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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ten years after al Qaeda’s attack on the United States, the vast majority of the 9/11 Commission’s investigative records remain sealed at the National Archives in Washington, even though the commission had directed the archives to make most of the material public in 2009, Reuters has learned.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi resurfaced on the air waves to berate his enemies as rats and stray dogs and insist he was still in Libya to fight on, but he offered them no clues about where they could find him.

The big Politico/MSNBC debate Wednesday was not a good night for death penalty opponents. Texas Gov. Rick Perry -- who has overseen more executions than any other governor during his three terms in office -- stood firmly behind his state's vision of justice.

And the crowd was with him.

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Mitt Romney styled himself as a staunch defender of Social Security in Wednesday's debate, taking a huge bet that Republican seniors will go for a more moderate position than Rick Perry on entitlements.

Perry repeated his oft-quoted line that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" and "monstrous lie" from the podium and shrugged off criticism from Karl Rove that his language was politically "toxic."

"You know, Karl has been over the top for a long time in some of his remarks," he said of his former political guru. "So I'm not responsible for his remarks."

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Expectations were high that Rick Perry's first debate would feature some fireworks and so far it has not disappointed. Romney and Perry mixed it up almost immediately with a pointed exchange over job creation in their respected states.

Texas has seen more job growth than the nation at large since the recession, a central selling point for Perry that he brought up in his first answer. "What Americans are looking for is someone who can get people working again," he said. "If you look at what we've done over the last decade, we've created 1 million jobs in the state of Texas the same time America lost 2.5 million jobs."

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Ron Paul's supporters love to chatter about why the Texas congressman doesn't get more coverage in the 2012 race. The polls are one reason, and here's another: he says things that just won't get him the nomination of a major political party.

Take the Politico/MSNBC debate Wednesday night. In his first question from the moderators -- lobbed at him like so many are to draw just this kind of answer -- Paul stood up for the idea that the United States does not need an agency in charge of keeping the skies safe.

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The GOP 2012 field takes to the stage at the Ronald Reagan Library - hallowed ground for Republicans - to duke it out to follow in the Gipper's footsteps. Watch live here at TPM.

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The Advertising Standards Authority, the British advertising watchdog, has banned television commercials put on by a campaign called Phones 4 U. The ads used images of a winking cartoon Jesus who touts "miraculous deals" on Samsung's Galaxy phones.

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