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Oft-forgotten presidential candidate Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) will introduce legislation to save Social Security during a free lunch in DC on Monday. The congressman will address an audience at the Heritage Foundation before holding a press conference. According to a press release, McCotter’s plan would ‘restore social solvency to the program without cutting benefits or raising taxes.’

A regional court in Dusseldorf, Germany has upheld a countrywide ban on sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet, affirming, for now, Apple's claims that Samsung illegally copied the design of the iPad, an important victory in Apple's wider, global intellectual property war on Samsung products.

"We are disappointed with this ruling and believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany," Samsung said in a statement emailed to Idea Lab.

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Mitt Romney will deliver a labor policy speech in South Carolina on Monday, The Hill reports:

Romney will use the speech to highlight his position on unions, including a proposed executive order to give workers a secret ballot option and an opt-out of union membership. The executive order was one of five that he pledged earlier this week to give on the first day of his presidency.

Sometimes lost in the political melee over Rick Perry's claim that Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" is that Social Security is not, never has been, and never will be anything close to an actual Ponzi Scheme. But that doesn't keep pundits from falling prey to the faulty idea on a regular basis.

The latest is MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who took a turn into Perry territory on Thursday night while explaining Social Security's actual financial challenges.

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Democratic leaders in the House spoke out on Friday, insisting that President Obama’s jobs legislation be considered in one large bill, rather than being split up into pieces that both parties could agree on. ‘He introduced it in one bill,’ said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Previously, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) had expressed his desire to peel off the most passable items in the measure and put them up for vote individually.

‘What is the problem with voting up or down?’ asked House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (D-CN). Democrats reminded the press that the proposed bill was already a compromise, pointing out that the proposals in the President’s plan have historically had bipartisan backing.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka hasn't been shy in recent weeks about speaking out against President Obama's willingness to compromise with Republicans on everything from the super committee to the so-called Gang of Six's approach to deficit reduction, but last night he seemed elated over Obama's jobs plan and his pledge to "go to the mat" for workers.

"The President took an important and necessary step tonight: he started a serious national conversation about how to solve our jobs crisis," Trumka said in a lengthy statement. "He showed working people that he is willing to go to the mat to create new jobs on a substantial scale. Tonight's speech should energize the nation to come together, work hard and get serious about jobs."

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NORTH OF BANI WALID/EAST OF SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Fighters representing Libya’s new rulers entered one of the last towns loyal to ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi late on Friday and said there was fighting on the streets, in what could mark the start of a final showdown against bastions of Gaddafi control.

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has said he may not stand for re-election in 2013 but could play a behind-the-scenes role as a kind of father figure to the center right.