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7:45 PM ET, August 21, 2011

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Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Little Resistance as Rebels Enter Tripoli  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Rebels surged into the Libyan capital Sunday night, meeting little resistance from troops loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and setting off raucous street celebrations by residents hailing the end of his 42 years in power.
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Juan / Informed Comment:
The Great Tripoli Uprising  —  As dawn broke Sunday in Libya, revolutionaries were telling Aljazeera Arabic that much of the capital was being taken over by supporters of the February 17 Youth revolt.  Some areas, such as the suburb of Tajoura to the east and districts in the eastrn part …
ABCNEWS:
Libyan Rebels Say They Captured Gadhafi's Son in Tripoli  —  Rebel forces have captured Seif al Islam Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader, in Tripoli and are surrounding the Gadhafi compound, Bab al Aziziya, a representative of the rebel government told ABC News.
Fox News:
Libyan Government Calls for Cease-Fire as Rebels Advance Toward Tripoli  —  Libya's government is calling for an immediate cease-fire between rebels and forces loyal to leader Muammar al-Qaddafi after an opposition-led attack, coordinated with NATO airstrikes, rocked the country's capital.
Sky News:
Libyan Rebels: 'Colonel Gaddafi's Son Captured'
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
GOP may OK tax increase that Obama hopes to block  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — News flash: Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes.  —  Impossible, right?  GOP lawmakers are so virulently anti-tax, surely they will fight to prevent a payroll tax increase on virtually every wage-earner starting Jan. 1, right?
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘Congressional Republicans want to raise your taxes’  —  This lede in Charles Babington's Associated Press article today probably isn't what congressional Republicans wanted to see.  It is, however, accurate. … The piece goes on to quote Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Surely They Can Read a Spreadsheet  —  When the federal government was on the brink of default and the economy hung in the balance, the nation's business leaders had a chance to step forward and push for a long-term solution.  They could have supported a grand bargain that cut spending and raised tax revenue.
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SignOnSanDiego.com:
Romney to quadruple La Jolla home size  —  The GOP contender plans local fundraisers for president this weekend  —  View from the beach of the 3,009-square-foot Romney home in La Jolla , which the GOP contender plans to demolish and replace with an 11,062-square-foot home.  — Meg Roussos
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Romney To Quadruple Size Of $12 Million California Home
Discussion: unionleader.com
CBS News:
Ben Stein offers Rick Perry an economics lesson  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO … I was going to leave you alone for this month and just spend it on my boat up at Lake Pendoreille in North Idaho, a mountain lake where ospreys soar and where I feel at peace.  —  But Governor Rick Perry of Texas …
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Paul West / Los Angeles Times:
Rick Perry and Mitt Romney showcase a Republican divide
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
What if Obama quit?  —  I'm not talking about resignation, or just refusing to offer any proposals until after the next election.  What if Obama simply decided not to run for a second term as President?  —  The thought occurred to me after reading Peggy Noonan's piece this week for the Wall Street Journal …
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Rep. Maxine Waters: ‘The tea party can go straight to hell’  —  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) came out swinging against Republicans in Congress on Saturday as she addressed the unemployed during a forum in Inglewood.  —  The event occurred a day after new statistics were released showing …
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Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Maxine Waters: ‘The tea party can go straight to hell’
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
The Sad Statistic That Trumps the Others  —  THERE'S been a lot of bad economic news lately, yet we may be overlooking the most disturbing development of all: our economic productivity has been weakening.  This isn't just a problem for the United States.  Because America remains a leader …
William Deresiewicz / New York Times:
An Empty Regard  —  William Deresiewicz is an essayist and critic, and the author of “Solitude and Leadership,” an address delivered at West Point in 2009 and widely taught in the armed forces.  —  NO symbol is more sacred in American life right now than the military uniform.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
NY1.com:
Sources: Pataki Considers 2012 Run For President … Sources tell NY1 former Governor George Pataki is strongly considering entering the crowded race for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  Sources say Pataki, who left office in 2007, could make an announcement as early as next week.
CBS News:
Dozens more arrested in oil pipeline protest  —  WASHINGTON - Arrests are beginning anew outside the White House as police remove dozens of protesters who are hoping to convince President Barack Obama to block TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline.  —  Fifty protesters remain in jail …
James B. Stewart / New York Times:
Questioning the Dogma of Tax Rates  —  Warren Buffett pays a lower tax rate than his secretary and the 19 other people who work in his office.  He pays a much lower rate than I do, and, I suspect, lower than nearly everyone reading this column.  So, no doubt, do a long list of American billionaires …
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Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Taxing Capital Gains at Ordinary Rates: Evidence Says Do It...So Does Buffet
 
 
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emptywheel:
Tony Fratto's Post Office Field Trip
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Bret Baier / Fox News:
Karl Rove, Bill Burton on Economy's Impact on 2012 Race; Rick Santorum Talks Presidential Politics
Gerrit Wiesmann / Financial Times:
Merkel rules out eurobonds
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE
Yasmine Saleh / Reuters:
Egypt, Israel try to defuse tension over killings
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and americanthinker.com
Al Sharpton / NY Daily News:
What Crown Heights taught me: Al Sharpton reflects on race, rhetoric and rage that split the city
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. McCain predicts ‘hours if not days’ until Gadhafi is gone
Discussion: Althouse
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Robin McKie / Guardian:
Chronic fatigue syndrome researchers face death threats from militants
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Althouse
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
Intrade Now Pricing Greater Than 50% Chance Obama Will Not Be Reelected; And Observations On The Political Costs Of War
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Cummings: Black community wants Obama to ‘fight harder’
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Koch Responds To Buffet: ‘My Business And Non-Profit Investments Are Much More Beneficial To Society’
Discussion: The Raw Story and Gawker
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Nature Without the Nanny State
Discussion: iOwnTheWorld.com and The Mahablog
Washington Post:
Smacked by big market swings, investors should alter their outlook
Discussion: The Big Picture