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6:05 PM ET, October 27, 2011


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New York Post:
Occupy Wall Street kitchen staff protesting fixing food for freeloaders  —  The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they're angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.
Jake Parrillo / Politics & Elections Blog:
What search trends tell us about Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party  —  When we launched our Political Trendspotters Contest last week, we heard from a number of users who wanted us to explore the trends around the Occupy Wall Street movement.  After spending many days in the top 20 terms on Google Trends …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Peter Schiff at Occupy Wall Street: “Walmart Doesn't Hold a Gun to Your Head!”  —  “Did a corporation end slavery, or did the government end slavery?!?!”  —  That's the sort of question investment guru and radio show host Peter Schiff fielded as he debated Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters last week in New York's Zuccotti Park.
Discussion: Hot Air
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan Says She Will Minimize Police Presence And That She Supports The Movement  —  After the first heavy-handed police crackdown on demonstrators in Oakland, Mayor Jean Quan wrote a statement on her Facebook page praising police for closing down the Occupy Oakland protest encampment.
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Crony Capitalism Comes Home
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Gibbs: Obama gets ‘Occupy’ anxiety
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, CNN and Daily Kos
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats are increasingly calling it a ‘Republican Congress’  —  President Obama and Democrats on Capitol Hill are increasingly referring to the Congress as “Republican” even though their party controls one-half of the unpopular institution.  —  Obama and his allies have started to deploy the phrase …
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Pelosi: I'm not being shut out of supercommittee
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Hill
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Stuntmen of the supercommittee
Kim Geiger / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry may skip some debates  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry argue during a GOP presidential debate.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson / October 18, 2011)  —  After a series of poor debate performances in the early months of his presidential campaign …
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
The Other Campaigns Chime In on Perry and Debates
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
As Cain Promotes His Management Skills, Ex-Aides Tell of Campaign in Chaos  —  If Herman Cain feels his management skills are up to any challenge, some of his former staff members think he should have started with the disorder in his own campaign.  —  Mr. Cain has hardly shown up in New Hampshire …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Herman Cain, Outlier  —  Herman Cain, the Georgia businessman who has never held elected office, is tied for the lead in national polls of Republican voters — or perhaps even slightly ahead of Mitt Romney, as he was in Tuesday night's New York Times/CBS News poll.
Phil Izzo / Real Time Economics:
Economists React: ‘Where Are the Recession Calls Now?’  —  Economists and others weigh in on the 2.5% growth in GDP at a seasonally adjusted annual rate.  —Broad based gains indeed with consumer spending, business investment, structures and residential investment up... Modest growth …
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts Gross Domestic Product, 3rd quarter 2011 (advance estimate)
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Economic Growth in U.S., Though Still Modest, Speeds Up
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner rejects Dem proposal, says it's time ‘to get serious’  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday rejected a proposal by the Democratic members of the congressional supercommittee on deficit reduction, declaring its $1.3 trillion in tax increases unacceptable.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘Great concerns’ Obama is exceeding Constitution
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Monthly
Massimo Calabresi / Swampland:
Hillary Clinton and the Limits of Power  —  Hillary Clinton argues in our cover story this week that America is not so much in decline as adjusting to a world of increasingly diffuse power, where like-minded networked individuals, non-governmental organizations and other non-traditional global actors …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Internal labor memo warns Ohio union fight could go either way  —  What if the public polls predicing a sizable labor win in the Ohio battle over collective bargaining are just flat-out wrong?  —  With many pundits predicting a comfortable win for unions, even pols like Mitt Romney seem to be edging away from the anti-labor side.
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
Google Refuses to Remove Police-Brutality Videos  —  But the company could do more to explain why it chooses to deny certain requests to remove content and yet complies with others  —  Google's latest Transparency Report contains this tantalizing bit: … Good on Google.
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
11 Charged in $1 Billion L.I.R.R. Disability Scheme  —  Eleven people, including two doctors and a former union president, were charged on Thursday in a “massive fraud scheme” in which hundreds of Long Island Rail Road workers made false disability pension claims that could have cost …
Discussion: Gothamist, and Metropolis
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Muslims say crosses at Catholic University Violate “Human Rights”  —  The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights confirmed that it is investigating allegations that Catholic University violated the human rights of Muslim students by not allowing them to form a Muslim student group …
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Gingrich, Cain Debate Carries Big Price Tag  —  When Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas in seven counties over three months in 1858, thousands packed town squares to hear the two men face off over three hours.  And no one paid a dime for the pleasure.  —  Fast forward to Nov. 5th …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Sitter in Chief  —  Barack Obama and the infantilization of America.  —  Breaking from the great American journalistic tradition of speaking truth to power, the San Francisco Chronicle publishes this cutesy puff piece on the most powerful man in the world: “President Obama spent only a few hours …
Mark Halperin / Time:
The Big Questions: By Mark Halperin  —  Is President Obama on the ropes?  —  If the election were held today, the Obama-Biden ticket would not win the 270 electoral votes required to hold the White House.  The coalition that helped elect the President—fired-up liberals, independents …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Julian Ryall / Telegraph:
North Korea bans citizens working in Libya from returning home  —  North Korea has banned its own citizens working in Libya from returning home, apparently out of fear that they will reveal the extent - and final outcomes - of the revolutions that have shaken the Arab world.  —  North Korean leader Kim Jong-il
Mortgage Registry MERS Sued by Delaware Attorney General  —  Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) — Merscorp Inc., the operator of a national mortgage registry used by banks, was sued by Delaware's attorney general for allegedly using deceptive practices that hide information from borrowers.
Discussion: Firedoglake
HP to Keep PC Division  —  Continued combination of HP and its Personal Systems Group expected to deliver greater customer and shareholder value  —  HP today announced that it has completed its evaluation of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG) and has decided the unit will remain part of the company.
Wisconsin Capitol to allow guns  —  Walker policy would allow weapons on Assembly floor  —  By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - The public will be able to carry guns into most parts of the state Capitol, under a policy being developed by Gov. Scott Walker.
Lawrence Weschler / The Huffington Post:
A Guy Can Dream, Can't He?  —  Have you noticed how Hillary is looking increasingly exhausted lately?  She's no longer even bothering to shape-shift her hair on a regular basis.  Not without good reason, mind you: hers has been one busy tenure over there at State.
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Defense official under investigation resigns  —  A Pentagon official who was being investigated for what whistleblowers called incompetence, extravagant spending, cronyism and “tyrannical” management has resigned.  —  The Defense Department announced Thursday that Clifford Stanley …
Discussion: The Politico
Anne Saker / Oregonian:
Occupy Portland fears it has lost up to $20,000 in donations  —  Organizers of Occupy Portland say they fear as much as $20,000 donated to the group through a PayPal account has disappeared.  —  They also say the group's finance committee has hijacked the demonstration's Internet domain name …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House aide leaves for lobbying job at Planned Parenthood  —  The White House is losing another top female aide, with Planned Parenthood announcing Thursday that they had hired Dana Singiser, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, to serve as the reproductive rights …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
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The Mortgage Crisis: Some Inside Views
Discussion: EconLog and The Enterprise Blog
Josh Peterson / The Daily Caller:
UN Internet agenda tied to George Soros
Lisa Miller / Washington Post:
Justice Scalia speaks for himself on death penalty, not the Catholic Church
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Robert Frank / The Wealth Report:
Millionaires Support Warren Buffett's Tax on the Rich
Discussion: Donklephant and Washington Monthly
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes to repeal 3 percent withholding rule, blunting Obama
Discussion: CNN
Chris Seward / Raleigh News & Observer:
Judge won't dismiss case against former Sen. John Edwards
Washington Examiner:
Despite ‘ban,’ fat-cat lobbyists bankroll Obama
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Jon Huntsman on the tea party, the polls, and his hair: the Yahoo News interview
Alex Leary / St. Petersburg Times:
Adviser: Connie Mack to enter U.S. Senate race