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A new Obama campaign memo slams Rick Perry’s and Mitt Romney’s tax proposals, leveling a charge that’s now a campaign theme: the rich will benefit at the expense of the middle class if a Republican claims the White House in 2012.

The Washington Post reports that Callista Gingrich browsed Tiffany jewelers on Sunday afternoon while Newt Gingrich had a drink at a restaurant next door.

Back in May, TPM and others reported that years ago, the Gingriches owned a six-figure debt to Tiffany & Co. jewelers.

Rick Perry in a Wall Street Journal op-ed unveils his flat-tax proposal. In Perry’s plan, people will have an option of paying a 20 percent flat-rate income tax or keep their current rate. Perry also proposes capping federal spending at 18 percent of GDP.

Read Perry’s op-ed here.

In an interview with John Harwood of CNBC, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was asked about his comments in Parade magazine over the weekend, in which he seemed to salute the increasingly lonely flame of Obama birtherism.

“It’s a good issue to keep alive. It’s fun to poke at him,” Perry said.

Late Update, 10:12 pm ET Monday, October 24 The government's case against the $39 billion AT&T/T-Mobile merger took an intriguing detour on Monday when third-party Sprint defended its own, separate lawsuit against AT&T before a judge in Washington, D.C., arguing that if the merger is allowed to go through "it will make it difficult for Sprint to get key inputs like handsets, as well as raise costs for roaming and backhaul," according to Sprint attorney Steven Sunshine, Bloomberg reported.

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Netflix wishes it could rewind to the good old days. The company posted a worse-than-expected third quarter earnings statement on Monday, acknowledging it lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers during the period, "driven both by a higher than expected level of cancellations and a reduction in acquisitions driven by the PR storm that engulfed our brand and its impact on word‐of‐mouth."

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Staff for Rep. Reid Ribble (WI) -- the freshman Republican last seen on the pages of TPM explaining how he can be a "distraction" to employers trying to connect with the unemployed -- are pushing back hard on the notion that their boss cares more about the optics of a jobs fair than actually helping people find jobs.

Ribble held a jobs fair on Saturday, double-booking it with a $1000/host fundraiser 45 minutes away. But his staff say the fact that he left early doesn't mean Ribble cares more about raising bucks for his own campaign than helping his down-on-their luck constituents, as Democrats suggest.

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Volunteer civilians are increasingly filling police roles and nearly 12,000 police officers and sheriff's deputies will be laid off by the end of the year as local law enforcement agencies deal with budget cuts, according to a new report from DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The study also shows the first-ever national decrease in law enforcement positions in the 25 years they've been collecting data.

"Across the country, mayors, sheriffs, and chiefs have been asked - not only to do more with less - but also to make painful budgetary cuts," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech on Monday. "According to a new economic outlook report that our COPS office released this week - we expect that, by the end of this year, nearly 12,000 police officers and sheriff's deputies will have been laid off."

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