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CNN has released its criteria for candidates to participate in the October 18 “Western Republican Presidential Debate.”

A person must receive an average of at least 2.00 percent in at least three national polls released between September 1st and October 14th that were conducted by the following organization: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.

Americans will have the chance to question House GOP leaders today at a Facebook town hall. The hour-long session, which begins at 6 p.m. Eastern, features House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Watch the livestream here, and submit your questions in advance here.

A federal judge in Chicago has delayed embattled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (R-IL), the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The court simply issued a statement saying the sentencing has been “stricken until further order by the court.”

Kenyan Nobel laureate Wangari Matthai on Monday died during cancer treatment in Nairobi, the BBC reports:

She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for promoting conservation, women’s rights and transparent government – the first African woman to get the award.

Speaking during Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rose to defend President Obama from recent criticism that he hasn’t been as strong an ally as his predecessors were.

In the US “you see this tremendous, tremendous sympathy and affinity for Israel,” Netanyahu said. “And I think that bipartisan support is expressed by any person who happens to be the president of the United States, including President Obama.”

When asked if President Obama was as friendly as his predecessor, Netanyahu declared: “They are all friends of Israel, equally representing this friendship of America.”

Responding to President Obama’s use of the Texas wildfires in a fundraising speech Sunday night in order to criticize Gov. Rick Perry’s beliefs on climate change, a campaign spokesman hit back at the president on Monday morning.

“It’s outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history, as a political attack,” Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan emailed Politico. “This from a president whose nation is financially suffering and his solution is taking more money away from families by raising taxes on families and small businesses.”

Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain sounded a bipartisan note Monday on CNN’s “American Morning,” blasting politicians on both sides for “playing with people’s tragedies.” Referring to a looming budgetary deadline that could shut down the government and stop disaster aid if Congress fails to act, Cain reiterated his claim that if he were president, he would “make sure FEMA got the money it needed, and if I have to go find the offsets later, find it later.”

t seems that the American public has finally had enough of the Palin family drama.

Two new books were released in the last week; “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin” by Joe McGinnis and “Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin’s Crosshairs” by Levi Johnston. Both chronicle the “soap opera” that is the Palin family.

Not surprisingly, both books have gotten only a “lukewarm response” from the purchasing public.

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is scheduled to appear on The Daily Show Monday night.

Paul has been a guest on Jon Stewart’s show twice before, the Des Moines Register reports, and Stewart has recently criticized the media for ignoring Paul’s campaign.

Sen. Scott Brown in a statement Monday called the “gridlock and partisanship” in Washington “disgusting.”

“With economic instability in the United States and around the world, it’s unacceptable for Congress to add more uncertainty to the marketplace by threatening another government shutdown,” he said.

“It’s time for people on both sides to stop bickering and work together on policies that will get our economy going,” Brown added. “We are Americans first.”