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Hello. The last debate lies directly ahead, which indicates “The End is Near“. Meanwhile, your news:

International Developments

? “Sunni and Shia gunmen clash in Beirut and Tripoli”; “Assad to back truce if west stops arming rebels”; “Dozens injured in political protests in Kuwait”; “Protests in Libya over assault on Bani Walid”. Update: “Thousands decried the growing violence in Tunisian politics during a protest in the capital Monday”.

? “Three people have been killed in clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in the western Burmese state of Rakhine”.

International Finance

? The Troika (European Commission, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank) has reportedly demanded that “all current Greek tax inspectors” be fired by the end of the week. The new 2235 tax investigators, untested, “will be judged on how much money they bring in”. Video.

Money Matters, USA

? Great (and succinct) read: “Every Investor And CEO Needs To See This Chart Before The Fiscal Cliff Is Hit”. There’s a remarkable inverse relationship between government-and-household savings and corporate profits. “Bottom line: The deficit is a major driver of corporate profits.”

? General Motors is the largest employer in Defiance, OH and the government effort to keep GM afloat benefited the workers there. Nonetheless, issues such as abortion and the Republican-manufactured boogeyman, “The Deficit”, are having their effect on the voters of Defiance.

? Sign of the (anticipated holiday) times: “FedEx to add 20,000 seasonal workers, sees shipping up 13 pct”.

Politics USA

? VA’s attorney general won’t investigate Colin Small’s throwing voter registration forms in a dumpster since the State Board of Elections hasn’t asked him to, though both Democratic state Sen Donald McEachin and Democratic Party of VA Chairman Brian Moran have called for an investigation. More here.

? Richard Mellon Scaife‘s Mount Pleasant Journal in PA had an article last week with the blatant and inaccurate headline: “Photo ID required for November election”. That requirement was earlier suspended by court order.

? A major player in “voter fraud” circles is Hans von Spakovsky, Heritage Foundation denizen, Bushie, and co-author with John Fund of the book “Who’s Counting?”. They’ve managed to create an uproar through True the Vote, a Tea-Party group, which has “filed lawsuits, released studies, testified before Congress . . . and spurred legislative initiatives in thirty-seven states to require photo identification to vote.”

? Nathan Sproul’s Strategic Allied Consulting, awash in voting fraud allegations, received $600,000 in September from the Republican National Convention and the Republican Party of Virginia.

? A “UN affiliated organization (the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)” will be monitoring voting in the US in a limited capacity.

? Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, MO Republican running against incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, has a staffer, Rick Tyler, who scraped the bottom of their oozy juvey barrel and tweeted, “If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she’d be a ‘Bullshitsu'”.

? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a time-trip back to the ’50s and has compared Democrat Elizabeth Warren, running for US Senator from MA, with Soviet communists’ philosophy.

? Finally! PA Republican Gov Tom Corbett was pushing an ALEC piece of legislation allowing “the Governor and the State Education Department to override local school boards and open charters where the local board rejected them.” This issue got so hot, that Republicans backed off. [cont’d.]

David Dayen

David Dayen