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Must Read Op-Eds for October 18, 2011

10/18/11 02:49PM

POLLING THE OCCUPY WALL STREET CROWD BY DOUGLAS SCHOENWALL STREET JOURNALPresident Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement—and it may cost them the 2012 election. Last week, senior White House adviser David Plouffe said that "the protests you're seeing are the same conversations people are having in living rooms and kitchens all across America. . . . read more

Axelrod: Obama has made 'politically courageous' decisions

10/18/11 01:06PM

David Axelrod, advisor for the president's re-election campaign: “I had a high degree of confidence in his capacities, and those were ratified every day I was there in the White House. We walked into the worst economy and the biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression; two wars; the stock market shortly after he got there was at 6500 percent; we were losing 750,000 jobs a day. read more

Top Talker: Primary Calendar Chaos

Top Talker: Primary Calendar Chaos

10/18/11 09:19AM

Tonight the Republican presidential field debates in Las Vegas.  It comes as the state is currently under fire for what many call "over crowding" in the January primary calendar.  Last night, Iowa Republican party officials voted January 3rd as the new date for their state caucuses, which was originally scheduled for February 6th.  The chaos all started in late September when Florida officials moved the date of their primary to January 31st.   South Carolina followed, moving its primary to January 21st and Nevada officials chose the early date of January 14th for their caucus.  New read more

Morning Headlines: Tuesday, Oct. 18th

10/18/11 05:52AM

Here's a look at the stories we're following right now. What are you reading this morning?Hamas frees Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit in prisoner swapDust storm roils through Texas South PlainsCNN Poll: Record high say Obama's policies will failCan Obama hold on to African American voters in 2012?Iowa caucus: State sets early voting date'E! News' anchor announces she has breast cancerPolitico asks: Is Herman Cain serious?Obama drives jobs plan message to N.C. crowdsLawyer: Mom of missing baby has 'nothing to hide'Country stars raise $500K for Texas fire victims read more