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11:10 PM ET, October 25, 2011

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CNN:
Romney avoids weighing in on Ohio union fight  —  Terrace Park, Ohio (CNN) -Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stepped into the middle of the charged battle over organized labor in Ohio on Tuesday, but he avoided weighing in on the contentious legislation that would dramatically limit …
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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 …
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.
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.
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Mr. Romney regrets  —  Over at Ricochet, Troy Senik draws attention to a Politico story on Mitt Romney's visit to Ohio today.  Polico reports that during the visit Romney declined to state his position on a high-profile referendum there on the new state law that curtails the bargaining rights of public employee unions.
Conn Carroll / Campaign 2012:
Romney refuses to back Kasich against govt unions
David Weigel / Slate:
In Ohio, Mitt Romney Punts on Health Care and Union Rights
CNN:
Perry takes sides in Ohio union fight after Romney dodges issue
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
81 Percent of GOP Primary Voters in Play
Allison Kopicki / The Caucus:
Most Republican Primary Voters Remain Uncommitted
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney supported Kasich laws in June
Discussion: The New Republic and ThinkProgress
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   No Profile in Courage award for you, Mitt
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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John Doyle / NY Daily News:
Three men wanted for threatening to kill a 24-year-old Occupy Wall Street protester  —  Three men are wanted for threatening to kill a 24-year-old Occupy Wall Street protester because she was pressing charges over an assault at the group's Zuccotti Park encampment.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Where are the anti-Semites of Occupy Wall Street?
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Occupy Wall Street: The Book
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Elizabeth Warren takes credit for the Occupy Wall Street protests
Discussion: Hot Air, City Room and Washington Post
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Rick Perry's worst nightmare: Jennifer Rubin  —  The Washington Post's official conservative blogger, Jennifer Rubin, has written 60 columns on the would-be conservative favorite, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, eight of them Tuesday.  —  Rubin tends to write long, for a blogger …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
Wasserman Schultz blasts Perry's flat tax plan as ‘definition of insanity’  —  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wassserman Schultz slammed Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry's tax plan, saying his flat tax proposal would benefit the wealthiest Americans at the expense …
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Flat Tax Outpaces 9-9-9 in Poll, Notably Among Conservatives
Discussion: Daily Kos
John Harwood / CNBC:   Rick Perry: 'I Don't Care' If Tax Plan Helps the Rich
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: GOP governors blast birther gambit  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry's decision to delve back into birtherism — on CNBC and on the day he is rolling out an economic plan — has struck a nerve with responsible GOP officials and insiders.  Two prominent governors have now gone on record with Right Turn to express their displeasure.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeb Bush denounces birtherism
CBO's Latest 10 Documents:
TRENDS IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF HOUSEHOLD INCOME BETWEEN 1979 AND 2007  —  Text-only.  The full version of the summary may include tables, charts, and footnotes.  —  AFTER-TAX INCOME GREW MORE FOR HIGHEST-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS  —  After-tax income for the highest-income households grew more than it did for any other group.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House backs Republican measure repealing 3% tax rule  —  The White House announced Tuesday that it supports passage of a House Republican bill intended to boost job creation and due up for a vote on Thursday.  —  The bill repeals a requirement that the federal government withhold 3 percent …
Discussion: The Politico
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Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama freezes local reporters out of S.F. event
Josh Hafner / Iowa Caucuses:
Cain's Mark Block says ‘no subliminal message’ in new ad, discourages smoking  —  Mark Block in Cain's new ad.  (thehermancain/YouTube.com)  —  Herman Cain's chief of staff, Mark Block, is still buzzing from a viral campaign ad on YouTube featuring some quick camera work …
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John Berman / ABCNEWS:
'It's a Phenomenon!' Why Herman Cain's Campaign is Smoking
Discussion: Gawker
insideBayArea:
Ousted protesters marching back to Frank Ogawa Plaza  —  OAKLAND — Hours after they were rousted from their tents and pushed out of Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, several hundred members of the Occupy Oakland movement began marching again in downtown Oakland, vowing to continue their protest.
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Cops arrest Occupy Oakland protesters
Jim McElhatton / Washington Times:
State Department buys $70,000 worth of Obama books  —  The State Department has bought more than $70,000 worth of books authored by President Obama, sending out copies as Christmas gratuities and stocking “key libraries” around the world with “Dreams from My Father” more than a decade after its release.
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama's Latter-Day McGovernism
Discussion: Eunomia
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.
John Hayward / Human Events:
Thug Administration: White House Wants Jason Mattera Investigated for Biden Question  —  “Don't screw around with me!” barked flustered Vice President Joe Biden during his now-famous encounter with HUMAN EVENTS editor Jason Mattera.  It looks like the White House wants to put some muscle behind that threat.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Vice President Biden complains after dust-up with conservative reporter
Rolling Stone:
OWS's Beef: Wall Street Isn't Winning - It's Cheating  —  I was at an event on the Upper East Side last Friday night when I got to talking with a salesman in the media business.  The subject turned to Zucotti Park and Occupy Wall Street, and he was chuckling about something he'd heard on the news.
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.
 
 
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