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8:00 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 …
Marco Rubio / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio's compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show
Discussion: National Review
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
The GOP's ‘Thank America Last’ crowd
Discussion: Political Mojo and The Mahablog
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
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Psychic Claims He Predicted Exact Date And Time Of Occupy Wall Street Beginning...And He Has Proof!
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Climate Skeptics Take Another Hit  —  Physicists are notorious for believing that other scientists are mathematically incompetent.  And University of California-Berkeley physicist Richard Muller is notorious for believing that conventional wisdom is often wrong.  For example, the conventional wisdom about climate change.
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.
Richard Black / BBC:
Global warming ‘confirmed’ by independent study  —  Weather stations are giving a true picture of global warming, the group found  —  The Earth's surface really is getting warmer, a new analysis by a US scientific group set up in the wake of the “Climategate” affair has concluded.
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.
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Yet More Debates Added to Calendar
W. James Antle III / The Politico:
What GOP foreign policy debate?
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Associated Press:
Senate Votes Down Trimmed Version of Obama's Jobs Bill  —  WASHINGTON - Despite a campaign-style push this week by President Barack Obama, the Senate on Thursday scuttled pared-back jobs legislation aimed at helping state and local governments avoid layoffs of teachers and firefighters.
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
Car Company Gets U.S. Loan, Builds Cars In Finland  —  Vice president Joe Biden, left, and Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive announces that the company will produce plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at the former General Motors Boxwood Plant, Oct. 27, 2009, in Wilmington, Del. (Rob Carr/AP Photo)
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
New York Times:
Violent End to an Era as Qaddafi Dies in Libya  —  MISURATA, Libya — Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's last moments Thursday were as violent as the uprising that overthrew him.  —  In a cellphone video that went viral on the Internet, the deposed Libyan leader is seen splayed on the hood of a truck …
The Daily Beast:
When Condi Met Gaddafi
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.
Associated Press:
Senate OKs Bryson to head Commerce Department  —  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of former utility executive John Bryson to head the Commerce Department, overcoming conservatives' objections that his pro-environmental views made him unsuited for the job.
Darren Goode / The Politico:   Senate OKs Bryson for Commerce
Poll: Obama tops GOP rivals in Illinois  —  CARBONDALE - President Barack Obama would win his home state of Illinois against any one of the top four Republican challengers for the office if elections were held today, according to a new poll from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIU Carbondale.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's numbers down even in Hawaii
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
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 …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
TIME Ideas:
Is Herman Cain the Most Unctuous Black Man Alive?  —  Why the Hermanator experience is making me sick  —  This Presidential election has not lacked for clowns and in a circus Herman Cain fits right in.  But as the Black clown, Cain's foot in mouth moments mostly involve insulting the Black community.
Daily Mail:
THE RISE OF A TYRANT  —  Gaddafi was born in 1942, the son of a Bedouin herdsman, in a tent near Sirte on the Mediterranean coast.  He abandoned a geography course at university for a military career that included a short spell at a British army signals school.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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: Washington Post and TalkLeft
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Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Is Poised for More Easing
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
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Peter J. Henning / DealBook:
The Late-Mover Advantage in Citigroup's Settlement
US News:
Obama Sends White Pumpkins to the ‘Back of the Bus’
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Weasel Zippers
Financial Times:
Banks face penalties in return for bail-outs
Ari Berman / The Nation:
How the Austerity Class Rules Washington
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Rortybomb
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Eder / Deal Journal:
John Paulson Is Losing Sleep
Discussion: Business Insider and Mogulite
David Kestenbaum / NPR:
What If We Paid Off The Debt? The Secret Government Report
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Tale Of Two Presidents
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
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Are Herman Cain's 15 minutes finally over?
Rasmussen Reports:
Iowa: Cain 28% Romney 21% Paul 10%