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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/12/2012

Morning Bits

Protesting Thanksgiving? “As a college student, Democratic congressional candidate Raul Ruiz was arrested — but not fully prosecuted — while participating in a Thanksgiving protest. Ruiz, a Harvard medical student at the time, was one of 25 people arrested at the 1997 National Day of Mourning, an event at Plymouth Rock where people use the federal holiday as a way to protest the treatment of American Indians since the pilgrims arrived.”

Providing fodder for poll critics. “Obama approval rating gets a boost after Gallup tweaks its polling methodology.”

Promoting the notion that the Gray Lady is in the tank for Obama. “Why Wasn’t Libya Hearing on Page A1 of The Times?” From the New York Times public editor: “I believe that the Libya hearing story belonged on The Times’s front page. It had significant news value, regardless of the political maneuvering that is inevitable with less than four weeks to go until the election. And more broadly, there is a great deal of substance on this subject that warrants further scrutiny. I can’t think of many journalistic subjects that are more important right now, or more deserving of aggressive reporting.” Executive editor Jill Abramson has the same take as Stephanie Cutter (politics!), so you can understand why it was kept off the front page.

Propelling Mitt Romney to seem more presidential than the incumbent. Romney goes after Cutter’s comment that Libya is only about politics. “ ‘No, President Obama, it is an issue because this is the first time in 33 years that a United States ambassador has been assassinated,’ Romney said during a campaign stop in Asheville, N.C. ‘Mr. President, this is an issue because we were attacked successfully by terrorists on the anniversary of 9/11. President Obama, this is an issue because Americans wonder why it was that it took so long for you and your administration to admit this was a terrorist attack.’ ”

Proving once more that “Russian reset” has been a disaster: “Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said a Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Ankara the day before was carrying military materials from Russia’s state-owned arms manufacturer, charges that angered Syria and Russia amid a deepening diplomatic row.”

Producing more part-time work. Mickey Kaus finds evidence that Obamacare induces employers to hire part-timers.

Professing that we want to do everything we can but doing nothing hasn’t worked out so well. “The worst case for the United States in a post-Assad Syria would be that groups linked to al-Qaeda become dominant players either in the country’s government as a whole or in control of significant regions in a country that fragments. Such groups would be nests of terrorists acting to destabilize not only Syria itself but Iraq, Lebanon, and the wider Middle East. They would certainly be active in Russia and, through extensive ties with the Arab diaspora in Europe, add considerably to the security headaches the West faces. They would be actively working to destabilize governments across the Arab world as well and providing shelter, training, and arms to terrorists from all over. In a worst, worst case scenario, they get hold of Assad’s WMD stockpiles and start passing them out to their friends.”

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