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10:00 AM ET, October 22, 2011

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Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
The Iraq War Ain't Over, No Matter What Obama Says  —  President Obama announced on Friday that all 41,000 U.S. troops currently in Iraq will return home by December 31.  “That is how America's military efforts in Iraq will end,” he said.  Don't believe him.  —  Now: it's a big deal that all U.S. troops are coming home.
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
How the Obama administration bungled the Iraq withdrawal negotiations  —  The Obama administration is claiming it always intended to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of this year, in line with the president's announcement today, but in fact several parts of the administration appeared …
Ben Feller / ABCNEWS:
Iraq War Over, US Troops Coming Home, Obama Says  —  America's long and deeply unpopular war in Iraq will be over by year's end and all U.S. troops ""will definitely be home for the holidays," President Barack Obama declared Friday.  —  Stretching more than eight years …
Discussion: The Politico and The News Tribune
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Iraq rejects US request to maintain bases after troop withdrawal  —  Obama announces the full withdrawal of troops from Iraq but fails to persuade Nouri al-Maliki to allow US to keep bases there  —  The US suffered a major diplomatic and military rebuff on Friday when Iraq finally rejected …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Romney Opposes Troop Withdrawal From Iraq (UPDATED)
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Romney: Mission not accomplished
thedp.com:
Protesters storm campus after Cantor cancels visit  —  Cantor's office was told Thursday that Penn security was welcoming protesters  —  Protesters gather inside Huntsman Hall after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor canceled his Wharton Leadership Lecture slated for Friday afternoon in Huntsman Hall.
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Eric Cantor / thedp.com:
Read the speech the House Majority Leader had prepared for his Wharton Leadership Lecture  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor canceled his speech at Huntsman Hall today.  Printed below are the remarks he had prepared, courtesy of his office.  —  Thank you for having me this afternoon.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Cantor speech abruptly canceled
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Cantor Cancels Income Inequality Speech After Learning It Will Be Open To The Public.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Wall Street protests force Cantor to cancel economic speech
Discussion: Firedoglake
Emily Schultheis / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cantor fled Wharton demonstrations
Matt Yglesias / The New Republic:
How Occupy Wall Street Is a Rational Response to a System That's Failed  —  The basic economic premise of modern American liberalism, as I understand it, is that with appropriate regulation and taxation a market economy can be made broadly beneficial to the overwhelming majority of citizens.
Discussion: Crooked Timber and ThinkProgress
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Adam Andrzejewski / Big Government:
Lech Walesa Not Attending #OccupyWallStreet in New York After Discovering Hard-Left Organizers
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Occupy Wall Street backed by 37 percent of Americans, poll says
James Pindell / WMUR Political Scoop:
EXCLUSIVE: All Bachmann NH Staffers Quit  —  All paid New Hampshire staff for Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign have quit over deep frustration with the campaign's lack of commitment to New Hampshire. ...
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Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
A skeptical physicist ends up confirming climate data  —  Back in 2010, Richard Muller, a Berkeley physicist and self-proclaimed climate skeptic, decided to launch the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project to review the temperature data that underpinned global-warming claims.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Which States Are Most Enthusiastic About Obama's Reelection?  —  The Obama reelection campaign is very proud that it has now reached 1 million donors.  As it should be!  That's a lot of people who still believe strongly in the president despite, you know, How Things Are.
Discussion: Political Mojo
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Cain's latest bizarre abortion comment  —  Herman Cain took another shot at clarifying his abortion stance on Fox News today, but in the process only added to the confusion.  —  Cain attempted to argue that when he said in a CNN interview earlier this week that the decision was ultimately up to the family …
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Spiegel Online:
Estonia Lives the European Dream  —  The Estonians, with little debt, an enthusiastic attitude toward Europe and a stoic approach to austerity measures, are a model EU nation in the midst of a crisis.  They live in a digital republic defined by a business-friendly atmosphere and government transparency …
cphpost.dk:
Islamists seek to introduce ‘Sharia zones’  —  A majority of Danish Muslims distance themselves from small group of extremists  —  A fundamentalist Islamic group wants to set up zones in Copenhagen where Islamic Sharia Law should be upheld.  —  The group, ‘The Call to Islam’ …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Seth McLaughlin / Washington Times:
Cain tops field again in Nevada GOP straw poll  —  LAS VEGAS — The good news continued for Herman Cain Friday, as the former Godfather's Pizza CEO won the Western Republican Leadership Conference straw poll of GOP presidential contenders, edging out former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney …
Lauren Bans / GQ:
The Hipster Cop: An Occupy Wall Street Conversation  —  The Ralph Lauren-obsessed plainclothes police officer spotted at the Occupy Wall Street protests has become an Internet sensation.  We tracked him down to talk to the man about his personal style, how the protesters are dressing, and what exactly he's doing down there
Discussion: ANIMAL, Gothamist and Guardian
Sen. Marco Rubio / The Politico:
Exclusive: Rubio defends himself  —  The Washington Post on Friday accused me of seeking political advantage by embellishing the story of how my parents arrived in the United States.  —  That is an outrageous allegation that is not only incorrect, but an insult to the sacrifices my parents …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Exclusive interview with Senator Marco Rubio on WaPo's story about his family history
Discussion: Biased BBC, The Politico and Power Line
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Ex-Governor of South Carolina Joins Fox News  —  Former Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina may have not have been able to run for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination after his 2009 cheating scandal, but he will at least get to talk about the campaign on national television …
Eli Clifton / ThinkProgress:
Iraq By The Numbers: The World's Costliest Cakewalk  —  Powell's infamous presentation at the U.N.  —  The Obama administration's announcement of a withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Iraq by the end of the year offers the possibility of a definitive conclusion for the U.S. military's involvement in Iraq.
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
2012 sneak preview: New pro-Obama group rolls out class-warfare ad against Romney  —  Via Political Wire, what's the most depressing thing about this?  The fact that it grossly distorts support for a lower long-term capital-gains rate generally into some sort of sinister plutocratic carve-out for millionaires specifically?
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
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Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Tea Party Nation poll shows 52 percent will vote for Romney if he is GOP nominee
 
 
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Jason Noble / Iowa Caucuses:
In Newton, Ron Paul calls for smaller government, less ‘militarism’
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
DealBook:
Live From New York, It's Steve Schwarzman
Discussion: Dealbreaker and Business Insider
George Zornick / thenation.com/blogs/163255:
Shocking Report Reveals the Pentagon's Addiction to Fraudulent Contractors
Wall Street Journal:
Murdochs Are Re-Elected Amid Protest
2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  American Crossroads: Obama's ‘Class Warfare’ Message Is Working
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Job Approval Average Hits All-Time Low
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Baron / Yahoo! News:
For $1 billion, one dictator  —  Call him the billion-dollar man.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Lachlan Markay / The Heritage Foundation:
Solyndra to Auction Assets, But Taxpayers Won't See a Dime
Danielle Camilli / phillyburbs.com:
Website alleges mayor paid for sex
Discussion: Business Insider and Wonkette