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10:25 PM ET, October 24, 2011

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Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Cain: Rove deliberately talking down my campaign  —  Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says GOP strategist and former top Bush aide Karl Rove is deliberately trying to talk down Cain's campaign in order to benefit rival candidate Mitt Romney.  —  Appearing on Fox News Monday morning …
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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
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Public Divided Over Occupy Wall Street Movement  —  Tea Party Draws More Opposition than Support  —  About four-in-ten Americans say they support the Occupy Wall Street movement (39%), while nearly as many (35%) say they oppose the movement launched last month in New York's financial district.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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CNN:
Wall Street discontent high but Occupy Wall Street largely unknown
Brad Hamilton / New York Post:
Shootings way up in two weeks  —  Bullets are flying over Broadway …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Occupy Cuomo  —  Fred Dicker reports that Andrew Cuomo …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Suggests Obama Is Ushering ‘Defeat’ In Iraq, Two Days After Saying He's ‘Right’ To Withdraw  —  The GOP presidential candidates came out swinging at President Obama after he announced last week that he would follow through with President Bush's 2008 agreement to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year.
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Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Santorum: Because Of Obama, We've ‘Lost The War In Iraq’
Discussion: The Reaction and The Raw Story
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
Rowan Scarborough / Washington Times:
Key general: Iraq pullout plan a ‘disaster’
Discussion: Battleland and americanthinker.com
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?
Felix Salmon:
Obama's pathetic refinancing initiative  —  HARP II is being announced with great fanfare today: … Sounds impressive, eh?  It is, until you read the official FHFA press release.  At which point you learn that  — If you're a homeowner whose mortgage isn't owned or guaranteed by Frannie, you're out of luck.
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Reuters:
Obama to announce actions on housing, student loans
CBS News:
GlobalPost: Qaddafi apparently sodomized after capture  —  Amid mounting questions about just how and when Muammar Qaddafi died, a GlobalPost analysis of video footage suggests a Libyan fighter sodomized the former dictator after he was captured near Sirte.  —  As GlobalPost reports:
Robert Costa / National Review:
Cain, Gingrich Set to Spar  —  A group of tea-party activists in Texas will host a “modified Lincoln-Douglas debate” between Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich next month.  —  Bill O'Sullivan, the treasurer of Texas Tea Party Patriots, tells National Review Online that both candidates have confirmed …
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report: Cain, Gingrich to square off in Lincoln-Douglas-style debate
Discussion: CNN
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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Simon Martelli / Agence France Presse:
Sharia law declaration raises concerns in new Libya
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
Discussion: CNN and p m carpenter's commentary
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Taking back ‘Obamacare’?  —  In the political conversation about health-care reform, the term “Obamacare” is almost always used as a pejorative, hurled at the law in long floor speeches and short political ads deriding the Affordable Care Act.  —  Now, health reform's staunchest supporters want to change that.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bachmann: Uninsured Americans Can Rely On ‘Charitable Organizations’ For Health Care
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.
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 …
Jonathan Bines / The Huffington Post:
How to Speak Republican  —  Republican Party , Gop Dictionary , Gop Party , How To Speak Republican , Political Comedy , Political Satire , Republican Dictionary , Republican Satire , Comedy News  —  Talking to a Republican can be frustrating.  Often, it seems like they are speaking …
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 …
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
VIEW: LARGER |  HIDE  —  Kat Broadus of Albany, right, and Thomas Lang of Watervliet hold signs along Washington Avenue during the Occupy Albany protest in Academy Park across from the Capitol on Sunday Oct. 23, 2011 in Albany, NY.  Broadus works 7 days a week, and made time to join the protest before returning to work.
CNN:
Texas Rep. Ron Paul drops a bomb  —  (CNN)-2012 GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul raked in almost $3 million in small donations over the last five days during his latest fundraising push.  —  The twelve-term congressman launched his “Black This Out” moneybomb following the CNN Western Republican Debate in Las Vegas.
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.
Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
My Tax and Spending Reform Plan  —  Individuals will have the option of paying a 20% flat-rate income tax and I'll cap spending at 18% of GDP.  —  The folks in Washington might not like to hear it, but the plain truth is the U.S. government spends too much.
Discussion: Business Insider
Ben Smith / The Politico:
John Podesta to step down as Center for American Progress president  —  John Podesta will step down as president of the Center for American Progress, an official at the organization said today.  —  Podesta, who served as Bill Clinton's last chief of staff from 1998 to 2001 …
 
 
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
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Jonathan Spicer / Reuters:
Fed could target housing to help economy: Dudley
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Obama's jobs policies would really impact the rich (hint: not much)
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Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
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Flag Creates a Flap for Texas License-Plate Plan
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann, Husband Marcus Defend Characterizing Being Gay As ‘Personal Enslavement’
Discussion: ThinkProgress