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11:35 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.
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run and JammieWearingFool
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: New York Post, and
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: National Review
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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.
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.
Discussion: Political Mojo and Right Wing News
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.
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.
Ginger Rough / Arizona Republic:
Brewer skewers Obama, critics on immigration in book
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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)
Andrew / Fantastical Andrew Fox:
Fisker Karma: Solyndra on Wheels?
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
David Remnick / New Yorker:
FOREIGN CAMPAIGNS  —  In his salad days, Muammar Qaddafi was a professorial friend and vigilant protector of his colleagues in tyranny.  At the World Revolutionary Center, in Benghazi, a desert Deerfield for dictators, Qaddafi trained Blaise Compaoré, of Burkina Faso; Idriss Déby, of Chad; and Charles Taylor, of Liberia.
Darla Mercado / InvestmentNews:
Advisers split on Occupy Wall Street  —  Exclusive poll shows that nearly 40 percent support protests; close to half back taxing the rich  —  Though most do not support the Occupy Wall Street movement, advisers are largely split when it comes to imposing higher taxes on the wealthy and tougher regulations on big banks.
Discussion: Business Insider and ThinkProgress
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Psychic Claims He Predicted Exact Date And Time Of Occupy Wall Street Beginning...And He Has Proof!
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.
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.
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 …
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.
David Sirota / Salon:
W. enters my wife's schoolboard race  —  Our family gets a close-up look of how big money has taken over politics — even at the local level  —  Before it happens, it's hard to know how you'll feel when you see a slickly produced, oil-CEO-financed flier implicitly attacking your 11-month-old baby …
Karoun Demirjian / Las Vegas Sun:
Sandoval ready to move Nevada's GOP caucuses back to February  —  Gov. Brian Sandoval doesn't have the official last word on telling the state party whether to stick to its guns or bend to national GOP pressure to move its caucus date back to February.  —  But as the top Republican in the state …
Discussion: CNN
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
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Party of Pollution  —  Last month President Obama finally unveiled a serious economic stimulus plan — far short of what I'd like to see, but a step in the right direction.  Republicans, predictably, have blocked it.  But the new plan, combined with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations …
Des Moines Register:
Romney noncommittal on subsidies  —  Mitt Romney declined Thursday to commit to specific federal measures to support farmers or ethanol producers.  —  The former Massachusetts governor told community leaders here that he values the role of agriculture, but that he would need to study …
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