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2:25 PM ET, October 21, 2011


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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.
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.
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Bloomberg gets tough on ‘Occupy’
Discussion: New York Post and ANIMAL
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.
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.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
BREAKING — President Obama Will Announce Today Complete Drawdown of US Troops in Iraq to Zero By End of Year  —  Sources tell ABC News that the president will announce today that US troops in Iraq will draw down to zero by the end of the year.  —  A White House official …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama declares Iraq war over with all US troops home at year's end
Discussion: CNN
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. ...
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:   Report: Bachmann's New Hampshire staff resigns en masse
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:   Bachmann's New Hampshire Staff Quits, Latest in String of Campaign Departures
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 …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Gov. Brewer: Obama ‘lectured me’  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer skewers President Barack Obama in a new book, saying the president was “patronizing” and “condescending” when she met him at the White House last summer.  —  “We sat down and started with some chitchat,” she writes in her autobiography, according to the Arizona Republic.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Did Steve Jobs warn Obama?
Discussion: Pajamas Media
The Politico:
President Obama a drag on Senate Democrats  —  In 2008, President Barack Obama swept into the White House, and Senate Democrats eventually picked up nine seats, giving the new commander in chief the biggest Senate majority in decades.  —  But as Obama heads into his 2012 reelection campaign …
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Senate blocks money for teachers, firefighters
Richard W. Stevenson / The Caucus:
Can Obama 2012 Replicate Bush 2004?  —  He'll have hundreds of millions of dollars, the bully pulpit, Air Force One and high-profile supporters from Warren Buffet to Lady Gaga behind him.  But President Obama's chances of re-election could come down to a single strategic question …
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
To Emulate Bush, Obama Will Have To Become More Popular
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Cain clarifies 9-9-9 plan, says those under poverty line won't pay income tax  —  Herman Cain defended his 9-9-9 economic plan in a speech in Detroit on Friday, saying criticisms that his tax policy is regressive and unfair to the poor are unfounded because he would not ask individuals …
Discussion: The Politico
A.Killough / CNN:
Cain: For the poor, it's ‘9-0-9’
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio hits back
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Progressives, Islamists huddle at Justice Department  —  Top Justice Department officials convened a meeting Wednesday where invited Islamic advocates lobbied them for cutbacks in anti-terror funding, changes in agents' training manuals, additional curbs on investigators and a legal declaration …
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)
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Texas Reduces Weekend Meals for Prisoners  —  HOUSTON — Texas prison officials last month ended the decades-old practice of serving last meals to inmates about to be executed after one man ordered an elaborate feast of hamburgers, pizza and chicken-fried steaks that he did not eat.
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: and Political Mojo
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For Perry, A Rapid Fundraising Rise — and Fall
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
False Equivalence Watch, With Positive Developments
Lisa P. Jackson / Los Angeles Times:
‘Too dirty to fail’?  —  House Republicans' assault …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Mojo
Tara Parker-Pope / Well:
No Cellphone-Cancer Link in Large Study
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's unexplored vulnerability: His millionaire tax rate
Charles Pope / Oregonian:
Federal stimulus money for Oregon jobs hired foreign workers
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Guilty Republican Syndrome
Discussion: GOP 12 and Hot Air
David Sirota / Salon:
W. enters my wife's schoolboard race
Discussion: The Mahablog
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun:
Sandoval ready to move Nevada's GOP caucuses back to February
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
John Quiggin / Crooked Timber:
Has the US Defense Department killed a million Americans since 2001?
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Is Poised for More Easing
Discussion: Business Insider and FT Alphaville