO indicates.  —  “You're headed for a one-term presidency …
Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show  —  During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) frequently repeated a compelling version of his family's history that had special resonance in South Florida.  He was the son of exiles, he told audiences …
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Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Did the Washington Post embellish Marco Rubio's ‘embellishments’?  —  The Washington Post just released this interesting story headlined “Marco Rubio's compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show.”  The paper flagged a clear inaccuracy in his official Senate biography that states …
Marco Rubio / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show
Discussion: National Review
The Hill:
Senate blocks new Obama jobs bill  —  For the second time in two weeks, Senate Republicans voted in unison to block “jobs” legislation, which the Obama administration and Senate Democratic leaders have made central to their agenda.  —  The majority of Democrats then blocked a second “jobs” measure offered by Republicans.
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Associated Press:
Senate Votes Down Trimmed Version of Obama's Jobs Bill  —  WASHINGTON - Despite a campaign-style push this week by President Barack Obama, the Senate on Thursday scuttled pared-back jobs legislation aimed at helping state and local governments avoid layoffs of teachers and firefighters.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senate blocks money for teachers, firefighters  —  Nine days after President Obama's $447 billion jobs package was blocked in the U.S. Senate, one of the plan's key components — which would provide $35 billion to states and local governments to hire teachers and first responders — suffered the same fate late Thursday.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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.
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Economist:
The heat is on  —  A new analysis of the temperature record leaves little room for the doubters.  The world is warming  —  from the print edition  —  FOR those who question whether global warming is really happening, it is necessary to believe that the instrumental temperature record is wrong.
The Politico:
The art of the cheap shot  —  It's hard to dispute that Rick Perry's he-hired-an-illegal-immigrant attack on Mitt Romney was a cheap shot.  —  It's even harder to dispute that it worked beautifully.  —  Put aside the fact that Perry's broadside was recycled, and barely relevant to the debate.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Party of Pollution  —  Last month President Obama finally unveiled …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Yet More Debates Added to Calendar
W. James Antle III / The Politico:
What GOP foreign policy debate?
Discussion: ABCNEWS
ABCNEWS:
Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland  —  Vice president Joe Biden, left, and Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive announces that the company will produce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at the former General Motors Boxwood Plant, Oct. 27, 2009, in Wilmington, Del. (Rob Carr/AP Photo)
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Andrew / Fantastical Andrew Fox:
Fisker Karma: Solyndra on Wheels?
Discussion: Power Line and Doug Ross
New York Times:
Violent End to an Era as Qaddafi Dies in Libya  —  MISURATA, Libya — Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's last moments Thursday were as violent as the uprising that overthrew him.  —  In a cellphone video that went viral on the Internet, the deposed Libyan leader is seen splayed on the hood of a truck …
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The Daily Beast:
When Condi Met Gaddafi
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Well, Good for WDAV  —  According to this update just now, the classical music public radio station WDAV, in North Carolina, will not dismiss Lisa Simeone from her role as a freelance (ie, non-employee) host of an opera (ie, non-political) program carried by NPR, just because she has also been a spokesperson for the Occupy DC movement.
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John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Has the US Defense Department killed a million Americans since 2001?  —  I've spent the day at a workshop on benefit-cost analysis where a lot of discussion is on valuing policies that reduce risks to life of various kinds.  US policy, for better or worse, is focused on the idea of Value of a Statistical Life.
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Is Poised for More Easing  —  Federal Reserve officials are starting to build a case for a new program of buying mortgage-backed securities to boost the ailing economy, though they appear unlikely to move swiftly.  —  The idea would be to target any new efforts by the central bank …
Discussion: FT Alphaville and Business Insider
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama Job Approval Average Slides to New Low in 11th Quarter  —  Prior low was 45% in his seventh quarter  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's 11th quarter in office was the worst of his administration, based on his quarterly average job approval ratings.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Don Surber
Hotline On Call:
Announcing Retirement, Dem Congressman Bashes Obama  —  Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon — and he issued a scathing parting shot at President Obama's track record on his way out.  —  In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza …
Associated Press:
Number of gay couples who adopt tripled over last decade  —  A four-year study cites an easing of restrictions by some states, including rules that allow adoptions from foster care.  —  The number of gays and lesbians adopting children has nearly tripled in the last decade despite discriminatory rules …
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Jon Stewart On GOP Reaction To Gaddafi's Death: ‘What The F*ck Is Wrong With You?’  —  Thursday night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart tackled the big headline of the day: The death of Muammar Gaddafi... Specifically, the right's reaction to the former dictator's passing.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Associated Press:
Senate OKs Bryson to head Commerce Department  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of former utility executive John Bryson to head the Commerce Department, overcoming conservatives' objections that his pro-environmental views made him unsuited for the job.
TIME Ideas:
Is Herman Cain the Most Unctuous Black Man Alive?  —  Why the Hermanator experience is making me sick  —  This Presidential election has not lacked for clowns and in a circus Herman Cain fits right in.  But as the Black clown, Cain's foot in mouth moments mostly involve insulting the Black community.
 
 
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Alex Klein / New York Magazine:
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thesouthern.com:
Poll: Obama tops GOP rivals in Illinois
Mike Allen / The Politico:
HALPERIN: ROMNEY COULD WIN IOWA …
Discussion: God's Politics Blog
Peter J. Henning / DealBook:
The Late-Mover Advantage in Citigroup's Settlement
US News:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ari Berman / The Nation:
How the Austerity Class Rules Washington
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Rortybomb
ACLU:
Mapping the FBI: Uncovering Abusive Surveillance and Racial Profiling
Discussion: Washington Post and TalkLeft
David Kestenbaum / NPR:
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Murray Weiss / DNAinfo.com:
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