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3:40 PM 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.
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John Harwood / The Caucus:
10 Questions for Rick Perry  —  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is seeking to jump-start his Republican presidential campaign by proposing a new tax system: a 20 percent flat rate on individual and corporate income, down from the current 35 percent top rate, and elimination of existing taxes on estates, capital gains and dividends.
CBS News:
Herman Cain tops Mitt Romney in latest CBS/NYT poll  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Businessman Herman Cain is now atop the field of Republican White House hopefuls, squeaking past former Massachusetts …
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Perry campaign calls on Romney to release tax returns
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz blasts Perry's flat tax plan as ‘definition of insanity’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
First Reading: Details of Perry's tax proposal
John Harwood / CNBC:   Rick Perry: 'I Don't Care' If Tax Plan Helps the Rich
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
It's on: Republicans slam Elizabeth Warren for embracing Occupy Wall Street  —  Wow, this is going to be good: Occupy Wall Street is now officially an issue in what may be the highest-profile and most polarizing Senate race in the country.  —  National Republicans are now attacking Elizabeth Warren …
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The Daily Beast:
Who's Afraid of Elizabeth Warren?  —  The Harvard professor has spooked the right.  As she begins her high-profile Senate campaign against GOP star Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the consumer advocate tells Samuel P. Jacobs how she created ‘much of the intellectual foundation’ for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Occupy Wall Street: The Book
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Quinnipiac University:
Opposition To Ohio's SB 5 Grows, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Women, Union Members Push Kasich Deeper In Hole  —  Ohio voters support 57 - 32 percent the repeal of SB 5, the centerpiece of Gov. John Kasich's legislative program, as the margin against the governor's measure has almost doubled …
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Hwilkinson / Politics Extra:
Romney visits GOP call center, sidesteps Ohio issues  —  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a 45-minute visit to a Terrace Park Republican phone bank operation this morning, where volunteers have been making thousands of phone calls to voters urging yes votes on state issues 2 and 3.
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Romney refuses to back Kasich against govt unions  —  Campaigning in Ohio today, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stopped by a Republican Party phone-bank making calls in support of Gov. John Kasich's government union reform referendum, but refused to endorse the actual referendum.
CNN:
Romney avoids weighing in on Ohio union fight
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
San Francisco Chronicle:
Cops arrest Occupy Oakland protesters  —  (10-25) 05:58 PDT OAKLAND — Oakland police arrested dozens of people at a plaza outside City Hall, two weeks after the protesters began building an intricate encampment as part of the Occupy Wall Street movement against corporate greed and economic inequality.
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Mercury News:
Police arrest protesters, tear down Occupy Oakland tent city  —  Early Tuesday, the city began ousting protesters who have camped out for two weeks at the Occupy Oakland tent city on Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.  Police started assembling around the tent city at 14th Street and Broadway at about 3 a.m.
Discussion: Verum Serum
Stephen C. Webster / The Raw Story:
Watch live: ‘Occupy Oakland’ attacked by police
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 …
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John Berman / ABCNEWS:
'It's a Phenomenon!'  Why Herman Cain's Campaign is Smoking  —  “It's a phenomenon, but so is the Herman Cain campaign.”  —  That is the only explanation Mark Block, Herman Cain's campaign chief, has for the white-hot focus on his new campaign video; the one where Block is smoking.
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
New Cain ad showing chief of staff smoking cigarette catches attention
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Vice President Biden complains after dust-up with conservative reporter  —  Joe Biden's office has complained to the Senate press gallery about a confrontation the vice president had with a conservative journalist last week on Capitol Hill.  —  Biden aides asked whether Senate rules were broken …
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
A 53% Surge in Poverty Rate Is Reshaping Suburbs  —  PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — The poor population in America's suburbs — long a symbol of a stable and prosperous American middle class — rose by more than half after 2000, forcing suburban communities across the country to re-evaluate their identities and how they serve their populations.
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
Televangelist Pat Robertson Calls GOP Field Too ‘Extreme’ To Win General Election  —  You know you've hit rock bottom when one of the most radical, hate-spewing figures in America calls you “extreme.”  That's how televangelist Pat Robertson described the field of GOP candidates, Right Wing Watch reports.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Perry On Why He Went Birther: 'It's A Good Issue To Keep Alive'  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) flirted with birtherism over the weekend, telling PARADE Magazine that he didn't “have a definitive answer” on whether President Obama was born in the U.S., even though he believes he was.
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Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry Doubles Down on Birther Issue
Discussion: USA Today and The Raw Story
Allison Kopicki / The Caucus:
Most Republican Primary Voters Remain Uncommitted  —  A large majority of Republican primary voters have yet to make up their minds about the candidate they would like to see as their party's nominee for president in 2012, with the nation's first nominating contests just two months away.
ESeifert / Democracy Corps:
Occupy Politics  —  The latest national survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps reveals an intensely anti-establishment, anti-Washington, anti-Wall Street moment.  [1] Three-quarters of all voters say the country is on the wrong track; just 15 percent believe we are heading …
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Obama's celebrity-rich L.A. tour causes traffic jams  —  President Obama's fundraising swing through Los Angeles made for a tougher afternoon commute for some motorists on Monday.  —  The traffic problems were most intense in Hancock Park and Mid-City, with east-west commuters facing some delays.
Sarah Kunin / ABCNEWS:
Jon Huntsman Vies for ‘The Colbert Bump’  —  With poor poll percentages and even worse fundraising numbers, there's no denying that these days Jon Huntsman could use a little public relations pick-me-up.  —  On Monday, the former governor swapped out the New Hampshire house party circuit …
Discussion: The Politico, GOP 12 and Campaign 2012
 
 
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Jeffrey Lord / The Spectacle Blog:
Ron Paul Throws Mulshine Under Bus On Hannity
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Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent …
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama freezes local reporters out of S.F. event
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Still ‘plenty of time’ for a deal, ‘super committee’ co-chair says
Discussion: The Politico
Ginger Thompson / New York Times:
U.S. Agencies Infiltrating Drug Cartels Across Mexico
Discussion: TalkLeft
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Fighter Fallacy  —  The elemental question in American politics …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Prairie Weather
G-A-Y / Good As You:
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Guy Dinmore / Financial Times:
Berlusconi faces the ultimate downgrade
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Phillip Longman / Washington Monthly:
The Cure  —  The politics of debt have gotten so insane …
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
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Joseph E. Gagnon / RealTime Economic Issues Watch:
The Last Bullet  —  US policymakers are running out of options …