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Mitt Romney’s campaign is out with a new web video going after Rick Perry, claiming the Texas Republican is not “ready to lead.” Watch the video:

The Washington Post reports that President Obama brought in more money from financial sector employees than the all the other GOP candidates combined.

Obama even out-raised his rivals at Bain Capital, the Boston-based firm founded by Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. The president raised $76,600 from the firm while Romney managed to extract only $34,000 from his former employees.

Ohio is poised to repeal Republican Gov. John Kasich's signature legislative initiative, a law limiting the collective bargining rights of public sector employees.

A new poll from Public Policy Polling (D) ahead of an upcoming referendum shows that state voters are ready to scuttle the law, and if given the chance, they wouldn't have elected Kasich in the first place: the current Gov. loses in a re-do of the 2010 race against then-incumbent Dem Ted Strickland 54 - 40.

The buyer's remorse over Kasich is not new in Ohio. The Governor seemed to have rankled his state almost immediately by proposing SB 5, the union-busting bill. Polls from PPP and Quinnipiac University showed that voters were ready to repeal it as soon as it passed, and will now get the chance due to a referendum pushed by pro-union forces.

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CNN announced on Wednesday that its Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas last night drew 5.5 million viewers.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the likely Democratic nominee in the Senate race to succeed retiring Dem Sen. Herb Kohl, has now been endorsed by former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, who was a major liberal voice in Washington until his defeat in 2010.

Feingold has previously endorsed Elizabeth Warren in the Massachusetts Senate race, supporting her through his Progressives United PAC.

Feingold was also eyed by many Wisconsin Dem voters and activists for either the Senate race, or as a candidate for governor in a potential recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker. However, he announced in August that he will not run for office in 2012. Baldwin announced her own Senate campaign two weeks later.

Baldwin's campaign sent their supporter list a message from Feingold, saying in part:

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Republican rhetoric against Islam could inspire people to commit acts of violence against Muslim-Americans, Arab American Institute Director James Zogby said Wednesday.

"We saw it play out in Murfreesboro, saw it play out over Park 51, saw it play out -- we're seeing it play out -- in the Republican presidential primary," Zogby said.

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Mitt Romney caught a lot of heat Tuesday for his comments about foreclosures. But in the same interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal, he outlined a plan for the country's future that would please Paul Ryan, and conservatives hell bent on rolling back the social safety net.

Without noting that Social Security has been in good shape for about 20 years, Romney proposed making it solvent in the long term through a mix of benefit cuts, taking the option of imposing payroll taxes on higher-income earners off the table completely.

"Arithmetically, there are probably three ways of making Social Security permanently solvent," Romney said. "One would be simply raising taxes. I don't favor that one. Number two would be to increase the retirement age. Number three would be to have a little slower growth in benefits for higher income beneficiaries.... Some combination of those last two is the place we can go in my opinion to solve Social Security for future retirees."

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MSNBC announced on Wednesday it will shift around its prime-time programming schedule. “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell” moves back to 10 p.m. ET and “The Ed Show” with Ed Schultz moves up to 8 p.m. ET.

“This move will strengthen the flow of our programming throughout the evening,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said in the release. The changes will go into effect Monday, October 24. Currently, “The Last Word” airs at 8 p.m. ET and “The Ed Show” airs at 10 p.m. ET.

A new national poll from the Associated Press shows President Obama ahead of former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain. But it also shows Romney with a healthy uptick in his favorability among Americans.

Obama bests Romney 48 – 45, Perry 51 – 42, and Cain 49 – 43. Romney’s favorability rating, which was underwater at 39 – 41 two months ago, has risen to 49 – 37, which is the highest of the GOP field among the general sample. Cain is also liked, but less well known.