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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.
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, CNN and ThinkProgress
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
After Refusing To Take A Position On Ohio's Anti-Labor Law, Romney Is Now ‘110 Percent’ Behind It  —  Yesterday, GOP candidate Mitt Romney visited Republican supporters of Ohio's deeply unpopular anti-workers' rights law to tell them he “was not endorsing” their position.
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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Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Occupy Atlanta | Woodruff Park remains unoccupied
Jaye Watson / WXIA-TV:
DOWNTOWN: Who is the leader of Occupy Atlanta?
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 …
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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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James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The revenue and GDP impact of the Perry flat tax plan — now with actual numbers!
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
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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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.
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 …
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Irin Carmon / Salon:
The next front in the abortion wars: Birth control  —  Mississippi debates a “Personhood” initiative that could ban the pill — but ultimately aims at Roe v. Wade  —  Dr. Freda Bush has a warm, motherly smile.  In her office just outside Jackson, Miss., she smiles as she hands me a brochure …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and News Desk
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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Push for ‘Personhood’ Amendments Represents New Tack in Abortion Fight
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.
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Guardian
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Health 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, for consideration at that private session.
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
Herman Cain / The Daily Beast:
Leno Goes Easy on Obama  —  You'd hardly know from Jay Leno's softball questions Tuesday night that Obama was presiding over a tanking economy.  Lloyd Grove on the well-orchestrated sit-down.  Plus, watch video.  —  Barack Obama is looking long in the tooth.
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Carville: 'I'm worried' for the general election
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Hector Balderas / The Huffington Post:
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Richard Cowan / Reuters:
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Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Copying: It's A Good Thing
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama on Libya: ‘We led from the front’
Luke Broadwater / York Daily Record:
City Hall declares Occupy Baltimore's camping illegal
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Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Fox Hires “Serial Liar,” “Laughingstock,” “Early Brain Donor” As Contributor
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Digital Chosunilbo:
A Message from the U.S. Defense Secretary
Discussion: The Politico
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Ryan: Obama ‘sowing social unrest’
Rolling Stone:
OWS's Beef: Wall Street Isn't Winning - It's Cheating
Discussion: Outside the Beltway