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Newslinks for Monday October 17, 2011

Posted on 10/17/2011

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Who cares about upward mobility in America? Eric Cantor, that's who

Paul Ron Close UpVideo: Ron Paul explains why he opposes abortion

Video: Obama dedicates Washington DC's new statue to Martin Luther King

McCain of Arizona questions the president’s recent order to send American troops to central Africa - CNN

Romney is stuck at 20% in GOP polls as Republicans struggle to love him - Politico

"He’s topped 25 percent in only three of 80 national polls taken this year, suggesting vulnerability in a one-on-one contest" - Michael Barone at NRO

Gingrich posits an explanation (via the WSJ): “It is the Nelson Rockefeller problem. There is a natural ceiling. Rockefeller always did better in the general election run but the problem is if you don’t get the nomination you don’t get to go head to head.”

  • Romney is the favorite to receive Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) much-sought-after endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to knowledgeable GOP sources - Roll Call
  • For National Journal, Charlie Cook thinks Romney is a winner if the GOP Right will embrace him: "Romney exudes intelligence and competence, and every debate makes him look more presidential and more like someone who would be a very strong favorite to win a general election—if he wins the GOP nomination. Whether he can overcome right-wing doubts will largely hinge on whether Perry makes the turn from being a Texas candidate into being a national one, scratching that ideological itch that conservatives have. If he doesn’t, Republicans may hold their noses and go with the guy that is a very good bet to beat President Obama next November."
  • Conservatives should actually look at the details of RomneyCare and realize much of it is to be commended - Howard Foster at FrumForum

Screen shot 2011-10-17 at 11.34.44Cain is Newsweek's cover boy

"Herman Cain had last been at the Hyatt Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, in July as a ridiculously unlikely Republican candidate for president, a man who summarizes himself as an “ABC.” “American black conservative,” Cain says. Now, by the magic of his personality, a preacher-bred speaking style, a bootstrap personal narrative, and a catchy name for a tax overhaul, the ABC was back at the hotel as a frontrunner against the perpetually unexciting Mitt Romney." - Newsweek

Gingrich: Cain has 'good chance' to be nominee if he can sell 9-9-9 tax proposal - The Hill

"Facing tough questions during a 25-minute one-on-one interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Cain acknowledged that his plan to simplify the tax code would raise taxes for “some” people and clarified his position that he doesn’t believe abortion should be an option in instances of rape and incest." - LA Times

  • Cain has been mulling White House bid for ten years - USA Today
  • I prefer to be called a "Black American", not an "African American"; “My roots go back through slavery in this country. Yes, they came from Africa, but the roots of my heritage are in the United States of America. So I consider myself a black American.” - NRO
  • Cain Still Proudly Ignorant on Foreign Policy - Commentary
  • David Gregory doesn’t seem to understand the difference between state taxes and federal taxes - Instapundit

GOP debates are attracting twice the TV audiences of four years ago - New York Times

Oil and gas sectors backing Perry while Romney raises cash from Wall Street - WSJ

"Two of the top Republican contenders, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, brought in more than $30 million combined. Meanwhile, businessman Herman Cain, who surged into the top tier of candidates in recent polls, raised significantly less." - NPR

"President Obama is exploiting his early lead in campaign fund-raising to bankroll a sprawling grass-roots organization and information technology apparatus in critical general election battlegrounds." - New York Times

  • Obama targets North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico as Republicans become more hopeful of Ohio and Florida - WSJ
  • "BUT with stubbornly high unemployment and an enormously popular Republican governor, Virginia is trending from purple to red again." - Washington Examiner

220px-Bill_ClintonBarack Obama should choose Bill Clinton as his running mate - Politico

Robert Samuelson: Even with grow we need to prepare for downwards mobility

"Future productivity and income gains will be diverted to these uses: higher taxes to pay for an older population; health spending; and taxes and fees to repair roads, schools and water systems." - Robert Samuelson on RCP

Five lessons that 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters could learn about finding a job from 'I Love Lucy' - Cal Thomas at Fox

  • President Obama on Sunday dedicated a memorial to King on the Mall by saying King would have sympathized with activists demanding social justice from Wall Street - Washington Times
  • Red, White and Angry
: Communist, Nazi parties endorse ‘Occupy’ protests - Daily Caller
  • What's the real unemployment rate? For many it's 30% - Andrew Sullivan
  • Occupy Wall Street is a direct confrontation with capitalism and other powerful forces in American life—and marks the left’s decoupling from Obama and the Democratic Party, says Peter Beinart for the Daily Beast
  • How Occupy Wall Street Will Hurt Liberals - Will Marshall in TNR
  • Here's the GOP message to the Occupy Wall Streeters - Hugh Hewitt for the Washington Examiner
  • Michelle Malkin lists the rich 1%-ers who bundle for Barack.

"If television news survives long into the future, it will largely be as a result of Fox News."

Fox-news-logo"The success of Fox News in attracting huge audiences presents a marked contrast to the declining public confidence in how the news is presented by Fox's cable and broadcast rivals. The "fair and balanced" network is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year and there is much to celebrate. Fox routinely attracts nearly two million viewers, more than its cable competitors at CNN and MSNBC combined. In September, for example, the top 16 cable news shows were on Fox." - Washington Examiner editorial

We need homeland missile defenses to counter Iran’s growing threat - Henry F Cooper and Robert L Pfaltzgraff at NRO

And finally... I Am America; song adopted by Cain’s campaign also aims to be a Tea Party anthem - New York Times

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