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TOP STORY: As two scandals continue to plague the Obama Administration (i.e. Fast and Furious, Solyndra) some serious questions have begun to emerge that will eventually force the mainstream press’ hand for more coverage. Roger Aronoff reports: “With subpoenas having been issued on October 13th in the Fast and Furious scandal to Attorney General Eric Holder and a total of 16 Justice Department officials, a variant of the famous Watergate question is being asked: ‘What did Eric Holder and President Obama know, and when did they know it?” http://bit.ly/qBWzms
MEDIA WATCH: Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for MSNBC, it did. Apparently people (and advertisers) aren’t too keen to watch people throw fits of rage about corporations, capitalism and conservatives. So how do they fix it? Don Irvine reports: “MSNBC, which has struggled ratings-wise since the departure of Keith Olbermann earlier this year, announced that it will be adjusting its primetime lineup starting next week.” There’s bad news for Olbermann too, he’s falling behind 2 AM infomercials. http://bit.ly/n3MDz8
ELECTION 2012: While many in the media are trying to restart the Rick Perry is RAAAAACIST theme by questioning his intention to call Herman Cain “brother,” they’ve somewhat missed the fact that he’s talking about his flat tax proposal: “I want to make the tax code so simple that even Timothy Geithner can file his taxes on time.” Though complete details aren’t out yet, we do know that if a family makes more than $36,000, they will pay no more than 17 percent. http://bit.ly/qvdUMD
ILLEGAL SHOWDOWN: The gloves came off during Tuesday’s debate about illegal immigration. Romney and Perry seem to be pushing primary voters into a lesser of two evils choice: “The heated clashes over illegal immigration between the two Republican presidential rivals in this week’s debate, coupled with renewed calls for a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border by their opponents, made clear the issue isn’t going away. It’s a major fault line between Perry and Romney as they court a Republican primary electorate that generally takes a hardline view against people who are in the country illegally.” http://bit.ly/nFekyf
WHAT WE’RE READING: While we’re talking about illegal immigration, you might hear often in the media that President Obama is kicking out illegal immigrants left and right. Well, wrong. AIM guest columnist Jim Kouri reports: “Under the Obama administration, worksite enforcement has dropped 70%, making it easier for illegal immigrants to live and work in the U.S. And DHS recently established a working group with the specific purpose of overruling or preventing orders of removal for illegal immigrants.” http://bit.ly/nF9lu8
THE U.N. PAGEANT ANSWER: What do Miss America and UN Secretary Generals want in common? World peace! A 1,000 to 1 prisoner swap in Israel may seem like good news for Ban Ki Moon and the international debaters, but real solutions require more than flowery language. AIM guest columnist Claudia Rossett asks: “When the next terrorist hit on Israel takes place, will Ban’s speech-writers describe him as ‘disappointed,’ or ‘concerned,’ or maybe even ‘deeply concerned’? Whichever it’s going to be, it is horribly likely he’ll be needing that statement soon.” http://bit.ly/qcF3Wk
PLUG OF THE DAY: Accuracy in Academia today asks if higher education is the engine of the modern American economy, or does it benefit from the successes of individuals? http://bit.ly/ogcEpZ