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The Roundup for October 11, 2011

Looking forward to piercing analysis of the Slovakian rejection of the expanded EFSF in tonight’s Republican debate. Stay tuned.

• The law strikes back against the #Occupy movement in Boston and Des Moines. Protesters were also removed from the Hart Senate office building today.

• The super committee is going nowhere, because there’s no urgency to do anything to avoid the trigger for over a year. So while the secrecy is a bit disconcerting, the notion that anything will come of it is fanciful.

• Ed Kilgore lays out the stakes for next month’s major initiative fight over SB5 in Ohio. The anti-union side has taken to ripping off pro-union ads to confuse the issue.

• Delaware AG Beau Biden gets at the core foreclosure fraud issues in this interview with Chris Hayes. Might be one of the first times on television that a politician has said “the banks lost track of who owns what.”

• Marcy Wheeler has more on this Iranian terror plot, which to me looks like just another borderline entrapment case.

• Can’t imagine why Gulf shrimp would be scarce this season! It’s not like there have been any major ecological events in that region lately.

• Hey, bank executives have actually been indicted on criminal charges! Will wonders never cease.

• Good big think from Colin Greer on the corporate, right-wing takeover of America.

• Billionaire John Paulson asks Mario Puzo, Martin Scorsese and David Chase not to vilify our most successful criminal enterprises.

• Herman Cain’s tax plan is an absolute joke, but it’s instructive that some charlatan comes around every four years in the Republican primary with some version of a flat tax.  It appeals to voters for a while, and then the candidate fades away because they aren’t serious people.

• Mitt Romney gets Chris Christie’s endorsement, which does show the establishment GOP coming home, if nothing else.

• Every few days, Leon Panetta goes in front of a crowd somewhere and intimates that we’ll all be killed in our beds if defense spending is cut back to merely almost as much as the rest of the world combined.

• The Egyptian Finance Minister quits in protest after the massacre of Coptic Christian protesters.

• LA County Sheriff Lee Baca is under fire from a series of allegations of abuse at the nation’s largest county jail system.

• The Senate, making a game go at legislating, just released a reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, which Tom Harkin claims has bipartisan support but which the ranking member of his committee refused to endorse.

• Expanded offshore drilling in Alaska was approved under everyone’s noses while activists protested the Keystone XL pipeline.

• Walter Pincus throws his version of a fit over the US staying in Iraq.

• Republican former Gov. Linda Lingle picked a hell of a time to make her move for US Senate in Hawaii – a year when native son Barack Obama will be on the ballot.

Cheap prison labor: welcome to the new American Dream.

• Sanctions may be having a bigger effect on the Assad regime in Syria than the protests.

• Critiquing the We Are the 99% slogan on technical grounds seems pretty pedantic. Especially when the charts of what’s happened in the economy strongly support the 99% versus 1% thesis. It’s perhaps blunt, but the 1% has been the group expanding more than any other in our economy.

• Rudy 9-11’s not running for President, in case anyone cares.

• I will ask again, is Burma getting better?

• Not sure if Occupy Wall Street really sought the endorsements of Hugo Chavez and the Iranian leadership, but you can’t pick your endorsers.

Fascinating report about the science of using social media and other data to predict world events. Wonder if sarcasm will be factored in, since that’s all I use Twitter for.

• Erick Erickson and his three jobs leave all hardworking Americans in awe.

• These are the worst tribute ads I’ve ever seen.

• The Vanity Fair profile is good, but this Elizabeth Warren parody is better.

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