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Confirming findings from a number of public polls, a new Bloomberg survey shows wide support for raising taxes on the wealthy in order to help pay down the deficit, and a very small appetite for cutting Social Security and Medicare in order to deal with the debt.

From Bloomberg’s report on the campaign and the economy:

“More than two-thirds of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, say wealthier people should pay more in taxes to bring down the budget deficit, and even larger numbers think Medicare and Social Security benefits should be left alone….‘While Americans see sacrifice as inevitable for the middle-class, the only sacrifice to win majority support is a tax on those too wealthy to be considered middle-class,’ says J. Ann Selzer, president of Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co., which consults with Bloomberg News on polls.”

So far the Republican primary debates have been by far the biggest catalyst for the candidates' numerous surges and collapses, from Tim Pawlenty's campaign-ending "Obamneycare" moment to Rick Perry's meltdown last month. On Tuesday, the candidates will meet at Dartmouth College for their seventh gathering of the campaign.

But it wasn't always this way: the explosion of televised primary debates are a relatively recent phenomenon.

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Police early Tuesday arrested about 100 Occupy Boston protesters, Reuters reports. The anti-Wall Street protests originating in lower Manhattan have spread across the country, drawing both praise and criticism from lawmakers.

Reuters reports:

Militants fired two missiles at a rally led by the governor of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding four, but the governor was not hurt, security officials said.

The White House is rejecting the notion -- even among senior Democrats -- that the President's jobs bill needs to get unanimous Democratic support when it hits the Senate floor tonight or face criticism that Obama is having a tough time convincing members of his own party about its viability.

"The test is not unanimous support among Democrats," a senior White House official told reporters Tuesday morning, noting that rarely does the entire Democratic caucus vote in lockstep on any bill.

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Wisconsin Democrats have announced the date at which they will begin attempting to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker, whose anti-public employee union legislation polarized the state and made it a center of national attention and activism: The petitions will begin being gathered November 15.

State chairman Mike Tate will go on the Ed Schultz show on MSNBC Monday night, and formally roll out the date. But first, Tate sent out a message to supporters with a fundraising request: "In fewer than 37 days, we will need to organize, train and fund an army of grassroots volunteers who will need to collect more than 540,206 valid recall signatures. Before I go on the air, can I count on you to make a donation of $11.15 towards our goal of raising $540,206 by Nov. 15th?"

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