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12:10 PM ET, October 30, 2011


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Des Moines / Iowa Caucuses:
Herman Cain, Mitt Romney lead new Iowa Poll  —  DES MOINES, Iowa - Herman Cain and Mitt Romney top The Des Moines Register's new Iowa Poll, with the retired pizza executive edging the former Massachusetts governor 23 percent to 22 percent in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Rick Perry flip-flops on debates
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kasie Hunt / Associated Press:
Perry to attend at least 5 more debates
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Denver Post:
Occupy Denver protesters, law enforcement officers clash; 20 arrested  —  In the most violent Saturday in more than a month of Occupy Denver demonstrations and marches, Denver police fired mace and pepper balls at a crowd of protesters in Civic Center today and arrested 20 people.
‘Occupy’ demonstrators battle wind and cold as storm moves in
Discussion: New York Magazine
David Rose / Daily Mail:
Scientist who said climate change sceptics had been proved wrong accused of hiding truth by colleague  —  It was hailed as the scientific study that ended the global warming debate once and for all - the research that, in the words of its director, ‘proved you should not be a sceptic, at least not any longer’.
New York Post:
Zuccotti perv  —  Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park battened down the hatches yesterday as the early October snow turned their tents into igloos, but the close quarters also made easy pickings for one predator.  —  A sex fiend barged into a woman's tent and sexually assaulted her at around 6 a.m. …
Paul Conner / The Daily Caller:
Obama uses ‘Occupy Wall Street’ language in weekly address
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
The debt fallout: How Social Security went ‘cash negative’ earlier than expected  —  View Photo Gallery —  Since the entitlement program's inception in 1935, many changes to Social Security have been enacted or attempted.  Here's a look at some memorable moments in Social Security's history.
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama: Pelosi was ‘one of the best’ Speakers, will be back in 2013  —  President Obama on Saturday said Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was a great House Speaker and that she will get that job back after the 2012 elections.  —  “I am biased, but I think Nancy was one of the best Speakers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pundit Press
New York Times:
Nearly Two Million Lose Power as Snow Coats Region  —  October, said the calendar.  Before Halloween.  And the 2.5 million trees occupying New York City's open spaces confirmed it was fall — not winter — with glorious canopies of leaves stretching along their boughs.  —  Yet snow was falling.
Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
Dear Ben: It's Time for Your Volcker Moment  —  IN October 1979, inflation was running at more than 10 percent a year, and the Federal Reserve's gradual interest rate increases weren't solving the problem.  So Paul Volcker, the Fed chairman, dramatically changed how monetary policy was conducted.
Andrew Gilligan / Telegraph:
Assad: challenge Syria at your peril  —  Syria's president, Bashar al-Assad, has warned that Western action against his country would cause an “earthquake” that would “burn the whole region”.  —  President Assad admitted that ‘many mistakes’ had been made by his forces in the early part of the uprising …
Discussion: Guardian and Israel Matzav
Liam Halligan / Telegraph:
Why the latest eurozone bail-out is destined to fail within weeks  —  I want last week's European bail-out to work.  My sincere hope is that collective and decisive action by the eurozone's large member states will stabilize global markets, at least for a while, so allowing the global economy to catch its breath.
Ben Geman / The Hill:
Axelrod says new White House economic initiatives will ‘make a difference’  —  President Obama's senior campaign strategist David Axelrod on Sunday defended the suite of initiatives Obama rolled out last week against allegation that they're too modest to help people struggling in the ailing economy.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Did You Hear the One About the Bankers?  —  CITIGROUP is lucky that Muammar el-Qaddafi was killed when he was.  The Libyan leader's death diverted attention from a lethal article involving Citigroup that deserved more attention because it helps to explain why many average Americans …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Prairie Weather
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Julian Pecquet / Ballot Box:
Health law's poor polling: GOP controls debate, Dems question 2012 impact
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ben Geman / Ballot Box:
Pelosi, in pitch to donors, sees ‘turning point’ for Dems in 2012 House races
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Adult Babies  —  Last Thursday was officially “Diaper Need Awareness …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and
Rocket fire rocks south
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Population Bomb Epic Fail
Paul Krugman:
Denial In Depth  —  Columbia Journalism Review has a takedown of a …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and