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7:55 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.
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.
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.’
Muammar Gaddafi is dead, NTC says - live coverage
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney aide on Libya: Credit to the Libyans, not Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS and New York Times
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 …
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 struggling in Ohio
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Herman Cain lands Steve Grubbs in Iowa
Discussion: Race 4 2012
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.
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.
Chris Minor / WQAD-TV:
Congressman Schilling asked to lay low after online threat offering assassination reward
Discussion: St. Louis Beacon and The Politico
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.
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.”
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Tale Of Two Presidents  —  A reader writes: … And this time, the Arab world loves us as well.  —  To rid the world of Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and Moammar Qaddafi within six months: if Obama were a Republican, he'd be on Mount Rushmore by now.
New York Times:
News Analysis: Qaddafi's Death Is Latest Victory for New U.S. Approach to War
Discussion: The Mahablog
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.
Discussion: Political Mojo
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
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.
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 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
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 …
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Illegal Immigration and the Left  —  Ryan Bonneville writes that there's really nothing Barack Obama can do to placate the right-wing illegal immigration crowd.  No matter what he does, it will never be enough.  Then this: … Well, the reason I don't have a big problem …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooked Timber
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.
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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.
Darren Goode / The Politico:
Sen. Jim DeMint aims to overturn inhaler ban  —  Sen. Jim DeMint is seeking a vote this week on his amendment that would stop the FDA from phasing out an over-the-counter asthma inhaler because it emits chlorofluorocarbons that have been linked to deterioration of the ozone layer.
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 …
The Politico:
ActBlue to begin listing super PACs - Big spending third Q reports trickling in - MW&E snags four - Hensarling brings in the big guns  —  EXCLUSIVE ... ACTBLUE TO BEGIN LISTING SUPER PACS: Dave and Abby Phillip report that ActBlue, the nation's premier online Democratic fundraising organization …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Andrew Goldman / New York Times:
Reed Hastings Knows He Messed Up  —  Part of Steve Jobs's legacy is how incredibly well he managed the Apple product rollouts.  What do you think Jobs, who never minced words, would say about how Netflix has operated in the last three months?  —  I'm not going to put words in a deceased man's mouth.
Discussion: Mogulite
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Ben Baden / US News:
The Ranks of the Underemployed Continue to Grow
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's numbers down even in Hawaii
Discussion: Don Surber and JammieWearingFool
Steve Eder / Deal Journal:
John Paulson Is Losing Sleep
Discussion: Business Insider and Mogulite
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Qadhafi death ‘victory’ for Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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
 Earlier Items: 
Murray Weiss /
Pepper Spray Cop Anthony Bologna Feels ‘Tortured’ by Incident, Sources Say
Luis Martinez / ABCNEWS:
NATO Could Decide Tomorrow to End Libya Mission
Discussion: New Atlanticist
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Will Senators do the right thing on jobs, or will they shaft thousands of their own constituents?
Discussion: TPMDC, Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Andrew Breitbart / Big Journalism:
Source: ABC Reporter's Life Allegedly Threatened at Occupy Oakland; ‘We Shoot White Bitches Like You Around Here’
Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
2 Taxi Medallions Sell for $1 Million Each
Discussion: ANIMAL, New York Magazine and Gothamist
Associated Press:
Public radio host fired from show after NPR questions her involvement in DC protest