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8:30 AM ET, August 22, 2011


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New York Times:
Jubilant Rebels Control Much of Tripoli  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's grip on power dissolved with astonishing speed on Monday as rebels marched into the capital and arrested two of his sons, while residents raucously celebrated the prospective end of his four-decade-old rule.
Associated Press:
Clashes near Gadhafi compound in Libyan capital  —  TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Heavy clashes have broken out near Moammar Gadhafi's compound in the Libyan capital.  —  Rebel spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Rahman says that tanks emerged from the complex, known as Bab al-Aziziya, early Monday and began firing.
Fighting rages near Gaddafi's compound  —  Libyan leader's whereabouts still a mystery as clashes erupt in Tripoli, hours after rebels advanced into heart of city.  —  Heavy fighting and gun battles have broken out in areas of Tripoli after opposition fighters gained control overnight …
Libya rebels move deep into Tripoli as fighting rages  —  Rebel fighters cheered on the outskirts of Tripoli  —  A convoy of Libyan rebels has rolled into central Tripoli past celebrating crowds after a day of heavy fighting in and around the capital.  —  They appeared to meet little resistance …
Discussion: Online NewsHour and Daily Kos
Libya conflict: Fighting rages near Gaddafi compound  —  Resident Omar describes rebels celebrating and waving opposition flags on Green Square  —  Heavy fighting is taking place in Tripoli around the compound of embattled Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi after rebels seized control of much of the city on Sunday.
Washington Post:
Gaddafi's rule crumbling as rebels enter heart of Tripoli
Libyan Rebels Say They Captured Gadhafi's Son in Tripoli
Qaddafi Sons Taken as Rebels Sweep Into Tripoli
Wall Street Aristocracy Got $1.2T in Loans  —  Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) were the reigning champions of finance in 2006 as home prices peaked, leading the 10 biggest U.S. banks and brokerage firms to their best year ever with $104 billion of profits.
Ballot Box:
Wall Street execs turn back on Obama, donate to Romney  —  Dozens of Wall Street executives who supported President Obama in 2008 have donated to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign this year.  —  According to a review of fundraising data, 67 people who work in the financial sector and live …
Discussion: Politics and Prairie Weather
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry  —  America's trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry.  —  Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred - and fear - as Perry …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Prairie Weather
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
Maxine Waters: ‘The tea party can go straight to hell’  —  So much for dialing back the rhetoric, right?  —  On Saturday in Inglewood, Calif., California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters had some harsh words for the tea party.  —  “I'm not afraid of anybody,” Waters told constituents in footage …
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
Tony Kennedy / Associated Press:
Michele Bachmann's low-key IRS role belied ambitions  —  Judicial records and former peers detail her work as a tax attorney.  —  In the few seconds Michele Bachmann had to introduce herself at a Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire this summer, she promptly mentioned her credential as …
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Tea Party Group Launches Iowa Radio Blitz for Palin Event  —  She may not be an official candidate at this point, but Sarah Palin will hit the airwaves in Iowa on Monday, and it's not going to cost the former Alaska governor a dime.  —  Tea Party of America — a recently created group …
Robert Mackey / The Lede:
Latest Updates on the Battle for Tripoli … Latest Updates on the Battle for Tripoli  —  On Sunday, The Lede is following the battle for the Libyan capital, Tripoli, as rebel forces seeking to push Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power attack the city.  —  Battle Begins for the Libyan Capital
Discussion: Telegraph and Boing Boing
Master Feed:
Victory in Libya?  —  It's a bit premature to say that Muammar Qaddafi has fallen, and this war has gone on just long enough to make a person hesitate about declaring victory, but it seems as if Tripoli is in the process of being liberated.  If it is true that Qaddafi is finally going …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Gretchen Morgenson / New York Times:
Attorney General of N.Y. Is Said to Face Pressure on Bank Foreclosure Deal
Discussion: emptywheel and naked capitalism
The Independent:
Bill for tough riot sentencing runs into millions
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
NYT's Friedman: ‘Way too soon to tell’ if media blew it vetting Obama the candidate
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
The Sad Statistic That Trumps the Others
CBS News:
Dozens more arrested in oil pipeline protest
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Washington Post
William Deresiewicz / New York Times:
An Empty Regard  —  William Deresiewicz is an essayist and critic …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Robin McKie / Guardian:
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Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots and Althouse
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