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Public Policy Polling (D) is out with a new poll of North Carolina, and it continues a trend in PPP’s surveys of the state that has held since summer: President Obama’s approval rating is around ten points underwater, yet he maintains small leads over his major GOP challengers.

Obama’s approval in the poll is split 44 – 53, but he leads former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney 46 – 45 and Texas Gov. Rick Perry 48 – 44. While Obama has had issues with his approval rating, the Republican candidates have far worse problems on the favorability side. Romney’s favorables are split 32 – 49, and Perry is way down: 56 percent of general election voters see him in a negative light versus 24 percent who have a positive view.

Businessman Herman Cain, who just made a big splash by actually leading a GOP field trial heat in the state, wasn’t tested against Obama, as his surge was unexpected.

President Obama during a Thursday news conference said the Occupy Wall Street movement expresses the frustration many Americans feel over abusive financial practices in the U.S.

“The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how are financial system works.”

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Read more here.

Dave Weigel picks up this nugget from an interview Vice President Biden gave to a forum hosted by the Atlantic Magazine in DC:

David Gregory asked Joe Biden question that got the crowd tittering: “Do you stand in solidarity” with the Occupy Wall Street protests?

“Look,” said Biden, talking over the “ooohs” and murmurs, “that’s a really fair question. Let’s be honest with one another. What is the core of that protest? The core is: The bargain has been breached. The core is, the American people do not think the system is fair, or on the level. That is the core is what you’re seeing with Wall Street. Look, there’s a lot in common with the Tea Party. The Tea Party started, why? TARP. They thought it was unfair.”

President Obama is holding a press conference at 11 a.m. ET. An administration official tells TPM that Obama will use the presser to push for a vote on his jobs bill. Watch it live below:

ESPN and country music star Hank Williams Jr. have parted ways, USA Today reports. According to a statement on Williams' website, the split was his decision: “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision. By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment.”

Williams earlier compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler. He later apologized for the remark.

Attorney General Eric Holder received at least five weekly memos that mentioned ATF’s ‘Fast and Furious’ program starting in July 2010, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa said Thursday.

Republicans have asked for a special prosecutor to look into whether Holder lied to Congress about his knowledge of the program.

Read the memos here.

Mitt Romney’s campaign on Thursday announced the support of former New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman and Reagan Administration official Jerry Carmen.

“Jerry Carmen is one of the most respected leaders in the New Hampshire Republican Party,“ Romney said in the release. "For over 25 years he has fought for the traditional conservative principles of limited government and fiscal responsibility in the Granite State. I am proud to have earned Ambassador Carmen’s support, and I look forward to working with him as I bring my pro-growth message to New Hampshire and voters across the country.”

Capitol Police discovered a suspicious cylindrical device near the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, NBC Washington reports. The device was removed in a bomb squad vehicle and is being treated as a suspicious device, according to the report.