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Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Happy Hour Roundup

* Scoop of the afternoon: The Post unearths proof that Marco Rubio’s oft-told dramatic tale of his family’s flight from Cuba embellishes the facts a wee bit.

* Steve Benen has the definitive takedown of Rubio’s refusal to award any credit to Obama for Gaddafi’s death.

* On foreign policy, these guys are just flailing: Jake Tapper tracks no less than five positions Mitt Romney has held on Obama and Libya.

* Jed Lewison has the best video mashup I’ve seen of Romney bolting from his previous positions on health care — and yes, he did in fact say he saw the individual mandate as a model for the nation.

* Kevin Drum wonders just how bloodthirsty Obama would need to be before he’d get national security kudos from the right.

* Funny Brian Beutler catch: Who says GOP senators oppose Federal infrastructure spending? Lindsey Graham is all for it — as long as it happens in Libya.

* Ari Berman does a deep reportorial dive into the central failure of our politics: “How the austerity class rules Washington.”

* Mike Tomasky says what must not be said in polite company: One side is far more to blame than the other for Washington’s failure to address the jobs crisis:

I have trouble keeping lunch down when I read these jeremiads about how sad and mysterious it is that our institutions of government are failing. It’s not a mystery. One side wants them to fail. And there’s very little the other side can do about it, besides point it out, which the president has started doing — and now he’s the one being divisive! They’ve turned the world inside out.

* Joan Walsh on how Occupy Wall Street has completely changed the conversation in this country — even as we don’t have any idea whether it will succeed in forming an actual agenda.

* Bogus class-warfare allegation of the day: Paul Ryan opines that Obama is “going all in” on a “strategy” of “class warfare” and “division,” even claiming that he is “preying on emotions of fear, resentment and anger.”

Apparently Ryan is haplessly unaware that the American people completely reject this interpretation of what Obama is doing.

* Joan McCarter on another reason it would be unconscionable for the Senate not to send aid to the states: They are under water when it comes to their own tax collection, and putting people back to work in that environment is absolutely critical.

* And Jonathan Capehart on the GOP’s cheerful embrace of Herman Cain’s claim that Democrats are the real racists.

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