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5:35 PM ET, November 1, 2011


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Azi Paybarah / Capital New York:
Bloomberg: ‘Plain and simple,’ Congress caused the mortgage crisis, not the banks  —  Photo via British Prime Minister's Office flickr stream.  — Owners of the park at the center of the Occupy Wall Street protests are losing patience, but what can they do?  —  11:03 am Nov. 1, 20111Add a comment
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Mayor Bloomberg: ‘It Was Not The Banks That Created The Mortgage Crisis’  —  A favorite conservative pastime since the financial crisis of 2008 struck is to try and deflect blame away from Wall Street and its excesses and onto Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and government housing policy.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Andrew Breitbart / Big Government:
Rape, Gropes, and Assaults, Oh My: Mayor Bloomberg, Shut Down Zuccotti Park! … It's time for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to pull the plug on the dangerous circus in crime zone Zuccotti Park.  —  People have the right to protest, to assemble peaceably, to raise their voices and petition their government.
New York Post:
Occupy ‘ball’ street  —  It's the Autumn of Love!  —  Occupy Wall Street protesters are flocking to nearby health clinics for STD and HIV testing after getting their freak on in '60s-style hookups with crusty strangers, sources told The Post yesterday.  —  “Last week was free love,” …
Investor's Business Daily:
Smoking-Gun Document Ties Policy To Housing Crisis  —  President Obama says the Occupy Wall Street protests show a “broad-based frustration” among Americans with the financial sector, which continues to kick against regulatory reforms three years after the financial crisis.
Eman El-Shenawi / English:
Tunisians poke fun at Obama in assault on his Facebook page
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Politico
Jonathan Weisman / Washington Wire:
Satire on Occupy Wall Street Trips Up Rick Perry
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Herman Cain now recalls ‘couple of other’ items in accuser's complaint  —  Herman Cain once again revised his account of the sexual harassment allegations he battled in the 1990s, saying in a TV interview he recalled there were additional “ridiculous” items in his accuser's complaint, beyond the single incident he detailed Monday.
David Weigel / Slate:
Mark Block Won't Talk About the Other Cain Scandal … - Herman Cain's Other Scandal: His Campaign Chief Won't Talk About It  — If the United States Had To Wage a New War Tomorrow, Could We Afford It?  - Can You Ever Hire an “Escort” To Do “Escorting,” or Are They All Prostitutes?
Wall Street Journal:
MF Global Acknowledged Diverting Customer Funds  —  MF Global Holdings Ltd. acknowledged to federal regulators that money had been diverted out of customer accounts in violation of futures rules and law, according to a federal official.  —  The Wall Street brokerage, which filed …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Daniel Wagner / Associated Press:   Official: MF Global admitted using client money
MF Global accounts shock leaves clients scrambling
Discussion: ECHIDNE of the snakes
New York Times:
Europe Markets Drop on News of Greek Referendum  —  ATHENS — European markets slid dramatically on Tuesday after Prime Minister George A. Papandreou stunned the continent's leaders with a surprise announcement late Monday that his government would hold a referendum on a new aid package for Greece.
Paul Mason / BBC:
Greek referendum is coin-flip on euro exit  —  I say “while it lasts” because the opposition is mobilising a parliamentary manoeuvre to bring down the government, which may succeed - returning Europe to its status quo of containable trauma.  —  If Greeks reject the 50% controlled default …
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry on Viral Video: ‘I Felt Good, Felt Great’  —  DES MOINES, IOWA - Texas Governor Rick Perry said he he “felt good, felt great” during a weekend event in New Hampshire.  Video of Perry giving the freewheeling speech went viral this week and was parodied on late night TV …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Wake up America
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
Did Tim Pawlenty Blow It?
Jonah Goldberg / Los Angeles Times:
Tim Pawlenty's lost chance
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Wrong Inequality  —  We live in a polarizing society, so perhaps it's inevitable that our experience of inequality should be polarized, too.  —  In the first place, there is what you might call Blue Inequality.  This is the kind experienced in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston …
Paul Krugman:
Graduates Versus Oligarchs
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF OAKLAND FROM THE OAKLAND POLICE OFFICERS' ASSOCIATION  —  Oakland, Ca.  —  We represent the 645 police officers who work hard every day to protect the citizens of Oakland.  We, too, are the 99% fighting for better working conditions, fair treatment …
Equality Matters:
Chick-Fil-A Donated Nearly $2 Million To Anti-Gay Groups In 2009  —  Earlier this year, Chick-fil-A became embroiled in a controversy surrounding its donations to anti-gay groups.  Though Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy denied having an “agenda against anyone,” an Equality Matters investigation discovered …
Mike Rosenberg / Mercury News:
Bullet train project nearly triples in cost — $98.5 billion — from earlier projections  —  Faster than a speeding bullet train, the cost of the state's massive high-speed rail project has zoomed to nearly $100 billion — triple the estimate given to voters and more than enough to run the entire state government for a year.
Seung Min Kim / The Politico:
Democrats vow to block spending riders  —  House Democrats on Tuesday attacked “blatantly partisan” policy provisions Republicans are pushing in routine funding bills that would repeal health care reform and environmental regulations.  —  In a letter to Speaker John Boehner …
Brian Beutler /
TPMDC  —  Democrats Demand Boehner Avert Government Shutdown Threat
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Romney Family Investment Group Partnered With Alleged Perpetrators Of $8 Billion Ponzi Scheme  —  Mitt Romney and his son Tagg Romney.  Tagg is the managing partner to Solamere Capital, a firm that invested in a new company employing brokers accused of taking part in the Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme.
Dan Fitzpatrick / Wall Street Journal:
BofA Calls Off Debit-Fee Plan  —  Bank of America Corp. is dropping its plan to charge customers $5 a month for making purchases with their debit cards, a person familiar with the situation said.  —  The move is a dramatic retreat following decisions by several rivals in recent days to drop customer tests of the new fees.
Tim Stelloh / New York Times:
Brooklyn Detective Convicted of Planting Drugs on Innocent People  —  The New York Police Department, already saddled with corruption scandals, saw its image further tainted on Tuesday with the conviction of a police detective for planting drugs on a woman and her boyfriend.
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Dale Maharidge / The Huffington Post:
Bring It On, James O'Keefe
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Reagan statue unveiled at Washington-area airport
Discussion: The Raw Story
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
The Only Thing Missing From “The New Declaration of Independence”: Any Sense That Adults …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler, The Agitator and Salon
Exclusive: Group forms inside debt panel in quest for deal
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
Sharyl Attkisson / CBS News:
DOJ official knew of ATF “gunwalking” in April 2010
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Cooper Union Looks at Charging Tuition
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The ‘perfectly lubricated weathervane’ keeps spinning
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
C-SPAN delivers: Announces full live coverage of Saturday's Herman Cain-Newt Gingrich debate
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