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2:45 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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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
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%.
Jonathan Bernstein / Washington Post:
Are Herman Cain's 15 minutes finally over?
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama struggling in Ohio
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
Discussion: CNN
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.’
Mark Landler / New York Times:   For Obama, Some Vindication of His Much-Criticized Approach to War
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
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.
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
Discussion: ANIMAL and Harry's Place
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Darren Goode / The Politico:   Senate OKs Bryson for Commerce
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.
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.
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.
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: Rortybomb and Hullabaloo
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
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
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.
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
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 …
W. James Antle III / The Politico:
What GOP foreign policy debate?  —  Remember the foreign policy debate that was supposed to break out in the Republican Party during next year's primaries?  According to one of the leading presidential candidates, it may already be over.  —  “God did not create this country to be a nation of followers …
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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
Ian Urbina / New York Times:
Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages
Discussion: RedState and ThinkProgress
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama's numbers down even in Hawaii
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
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
Warning by States as Tax Revenues Fail to Rebound
Discussion: Daily Kos
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Illegal Immigration and the Left
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Crooked Timber
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