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5:40 PM ET, October 20, 2011


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Rania El Gamal / Reuters:
Gaddafi captured and wounded near Sirte: NTC official  —  (Reuters) - Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was captured and wounded in both legs near his hometown of Sirte at dawn on Thursday, National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid said.  —  Majid reported the capture …
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Qaddafi Is Dead, Libyan Officials Say  —  TRIPOLI, Libya — Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the former Libyan strongman who fled into hiding after rebels toppled his regime two months ago in the Arab Spring's most tumultuous uprising, was killed Thursday as fighters battling the vestiges …
Muammar Gaddafi killed in gun battle  —  NTC military chief says toppled leader died of wounds following capture near his hometown of Sirte.  —  Abdul Hakim Belhaj, a NTC military chief, has confirmed that Muammar Gaddafi has died of his wounds after being captured near Sirte.
Muammar Gaddafi is dead, NTC says - live coverage
Rasmussen Reports:
Iowa: Cain 28% Romney 21% Paul 10%  —  Reflecting national trends, businessman Herman Cain has now jumped to the front of the Republican pack in Iowa.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Iowa caucus-goers shows that Cain is in front with 28% followed by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at 21%.
Alex Alvarez / Mediaite:
Herman Cain Tells Piers Morgan That He Is Anti-Abortion, Yet Pro-Choice?  —  Tonight, Herman Cain sat down with CNN's Piers Morgan to discuss his stance on a variety of issues.  And it would appear that, where abortion is concerned, Cain is “anti-abortion in all cases,” yet “pro-choice.”
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Are Herman Cain's 15 minutes finally over?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama struggling in Ohio
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Herman Cain lands Steve Grubbs in Iowa
Discussion: GOP 12 and Race 4 2012
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Herman Cain: Mine. Mine. Mine
Tina Korbe / Hot Air:
Cain to Piers Morgan: I'm anti-abortion yet pro-choice
The Daily Beast:
When Condi Met Gaddafi  —  In an exclusive excerpt from Condoleezza Rice's new memoir, ‘No Higher Honor,’ the former secretary of state tells all about her meeting with the recently killed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi: his obsession with her, his WMD stockpile—and the infamous ‘tent.’
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Where Is Mitt Romney on Libya?  —  Have you had any difficulty discerning Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney's precise position on the US involvement in the NATO mission in Libya?  —  The one consistency has been criticism of President Obama.  —  But beyond that, he's seemed a bit all over the Libyan map.
New York Times:
News Analysis: Qaddafi's Death Is Latest Victory for New U.S. Approach to War
Discussion: Washington Post and The Mahablog
David Cay Johnston:
First look at US pay data, it's awful  —  Anyone who wants to understand the enduring nature of Occupy Wall Street and similar protests across the country need only look at the first official data on 2010 paychecks, which the U.S. government posted on the Internet on Wednesday.
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Hillary Clinton and Hamid Karzai chuckle over Herman Cain  —  Secretary of State Clinton and Afghan President Hamid Karzai put international diplomacy aside Thursday during their meeting in Kabul to have a few laughs at Herman Cain's expense.  —  According to the Associated Press …
Kirit Radia / ABCNEWS:
Hillary Clinton Mocks Herman Cain
Discussion: The Caucus and Connecting.the.Dots
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
FBI investigating assassination threat against Rep. Schilling  —  The FBI and Capitol Police are investigating an online threat made against Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) offering a $75,000 reward for his assassination.  —  Schilling learned of the threat in an email alert Tuesday night, according to his spokeswoman, Andrea Pivarunas.
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus, Gawker and Big Government
Chris Minor / WQAD-TV:
Congressman Schilling asked to lay low after online threat offering assassination reward
Discussion: St. Louis Beacon and The Politico
The Right Sphere:
OccupyWallStreet Protesters Go On Private Property And Threaten To Disrupt Business  —  Here's something you never saw at a Tea Party event, rally, or gathering.  —  I'm actually amazed that this guy left that restaurant with a full mouth of teeth.  The guy at the end of the video …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Associated Press:
Public radio host fired from show after NPR questions her involvement in DC protest  —  WASHINGTON — A freelance broadcaster who works for music and documentary programs has been fired from a job after NPR questioned her involvement in a Washington protest.
Pema Levy / TAPPED:
In Defense of Rachel Maddow  —  After Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington, D.C., last year, Rachel Maddow convinced Stewart to sit down with her for over an hour to discuss politics and the media.  She dedicated her entire show that night to the interview.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi's silent treatment shows breaks with President Obama  —  For House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), disagreement with President Obama often takes the form of silence.  —  While rank-and-file House Democrats have been outspoken in taking the White House to task over issues …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Melody Barnes leaving White House
Discussion: Washington Post
Ron Scherer / CNBC:
A Long, Steep Drop for Americans' Standard of Living  —  Think life is not as good as it used to be, at least in terms of your wallet?  You'd be right about that.  The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The GOP's ‘Thank America Last’ crowd  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appeared on Fox News this morning to respond to reports of Moammar Gadhafi's demise.  His first instinct wasn't to thank American troops, but rather, to thank French troops.  —  “Today's not a day to point fingers,” the right-wing Florida senator said.
Doug MacDiarmid / KLFY-TV:
Law Bans Cash for Second Hand Transactions  —  Cold hard cash.  It's good everywhere you go, right?  You can use it to pay for anything.  —  But that's not the case here in Louisiana now.  It's a law that was passed during this year's busy legislative session.
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Foreigners' Sweetener: Buy House, Get a Visa  —  The reeling housing market has come to this: To shore it up, two Senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy houses in the U.S.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The GOP's ludicrous claim about their jobs bill  —  “The entire plan will not add one penny to the federal debt, while creating 5 million new jobs.”  —  “Paul said the bill would create 5 million new jobs—although he did not offer a specific time frame.”  —  Politicians love to make claims …
Peter Hermann / Baltimore Sun:
‘Occupy’ memo could discourage victims from reporting assaults  —  Protest group says it wants to be self-contained community  —  Efforts by the Occupy Baltimore protest group to evolve into a self-contained, self-governing community have erupted into controversy with the distribution …
Spencerackerman / Attackerman:
The Post-Gadhafi Journalism You Will Read In The Next 72 Hours  —  1. Why Gadhafi's Death Vindicates “Leading From Behind” (Tom Friedman)  —  2. Gadhafi's Death Shows The U.S. Was Never Really “Leading From Behind” (Anne-Marie Slaughter)  —  3. There Is Still More To Do In Libya (Any Washington Post op-ed)
Washington Wire:
Perry Campaign Chartered a Plane Used in Drug-Smuggling Ring  —  The campaign of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, which said Wednesday it had underpaid wealthy donors for use of their private jets, has another ticklish plane problem. … For a campaign swing that started late last month …
Discussion: The Hill
Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
2 Taxi Medallions Sell for $1 Million Each  —  The million-dollar taxicab is here.  —  Two New York City taxi medallions — tin plates that grant the right to operate a yellow cab — changed hands on Wednesday for $1 million apiece, the highest recorded sale since the city's modern livery system began.
Discussion: ANIMAL, New York Magazine and Gothamist
Murray Weiss /
Pepper Spray Cop Anthony Bologna Feels ‘Tortured’ by Incident, Sources Say … The police commander whose blast of pepper spray galvanized the Occupy Wall Street movement says he has been “tortured” since the incident — but still believes he used the proper amount of force and …
Paddy Johnson:
Occupy Museums!  Speaking out in front of the Cannons  —  The game is up: we see through the pyramid schemes of the temples of cultural elitism controlled by the 1%.  No longer will we, the artists of the 99%, allow ourselves to be tricked into accepting a corrupt hierarchical system based …
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Brooks Barnes / Media Decoder:
Groups Will Help Celebrities Avoid Embarrassment on Human Rights
Discussion: ThinkProgress and FP Passport
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell says Senate aiming for Thursday vote on $35B jobs bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
McKinsey Quarterly:
Understanding the Second Great Contraction: An interview with Kenneth Rogoff
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Oh, This Is Good  —  So, we've been doing the Carter-Obama theme for quite a while here.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Will Senators do the right thing on jobs, or will they shaft thousands of their own constituents?
Discussion: Washington Monthly, TPMDC and Daily Kos
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Warning by States as Tax Revenues Fail to Rebound
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Illegal Immigration and the Left
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooked Timber
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
New York funds to vote against Murdochs, over Bloomberg objections
Bernie Quigley / Pundits Blog:
‘Primal scream’: The continuing crisis of authority
Discussion: Blog
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Dem Rep. Cardoza won't seek reelection
Discussion: Big Government
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Occupy the Classroom  —  Occupy Wall Street is shining …