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5:15 PM ET, October 25, 2011

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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 …
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
L.I. Couple Seeks Trademark For “Occupy Wall St.”
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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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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
No Profile in Courage award for you, Mitt
Discussion: National Review
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
Discussion: Gawker
Josh Hafner / Iowa Caucuses:
Cain's Mark Block says ‘no subliminal message’ in new ad, discourages smoking
Geneva Sands-Sadowitz / The Hill:
New Cain ad showing chief of staff smoking cigarette catches attention
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Answering the Cain question
Discussion: The Caucus and The Maddow Blog
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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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 …
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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.
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.
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Obama's Latter-Day McGovernism  —  When Pres. Barack Obama took the podium last Friday to abruptly announce the imminent end of the Iraq War, he ended on a ringing McGovernite note: “After a decade of war, the nation that we need to build — and the nation that we will build — is our own.”
Discussion: Eunomia
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Of Course the Iraq War Would End in Iran's Empowerment
n+1:
Monday Night Urgent OWS Message  —  UPDATE (12:44 AM): Crisis averted: tonight at the General Assembly, the working group of drummers, Pulse, in a spirit of conciliation and generosity, brought forward a proposal to limit their drumming from 12 to 2 and 4 to 6 PM only.
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Occupy Wall Street:
OccupyWallStreet  —  The resistance continues at Liberty Square and worldwide!
Discussion: Gothamist
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Ron Paul Throws Mulshine Under Bus On Hannity  —  Well.  —  Interesting.  —  On October 2, 2011, New Jersey Star-Ledger columnist and Ron Paul supporter Paul Mulshine (or “Moonshine Mulshine” as we know him fondly here) published an interview with Congressman Paul.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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 …
 
 
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
EXCLUSIVE: Jeb Bush denounces birtherism
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Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama freezes local reporters out of S.F. event
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Televangelist Pat Robertson Calls GOP Field Too ‘Extreme’ To Win General Election
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Fighter Fallacy  —  The elemental question in American politics …
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Sarah Kunin / ABCNEWS:
Jon Huntsman Vies for ‘The Colbert Bump’
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