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4:10 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.
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
Mark Benjamin / Swampland:
The Mystery of the Missing Presidential Campaign: Cain Operation MIA in Key States  —  Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain appears on “Meet the Press” Oct. 16, 2011 in Washington.  —  In early October, as Herman Cain caught fire in national polls and began to climb into the first tier …
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:
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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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
The Daily Beast:
Why the GOP Demonizes ‘Illegals’  —  The use of ‘illegals’ as a noun by Romney and other Republicans is just the latest example of politicians using euphemisms to signal antipathy to an ethnic group—in this case, Latinos.  —  I turned on the Republican presidential debate last week and learned something.
Discussion: 24Ahead and Business Insider
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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 …
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.
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
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%).
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 …
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.
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Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:
Ron Paul: Libertarian Standard-Bearer?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Wall Street Journal
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.
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.
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.
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:
Democratic 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 …
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.
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.”
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: Political Mojo
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 …
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
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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Doug Stanglin / USA Today:
TSA misses loaded gun in bag at LAX
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Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
Taking back ‘Obamacare’?
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Moderate Islamist Party Claims Victory in Tunisia
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Very Rapid Response Team
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
How Obama's jobs policies would really impact the rich (hint: not much)
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Pam Martens / truth-out.org:
Wall Street Firms Spy on Protesters In Tax-Funded Center
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Rick Perry=Rick Scott?
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Obama campaign brings on ex-lobbyist as senior adviser
 Earlier Items: 
Newt Gingrich / Quad City Times:
Optional flat tax will launch recovery
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Berkley denies Wynn's claim she was forced into health care vote
Nathan Koppel / Wall Street Journal:
Flag Creates a Flap for Texas License-Plate Plan