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12:40 AM ET, October 24, 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.
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: Paul Krugman and AMERICAN FUTURE
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Banks must find €108bn in new capital
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 …
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 …
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney calls Obama Iraq withdrawal decision an ‘astonishing failure’  —  The 2012 Republican field largely slammed President Obama's decision, which the president announced Friday, to end the Iraq war and bring U.S. troops home by the end of 2011, suggesting that the move was a purely political one.
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Graham: Obama's Iraq, Afghan policies ‘being run out of Chicago’
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Clinton warns Iran not to ‘miscalculate’ U.S. post-withdrawal commitment to Iraq
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Michele Bachmann: U.S. got “kicked out” of Iraq
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
Meredith Dake /
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
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.
Associated Press:
Autopsy: Qaddafi was killed by shot to head
Discussion: FP Passport
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Former members' campaigns alive, well and spending money  —  The disgraced lawmakers might be gone, but their campaigns live on.  —  The handful of members of Congress who have resigned amid scandal in recent years have maintained active campaign accounts, federal records show …
New York Times:
Who Needs Stability?  —  Bankers in this country are not letting up on their campaign to undercut the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which is supposed to curb risky behavior and lessen the chances of another meltdown.  They are also eagerly joining their overseas brethren in a similarly fierce campaign …
Discussion: Jared Bernstein and Daily Kos
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.
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
‘America Is Hated Around The World’ Because Of Obama's Foreign Policy, Ahmadinejad Tells Fareed Zakaria  —  In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said America was hated around the world and should re-examine their policies.
Discussion: Global Public Square
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.
Reuters:   Huge turnout in Tunisia's Arab Spring election
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New York Post:
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Andrea Riquier / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: Hot Air and
About 130 arrested at Occupy Chicago protest
Discussion: Blogcritics
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Did The Post story do right by the Koch brothers?
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
McConnell: Layoffs a ‘local’ problem
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Maggie's Farm
Lauren Evans / WCMH-TV:
Ohio GOP Straw Poll Gives Ron Paul A Majority
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Rick Perry challenges opponents' abortion stances at Iowa Faith & Freedom dinner
Kathleen Hennessey / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans in Congress are in a quandary on jobs
Discussion: Hullabaloo
John DiStaso /
Sununu to endorse Romney for President
Clare O'Connor / Filthy Rich:
Protesters Occupy GE CEO Jeff Immelt's Connecticut Front Lawn