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Posted on 10/16/2011

Video: Horse soldiers of 9/11: New Daily Caller documentary short on the first special ops forces in Afghanistan ten years ago

Video: Rick Perry admits his campaign is off to a rocky start, says his focus on jobs is more important than being the "slickest debater"

Michael Barone: House Republicans are the real adults in the room trying to offer solutions to an adolescent-like President who is obsessed with political games

Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 8.43.48 AM“Let's take our eyes off the Republican presidential race for a minute and ask the question, where if anywhere are we getting adult leadership on major public policy issues this year?  The answer, I think, is where the Founding Fathers seem to have least expected it, from the House of Representatives, and specifically from its Republican leaders.” - The Examiner

NYT feature on Mitt Romney’s Mormonism: He has always been a devoted and “effective salesman" for his faith

Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 8.40.26 AM“Mr. Romney has an impeccable Mormon pedigree. His family traces its church lineage to 1837; a great-great-grandfather, Miles Romney, began following the first Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith, that year, and later trekked to Utah with the early Mormon pioneers. As son of one of the nation’s most prominent Mormons — George W. Romney, a former Michigan governor and presidential candidate — Mitt Romney seemed destined for a prominent position in the church.” - New York Times

Cain credits “message, not money” with his momentum as he tries to grow his campaign operations to match his rise in the polls

Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 8.42.10 AM“His tiny organization is barely keeping up with the onslaught that has come since he was anointed a top-tier candidate. Cain is trying to do something about this. He boosted his field staff this month to 35 spanning more than a half-dozen early states. He concedes that even more will be necessary to compete in Iowa and New Hampshire, where the first two nominating contests will take place in less than three months.” - Washington Post

  • Scenes from a Herman Cain book signing. - LA Times
  • Cain the latest in the field to challenge Romney’s feeble but steady level of support. - The Economist
  • Is the left showing an inherent racism in their treatment of Cain? - The Right Scoop
  • Can Herman Cain really balance the federal budget in one year? - John McCormack at the Weekly Standard
  • Cain’s former Fed colleagues praise his record and personality. - Politico

Rick Perry plans his rebound on jobs proposals and extensive retail politics

Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 8.47.30 AM“Rick Perry’s comeback plan: Wow voters with specific jobs-policy proposals, and then charm them, one handshake at a time… But don’t expect the campaign to release an extensive jobs plan to rival Mitt Romney’s 160-page tome anytime soon. ‘Putting a bunch of pages in a glossy book doesn’t create one job,’ [spokesman Mark] Miner says. ‘The governor will be outlining, through a series of policy initiatives, a comprehensive approach to improving our economy and creating jobs.’” - Katrina Trinko at NRO

  • But retail politics has its limits in a campaign in which televised national debates have played such a big role in shaping voters’ impressions. - The Daily Beast

Zap! Herman Cain proposes building an electric fence along the border

“It’s going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, ‘It will kill you — Warning.’” - The Caucus at NYT

Members of Congress who supported Romney in 2008 are holding back their support…for now

“Nearly two dozen lawmakers who endorsed Romney in 2008 have refrained from signing onto his campaign for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Privately a handful of lawmakers who have presidential candidates running from their respective home states tell The Hill that they will likely endorse Romney publicly when those contenders exit the field.” - The Hill

2012 fundraising reports:

  • Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 8.35.29 AM$17 million in 8 weeks: Breaking down Rick Perry’s big take. - Washington Post
  • Romney beating Obama to the Wall Street cash. - NYT
  • Cain’s $2.8 million shows his fundraising hasn’t caught up with surge in popularity. - Wall Street Journal
  • Bachmann raises $4.1 million…and spends $6.1 million. - Politico
  • At least he’s not in debt: Gingrich spends $776,000 of the $800,000 he has raised. - Politico
  • Santorum and Huntsman having a hard time keeping up in the cash dash. - The Hill

Lots of arrests as Occupy Wall Street becomes Occupy Times Square and annoys the locals

“As the protesters proceeded uptown, most spectators briefly gawked -- taking iPhone photos or videos -- or ignored it altogether. Not all were supportive. Cries of ‘Get a job’ and ‘Shut up’ were heard as the march passed by. ‘They need to stop blaming the government and the rich and take some responsibility,’ said Peter Maxwell, a 22-year-old student.” - Wall Street Journal

Epypt’s treatment of its Coptic Christians is the latest episode in the dark side of the story about democracy and modernity

Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 6.52.10 AM"For all the bright talk about multicultural mosaics, the age of globalization has also been an age of unprecedented religious and racial sorting — sometimes by choice, more often at gunpoint. Indeed, the causes of democracy and international peace have often been intimately tied to ethnic cleansing: both have gained ground not in spite of mass migrations and mass murders, but because of them." - Ross Douthat in the New York Times

Are evangelicals dangerous? Only to the secular elite who want to monopolize public life

“Are evangelicals dangerous? Well, certainly not in the sense that more secular voices warn. The vast majority of evangelicals are not attempting to create a theocracy, or to oppose democracy. To the contrary, evangelicals are dangerous to the secularist vision of this nation and its future precisely because we are committed to participatory democracy…Over recent decades, evangelical Christians have learned that the gospel has implications for every dimension of life, including our political responsibility.” - Albert Mohler at CNN

U.S. troops out of Iraq after 2011 - USA Today

House Republicans to probe why it took so long for the Obama administration to kill off the CLASS Act - Newsmax

Unveiling the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

Debra Saunders on Obama’s surprising war on medical marijuana

“I've talked to folks in law enforcement who stew over medical marijuana businesses serving as fronts for criminal enterprises. But now the administration is threatening to go after cancer patients who own guns and small businesses that rent to marijuana shops. They are going after people whom they do not consider to be criminals.” - SF Chronicle

Today’s kids are so soft that they think doing what used to be a normal activity – hiking outside in the woods – is scary and too hard - Bill O’Reilly at The Examiner

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