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4:45 PM ET, October 24, 2011

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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.
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Romney blames successor for illegal immigrant health care
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Rick Perry=Rick Scott?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What ‘Romneycare’ offers undocumented immigrants
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Pajamas Media
CNN:
Wall Street discontent high but Occupy Wall Street largely unknown  —  (CNN) - Although most Americans don't trust Wall Street, that hasn't translated into full support -or understanding- of the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Despite large majorities who think that Wall Street bankers are greedy …
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Brad Hamilton / New York Post:
Shootings way up in two weeks  —  Bullets are flying over Broadway — and everywhere else in the city.  —  The number of people shot surged 154 percent two weeks ago — to 56 from 22 over the same week last year — and spiked 28 percent in the last month.  —  Last week tallied another increase …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Occupy Cuomo  —  Fred Dicker reports that Andrew Cuomo …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Because Of Obama, We've ‘Lost The War In Iraq’  —  Last Friday, President Obama announced a total troop withdrawal from Iraq at the end of year to signify that “after nine years, America's war in Iraq will be over.”  Naturally, the 2012 GOP presidential field took this historic opportunity …
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Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Key general: Iraq pullout plan a ‘disaster’
Discussion: Battleland and americanthinker.com
Tom Ricks / Foreign Policy:
The great gamble of Iraq 2012, what to read about post-surge Iraq, and a new book of Saddam Hussein's transcripts
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
WikiLeaks cables and the Iraq War
Dennis Hoey / Portland Press-Herald:
Chemical bomb tossed into Occupy Maine encampment  —  PORTLAND — Portland police are looking for the person who threw a chemical bomb at the Occupy Maine encampment in Portland during the early morning hours today.  —  Sgt. Glen McGary said police responded around 4 a.m. today to an explosion …
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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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Karl Rove sticks a fork in Herman Cain  —  The Republican super-strategist pulls out a whiteboard on Fox News to tick off Herman Cain's self-destructive mistakes, concluding: “I think it has created an image of him as not being up to this task.  That's really deadly.”  —  More on POLITICO
Mj Lee / Reuters:
State mum on Libya's Sharia law  —  The Obama administration on Monday treaded carefully around the announcement that Sharia law will be enforced in post-Muammar Qadhafi Libya, refraining from expressing disapproval of Islamic law as the foundation of the country's new legal system.
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Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Libya's liberation: interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans Would Swap Electoral College for Popular Vote  —  Majority of Republicans now agree with most Democrats that Constitution should be amended  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Nearly 11 years after the 2000 presidential election brought the idiosyncrasies of the United States' Electoral College into full view …
Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Yes, the GOP Just Might Nominate a Candidate Patently Unqualified to Be President  —  Herman Cain's recent stumbles over substantive issues have a way of making Rick Perry seem like the Stephen Hawking of politics.  In the midst of a softball CNN interview last week, he appeared to abandon his no-exceptions anti-abortion stance.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Don Surber
Robert Costa / National Review:
Newt's Resurrection?  —  In June, after his top advisers bolted, Newt Gingrich was supposed to be finished.  Four months later, after a series of sharp debates, his poll numbers are climbing and his coffers are stuffed.  Behind the scenes, his aides aim to capitalize on the resurrection.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Cain, Gingrich Set to Spar
Discussion: GOP 12, Gawker and Swampland
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Bachmann's ex-NH staff releases scathing letter about campaign  —  A backbiting joint letter from presidential contender Michele Bachmann's former New Hampshire staff spells out how frustration with the Minnesota Republican's national staff led the entire team to jump ship.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
The Outsider  —  In an exclusive interview, Raj Rajaratnam reveals his surprising motivations—and the reasons he didn't take a plea that could have saved him from 11 years in jail.  —  It was 6 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2009, and Raj Rajaratnam, head of the Galleon Group hedge fund …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Berkley denies Wynn claim she was forced into health care vote  —  The gambling magnate Steve Wynn, a major Nevada political player and key supporter of local figures of both parties told Fox Business yesterday that Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is running for Senate, only voted for health care for fear of then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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 …
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann, Husband Marcus Defend Characterizing Being Gay As ‘Personal Enslavement’ … 2012 Elections , Michele Bachmann , Republican Candidates , Elections 2012 , Gay Marriage , Gay Rights , Michele Bachmann 2012 , Republican Primary , Same-Sex Marriage , Video , Bachmann …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Voters say US 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.
Jill / Feministe:
Natalia on Your tax dollars at work.  — Natalia on The Pervocracy nails it on misguided critiques of sex-positive feminism  — Hot Chicks, Cold Sexists and Occupy Wall Street |  POLITICAL MOSAIC on Steven Greenstreet proves he's definitely not a misogynist by making rape jokes.
Jessica Firger / Metropolis:
At Zuccotti Park, Love Under the Tarps … Occupy Wall Street is an experiment in communal living, with basic human needs on public display.  Even, at times, very intimate human needs.  —  Outdoor sex has been a topic of discussion at quality-of-life meetings held each afternoon inside Zuccotti Park.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Shelly Banjo / Wall Street Journal:
Where Spots Are Hot … The South Norwalk Metro-North station.  Some Connecticut commuters face long waiting lists for parking permits.  —  FAIRFIELD, Conn.—In the Metro-North parking lots along Connecticut's Gold Coast, the haves and the have-nots aren't defined by their clothes, car or even their net worth.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: Uninsured Americans Can Rely On ‘Charitable Organizations’ For Health Care  —  Republicans have a hard time explaining how they would make up for the loss in coverage to 32 million Americans if they succeed repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Deregulating the health insurance market …
Newt Gingrich / Quad City Times:
Optional flat tax will launch recovery  —  The coming economic boom will begin the minute the television networks announce the defeat of President Obama's reelection bid on Election Day 2012.  —  Every single American worker, entrepreneur, and small business owner will finally know that their taxes …
 
 
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Mark Benjamin / Swampland:
The Mystery of the Missing Presidential Campaign: Cain Operation MIA in Key States
Discussion: Business Insider
Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Flag Creates a Flap for Texas License-Plate Plan
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Vatican calls for global authority on economy, raps “idolatry of the market”
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Vox Popoli
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Former New Jersey Governors Condemn Viki Knox's Anti-Gay Rant
Discussion: LGBT News
Jill Cicciarelli / Daytona Beach News-Journal:
New Florida election law stirs up controversy
Discussion: Naked Politics and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Yon:
Golden Seconds  —  Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta,
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘Focusing on the wrong problem’
Discussion: CNN and Prairie Weather
Mj Lee / The Politico:
NASA wants grandma's moonrock
Discussion: Associated Press
Dr. Jan Eberly / U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Is Regulatory Uncertainty a Major Impediment to Job Growth?
Susan Kelleher / Seattle Times:
Seattle's street plan is ‘recipe for disaster’
The Politico:
Democrats duck Obama
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Hole in Europe's Bucket