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TOP STORY: What do you call a radio personality and spokesperson for the Occupy DC nuisance? An NPR host! As if soliciting Muslim Brotherhood money and firing Juan Williams for not being “authentically black” wasn’t bad enough, they also had a host playing for the DC hippy team. Don Irvine reports: “Lisa Simeone confirmed that she was fired as the host of Soundprint by company president Moira Rankin during a phone call in which she was read NPR’s code of ethics.” http://bit.ly/q63zS5
MEDIA WATCH: News Corp’s Murdoch family is expecting a public, verbal lashing today by British investigators about the recent hacking scandal. Can you guess who’s putting them up to it? “[Tom] Watson, the British MP who forensically probed Murdoch’s and son James’s roles in a hacking scandal at News Corp’s News of the World newspaper at a parliamentary inquiry in July, flew into Los Angeles this week to attend the meeting. He is representing 1,669 shares of nonvoting stock held by the AFL-CIO labor union.” We’ll be following this story more next week. http://bit.ly/p41UdV
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ELECTION 2012: More bad news has rocked the Obama White House today with some of its worst polling numbers yet. The latest AP/GfK poll shows: “A sizable majority — more than 7 in 10 — believe the country is headed in the wrong direction and, in a new high, 43 percent describe the nation’s economy as ‘very poor’…less than 40 percent say Obama’s proposed remedies for high unemployment would increase jobs significantly.” O-Bummer. http://bit.ly/nz5mEO
9-9-9 REDUX: Godfather Cain’s tax plan has no if’s and’s or but’s. BUT, it does now. After a series of debates with specific intention to attack the proposal, he’s now offering a few exemptions: “After sharp criticism over his one-size-fits-all plan from Republicans and Democrats alike, Cain was set Friday to propose exemptions for businesses investing in ‘opportunity zones’ as a way to give an economic jolt to rundown neighborhoods. He’s also proposing new tax brackets to reflect different income levels.” He definitely has more explaining to do on that one. http://bit.ly/pAQLQG
EXODUS: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has entered into a primary danger zone today, which could threaten even her ability to be the “Romney Spoiler.” Washington is hearing that: “Paid staff members in New Hampshire for presidential candidate Michele Bachmann have resigned en masse.” http://bit.ly/pIdjY1
WHAT WE’RE READING: Michelle Malkin today reports on the next evolution of the Occupy Movement (precisely what AIM warned about last week): “October 29 is the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, you see, and that’s the date on which Adbusters wants its followers to ‘rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1 percent ROBIN HOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades.” What’s the end game? “We want you to slow down some of that $1.3 trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day — enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world.” A must read for your weekend. http://bit.ly/qG3w7n