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12:55 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.
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.
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
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  —  The Post reported yesterday that the parents of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had not fled Cuba after Fidel Castro had risen to power but some years before.  Nevertheless, the report found: “They showed that between the couple's admission for permanent U.S. residence …
Discussion: Naked Politics and National Review
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 …
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
Discussion: Political Mojo and Right Wing News
The Politico:
President Obama a drag on Senate Democrats
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Pat Dollard
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)
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.
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
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 …
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 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
New York Times:
Wal-Mart Cuts Some Health Care Benefits  —  After trying to mollify its critics in recent years by offering better health care benefits to its employees, Wal-Mart is substantially rolling back coverage for part-time workers and significantly raising premiums for many full-time staff.
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 …
Discussion: The Mahablog
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.
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 …
Charles Pope / Oregonian:
Federal stimulus money for Oregon jobs hired foreign workers  —  WASHINGTON — At least $7 million in federal stimulus money intended to provide jobs to unemployed Oregonians instead paid wages to 254 foreign workers, federal investigators have concluded.  —  The money was for forest clean …
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.
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 and Outside the Beltway
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's unexplored vulnerability: His millionaire tax rate  —  A few weeks ago, Paul Begala, one of the operatives behind the Obama-allied group Priorities USA Action, emailed me an offhand gag: … Now it looks like the “Romney Rule” is making its official debut in Campaign 2012.
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 …
San Francisco Chronicle:
Oakland orders Occupy protesters to leave plaza  —  (10-20) 22:43 PDT OAKLAND — Oakland officials Thursday night ordered protesters inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement to vacate Frank Ogawa Plaza outside City Hall, where hundreds of people have lived since Oct. 10 in an elaborate tent city complete …
Family Radio:
HAVING HAD MERCY, HAVE MERCY!  —  We are living in a most unusual time.  On May 21, of 2011, mankind entered into the Day of Judgment.  This ‘day’ will last for 5 months (153 days) until October 21, 2011.  The Bible is teaching us that this period of time is Judgment Day!  —  The Completion of God's Salvation Plan
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Marine Commandant Says He's ‘Fine’ With Gay Marines Bringing Their Partners To Marine Corps Ball
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Emily Schultheis / Ben Smith's Blog:
In education standards fight, strange bedfellows
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
New coordination program in healthcare law pleases hospitals, irks employers and insurers
David Remnick / New Yorker:
FOREIGN CAMPAIGNS  —  In his salad days, Muammar Qaddafi …
Wall Street Journal:
Romney's Guilty Republican Syndrome
Discussion: GOP 12 and Hot Air
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Irate News Corp. Shareholders to Take Murdoch to the Woodshed
 Earlier Items: 
Darla Mercado / InvestmentNews:
Advisers split on Occupy Wall Street
Discussion: Business Insider and ThinkProgress
Des Moines Register:
Romney noncommittal on subsidies
Associated Press:
AP-GfK Poll: Public down on economy, Obama cures
Discussion: Reuters
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