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NATO Given Proof of Qaddafi Death: Allied Military Official

A senior Western military official in Washington said Libya's interim government has sent NATO commanders still pictures and video imagery which "leave no doubt" of the death of former Libyan leader Moammar el-Qaddafi.

The official said "other NATO assets" - an allusion to the Western intelligence operatives who have been on the ground in Libya for months aiding the rebels - were en route to Surt to make final confirmation of the Libyan strongman's death. 

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Romney Pulls Web Ad of Stumbling Perry

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pulled an unflattering video about rival Rick Perry from the Web after cable giant CNN complained about the use of comments from its correspondents in the ad.

The ad featured some of the Texas governor’s worst moments from recent candidate debates, including a stumbling attempt by Perry to portray Romney as a flip-flopper on abortion rights.

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Cardoza to Announce Retirement From Congress Later Today

Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., will announce his retirement from Congress on Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reports. Cardoza's office said only that he would be releasing a statement at noon, but his departure is a long-expected decision that avoids a potential primary with his close friend, Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., in the new 16th District.

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Obama Administration Concedes a Bit on Health Reform Regs

The Health and Human Services Department has made significant concessions on its controversial rules governing accountable care organizations – the new hospital structures meant to help improve the U.S. health care system.

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Romney Attending RNC Annual Gala

A parade of leading presidential contenders will attend the Republican National Committee's Annual Gala in Washington next week, including front-runner Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich and Gary Johnson, according to an RNC official.

The gala, held next Wednesday and hosted by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, will be headlined by House Speaker John Boehner. An RNC official said more than 50 members of Congress are also expected to attend. 

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Reports of Qaddafi's Death Flood Social Media

Social media was abuzz on Thursday with reports of Libyan Leader Muammar el-Qaddafi's death. Here's a look at what people are saying.

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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Leppert Touts Business Credentials In First Ad

Tom Leppert is the former mayor of Dallas. But you wouldn't know it just from watching his first television ad.

Tom Leppert is the former mayor of Dallas. But you wouldn't know it just from watching his first television ad.

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 11:40am

Qaddafi Through the Years

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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:40am

Obama to Appear on Leno Next Tuesday

President Obama will make his fourth overall appearance and second as president on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno next Tuesday, NBC announced.

The president, who is stopping by Leno's show during his three-day swing through Nevada, California, and Colorado next week, also appeared on The Tonight Show in December 2006, October 2007, and March 2009. He was the first sitting president to appear on a late-night talk show.

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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:40am

Santorum: Perry Jab at Romney a ‘Cheap Shot’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s debate jab at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over immigration was a “cheap shot,” says Rick Santorum, who trails both candidates in the Republican primary race.

In a contentious two-hour debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, Perry criticized Romney for being a hypocrite on immigration issues, having at one point employed illegal workers himself through a lawn service. Romney fired back that Perry’s facts were off.

For his part, Santorum joked that he wouldn’t have any problems with a lawn service.

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:40am