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Mahmoud Jibril, head of Libya’s National Transitional Council, has asked the UN Security Council to lift some economic sanctions on Libya, the AP reports.

The Wall Street Jornal reports Monday that even given the “relentless” stream of calls from prominent Republicans over the last week, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) isn’t rethinking his decision to not run for the 2012 GOP nomination.

Sounding hopeful, the paper reports that Christie has “wooed deep-pocketed conservatives at a number of recent party events” before succumbing to the reality of the situation.

“Some in the conservative movement are still searching for Mr. or Ms. Wonderful,” a person in the governor’s fund-raising circles told the paper. “But Christie is a guy who through his whole career has said what he means, and he has said no.”

A Senate aide tells the AP that FEMA has more money than it originally thought — enough to last until Thursday.

FEMA originally estimated its funds would run out as early as Tuesday. Congress is currently gridlocked over a GOP demand to pair disaster aid with spending cuts.

In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol continued to express his discontent with the current GOP field and hint at his desire for a new candidate.

“I think these are very weak front runners,” Kristol said of Perry and Romney. “The front-runners in 2007 on the Republican side, if you look at the polls were Giuliani and Thompson. In 2003, in September, were Howard Dean and Wesley Clark, who had just entered the race. You can have a nominee who is not a front-runner in September the year before the nomination.”

Writing on his blog after the Republican debate last week, Kristol noted “there will be a lot of attention paid to Chris Christie’s Reagan Library speech Tuesday.”

A new CNN/ORC poll shows Rick Perry leading the Republican pack, but Mitt Romney fares better against President Obama.

Perry leads Romney 28 percent to 21 percent among Republican voters, according to the poll. Romney trails Obama only slightly, at 48 percent to Obama’s 49 percent. Obama leads Perry at 51 percent to 46 percent.

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Nobody is quite sure what to make yet of the astonishing announcement Thursday from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) that it has conducted an experiment that seems to show neutrinos, a type of uncharged particle, traveling faster than the speed of light.

After all, if confirmed, the results from CERN's OPERA experiment would mean scrapping one of physics' most fundamental theories: Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, part of which states that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.

There have already been a number of science writers and physicists raising profound doubts about the results.

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Rick Perry’s debate debacle on Thursday in Florida may have cost him some support from voters, according to Public Policy Polling’s latest numbers. They tweet:

“Thursday night part of our Florida poll Romney led Perry by 2. Friday-Sunday part Romney led Perry by 10. Debate did matter.”

A new round of speculation emerged over the weekend concerning the possible candidacy of Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). Fox News reported on Friday that Christie will “let top Republican donors know within days about his plans.”

The rumors of a Christie campaign have been circulating in an endless feedback loop since early this year, with GOP donors desperately pleading to get the New Jersey governor into the race only to hear the possible candidate decline to enter the field each and every time.

The latest rumor notes that “significant GOP support has remained on the sidelines of the primary fight,” implying that such supporters would immediately move to support Christie if he did decide to finally toss his hat into the ring.

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.