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11:05 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.
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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.
Wolfgang Münchau / Financial Times:
Europe is now leveraging for a catastrophe  —  It is time to prepare for the unthinkable: there is now a significant probability the euro will not survive in its current form.  This is not because I am predicting the failure by European leaders to agree a deal.  In fact, I believe they will.
Discussion: AMERICAN FUTURE and Paul Krugman
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Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Banks must find €108bn in new capital  —  Europe's big banks will be forced to find €108bn of fresh capital over the next six to nine months under a deal to strengthen the banking system that is to be unveiled by European Union leaders.  —  After 10 hours of talks in Brussels on Saturday …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Eurozone summit - despair and backbiting in the corridors of power
Discussion: Business Insider
Richard Spencer / Telegraph:
Libya's liberation: interim ruler unveils more radical than expected plans for Islamic law  —  Libya's interim leader outlined more radical plans to introduce Islamic law than expected as he declared the official liberation of the country.  —  Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the chairman …
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
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David Brody / The Brody File:   Brody File Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Calls Herman Cain The “Psychological Frontrunner” for GOP Nomination
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Cain, Now Running as Outsider, Came to Washington as Lobbyist
Meredith Dake / Breitbart.tv:
OccupyDayton Protester: ‘F*ck The Military, F*ck Your Flag, And F*ck The Police’  —  A citizen journalist was taking pictures of the destruction the “Occupy Dayton” protest caused to public property when he was approached by a group of demonstrators.  A protester became very hostile …
Discussion: Power Line and Big Government
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Jobs Plan Stalled, Obama to Try New Economic Drive  —  WASHINGTON — With his jobs plan stymied in Congress by Republican opposition, President Obama on Monday will begin a series of executive-branch actions to confront housing, education and other economic problems over the coming months …
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 …
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Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Clinton warns Iran not to ‘miscalculate’ U.S. post-withdrawal commitment to Iraq
Discussion: ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Abdel-Jalil Promises a Role for Islam in a New Libya  —  BENGHAZI, Libya — The leader of the transitional government declared to thousands of revelers in a sunlit square here on Sunday that Libya's revolution had ended, setting the country on the path to elections, and he vowed that the new government would be based on Islamic tenets.
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Associated Press:
Autopsy: Qaddafi was killed by shot to head
Discussion: FP Passport
Reuters:
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
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Chicago Tribune:
Police again arrest Occupy Chicago protesters in Grant Park
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.
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 …
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
BBC:
Tunisia voters go to polls in historic free election  —  Voting has begun in Tunisia in the first free election of the Arab Spring, nine months after the fall of former President Zinedine el Abidine Ben Ali.  —  Voters will elect a 217-seat assembly that will draft a new constitution and appoint an interim government.
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Reuters:   Huge turnout in Tunisia's Arab Spring election
 
 
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Andrea Riquier / Bloomberg:
Louisiana's Jindal Wins Second Term as Governor in Open Primary
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
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
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Rick Perry challenges opponents' abortion stances at Iowa Faith & Freedom dinner
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Ginger Adams Otis / New York Post:
They want $lice of the occu-pie  —  Even in Zuccotti Park, greed is good.
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans in Congress are in a quandary on jobs
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John DiStaso / unionleader.com:
Sununu to endorse Romney for President
Merrill Matthews / Right Directions:
The Red State in Your Future
Clare O'Connor / Filthy Rich:
Protesters Occupy GE CEO Jeff Immelt's Connecticut Front Lawn