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11:15 AM ET, October 26, 2011

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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney's ‘huge freaking deal’  —  At this point in the morning yesterday, it looked like the biggest political screw-up of the day would be Rick Perry's latest Birther flirtations.  As it turns out, though as ridiculous as this was, it was eclipsed rather easily.
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Quinnipiac University:
Pizza Magnate Leads GOP Presidential Pack In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Romney Stalled As Perry Vanishes  —  Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has jumped to the front of the line among GOP presidential contenders with 28 percent support among Ohio Republicans.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
A day down the drain for Rick Perry  —  It should have been Texas Gov. Perry's first step back in a long climb up from political oblivion.  But instead of the tax and spending plan the day will go down in political history as “Remember when Perry blew himself up on CNBC?”
CNN:
Romney avoids weighing in on Ohio union fight
The Lede:
Police Fire Tear Gas at Occupy Protesters in Oakland  —  Last Updated 9:48 a.m. Riot police in Oakland dispersed hundreds of protesters with tear gas on Tuesday night as crowds tried to re-enter a plaza outside of City Hall that the authorities had cleared of an encampment earlier in the day.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Occupy Atlanta |  Woodruff Park remains unoccupied  —  Woodruff Park remained unoccupied Wednesday morning.  —  The park remained quiet and empty the morning after Atlanta police arrested 53 Occupy Atlanta protesters after multiple warnings.  —  Organizers had urged protesters …
New York Times:
New Poll Finds a Deep Distrust of Government  —  With Election Day just over a year away, a deep sense of economic anxiety and doubt about the future hangs over the nation, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, with Americans' distrust of government at its highest level ever.
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
Top Earners Doubled Share of Nation's Income, C.B.O. Says  —  WASHINGTON — The top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation's income over the last three decades, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, in a new report likely to figure prominently …
Susan Walsh / ABCNEWS:
Obama: If We Lose in 2012, Government Will Tell People 'You're on Your Own'  —  At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
How Rick Perry's Tax Plan Would Affect You  —  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, today released some details on his flat tax proposal.  The plan would give Americans the option of determining their taxes based on an alternate system that has one tax rate and fewer deductions.
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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The revenue and GDP impact of the Perry flat tax plan — now with actual numbers!
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama education chief: student loan reform to address income inequality  —  President Obama's education reform efforts will address growing income inequality in the U.S., Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday.  —  Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Politico
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:   President to Ease Student-Loan Burden for Low-Income Graduates
Wall Street Journal:
Gupta to Face Criminal Charges  —  For decades, Rajat K. Gupta was the face of business success, leading global consulting giant McKinsey & Co. and serving on the boards of several prestigious American companies, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc.  —  Now, prosecutors say …
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Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Ryan: Obama ‘sowing social unrest’  —  House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will take direct aim at President Barack Obama in a speech Wednesday morning, accusing him of “preying on the emotions of fear, envy and resentment” as he travels the country to sell his jobs plan.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Perry's nightmare: WaPo's Rubin  —  The WaPo blogger has described the Texan as 'sleepy," 'hostile," and 'dreadful.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama White House on press access: a Nixonian quality  —  The Obama White House's restrictions on media access to its fundraising events makes a mockery of its claim to be the most transparent administration in history.  —  If anything, there is almost a Nixonian quality to the level of control …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House backs Republican measure repealing 3% tax rule
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
As the Data Show, There's a Reason the Wall Street Protesters Chose New York  —  When the federal income tax was first imposed in 1913, the richest 0.1 percent of households reaped 8.6 percent of the nation's income.  In 2007, as the recession began, the share going to that sliver of megarich Americans was 12.3 percent.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Reaction
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Where are the anti-Semites of Occupy Wall Street?  —  Reckless Jew that I am, I muscled my way into the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan despite multiple reports of virulent and conceivably lethal anti-Semitism.  Projecting an unvarnished Semitism, I circled the place …
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John Doyle / NY Daily News:
Three men wanted for threatening to kill a 24-year-old Occupy Wall Street protester
Hollywood Reporter:
President Obama Holds Secret Meet-and-Greet With Hollywood Execs and Influencers (Exclusive) … Before he left Los Angeles for San Francisco on Tuesday, President Barack Obama stopped for an undisclosed meeting with some of the entertainment industry's high-level executives …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-Low 26% in U.S. Favor Handgun Ban  —  Support for stricter gun laws in general is lowest Gallup has measured  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people.
James G. Neuger / Bloomberg:
Europe Struggles for Crisis Cure Ahead of Summit  —  European leaders “have risen to the challenge,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.  French President Nicolas Sarkozy proclaimed their July 21 summit a “historic turning point” and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean- Claude Juncker called it the …
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Herman Cain / The Daily Beast:
Leno Goes Easy on Obama
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Give firms freedom to sack unproductive workers, leaked Downing Street report advises
Discussion: Guardian and LewRockwell.com Blog
Jonathan Jones / Guardian:
The west wrings its hands over dead Gaddafi photos, but war is always hell | Jonathan Jones
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and normblog
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Here We Go Again: Donald Trump Tells Greta He Is ‘Not A Major Believer’ In Obama's Birth Certificate
Ynetnews:
Saudi cleric: Kidnap soldier - get $100,000
 Earlier Items: 
Rolling Stone:
OWS's Beef: Wall Street Isn't Winning - It's Cheating
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
The Republican Idea of Tax Reform