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4:40 PM ET, February 5, 2010

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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Report: Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations In The Senate Over AL Earmarks  —  Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary “blanket hold” on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, according to multiple reports this evening.  The hold means no nominations …
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Ezra Klein:
What is a ‘hold’?  —  The news of the day, as I mentioned earlier, is that Richard Shelby has decided to place a hold on everything that eats, breathes or moves unless Alabama gets a couple billion more in pork.  Before we take a step further on this, it's worth noting that Shelby is doing exactly …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Shark Jump Announced  —  You've seen the reports that Sen. Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama has taken the perhaps unprecedented step of placing holds on ALL of President Obama's nominees until he gets the money for a couple of big earmarked pork barrel projects he feels entitled to back in his home state.
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Another Day, Another Disappointing Political Ploy Obstructing Progress  —  Yesterday, just hours after the Senate voted 96-0 to confirm Martha Johnson as the Administrator of the GSA after a pointless 9-month delay, we learned that Sen. Richard Shelby from Alabama has placed a blanket hold on all nominees …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Shelby's Office Confirms Holds, Lashes Out At Obama  —  Sen. Richard Shelby's (R-AL) office has confirmed to TPMDC the reports that Shelby has placed a hold on President Obama's nominees over a pair of government programs set to be based in Alabama.  He did not confirm that Shelby has taken …
The Politico:
Shelby puts hold on Obama noms
Discussion: Angry Bear
The Note:
What's Holding Up Security Nominees? Alabama Pork
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Richard Shelby Shuts the Government Down
Discussion: TPMDC and The Moderate Voice
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Shelby puts hold on all Obama nominees
Discussion: The Politico
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPM LiveWire:
Full Statement From Shelby's Office On The Blanket Hold
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Flashback: Shelby Pledged To Do ‘Whatever It Takes’ …
ABCNEWS:
‘Tea Party’ Fireworks: Speaker Rips McCain, Obama, ‘Cult of Multiculturalism’  —  Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo Suggests ‘Civics, Literacy Test’ Would Have Foiled Obama's Election; High-Priced National ‘Tea Party’ Convention Stirs Debate Among Factions  —  The opening-night speaker …
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Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
Tom Tancredo to Tea Partiers: ‘Thank God John McCain Lost’  —  If Tea Party activists are unhappy with President Barack Obama, it would have been a lot worse under President John McCain, Tom Tancredo declared Thursday in opening remarks at the convention in Nashville, Tenn.
John Zogby / The Huffington Post:
Boiling Tea  —  The attitude toward the Tea Party movement is an emerging division in the American electorate.  Those who support and those who oppose the Tea Party agenda are often as different as conservatives and progressives.  The Tea Party attitude is more predictive …
ABCNEWS:
WATCH: Tepid Tea Party?
Discussion: CNN
Bill Dedman / msnbc.com:
Palin e-mails reveal a powerful ‘first dude’  —  Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that the first gentleman, Todd Palin, exchanged with state officials draw a picture of his influence on policy in the Sarah Palin administration.  Other e-mails are still being withheld by the state of Alaska.
The Politico:
Cornyn: No thanks to Obama Q & amp; A  —  Senate Republicans don't have much of an appetite to give President Barack Obama their version of question-and-answer time - not after seeing how Obama handled House Republicans last week.  —  “We're always happy to hear from the president …
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The Politico:
Franken lays into Ax over health bill
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Weekend preview: Obama to address the Democrats while Palin rallies the right
Discussion: The Hill
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to Post: I'm not ripping Rush  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is criticizing a report on a Washington Post blog claiming that she is going after conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh.  —  On Thursday the Washington Post blog “The Plum Line” posted an item under the headline …
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Los Angeles Times:
Rahm Emanuel's latest gaffe points to larger issues
Discussion: The New Republic
The Hill:
Patrick Kennedy: Scott Brown's candidacy ‘a joke’  —  Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) election has been shown to be “a joke,” the son of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Thursday.  —  Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) castigated Brown for having pushed to be sworn in ahead of schedule …
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Steve Peoples / Providence Journal:
Poll: Kennedy, Whitehouse support wanes
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fiscal Scare Tactics  —  These days it's hard to pick up a newspaper or turn on a news program without encountering stern warnings about the federal budget deficit.  The deficit threatens economic recovery, we're told; it puts American economic stability at risk; it will undermine our influence in the world.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Obama Suggests Possibility That Health Reform May Not Happen  —  Maybe I'm misreading this.  But if you look at the transcript of Obama's remarks at a fundraiser last night, it seems like the President was at least raising the possibility that health reform may not happen.
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Gerard Alexander / Washington Post:
Why are liberals so condescending?  —  Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots.  But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct …
Rachel Monahan / NY Daily News:
Queens girl Alexa Gonzalez hauled out of school in handcuffs after getting caught doodling on desk  —  A 12-year-old Queens girl was hauled out of school in handcuffs for an artless offense - doodling her name on her desk in erasable marker, the Daily News has learned.
The Smoking Gun:
Harold Ford Superstar  —  U.S. Senate wannabe's tour rider anticipates swarms of adoring fans  —  Like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, Harold Ford, Jr. has a tour rider.  The former Tennessee congressman, who is now trying to carpetbag his way to a Senate seat in New York, banks about $20,000 …
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Clarification — and Mea Culpa — on James O'Keefe and ‘Race and Conservatism’  —  On Wednesday, I wrote a post reacting to Max Blumenthal's story “James O'Keefe's Race Problem” and was too quick with a description of the August 30, 2006 Robert Taft Club event on “race and conservatism.”
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Lobbying Imperils Overhaul of Student Loans  —  WASHINGTON — Four months ago, it appeared all but certain that the White House and Democrats in Congress would succeed in overhauling the student loan business and ending government subsidies to private lenders.
 
 
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