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2:50 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 …
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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Richard Shelby Shuts the Government Down
Discussion: TPMDC and The Moderate Voice
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Shark Jump Announced
Discussion: PoliBlog and BuzzFlash.org
The Politico:
Shelby puts hold on Obama noms
Discussion: Angry Bear
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Shelby puts hold on all Obama nominees
Discussion: Washington Post and The Politico
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.
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Liveblogging the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville
Discussion: CNN, American Power and Facing South
The Politico:
Franken lays into Ax over health bill  —  Sen. Al Franken ripped into White House senior adviser David Axelrod this week during a tense, closed-door session with Senate Democrats.  —  Five sources who were in the room tell POLITICO that Franken criticized Axelrod for the administration's failure …
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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.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Politicizing Justice?  Obama names DNC member Tim Purdon as a U.S. Attorney
Discussion: RedState
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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David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Obama Maps a Way Forward for a Health Overhaul
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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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Pelosi: New jobs numbers means stimulus is working
Fhardingj / CNN:   New DNC ad claims Republicans ‘at it again.’
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and GOP 12
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Los Angeles Times:
Rahm Emanuel's latest gaffe points to larger issues
Discussion: The New Republic
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.
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 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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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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Labor Market Shows Signs of Reawakening in New Data  —  The American unemployment rate dipped from 10 percent to 9.7 percent in January, the Labor Department reported Friday, buoying hopes that the worst job market in at least a quarter-century is finally improving.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Socialism Viewed Positively by 36% of Americans  —  Majority of Americans positive on capitalism, entrepreneurs, free enterprise, and small business  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More than one-third of Americans (36%) have a positive image of “socialism,” while 58% have a negative image.
 
 
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Google Asks Spy Agency for Help With Inquiry Into Cyberattacks
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
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Josh Silver / The Huffington Post:
Senator Franken Rips Into Comcast CEO Brian Roberts
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John McCain, no more the iconoclast
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
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Rep. Weiner jokes: Lieberman is a ‘d*ck’
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