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10:05 AM ET, October 26, 2011

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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.
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CNN:
Romney avoids weighing in on Ohio union fight
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Mr. Romney regrets  —  Over at Ricochet, Troy Senik draws attention …
David Weigel / Slate:
In Ohio, Mitt Romney Punts on Health Care and Union Rights
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
“An Incredible Moment in Politics.” Mitt Romney Won't Go There.
CNN:
Perry takes sides in Ohio union fight after Romney dodges issue
Discussion: The Caucus and Washington Wire
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.
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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 …
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.
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The revenue and GDP impact of the Perry flat tax plan — now with actual numbers!  —  As I wrote in an earlier post, an outside consulting firm hired by the Rick Perry presidential campaign has analyzed the revenue and growth impacts of his flat tax plan as follows:
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
How Rick Perry's Tax Plan Would Affect You  —  Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, today released some details on his flat tax proposal.  The plan would give Americans the option of determining their taxes based on an alternate system that has one tax rate and fewer deductions.
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Rick Perry's first TV ad, ‘Creating Jobs,’ hits Iowa; promises to create 2 1/2 million new jobs
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
President to Ease Student-Loan Burden for Low-Income Graduates  —  President Obama will announce new programs Wednesday to lower monthly loan payments for some students graduating next year and thereafter and to let borrowers who have a mix of direct federal loans and loans under …
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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
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.
The Lede:
Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Oakland, Calif.  —  1:40 a.m. |  Updated Police officers shot several rounds of tear gas into a crowd of hundreds of protesters from the group Occupy Oakland on Tuesday night, as the protesters tried to re-enter an area outside of City Hall that the police …
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Wall Street Journal:
Gupta to Face Criminal Charges  —  For decades, Rajat K. Gupta was the face of business success, leading global consulting giant McKinsey & Co. and serving on the boards of several prestigious American companies, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc.  —  Now, prosecutors say …
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San Francisco Chronicle:
Obama White House on press access: a Nixonian quality  —  The Obama White House's restrictions on media access to its fundraising events makes a mockery of its claim to be the most transparent administration in history.  —  If anything, there is almost a Nixonian quality to the level of control …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
White House backs Republican measure repealing 3% tax rule
Discussion: The Politico
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Where are the anti-Semites of Occupy Wall Street?  —  Reckless Jew that I am, I muscled my way into the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan despite multiple reports of virulent and conceivably lethal anti-Semitism.  Projecting an unvarnished Semitism, I circled the place …
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John Doyle / NY Daily News:
Three men wanted for threatening to kill a 24-year-old Occupy Wall Street protester
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Perry's nightmare: WaPo's Rubin  —  The WaPo blogger has described the Texan as 'sleepy," 'hostile," and 'dreadful.
Hollywood Reporter:
President Obama Holds Secret Meet-and-Greet With Hollywood Execs and Influencers (Exclusive) … Before he left Los Angeles for San Francisco on Tuesday, President Barack Obama stopped for an undisclosed meeting with some of the entertainment industry's high-level executives …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Occupy Atlanta |  Woodruff Park remains unoccupied  —  Woodruff Park remained unoccupied Wednesday morning.  —  The park remained quiet and empty the morning after Atlanta police arrested 53 Occupy Atlanta protesters after multiple warnings.  —  Organizers had urged protesters …
Financial Times:
Fears euro summit could miss final deal  —  By Peter Spiegel in Brussels, Gerrit Wiesmann in Berlin and Matt Steinglass in Amsterdam  —  Eurozone leaders were struggling on Tuesday to reach agreement on a much-anticipated deal to reverse their spiralling debt crisis amid mounting signals …
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Howard Schneider / Washington Post:   European leaders head for financial summit with no solution in sight
 
 
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Christopher Hope / Telegraph:
Give firms freedom to sack unproductive workers, leaked Downing Street report advises
Discussion: Guardian and LewRockwell.com Blog
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Record-Low 26% in U.S. Favor Handgun Ban
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Politico
Jonathan Jones / Guardian:
The west wrings its hands over dead Gaddafi photos, but war is always hell | Jonathan Jones
Discussion: normblog and DownWithTyranny!
Frances Martel / Mediaite:
Here We Go Again: Donald Trump Tells Greta He Is ‘Not A Major Believer’ In Obama's Birth Certificate
Ynetnews:
Saudi cleric: Kidnap soldier - get $100,000
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Paul Krugman:
Say Anything
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Rolling Stone:
OWS's Beef: Wall Street Isn't Winning - It's Cheating
Kelly Evans / Wall Street Journal:
Inflated Expectations for an Economic Fix
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
The Republican Idea of Tax Reform