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Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* A new NBC/WSJ poll finds very broad support for Occupy Wall Street’s critique of inequality, with more than three quarters agreeing with this statement:

“The current economic structure of the country is out of balance and favors a very small proportion of the rich over the rest of the country. America needs to reduce the power of major banks and corporations and demand greater accountability and transparency. The government should not provide financial aid to corporations and should not provide tax breaks to the rich.”

Eighty-four percent of working class whites agree with that statement, too.

* But: The poll also finds majority support for the conservative view of government, including majority opposition to raising taxes on anyone (though it’s unclear what this means, because it doesn’t appear that respondents were given the option of picking tax hikes only on the rich).

* Another fascinating number that suggests resurgent populism is driven by dissatisfaction with both parties: A big majority, 74 percent, think Obama fell short of expectations when it comes to oversight of the big banks, and 66 percent think he fell short in standing up to big business. (Fixed.)

* A must read from Andy Kroll on why the Ohio fight is turning out better for labor than the one in Wisconsin — of particular interest is the split among Republicans that’s resulted from the assault on the bargaining rights of cops and firefighters.

* More good stuff from Kroll on the divide among Republicans.

* Clip and save: Think Progress debuts 99 facts you don’t know about Mitt Romney, complete with links to pimary sources.

* Ta-Nehisi Coates skewers the latest conservative attack on Elizabeth Warren: That her own personal wealth somehow makes it hypocritical to seek higher taxes on the wealthy , i.e., on herself.

Not clear how it’s “hypocritical,” if Warren is also agreeing to pay the higher tax rates.

* Brian Beutler on the latest in supercommittee follies: Republicans are floating a deal that would involve closing loopholes in exchange for Dems making the Bush tax cuts for the rich permanent.

It seems like an awful deal for Democrats, but it hasn’t yet been established where supercommittee Dems stand on the idea.

* Devin Dwyer on the Obama campaign’s very aggressive 50 state strategy, and the best case scenario from the point of view of Team Obama.

* MSNBC’s First Read crew also has a nice overview of the electoral map, with 147 electoral votes remaining a “tossup,” suggesting a very close contest.

* John Aravosis says that GOP obstructionism is no excuse for Obama’s failure to confront the true nature of his foe, and says voters are right to question the strength of Obama’s leadership.

* And the White House won’t comply with the Hill GOP’s subpoena for Solyndra-related documents.

What else is happening?

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