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4:20 PM ET, October 26, 2011

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Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Romney rushes to clarify to comments on union bargaining bill  —  FAIRFAX, Va. — Mitt Romney sought to overturn his controversial comment on unions Wednesday, saying he supports Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) “110 percent” in limiting collective bargaining power.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney's ‘huge freaking deal’  —  At this point in the morning yesterday, it looked like the biggest political screw-up of the day would be Rick Perry's latest Birther flirtations.  As it turns out, though as ridiculous as this was, it was eclipsed rather easily.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: Actually, I do support Ohio law
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
Rick Perry: Obama is an American citizen  —  ST PETE BEACH - Texas governor Rick Perry clarified Wednesday that he has no doubt that Barack Obama was born in the U.S., saying that he was only kidding around when he voiced doubts in a TV interview earlier this week.
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Bay News 9:
Rick Perry: No doubt President Obama an American citizen
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Raw Story, GOP 12 and CNN
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Huntsman: ‘I Cringe’ When Perry Goes Birther; ‘Nonsensical Talk’ Will Drive Away Independents
Discussion: Mediaite
The Lede:
Police Fire Tear Gas at Occupy Protesters in Oakland  —  Last Updated 9:48 a.m. Riot police in Oakland dispersed hundreds of protesters with tear gas on Tuesday night as crowds tried to re-enter a plaza outside of City Hall that the authorities had cleared of an encampment earlier in the day.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama education chief: student loan reform to address income inequality  —  President Obama's education reform efforts will address growing income inequality in the U.S., Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday.  —  Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Politico
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Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
President to Ease Student-Loan Burden for Low-Income Graduates
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
Obama Speeds Up Aid for College Students: How Will It Help You?
Discussion: Wonkette and Daily Kos
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Congressional approval at all-time low of 9%, according to new CBS News/New York Times poll  —  CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto.  —  Approval ratings for Congress dropped into single digits this month …
Discussion: Firedoglake and New York Magazine
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Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Poll: Issue 2 sinking  —  Law that limits collective bargaining trailing by 25 points  —  A year ago, it was Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland complaining about the accuracy of the Quinnipiac poll when the survey showed him trailing GOP challenger John Kasich.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / Business Insider:
Mitt Romney Got Used As A Pawn In An Ohio State GOP Civil War Yesterday
Jana Winter / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in ‘Occupy’ Movement  —  The former New York office for ACORN, the disbanded community activist group, is playing a key role in the self-proclaimed “leaderless” Occupy Wall Street movement, organizing “guerrilla” protest events and hiring door …
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Ryan: Obama ‘sowing social unrest’  —  House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will take direct aim at President Barack Obama in a speech Wednesday morning, accusing him of “preying on the emotions of fear, envy and resentment” as he travels the country to sell his jobs plan.
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Naftali Bendavid / Washington Wire:
Paul Ryan Slams Obama Over Economy, ‘Divisive Rhetoric’
Discussion: The Enterprise Blog
Quinnipiac University:
Pizza Magnate Leads GOP Presidential Pack In Ohio, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Romney Stalled As Perry Vanishes  —  Former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain has jumped to the front of the line among GOP presidential contenders with 28 percent support among Ohio Republicans.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Health care cases set for Nov. 10  —  The Supreme Court will take its first look at the challenges to the new federal health care law at its Conference on Thursday, November 10.  Five of the six pending petitions (the sixth is not ready yet) were distributed to the Justices' chambers on Wednesday …
Gary Martin / MySanAntonio.com:
Lamar Smith endorses Romney  —  U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tx, hold a news conference , Dec. 13, 2010.  The congressman spoke of his priorities as incoming Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  Photo: SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, JERRY LARA / glara@express-news.net
Discussion: Ballot Box and Trail Blazers Blog
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena DHS over deportations
Discussion: The Politico
Bloomberg:
Obama Wrote Fewer Rules Than Bush, Cost More  —  President Barack Obama's “tsunami” of new government regulations looks more like a summer swell.  —  Obama's White House has approved fewer regulations than his predecessor George W. Bush at this same point in their tenures …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
OWS Supporter Michael Moore Lies on National Television About His Wealth: No I'm Not Worth Millions  —  Schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore is so hell-bent on being a leader of the Occupy Wall Street movement that he's willing to lie about his wealth on national television.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-Low 26% in U.S. Favor Handgun Ban  —  Support for stricter gun laws in general is lowest Gallup has measured  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Top Earners Doubled Share of Nation's Income, C.B.O. Says  —  WASHINGTON — The top 1 percent of earners more than doubled their share of the nation's income over the last three decades, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday, in a new report likely to figure prominently …
Susan Walsh / ABCNEWS:
Obama: If We Lose in 2012, Government Will Tell People 'You're on Your Own'  —  At a million-dollar San Francisco fundraiser today, President Obama warned his recession-battered supporters that if he loses the 2012 election it could herald a new, painful era of self-reliance in America.
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
As the Data Show, There's a Reason the Wall Street Protesters Chose New York  —  When the federal income tax was first imposed in 1913, the richest 0.1 percent of households reaped 8.6 percent of the nation's income.  In 2007, as the recession began, the share going to that sliver of megarich Americans was 12.3 percent.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and The Reaction
New York Post:
Rikers cons flood Zuccotti for free eats  —  Newly sprung ex-cons and vagrants rousted from other parks are crashing the Occupy Wall Street protest, where gourmet meals are free and boozy, drug­fueled parties are on tap, the movement's leaders griped yesterday.
 
 
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rangel wants wealth redistribution, says rich didn't sacrifice for war
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Carville: 'I'm worried' for the general election
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Herman Cain / The Daily Beast:
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