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October 5th, 2011
09:28 PM ET

The number is...4,450

Tonight we told the story of Kimberly Vaughn, the widow of Aaron Vaughn, a Navy SEAL who was killed during an August chopper crash in Afghanistan. Since his death, she has carried his wedding ring with her every day. Last weekend, the wedding ring slipped off her finger while traveling back from a family visit in Houston, Texas. In an interview with CNN affiliate, WTKR, Vaughn said, “my jaw dropped, my heart just fell to the floor, I felt like someone was standing on my chest…since my husband was killed in action on August 6th, I’ve been wearing his wedding band on my hand.”

Vaughn believes the ring slipped off her finger somewhere in transit between leaving her hotel and boarding one of her US Airways flights. If you have any information regarding the lost ring, you can contact Vaughn here.

October 5th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– What exactly is the Obama strategy at this point? The class warfare argument alienates white collar workers. The scheduling conference calls with Senate Democrats and then not showing up alienates Senate Democrats. Making Eric Cantor the face of the problem when no one in American knows who Eric Cantor is puts few, if any, points on the board. At some point it looks like desperation.

– Rick Perry's reputation as a fundraiser is in tact. He raised $17 million in 49 days, an impressive haul. And his last debate performance did not impact his fundraising. The daily average actually went up after that debate according to the campaign.

– Is Palin getting in? September 30th was her self-declared "drop dead date", but now her lawyers are rumored to be looking at early states. A lot of people think Republican pundits don't like Sarah Palin. That's not actually true. It's just many of us are so annoyed by the cult of personality that has sprung up around Palin that it is hard to get excited about any further mobilization of these people.

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day Eighteen, ‘A Beautiful Democracy in All This’

Sen. Merkley on #OccupyWallStreet: “I Agree That the System Is Broken”

The Great Move Back Home

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October 5th, 2011
10:24 AM ET

Gov. Christie won't join 2012 race

CNN's John King and a panel discuss how Gov. Christie's decision will impact the 2012 Republican presidential race.


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