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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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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 …
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.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
“An Incredible Moment in Politics.”  Mitt Romney Won't Go There.  —  Hey Rick Perry, if you weren't trying to have fun with birtherism, this would probably be a much bigger media story today.  Peter Hamby over at CNN referred to it as “an incredible moment in politics.”
CNN:
Perry takes sides in Ohio union fight after Romney dodges issue
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Wire
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   No Profile in Courage award for you, Mitt
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Romney supported Kasich laws in June
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Hwilkinson / Politics Extra:
Romney visits GOP call center, sidesteps Ohio issues
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.
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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
Rick Perry / Wall Street Journal:
My Tax and Spending Reform Plan
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
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Elizabeth Warren takes credit for the Occupy Wall Street protests
Discussion: Washington Post, CANNONFIRE and Hot Air
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
L.I. Couple Seeks Trademark For “Occupy Wall St.”
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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Allison Kopicki / The Caucus:
Most Republican Primary Voters Remain Uncommitted
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
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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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.
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Douglas Elmendorf / Director's Blog:
Trends in the Distribution of Income
Discussion: Business Insider
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
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.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
John Who?  —  A bizarre denial from the New York Times.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: Catch us on “Hannity” discussing Occupy Wall Street, crime and Joe Biden.  Fox News Channel, 9 p.m. ET with a repeat showing at midnight ET.)  —  Kids say the darnedest things.  On Twitter, grown-ups do too.
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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
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.
Occupy Wall Street:
OccupyWallStreet  —  The resistance continues at Liberty Square and worldwide!  —  The occupation of Liberty Square is a symbol of the growing international movement fighting against neoliberal economic practices, the crimes of Wall Street and the resulting income inequality, unemployment …
Discussion: Gothamist
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Elizabeth Wasserman / The Politico:
U.S. demands for user data spiked, according to Google
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
Ron Paul Throws Mulshine Under Bus On Hannity
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jeffrey Goldberg / Bloomberg:
About Jeffrey Goldberg  —  Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent …
ESeifert / Democracy Corps:
Occupy Politics  —  The latest national survey by Greenberg …
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Touts Support For Criminalizing Sodomy
Discussion: Minnesota Independent
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Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama freezes local reporters out of S.F. event
Sarah Kunin / ABCNEWS:
Jon Huntsman Vies for ‘The Colbert Bump’