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7:55 PM ET, October 26, 2011

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Kerry Wills / NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall Street protester who was pepper-sprayed finds romance with fellow demonstrator  —  Occupy Wall Street protester Kaylee Dedrick is still furious over getting pepper-sprayed by a cop - but the blinding sting wasn't all bad.  —  It sparked a romance with a fellow protester who came to her aid.
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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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
When in doubt, blame ACORN  —  About a year ago, there was an unintentionally amusing survey from Public Policy Polling that found 23% of Republicans nationwide feared ACORN may help Democrats steal the election.  —  ACORN, of course, permanently closed its doors in March 2010, six months before the poll was taken.
Discussion: Big Government and Balloon Juice
CBS News:
“Occupy” waste, noise test neighbors' patience
Discussion: CBS New York
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Occupy Oakland: Iraq war veteran in critical condition after police clashes  —  Scott Olsen, 24, in hospital with fractured skull and brain swelling after allegedly being hit by a police projectile in Oakland  —  An Iraq war veteran has a fractured skull and brain swelling after allegedly being hit by a police projectile.
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The Lede:
Police Fire Tear Gas at Occupy Protesters in Oakland
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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Darrel Rowland / The Columbus Dispatch:
Poll: Issue 2 sinking
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: Actually, I do support Ohio law
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Poll: Romney at or tied for top spot in first 4 states to vote  —  (CNN) - Mitt Romney is on the top or tied for the lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in new surveys in the first four states to vote in next year's primary and caucus calendar.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rick Perry aide says yes to Michigan debate, but maybe not beyond  —  Rick Perry, who made clear during his Bill O'Reilly interview last night that he finds the debate formats geared toward promoting a fight, is going to the No. 9 one after that - but is a question mark for some of the glut of face-offs after that.
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Looks Warily at Upcoming Debates
Discussion: Political Mojo and The Politico
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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Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Huntsman: ‘I Cringe’ When Perry Goes Birther; ‘Nonsensical Talk’ Will Drive Away Independents
Discussion: Washington Post
A.Killough / CNN:
GOP rejects Dems offer in ‘super committee,’ negotiations ‘deadlocked’ over taxes  —  Washington (CNN) - Democrats on the so-called “super committee” proposed during a closed meeting Tuesday a $3 trillion plan designed to slash the federal deficit but Republicans swiftly and decisively rejected …
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
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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.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Carville: 'I'm worried' for the general election
Discussion: CNN, The PJ Tatler and The Daily Caller
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Wisconsin Recall Prospects Dimming  —  Scott Walker's approval numbers are continuing to improve, making the prospect of recalling him look much tougher for Democrats than it did during the spring.  —  Walker's still not popular- 47% of voters approve of him, compared to 51% who disapprove.
Robert Cox / Talk of the Sound:
Chelsea Clinton Mulls Congressional Run from New York State; 18th District in Westchester County Considered Likely Choice  —  Talk of the Sound has learned that Chelsea Clinton may run for Congress next year.  —  Clinton has been approached by “the right people” in the New York Democratic Party, according to one source in Albany.
Blogger Bob / The TSA Blog:
Inappropriate Note Author Identified and Removed From Screening  —  Earlier this week, a passenger found a highly inappropriate note scrawled on a “Notice of Inspection” that TSA places in checked bags if they are required to be searched.  She tweeted a photo of what she found and we soon learned of the incident.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Tie in Nevada  —  After trailing by as much as 13 points earlier this year, Shelley Berkley has moved into a tie with Dean Heller in the Nevada Senate race at 45%.  —  On PPP's last poll, in late July, Heller had led 46-43.  The main thing that's happened since then is Berkley has consolidated the Democratic vote.
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
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Copying: It's A Good Thing  —  Tim Lee has a great post not so much defending Google and Android from accusations of “stealing” ideas from Apple and iOS as defending their right to do so.  He's got this exactly right, I think. … Copying of business concepts is integral to the “invisible hand” model of market competition.
Discussion: Political Mojo
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Timothy B. Lee / Disruptive Economics:
Yes, Google “Stole” From Apple, And That's A Good Thing
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Rangel wants wealth redistribution, says rich didn't sacrifice for war  —  Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) on Wednesday called for the redistribution of America's riches and hammered the wealthy for benefitting from a war effort fought by the poor and middle class.
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 …
 
 
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Jason M. Volack / ABCNEWS:
Ron Paul's Economic Plan Gets His Rivals Talking
Matt Negrin / The Politico:
Obama ‘looking at’ pipeline project
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
Using the Word ‘Obamacare’ for Political Gain
David Weigel / Slate:
Book Your Tickets to Toledo, Mainstream Media
Herman Cain / The Daily Beast:
Cain's Tax Delinquency
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Exclusive: Inside Herman Cain's new foreign policy team
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
Contributions To Rick Perry From Big Donors' Children Raise Questions
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James Livingston / New York Times:
It's Consumer Spending, Stupid
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Congressional approval at all-time low of 9%, according to new CBS News/New York Times poll
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
OWS Supporter Michael Moore Lies on National Television About His Wealth: No I'm Not Worth Millions
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Obama education chief: student loan reform to address income inequality
Discussion: The Politico
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Top Earners Doubled Share of Nation's Income, C.B.O. Says