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CNN: Obama says Gadhafi's rule is over
President Barack Obama said Monday that the regime of Moammar Gadhafi in Libya "is coming to an end" and he pledged U.S. support for a democratic Libya. In a statement to reporters from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Obama said the situation remained fluid on the ground in Libya, but that it was clear "Gadhafi's rule is over."
POLITICO: On Libya Revolution, GOP candidates duck and cover
It’s the 2012 Republican field’s first real moment in the foreign policy spotlight — the dilemma over how to respond to the apparent success of President Barack Obama’s intervention in Libya. So far, the strategy for nearly all the candidates is: don’t.
Los Angeles Tribune: Rick Perry's views on the Constitution get closer scrutiny
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, faulting much of what the federal government did in the 20th century, has called Social Security a "failure" and "an illegal Ponzi scheme" and also cast doubt on the constitutionality of federal laws on food safety, minimum wages, bans on child labor, environmental protection and Medicare.
CNN: Huntsman criticizes rivals in prime time interview
The former Utah governor said he thinks [former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt] Romney's a good man who has a terrific family "but when it comes to going up against Barack Obama in an election cycle that is going to be 100 percent about expanding the economy and creating jobs, being number 47 as job creator ain't going to cut it. We were number one in job creation. I think that works."
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CNN: Hearing set after DA seeks to drop case against Strauss-Kahn
A status hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, a day after a New York district attorney said charges should be dropped against the former International Monetary Fund chief. Strauss-Kahn's lawyers applauded the decision. The accuser's attorneys and women's rights activists were outraged.
CNN: Irene spins just north of the Dominican Republic, may head to U.S.
Hurricane Irene whipped the northern coast of the Dominican Republic early Tuesday as the slowly strengthening storm continued its march through the northern Caribbean, the National Hurricane Center said.
CNN: Protests lead to temporary closings of Bay Area train stations
Police alternately closed and reopened commuter train stations in downtown San Francisco Monday after demonstrators gathered to protest recent shootings by the train system's police officers.
CNN: Memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. opening on National Mall
The morning sun that came up over Washington's Tidal Basin on Monday illuminated a new memorial opening to the public for the first time: a plaza and statue honoring the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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CNN: Fighting rages in Libya as Gadhafi son emerges, quashes rebel claims
What appeared to be a climactic showdown between rebel and government forces in Libya a day earlier devolved into confusion and uncertainty Tuesday about whether ruler Moammar Gadhafi's regime would fall anytime soon. Sporadic fighting continued in Tripoli as two purported rebel accomplishments came unhinged.
CNN: U.S., NATO concerned about Libya's stockpile of weapons
The U.S. and NATO have been quietly talking to National Transitional Council officials for the last several weeks about securing Libya's remaining stockpiles of mustard gas and other weapons material in the event the Gadhafi regime fell, U.S. officials confirm. Topping the list of worries is Libya's stockpile of mustard gas.
CNN: Syrian death toll tops 2,200, U.N. says
More than 2,200 people have been killed since the start of mass protests in Syria in mid-March, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Monday. Navi Pillay spoke in Geneva, Switzerland at a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which met to discuss allegations of human rights violations in Syria.
New York Times: Japan’s Prime Minister Likely to Resign, Minister Says
Naoto Kan, the embattled Japanese prime minister, is likely to step down by the end of this month, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday, a long-expected resignation that will nevertheless bring uncertainty to a country still reeling in the aftermath of its natural and nuclear disasters.
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CNNMoney: Stocks end higher after a bumpy ride
U.S. stocks rose modestly Monday as investors grappled with an uncertain economic outlook ahead of a key speech by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke. The advance came on a day with no major economic reports or major corporate developments. As a result, stocks traded in a wide range as investors anticipated events later in the week.
Wall Street Journal: Head of S&P to Resign
Standard & Poor's President Deven Sharma is leaving the credit-rating firm at the end of the year, the company said Monday night. Mr. Sharma will step down as president on Sept. 12 and be succeeded by Douglas Peterson, chief operating officer of Citigroup Inc.'s Citibank unit.
CNNMoney: Goldman Sachs CEO lawyers up
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has retained the services of prominent defense attorney Reid Weingarten. Investors did not take the news well. Goldman shares plunged in the final minutes of trading, following a report published late Monday by Reuters. …Weingarten, an attorney at Steptoe & Johnson, is one of the nation's premier white-collar crime attorneys.
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CNN's Sara Sidner, embedded with rebel forces, and Matthew Chance take us to the front lines of the battle for Tripoli.