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1:40 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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Richard Shelby Shuts the Government Down  —  I've often yearned for some high-minded, reform-oriented Senator to announce that he intends to place a hold on all presidential nominations until the confirmation process is reformed.  Well it looks like Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama …
Discussion: TPMDC
The Politico:
Shelby puts hold on Obama noms
Discussion: Angry Bear
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Sen. Shelby puts hold on all Obama nominees
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
The Note:
What's Holding Up Security Nominees? Alabama Pork
Discussion: PoliBlog and The Page
Emptywheel:
Shelby Tries to Shut Down US Senate to Benefit Foreign Company
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Daily Kos
William Matthews / FederalTimes.com:
Ala. senator blocks nominees over Air Force tanker contract
Discussion: Ezra Klein, MyDD and TPMDC
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Super Bowl party: Big crew
Discussion: CNN and D.C. Now
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.
Judd Berger / Fox News:
Tea Party Launches ‘Counter-Revolution’  —  The first-ever National Tea Party Convention started with a bang Thursday, as conservative firebrand Tom Tancredo used his kickoff speech to rail against “the cult of multiculturalism” and the country's “socialist ideologue” president …
Discussion: CNN and The Nation
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Liveblogging the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville
Discussion: Swampland and Think Progress
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
Sarah Palin takes $100,000 for populist Tea Party speech
Discussion: CNN
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: Jrichardson's blog
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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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Decoding Obama's Health Care Plan
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
Obama Maps a Way Forward for a Health Overhaul
Discussion: New York Times
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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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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David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Gallup: Majority of Dems View Socialism Positively
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.
Los Angeles Times:
Rahm Emanuel's latest gaffe points to larger issues  —  He's apologized for using the word ‘retarded,’ but Obama's chief of staff, once seen as the perfect strategist for the job, has become a target of criticism as the White House's agenda lags.  —  President Obama's chief of staff has apologized for his use of the word “retarded.”
Discussion: The New Republic
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Fhardingj / CNN:
New DNC ad claims Republicans ‘at it again.’  —  A new DNC ad slams Republicans for Wall Street ties.  —  (CNN)- The Democratic National Committee launched a television ad Friday accusing Republicans of appealing to Wall Street for campaign money in exchange for stopping proposed financial regulation from being passed.
Discussion: The Politico
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:   Pelosi: New jobs numbers means stimulus is working
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.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The great peasant revolt of 2010  —  “Iam not an ideologue,” protested President Obama at a gathering with Republican House members last week.  Perhaps, but he does have a tenacious commitment to a set of political convictions.  —  Compare his 2010 State of the Union to his first address to Congress a year earlier.
Scott / Power Line:
“It's a joke name, sir”  —  With his all-seeing eye, Glenn Reynolds has directed readers to an intriguing story out of Pakistan and/or Saudi Arabia: … In place of any straightforward cue to the story, Glenn substituted a quote from a very funny scene in “Monty Python's Life of Brian” (the scene is below).
Discussion: Fox News and Indecision Forever
 
 
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