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7:35 AM ET, October 25, 2011

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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.
Joseph E. Gagnon / RealTime Economic Issues Watch:
The Last Bullet  —  US policymakers are running out of options to solve our massive unemployment problem and get the economy growing again.  The Administration's jobs bill faces resistance in Congress.  The best option that can be implemented without a vote of Congress is to work through …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Paul Krugman
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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.
MIke Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems: Obama's response to mortgage crisis is insufficient
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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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:
Tracy Connor / NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall Street sympathizer creates 'I'm Getting Arrested' app to help protesters  —  Police arrested this Occupy Wall Street supporter during a protest against ‘stop and frisk.’  —  An Occupy Wall Street sympathizer created a free app called “I'm Getting Arrested” that lets protesters send …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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
The Politico:
Rick Perry readies assault on Mitt Romney  —  The Rick Perry relaunch has finally arrived.  —  After weeks battling questions about how he plans to salvage his listing presidential bid, the Texas governor has finally started spelling out an answer.  It involves opening his $15 million campaign war chest …
Discussion: CNN and Connecting.the.Dots
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Gallup:
Gov't Regulations at Top of Small-Business Owners' Problem List  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Small-business owners in the United States are most likely to say complying with government regulations (22%) is the most important problem facing them today, followed by consumer confidence in the economy (15%) and lack of consumer demand (12%).
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.
David Weigel / Slate:
Herman Cain's Amazing Campaign Ad … - Saletan: Bachmann Thinks Our Military Was in Iraq Not To Liberate It but To Own It - The President of ASU on Rick Scott's Stupid Idea To Cut Funding for Liberal Arts Education - My Seven Beliefs About Tim Tebow: 1) He Is Not a Viable NFL Quarterback …
Discussion: CBS News, GOP 12 and Political Mojo
Ktvtdeborah / CBS Dallas:
Police Investigating Possible Sexual Assault Of Teen At Occupy Dallas  —  DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) - Dallas Police continue to investigate whether a teenage runaway was sexually assaulted by an adult male at the Occupy Dallas encampment behind City Hall.  —  A source within the Dallas Police Department …
Victor Davis Hanson / Works and Days:
Rage On—and on and on...  Occupy Wall Street?  —  I've been following the Wall Street protests, in New York and elsewhere.  I read as well of the Democratic Party's sorta interest in turning the anger of a few into a left-wing Tea-Party-like movement of many.
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 …
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
David Welna / NPR:
Rubio Tries To Clarify How His Family Left Cuba … GOP rising star Sen. Marco Rubio caught heat last week for his Senate bio that misstated when his family left Cuba for the U.S., a detail of some relevance in his home state of Florida.  But in explaining his side of the story in a Politico op-ed …
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
California Rep. Laura Richardson may face ethics inquiry  —  The House Ethics Committee is moving toward a full-scale investigation of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.), who has been under scrutiny for months over allegations that her staff engaged in banned political activities while on government time …
Adam Beam / Herald:
Democrats face tough election season in S.C.  —  U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, interrupted an interview with a reporter Saturday in Charleston to speak with two elementary-school age children that she quickly labeled “little Democrats.”
Grant Schulte / Associated Press:
Nebraska Lawmakers to Consider Pipeline Challenge  —  Nebraska's governor said Monday that he'll call a special legislative session for lawmakers to consider challenging the planned route of a massive transnational oil pipeline.  —  Republican Gov. Dave Heineman's decision means Nebraska …
Discussion: Michigan Messenger
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.
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 …
ansamed.info:
Libya - Mufti:'Gaddafi an infidel,no Islamic funeral  —  The Grand Mufti of Libya, Assadiq al-Ghiriani, has stated that Colonel Gaddafi was an “infidel” and for this reason “prayers should not be spoken over his body” in mosques, as is foreseen by Islamic funeral rites, the website of Egyptian daily Al Ahram reports.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pat Dollard
hrw.org/rss/news:
Libya: Apparent Execution of 53 Gaddafi Supporters  —  Bodies Found at Sirte Hotel Used by Anti-Gaddafi Fighters  —  (Sirte) - Fifty-three people, apparent Gaddafi supporters, seem to have been executed at a hotel in Sirte last week, Human Rights Watch said today.
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: TBogg and CNN
 
 
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
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CNN:
Texas Rep. Ron Paul drops a bomb
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
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Pam Martens / truth-out.org:
Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center
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Robert Costa / National Review:
Cain, Gingrich Set to Spar
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Rick Perry=Rick Scott?
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama campaign brings on ex-lobbyist as senior adviser
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Berkley denies Wynn's claim she was forced into health care vote