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10:50 AM ET, October 24, 2011

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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Jobs Plan Stalled, Obama to Try New Economic Drive  —  WASHINGTON — With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition, President Obama on Monday will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months …
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama's efforts to aid homeowners, boost housing market fall far short of goals  —  It was a critical plan to jump-start the economy.  —  President Obama pledged at the beginning of his term to boost the nation's crippled housing market and help as many as 9 million homeowners avoid losing their homes to foreclosure.
Reuters:
Obama to announce actions on housing, student loans  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama this week will announce a series of actions to help the economy that will not require congressional approval, including an initiative to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages, according to a White House official.
Lawrence Summers / Financial Times:
Why the housing burden stalls America's economic recovery
Discussion: Business Insider
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Libya's liberation: interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law  —  Libya's interim leader outlined more radical plans to introduce Islamic law than expected as he declared the official liberation of the country.  —  Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman …
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Dreams of a liberal Libya  —  In his statement marking the death of Muhammar Gaddafi last week, President Obama inserted a mystifying passage: “[T]he Libyan people now have a great responsibility — to build an inclusive and tolerant and democratic Libya that stands as the ultimate rebuke to Qaddafi's dictatorship....”
Discussion: Telegraph and Big Peace
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hole in Europe's Bucket  —  If it weren't so tragic, the current European crisis would be funny, in a gallows-humor sort of way.  For as one rescue plan after another falls flat, Europe's Very Serious People — who are, if such a thing is possible, even more pompous and self-regarding …
Discussion: Guardian and Shakesville
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Julia Kollewe / Guardian:   Eurozone debt crisis live: Eurozone lurches closer to recession
The Politico:
Democrats duck Obama  —  Despite President Barack Obama's sagging poll ratings, top Democratic leaders from around the country insist they'd love for him to visit.  From state party chairmen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the message remains remarkably consistent: No one views the president as a political liability.
Discussion: Race 4 2012, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Medical help for illegal immigrants could haunt Mitt Romney  —  On the Republican campaign trail, he derides any such public aid.  But the healthcare law he signed as Massachusetts governor allows it.  —  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sharply criticizes public aid for illegal immigrants.
Tom Wrobleski / Staten Island Politics:
Giuliani, Pataki holding their endorsement fire  —  STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Not every New York state Republican is ready to make an endorsement in the race for the GOP presidential nomination — including two bigwigs who looked at jumping into the 2012 race themselves.
Discussion: GOP 12
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Most voters say the United States is in decline  —  More than two-thirds of voters say the United States is declining, and a clear majority think the next generation will be worse off than this one, according to the results of a new poll commissioned by The Hill.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Speaks Truth to Power  —  About the growing regulatory state, even Google's Eric Schmidt—a big supporter of the Obama administration—now feels the need to tell it like it is.  —  Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, gave a remarkable interview this month to the Washington Post.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Reuters:
U.S. rating likely to be downgraded again: Merrill  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States will likely suffer the loss of its triple-A credit rating from another major rating agency by the end of this year due to concerns over the deficit, Bank of America Merrill Lynch forecasts.
Discussion: US Politics and Firedoglake
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
More Jobs Predicted for Machines, Not People  —  A faltering economy explains much of the job shortage in America, but advancing technology has sharply magnified the effect, more so than is generally understood, according to two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Romney Economy  —  At Bain Capital, Romney remade one American business after another, overhauling management and directing vast sums of money to the top of the labor pyramid.  The results made him a fortune.  They also changed the world we live in.  —  One day early this August …
Discussion: 2012 US Elections
CNN:
STATE OF THE UNION WITH CANDY CROWLEY  —  Interview With Secretary Clinton; Interview With Vice President Biden; Interview With Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell  —  THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT.  THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
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James Crugnale / Mediaite:
‘America Is Hated Around The World’ Because Of Obama's Foreign Policy, Ahmadinejad Tells Fareed Zakaria
PARADE Magazine:
But Can He Win Over America?  —  If a week is a year in politics, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been through a decade since he entered the race to be the GOP presidential nominee on Aug. 13.  At first he was heralded as the great right hope of the Republican Party, but after missteps in debates …
Raymond Hernandez / New York Times:
Lieberman Irks Democrats Before Race for His Senate Seat  —  WASHINGTON — A few months ago, Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who is allied with the Democratic majority in the Senate, had a surprising guest at his office: Linda E. McMahon, the former wrestling mogul …
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Jindal: Four.  More.  Years  —  Say, did you hear about the big election yesterday?  Well, if you're like the majority of the country, you probably weren't even aware anyone was voting on Saturday.  But for the politically addicted, you might have known that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was up for another term.
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Andrea Riquier / Bloomberg:
Louisiana's Jindal Wins Second Term as Governor in Open Primary
Discussion: americanthinker.com
 
 
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Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
LOBBYISTS SURGE FOR SUPERCOM, SLOGAN CHANGE FOR POTUS, GOLD MOUSE AWARDS, TRIVIA
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Robert Costa / National Review:
Newt's Resurrection?  —  In June, after his top advisers bolted …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Tiffany Craig / KHOU-TV:
Group of Houston leaders oppose proposed Confederate Texas license plate
Discussion: The Reaction
Dennis Hoey / Portland Press-Herald:
Chemical bomb tossed into Occupy Maine encampment
Discussion: Firedoglake and Runnin' Scared
Peter Baker / New York Times:
The Next War: At Pentagon, Leon E. Panetta Charts Change of Course
New York Times:
Romney, Once a Critic, Hedges on Flat-Tax Plans
Discussion: msnbc.com, GOP 12 and Sky Dancing
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Would Swap Electoral College for Popular Vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
 Earlier Items: 
First Read / msnbc.com:
Campaign: Cain raising $1 million a week in October
Discussion: GOP 12 and Business Insider
David Carr / New York Times:
The Media Equation: Bonuses Worthy of Protest for Gannett and Tribune Executives
Robert Frank / Wall Street Journal:
The Wild Ride of the 1%  —  The once-stable incomes …
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Tax Reform Evidence From 1986
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Civil rights groups charge Obama with hypocrisy over Alabama immigration law
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Former members' campaigns alive, well and spending money
New York Times:
Abdel-Jalil Promises a Role for Islam in a New Libya