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12:55 AM ET, October 21, 2011


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Manuel Roig-Franzia / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show  —  During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) frequently repeated a compelling version of his family's history that had special resonance in South Florida.  He was the son of exiles, he told audiences …
Marc Caputo / Naked Politics:
Did the Washington Post embellish Marco Rubio's ‘embellishments’?  —  The Washington Post just released this interesting story headlined “Marco Rubio's compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show.”  The paper flagged a clear inaccuracy in his official Senate biography that states …
Alex Leary /
Activists known as ‘birthers,’ who still question President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, are focusing on Sen. Marco Rubio, saying he's not a natural born citizen.  —  ST. PETERSBURG TIMES  —  WASHINGTON — Unable to prevent Barack Obama from becoming president, rigid followers …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The GOP's ‘Thank America Last’ crowd
Discussion: Political Mojo and The Mahablog
Marco Rubio / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show
Discussion: National Review
Josh Saul / New York Post:
Angry Manhattan residents lambast Zuccotti Park protesters  —  Infuriated lower Manhattan residents went ballistic on Zuccotti Park protesters at a chaotic Community Board 1 meeting tonight while blasting politicians for allowing the siege to continue without any end in sight.
Alastair Gale / Korea Real Time:
Occupy Wall Street Gets Pyongyang's Backing … You could see this one coming.  —  North Korea's state news agency weighed in on the Occupy Wall Street protests Thursday, highlighting the “stern judgment” of “millions of people” against a capitalist system that “brings exploitation …
Murray Weiss /
Pepper Spray Cop Anthony Bologna Feels ‘Tortured’ by Incident, Sources Say
Jerold S. Kayden / New York Times:
Meet Me at the Plaza  —  AN unintended but potentially significant …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
The Huffington Post:
Steve Jobs Biography Reveals He Told Obama, 'You're Headed For A One-Term Presidency' … In one of the most hotly-anticipated biographies of the year, “Steve Jobs,” author Walter Isaacson reveals that the Apple CEO offered to design political ads for President Obama's 2012 campaign despite …
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%.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's numbers down even in Hawaii
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama struggling in Ohio
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.’
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Qaddafi Is Dead, Libyan Officials Say
Mark Landler / New York Times:   For Obama, Some Vindication of His Much-Criticized Approach to War
Andrew / Fantastical Andrew Fox:
Fisker Karma: Solyndra on Wheels?  —  Fisker Karma: can you say, “crony capitalism?”  —  Our tax dollars at work... a half-billion dollar loan (actually $529 million) from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a hybrid toy for the wealthy and/or celebri-licious (like Leonardo DiCaprio …
Discussion: Power Line and Doug Ross
Gaddafi's death - who pulled the trigger?  —  (Reuters) - Disturbing images of a blood-stained and shaken Muammar Gaddafi being jostled by angry fighters quickly circulated around the world after the Libyan dictator's dramatic death near his home town of Sirte.
Gaddafi dead picture: Colonel Gaddafi photo appears to prove Libya dictator is dead
Hotline On Call:
Announcing Retirement, Dem Congressman Bashes Obama  —  Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon — and he issued a scathing parting shot at President Obama's track record on his way out.  —  In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza …
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham: 'Let's Get In On The Ground.  There's A Lot Of Money To Be Made In The Future Of Libya'  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has had no shortage of criticisms for Obama administration's handling of NATO air support for Libyan rebels.  But with news this morning of Muammar Qaddafi's death …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
GOP Senator Supports ‘Infrastructure’ Spending ... In Libya (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Impolitic and US Politics
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.
The Politico:
The art of the cheap shot  —  It's hard to dispute that Rick Perry's he-hired-an-illegal-immigrant attack on Mitt Romney was a cheap shot.  —  It's even harder to dispute that it worked beautifully.  —  Put aside the fact that Perry's broadside was recycled, and barely relevant to the debate.
Discussion: CNN and Opinion L.A.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Well, Good for WDAV  —  According to this update just now, the classical music public radio station WDAV, in North Carolina, will not dismiss Lisa Simeone from her role as a freelance (ie, non-employee) host of an opera (ie, non-political) program carried by NPR, just because she has also been a spokesperson for the Occupy DC movement.
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 …
The heat is on  —  A new analysis of the temperature record leaves little room for the doubters.  The world is warming  —  from the print edition  —  FOR those who question whether global warming is really happening, it is necessary to believe that the instrumental temperature record is wrong.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Melody Barnes leaving White House  —  Melody Barnes, President Barack Obama's domestic policy adviser, will leave the White House at the end of the year to spend more time with family and consider opportunities in the private sector, senior administration officials told POLITICO on Thursday.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi's silent treatment shows breaks with President Obama
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
David Kestenbaum / NPR:
What If We Paid Off The Debt?  The Secret Government Report  —  Planet Money has obtained a secret government report outlining what once looked like a potential crisis: The possibility that the U.S. government might pay off its entire debt.  —  It sounds ridiculous today.
The Hill:
Senate blocks jobs bills offered by Dems, GOP  —  For the second time in two weeks, Senate Republicans voted in a unison to block “jobs” legislation, which the Obama administration and Senate Democratic leaders have made central to their agenda.  —  The majority of Democrats then blocked a second “jobs” measure offered by Republicans.
Discussion: CNN
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Oh, This Is Good  —  So, we've been doing the Carter-Obama theme for quite a while here.  But we've been completely trumped with this video.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Cain Claims 999 Has A Secret Fix To Help The Poor: 'I Just Haven't Told The Public Or My Opponents About It Yet'  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.  —  The centerpiece of Herman Cain's economic agenda, the 999 Plan …
Ari Berman / The Nation:
How the Austerity Class Rules Washington  —  This article appeared in the November 7, 2011 edition of The Nation.  —  Recommended by  —  In September the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a bipartisan deficit-hawk group based at the New America Foundation …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Rortybomb
Mapping the FBI: Uncovering Abusive Surveillance and Racial Profiling  —  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is collecting racial and ethnic information and “mapping” American communities around the country based on crude stereotypes about which groups commit different types of crimes.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Post
McKinsey Quarterly:
Understanding the Second Great Contraction: An interview with Kenneth Rogoff  —  The economist and coauthor of This Time Is Different explains what history can teach us about the global downturn and why climbing out of it is still rife with risks.  —  Continued economic stagnation in Europe …
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Senate OKs Bryson for Commerce
Discussion: CNN
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages
Discussion: RedState and ThinkProgress
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Paul Ryan: Obama ‘preying on emotions of fear, resentment and anger’
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Ben Baden / US News:
The Ranks of the Underemployed Continue to Grow
Steve Eder / Deal Journal:
John Paulson Is Losing Sleep
Discussion: Business Insider and Mogulite
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Sen. Jim DeMint aims to overturn inhaler ban
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Reed Hastings Knows He Messed Up
Discussion: Mogulite
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Tale Of Two Presidents
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Illegal Immigration and the Left
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooked Timber
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Are Herman Cain's 15 minutes finally over?
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Source: ABC Reporter's Life Allegedly Threatened at Occupy Oakland; ‘We Shoot White Bitches Like You Around Here’
Pema Levy / TAPPED:
In Defense of Rachel Maddow
Spencerackerman / Attackerman:
The Post-Gadhafi Journalism You Will Read In The Next 72 Hours