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    Author and activist Naomi Wolf was among about a dozen people arrested on Tuesday night outside of a Huffington Post event in New York.

    A group of approximately 50 demonstrators from Occupy Wall Street showed up at the event--held at Skylight Studios in Manhattan--to protest in front of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was being honored as a "game changer" by Arianna Huffington's site.

    Wolf, who contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, was a guest at the event. According to Gothamist, the modern feminist icon challenged a police officer's claim that the protesters needed a permit to use a megaphone.

    "After numerous warnings that she would be arrested," Bucky Turco wrote on the Animal New York blog, "she ignored the police and was promptly arrested."

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  • Too many 2012 debates? There were just as many four years ago

    Michele Bachmann prepares for the first New Hampshire debate of the 2012 election cycle in June. (CNN)

    CNN is hosting another Republican debate, the eighth of the 2012 campaign cycle and CNN's third, on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. Late Monday, CNN announced that yet another Republican debate--one focused on national security and foreign policy--would be scheduled for Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

    Even before CNN's latest entry to the debate calendar, political reporters, pundits and candidates were complaining of "debate fatigue"--despite the fact that the ratings for the cable networks that carry them have been on the rise.

    "Presidential campaigns today are spending almost all their time dealing with debates," Mark McKinnon, a strategist for the Bush and McCain campaigns, told Politico last week. "It is killing their scheduling and altering the course of normal campaign activities."

    But there are no more debates this year than there were four years ago. The 2012 debate cycle appears right on schedule--perhaps even lighter--when compared to 2008.

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  • Bachmann appeared on a controversial Newsweek cover in August.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has received the most coverage and most flattering coverage of any candidate in the 2012 presidential race to date, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism.

    But the study--which uses a combination of traditional research methods with computer algorithms to track the level and tone of coverage of the candidates across thousands of news outlets--shows Herman Cain has surged of late, overtaking Perry for the most positive coverage since early October.

    Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney "remains the one constant—portrayed as the ever-present if not passionately embraced alternative in the GOP field." Romney is now second, behind Cain, in terms of positive media coverage.

    The study, which reflects coverage between May 2 and October 9, also highlights a major problem for President Barack Obama as he seeks to mount a "fourth-quarter" comeback for a second term:

    One man running for president has suffered the most unrelentingly negative treatment of all, the study found: Barack Obama. Though covered largely as president rather than a candidate, negative assessments of Obama have outweighed positive by a ratio of almost 4-1. Those assessments of the president have also been substantially more negative than positive every one of the 23 weeks studied. And in no week during these five months was more than 10% of the coverage about the president positive in tone.

    Some other highlights from the study:

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