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2:40 PM ET, October 24, 2011

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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 …
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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Occupy Cuomo  —  Fred Dicker reports that Andrew Cuomo …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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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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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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: Uninsured Americans Can Rely On ‘Charitable Organizations’ For Health Care
Discussion: The Raw Story
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What ‘Romneycare’ offers undocumented immigrants
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Pajamas Media
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
WikiLeaks cables and the Iraq War
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Key general: Iraq pullout plan a ‘disaster’
Discussion: Battleland and americanthinker.com
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Telegraph and Big Peace
The Politico:
Rick Perry ads start Tuesday in Iowa  —  Television ads supporting Rick Perry's presidential campaign are scheduled to start running in Iowa on Tuesday, multiple sources familiar with the ad buy told POLITICO.  —  A source said time has been booked in the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines markets.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog, GOP 12 and Daily Kos
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Paulburka / Burkablog:
Perry shuffles campaign team
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 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
BBC:
Zimbabwe's PM Morgan Tsvangirai in gay rights U-turn  —  Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in gay rights U-turn  —  Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has reversed his position on gay rights, saying he now wants them enshrined in a new constitution.
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 and EconLog
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Rhode Island: Athens of America?  —  Rhode Island is looking more and more like Greece, and not in a good way.  That is one message of this important piece by Mary Williams Walsh in the New York Times.  Years of blue social policy have wrecked local and state government finance …
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.
Discussion: New York Magazine and Eschaton
 
 
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Walter Shapiro / The New Republic:
Yes, the GOP Just Might Nominate a Candidate Patently Unqualified to Be President
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Don Surber
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: Hullabaloo and Naked Politics
Michael Yon:
Golden Seconds  —  Open Letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta,
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann, Husband Marcus Defend Characterizing Being Gay As ‘Personal Enslavement’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jill / Feministe:
Natalia on Your tax dollars at work.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Aneel Bhusri's Workday Raises $85 Million at a Whopping $2 Billion Valuation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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
Susan Kelleher / Seattle Times:
Seattle's street plan is ‘recipe for disaster’
Benjamin Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Romney Economy  —  At Bain Capital, Romney remade …
Discussion: 2012 US Elections
Wall Street Journal:
Google Speaks Truth to Power
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Reuters:
U.S. rating likely to be downgraded again: Merrill