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7:10 PM ET, October 28, 2011


 Top Items: 
Ruth Madoff / The Daily Beast:
Cain Campaign Hits the Brakes  —  After weeks of missteps, Herman Cain's strategists are slowing the pace to give their man a chance to focus.  Howard Kurtz on the downshift—and how Cain is defying political gravity.
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Weird Smoking Ad Boosts Cain's Cash Haul
Discussion: The Hill
Robert Costa / National Review:
Cain Goes Big
Discussion: GOP 12, CNN and Business Insider
Associated Press:
Top Cain aide has checkered past
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Report uncovers DUI arrests, campaign suspension on Cain chief of staff
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Romney Flips To Denial: 'We Don't Know What's Causing Climate Change'  —  Speaking at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reversed his earlier stance on climate change pollution and rejected man-made global warming.
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
In shift, Romney says the cause of climate change is unknown
James Pindell / WMUR Political Scoop:
EXCLUSIVE: Romney Snatches Major Social Conservative Endorsement From Perry
David Anderson / New Hampshire Primary 2012:
Mitt Romney turns global warming skeptic in Pittsburgh, PA
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Exclusive: Bill Daley, unplugged  —  It is a sunny day at the White House with bright light streaming through the gauzy curtains that cover the patio doors and many windows of Bill Daley's corner office in the West Wing.  And so I try to find some underlying gloom.
Sam Youngman / The Hill:   White House stands by chief of staff's remarks
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
Solyndra program to be reviewed by White House
Discussion: Business Insider
Darren Samuelsohn / The Politico:
House panel set to subpoena W.H. for Solyndra docs
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Fox 5 News Reporter Assaulted At OWS  —  MYFOXNY.COM - A protester, angered by the presence of a news crew inside Zuccotti Park Friday morning, threatened to stab Fox 5 News reporter John Huddy.  —  What has been an otherwise violence-free period during his six weeks covering …
Christina Boyle / NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall Street protesters stripped of their power, literally, by fire department and NYPD  —  The city has stripped Occupy Wall Street protesters of their power.  —  Dozens of firefighters and police officers entered Zuccotti Park Friday morning to confiscate generators and gas canisters.
Gordon Lafer / The Nation:
Why Occupy Wall Street Has Left Washington Behind
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
George Will column on Mitt Romney: ‘Has conservatism come so far ... for THIS?’  —  Playbook has a sneak peek at George F. Will's Sunday column, which fires a shot through the growing GOP establishment consensus that Mitt Romney would be an acceptable, electable nominee:
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman: Romney's a ‘perfectly lubricated weather vane’  —  (CNN) - Jon Huntsman unleashed new attack lines on two of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination Friday.  —  The former Utah governor called Mitt Romney a “perfectly lubricated weather vane” and Herman Cain …
Lisa Riley Roche / Deseret News:
Jon Huntsman Sr. says voters just need to get to know his son
Democrats Offer Significant Concessions  —  Plan Is to the Right of Bowles-Simpson and Gang of Six  —  The new deficit-reduction plan from a majority of Democrats on the congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “supercommittee") marks a dramatic departure …
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
CBPP Destroys Catfood Commission Dems' Plan for Deficit Reduction
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Off the Charts Blog
Matthew Yglesias / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan, Defender Of The Safety Net  —  Fundraising letter that went out last night under the signature of Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand acolyte and proponent of pushing domestic discretionary spending to its lowest level ever:  —  What's fascinating about this is that it's not propaganda aimed at the center …
Wall Street Journal:
The Divider vs. the Thinker
Bank of America revamping debit card fees  —  (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp, after receiving heavy public criticism for a planned $5 per-month debit card fee, is likely to give customers more ways to avoid the fee, a person familiar with the bank's plans said Friday.
Robin Sidel / Wall Street Journal:
Big Banks Blink on New Card Fees
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, The BLT and Gawker
Caitlin E. Curran / Gawker:
How Occupy Wall Street Cost Me My Job  —  Joining the Occupy Wall Street protests has its dangers.  You could get pepper-sprayed or end up in handcuffs.  Or, as Brooklyn-based journalist Caitlin Curran explains, your boss could see a photo of you holding up a sign at a protest and fire you the next day.
New York Times:
Americans' Migration Patterns Shifting  —  LOS ANGELES — The continuing economic downturn has drastically altered the internal migration habits of Americans, turning the flood of migrants into the Sun Belt and out of states like New York, Massachusetts and California into a relative trickle, an analysis of recent federal data confirms.
Discussion: Via Meadia and Balloon Juice
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Flier at Occupy Phoenix asks, “When should you shoot a cop?”  —  Hot Air has confirmed with the Arizona Department of Public Safety that fliers have been found at Occupy Phoenix instructing people on when to shoot police officers.  First reported by the Jon Justice show on 104.1 FM in Tucson …
Morgen / Verum Serum:
Iraq War Veteran Injured at OWS Oakland Founder of  —  Scott Olsen is the Marine Corps veteran critically injured at Occupy Oakland Tuesday night, during a confrontation between the protesters and the police.  The latest news is good: his condition has been upgraded …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Path Not Taken  —  Financial markets are cheering the deal that emerged from Brussels early Thursday morning.  Indeed, relative to what could have happened — an acrimonious failure to agree on anything — the fact that European leaders agreed on something, however vague the details …
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll — October 2011  —  The October health tracking poll finds a more negative overall public mood about the health reform law, driven largely by changes in support for the law among Democrats.  The poll also asked the public's impressions of the Massachusetts health …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
IG admits: There were no $16 muffins  —  There will be no more huffin and puffin about that $16 muffin.  —  On Friday, the Department of Justice inspector general apologized for claiming in a recent report that taxpayers had paid $16 per muffin at a recent department conference.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Michael Moore /
Life Among the 1%  —  Twenty-two years ago this coming Tuesday, I stood with a group of factory workers, students and the unemployed in the middle of the downtown of my birthplace, Flint, Michigan, to announce that the Hollywood studio, Warner Bros., had purchased the world rights to distribute …
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Natasha Vargas-Cooper / The Awl:
The Night Occupy Los Angeles Tore Itself In Two
Discussion: The Raw Story
Aurelius / Pundit Press:
Occupy Madison Loses Permit Because Protesters were “Publicly Masturbating”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Perry jokes about debate skills but won't confirm whether he'll skip out
Discussion: The Politico
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama struggling in Wisconsin
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Karger to NOM's new Chair: Show me the 2010 returns!
Discussion: ThinkProgress and AKSARBENT
Paul Courson / CNN:
Judge approves historic settlement for black farmers
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and Colorlines
Jonathan Alter / Bloomberg:
About Jonathan Alter  —  Alter: The Obama Miracle, a White House Free of Scandal
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Nelson / Telegraph:
Washington ready to negotiate with Mullah Omar
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Allan H. Meltzer / Wall Street Journal:
Four Reasons Keynesians Keep Getting It Wrong
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Something We Should Be Worried About, but Aren't: Water.
Discussion: and The Politico
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Republicans Cry Uncle On Spending ... When Cuts Hit Home
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Herman Cain: Obama's weakness emboldens ‘so-called Palestinian people’
Discussion: Israel Hayom and Weasel Zippers