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2:40 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  —  • Libyan PM confirms death of former dictator  —  • Pictures and video show body in the streets  —  • Final pro-Gaddafi stronghold Sirte falls to NTC  —  • Nato commanders recommend ending mission
The Atlantic Online:
Libya: The End of Qaddafi and the Fall of Sirte
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, 1942-2011: Obituary: Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, 69, Is Dead
Discussion: St. Louis Beacon
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.”
Joshua Green / Business Week:
Herman Cain: Mine.  Mine.  Mine  —  The GOP contender has used charisma, and the seductive power of simplicity, to become a front-runner in the Presidential race.  But what exactly is he running for?  —  Cain takes his message to a crowd in Bartlett, Tenn., on Oct. 14  —  Karen Pulfer Focht/ZUMA Press/Corbis
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Are Herman Cain's 15 minutes finally over?
Ryan Cooper / Washington Monthly:
Herman Cain and Health Care for Small Business
Discussion: TalkLeft and Political Mojo
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Herman Cain on abortion: Pro-choice and pro-life?
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: Connecting.the.Dots
Associated Press:
Clinton, Karzai chuckle over Herman Cain
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Romney campaign pulls Web video mocking Perry's debate performances  —  Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on Thursday removed a Web video mocking rival Rick Perry at CNN's request, according to a Romney spokesman.  —  The video was released Wednesday night on the Romney campaign's anti-Perry site,
Discussion: CNN
Alex Altman / Swampland:
Can a Flat Tax Boost Rick Perry's Flagging Candidacy?
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.
Davidswanson / War Is A Crime .org:
NPR Gets Radio Host Fired for Occupying  —  National Public Radio on Wednesday discovered that a woman named Lisa Simeone who [produced] hosted a show about opera called “World of Opera” had been participating in a nonviolent occupation of Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., organized by
Mike Lillis / Ballot Box:
Dem Rep. Cardoza won't seek reelection  —  Rep. Dennis Cardoza, a five-term California Democrat and prominent member of the conservative-leaning Blue Dog coalition, will not seek reelection next year, the congressman announced Thursday.  —  In a lengthy statement, Cardoza suggested …
Discussion: Big Government
Michael Doyle / Capitol Alert:
Dennis Cardoza announces retirement from Congress
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
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.
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)
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 …
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Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Man orders size 14.5 slipper and gets size 1,450 after ‘mistranslation in China’
Michael M. Grynbaum / City Room:
2 Taxi Medallions Sell for $1 Million Each
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Magazine
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Teacher in famous Christie YouTube video running for N.J. Assembly
Obey touts Kohl, Barrett in Walker recall, but keeps door open for himself
Discussion: TPMDC and Althouse
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
FBI investigating assassination threat against Rep. Schilling
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Android Chief Says Your Phone Should Not Be Your Assistant
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Occupy the Classroom  —  Occupy Wall Street is shining …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Post
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi's silent treatment shows breaks with President Obama
Discussion: The Politico and Weasel Zippers
Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
Pat Buchanan: Blacks Have Lost The American Identity They Had During Segregation
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Eschaton
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Goolsbee flunks ‘cash for clunkers’
Christina Boyle / NY Daily News:
Occupy Wall St. protesters' rights in good hands as legal minds step up to offer their support
Discussion: The Reaction