* Mike Tomasky on an overlooked fact of Beltway life: The Washington media rewards those who bash Dems in the name of bipartisanship.

* Adam Serwer on the killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki and the “legal implications of asserting that a U.S. president possesses the ultimate power of live of death over an American citizen.”

* Michael Hersh on how the killing reveals that “Obama’s relentless covert campaign knows no boundaries, whether geographic, legal, or moral.”

* Spencer Ackerman asks the Obama administration some tough questions about the killing.

* Steve Benen asks all of us some tough questions about the overall issues raised by the killing.

* Ron Paul condemns the killing: “Al-Awlaki was born here, he is an American citizen. He was never tried or charged for any crimes.” It’s interesting how marginal this position is within the U.S. Congress.

* The right continues to respond to that viral Elizabeth Warren video with typical class, restraint, and taste.

* James Downie has a nice take on the growing popularity of Occupy Wall Street. A taste:

While still in its earliest phases, the occupation is right to echo many Americans’ frustration that Wall Street and Washington have recovered, while the rest of the economy hasn’t. Should there be more specific ideas down the line? Of course. For now, though just focusing the conversation on Wall Street and inequality is victory enough.

* One outstanding question about Occupy Wall Street: Whether the major progressive institutions will see this as an opportunity.

* Jed Lewison flags a doozie:

Rick Perry: Warren Buffett hasn’t got a clue about the private sector

Yes, that's pretty much what Perry really said. There’s video.

* And some sorely needed Friday comic relief: Eric Wemple puts the bogus Daily Caller story about the EPA’s quest for 230,000 new bureaucrats in the context of the agency’s whole funding history, deftly revealing how deeply absurd the claim really is.

What else is happening?