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1:00 PM ET, October 23, 2011


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Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Abortion Takes Center Stage at Iowa G.O.P. Forum  —  DES MOINES — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas sought to win over social conservative voters in Iowa on Saturday night as he drew a distinction between his opposition to abortion with the views of his leading Republican rivals and declared …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Herman Cain Exclusive: Tells Brody File He Will Support Constitutional Amendments on Life and Marriage  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain says he would support a pro-life amendment to the constitution and would use the bully pulpit to push pro-life legislation.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Rick Perry challenges opponents' abortion stances at Iowa Faith & Freedom dinner
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
At conservatives' dinner Perry dings Romney, Cain on abortion stances
Discussion: CNN and National Review
PARADE Magazine:
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Discussion: The Hill and Business Insider
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Goes Birther: After Meeting With Trump, 'I Don't Know' If Obama's Birth Certificate Is Real  —  In April, in an effort to appease a vocal group of conspiracy theorists who believe President Obama was not born in the United States, Obama released his “long-form” birth certificate from Hawaii.
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Four Nations, Four Lessons
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog
Huge turnout in Tunisia's Arab Spring election  —  * Tunisians vote after uprising removed Ben Ali  —  * Eyes of region on first post-Arab Spring election  —  * Islamists expected to win but coalitions expected  —  * Secularists heckle Islamist leader at polling station (Adds quotes, details on voter turnout)
Tunisia voters go to polls in historic free election
Discussion: Pat Dollard
Clare O'Connor / Filthy Rich:
Protesters Occupy GE CEO Jeff Immelt's Connecticut Front Lawn  —  Occupy Wall Street protesters took a field trip from Zuccotti Park on Saturday morning, all the way to the wealthy suburban enclave of New Canaan, Conn., where they took their anger at income and tax disparity to GE CEO Jeff Immelt's front lawn.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Doug Ross and Pajamas Media
Alyssa Newcomb / ABCNEWS:
Occupy Wall Street Protester Scales 70-foot Statue
Merrill Matthews / Right Directions:
The Red State in Your Future  —  Voters around the country are concluding it's better to be red than dead—applying a whole meaning to an old phrase.  If you do not currently live in a red state, there's a good chance you will be in the near future.  Either you will flee to a red state …
Declan Walsh / Guardian:
Afghanistan would side with Pakistan in war with US, says Hamid Karzai  —  President says Afghans ‘will never betray their brother’ in TV interview aired days after Kabul visit by Hillary Clinton  —  The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has said he would side with Pakistan in the event of war …
John DiStaso /
Sununu to endorse Romney for President  —  MANCHESTER — Former Gov. John H. Sununu on Monday will throw his considerable political influence behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  —  “I'm viewed as a good, solid conservative Republican and I'm supporting a good …
Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
They want $lice of the occu-pie  —  Even in Zuccotti Park, greed is good.  —  Occupy Wall Street's Finance Committee has nearly $500,000 in the bank, and donations continue to pour in — but its reluctance to share the wealth with other protestErs is fraying tempers.
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Cain, Now Running as Outsider, Came to Washington as Lobbyist  —  WASHINGTON — Herman Cain, the Republican presidential candidate with the sharp wit and easy-to-remember tax plan, is a cancer survivor, radio host and former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza.
Chicago Tribune:
Police again arrest Occupy Chicago protesters in Grant Park  —  Chicago police arrested about 130 Occupy Chicago protesters starting about 1 a.m. today after the group returned to Grant Park for the second weekend Saturday night and tried to maintain a camp in the park after its official closing time.
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Graham: Obama's Iraq, Afghan policies ‘being run out of Chicago’
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Boston Police website hacked
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden focused on reelection fight, but ‘not closing any door’ on 2016 run
Discussion: CNN and Scared Monkeys
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans in Congress are in a quandary on jobs
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Occupy DC focus of ' sensitive'discussions
Discussion: DCist and Occupy DC
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The Daily Beast:
Herman Cain's Numerology Fixation
Discussion: New York Magazine