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6:10 PM ET, October 23, 2011


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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Rick Perry Goes Birther: After Meeting With Trump, 'I Don't Know' If Obama's Birth Certificate Is Real  —  In April, in an effort to appease a vocal group of conspiracy theorists who believe President Obama was not born in the United States, Obama released his “long-form” birth certificate from Hawaii.
N. Gregory Mankiw / New York Times:
Four Nations, Four Lessons  —  AS the economy languishes, politicians and pundits are debating what to do next.  When we look around the world, it's hard to find positive role models.  But as we search for answers, it is useful to keep in mind those fates that we would like to avoid.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Cain would autograph life amendment  —  Herman Cain tried to clean up the running confusion over his position on abortion last night, but in the meantime opened questions about his grasp of the Constitution.  —  In an interview with David Brody last night, Cain said he'd sign …
David Brody / The Brody File:
Herman Cain Exclusive: Tells Brody File He Will Support Constitutional Amendments on Life and Marriage  —  In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain says he would support a pro-life amendment to the constitution and would use the bully pulpit to push pro-life legislation.
David Brody / The Brody File:   Brody File Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Calls Herman Cain The “Psychological Frontrunner” for GOP Nomination
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Rick Perry challenges opponents' abortion stances at Iowa Faith & Freedom dinner
Discussion: Hot Air and Caffeinated Thoughts
Jamie Klatell / Ballot Box:
In Iowa, Perry dings Romney, Cain on abortion stances
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Graham: Obama's Iraq, Afghan policies ‘being run out of Chicago’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday that key foreign policy decisions by the Obama administration are being made for political reasons.  —  “I would argue Iraq and Afghanistan is being run out of Chicago, not Washington …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Michele Bachmann: U.S. got “kicked out” of Iraq
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Clinton warns Iran not to ‘miscalculate’ U.S. post-withdrawal commitment to Iraq
Discussion: ABCNEWS
About 130 arrested at Occupy Chicago protest  —  (Reuters) - About 130 protesters were arrested at an Occupy Chicago demonstration early on Sunday after they set up tents and refused to leave a public park after closing time, police said.  —  The protests, which have spread across …
Discussion: Blogcritics and The Raw Story
Chicago Tribune:
Police again arrest Occupy Chicago protesters in Grant Park
Merrill Matthews / Right Directions:
The Red State in Your Future  —  Voters around the country are concluding it's better to be red than dead—applying a whole meaning to an old phrase.  If you do not currently live in a red state, there's a good chance you will be in the near future.  Either you will flee to a red state …
Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
They want $lice of the occu-pie  —  Even in Zuccotti Park, greed is good.  —  Occupy Wall Street's Finance Committee has nearly $500,000 in the bank, and donations continue to pour in — but its reluctance to share the wealth with other protestErs is fraying tempers.
Declan Walsh / Guardian:
Afghanistan would side with Pakistan in war with US, says Hamid Karzai  —  President says Afghans ‘will never betray their brother’ in TV interview aired days after Kabul visit by Hillary Clinton  —  The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has said he would side with Pakistan in the event of war …
Huge turnout in Tunisia's Arab Spring election  —  (Reuters) - Tunisian voters poured into polling stations to vote on Sunday in their country's first free election, 10 months after vegetable seller Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in an act of protest that started the Arab Spring uprisings.
Robert Frank / Wall Street Journal:
Goldman Sachs Sends Its Regrets to This Awkward Dinner Invitation  —  Bank Withdraws From Fund-Raiser After ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Gets Place at Table  —  Earlier this month, hundreds of New Yorkers received an unusual dinner invitation from the Lower East Side People's Federal Credit Union.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
McConnell: Layoffs a ‘local’ problem  —  In an interesting policy-political joust Sunday with CNN “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stuck by his assertion that stopping federal funding to stave off local police, teacher and firefighter layoffs …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Associated Press:
Autopsy: Qaddafi was killed by shot to head  —  Col. Muammar Qaddafi, who ruled Libya for 42 years before he was driven from power by revolutionaries.  This week he was captured by rebels; an autopsy reveals he died by a gunshot to the head.  —  Anger In The Arab World
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and FP Passport
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Did The Post story do right by the Koch brothers?  —  The Koch brothers, Charles and David, are the betes noire for liberals, much like George Soros is the bugbear for conservatives.  —  The Kochs own a multinational conglomerate — regarded as the second-largest privately held company in the world …
Discussion: Hot Air and blogs
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Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
Europe is now leveraging for a catastrophe
Discussion: Paul Krugman
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Richard Lugar, the unlikely target of conservatives
Lauren Evans / WCMH-TV:
Ohio GOP Straw Poll Gives Ron Paul A Majority
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden focused on reelection fight, but ‘not closing any door’ on 2016 run
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and CNN
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans in Congress are in a quandary on jobs
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John DiStaso /
Sununu to endorse Romney for President
 Earlier Items: 
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Cain, Now Running as Outsider, Came to Washington as Lobbyist
Clare O'Connor / Filthy Rich:
Protesters Occupy GE CEO Jeff Immelt's Connecticut Front Lawn
Discussion: Doug Ross and Pajamas Media
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Occupy DC focus of ' sensitive'discussions
Discussion: DCist and Occupy DC