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8:25 PM ET, February 10, 2010

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Paul Krugman:
Clueless  —  I'm with Simon Johnson here: how is it possible, at this late date, for Obama to be this clueless?  —  The lead story on Bloomberg right now contains excerpts from an interview with Business Week which tells us: … Oh.  My.  God.  —  First of all, to my knowledge …
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Bloomberg:
Obama Doesn't ‘Begrudge’ Bonuses for ‘Savvy’ Blankfein, Dimon  —  Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said he doesn't “begrudge” the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon or the $9 million issued to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein …
Reuters:
White House Moves Swiftly To Stem Fallout Of Obama Interview  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House is moving swiftly to stem the fallout from a potentially damaging interview President Obama gave on Tuesday, in which he was quoted saying that he did not “begrudge” the multibillion-dollar bonuses of Wall Street executives.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What Obama Said About Those Bonuses  —  One of the day's big stories is that Obama said in an interview with Bloomberg that he doesn't “begrudge” the massive bonuses awarded to the CEOs of Goldman Sachs and Chase, pointing out that some professional athletes take home even more.
Simon Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Obama Still Doesn't Get It  —  Bloomberg today reports President Obama as commenting on the $17 million bonus for Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and the $9 million bonus for Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, … Taken separately, these statements are undeniably true.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Jen Psaki / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Clearing Up the Bonuses Issue
Discussion: Washington Wire and TPMDC
Bryan Walsh / Time:
Snowstorm: East Coast Blizzard Tied to Climate Change  —  As the blizzard-bound residents of the mid-Atlantic region get ready to dig themselves out of the third major storm of the season, they may stop to wonder two things: Why haven't we bothered to invest in a snow blower, and what happened to climate change?
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Eric Robinson / Yale Daily News:
Palin's bigger blunder  —  Last weekend, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate gave the keynote speech at the first National Tea Party Conference.  It was a speech carried by many news channels and one that is still receiving a lot of attention.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Anti-Palin Faux-troversy of the Day: The Black Bracelet  —  I thank Yale Graduate School student Eric Robinson for his service to the country in Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  But Robinson's hit piece on Sarah Palin, Palin's bigger blunder, leads me to believe Robinson has succumbed to the New Haven funny water …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin's Bracelet: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means **UPDATED  —  Chalk up yet another tick on the board of things that Palin doesn't understand: … As a mother, I am flabbergasted by the symbolism of this on many levels.  I understand wanting to keep something close …
National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS ASKS MISTRESS RIELLE HUNTER TO MARRY HIM!  —  John Edwards has proposed to his mistress Rielle Hunter, and is buying a luxury $3.5 million beachfront home where they can live happily ever after with their love child, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
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CNN:
Edwards' spokeswoman denies story on marriage proposal
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
PRESS ROOM LAUGHTER DIES DOWN  —  The White House press room was a jovial place to be in the early days of President Barack Obama's presidency.  But times have changed.  —  Back in May, POLITICO analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter — as indicated by " …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Gawker
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CBS News:
Obama Says Bipartisanship, But What He Wants Is GOP Surrender
Ezra Klein:
What Obama could learn from Bush  —  Last night, Craig Becker's nomination to the National Labor Relations Board was approved, with 52 senators voting in favor of Becker and 33 voting against him.  —  Wait, sorry, I got that wrong.  It was rejected with 52 senators voting in favor of Becker and 33 voting against.
Discussion: Newsweek
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Nelson defects from Dems over trials
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cornyn on filibuster: What goes around, comes around
Discussion: Boston Globe, The Politico and ACS Blog
Houston Chronicle:
Congressman Charlie Wilson dies at 76  —  Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, a hard-partying Democrat who played a key role in the United States' covert war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, has died.  He was 76.  —  Wilson was taken to Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin …
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BBC:
A Dubai court annuls marriage to ‘bearded lady’  —  An Arabic country's ambassador to Dubai has had his marriage contract annulled after discovering the bride was cross-eyed and had facial hair.  —  The woman had worn an Islamic veil, known as the niqab, on the few occasions the couple had met.
Discussion: Informed Comment and THE BIG FEED
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Telegraph:
Arab ambassador discovers bride is bearded and cross-eyed behind veil  —  An Arab ambassador has called off his wedding after discovering his wife-to-be who wears a face-covering veil is bearded and cross-eyed.  —  The envoy had only met the woman a few times, during which she had hidden …
Kpicket / The washington times Blogs:
Marvel admits to ‘mistake’ in controversial Captain America comic  —  It looks like Marvel Comic's Captain America is throwing his mighty shield at the Tea Party Movement.  Warner Todd Huston wrote on his Publius forum blog that the super-powered soldier who fought the Nazis in WWII goes under-cover …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
gingrichbamboozlefail  —  Classic moment last night on The Daily Show when Newt Gingrich explained that it was okay to mirandize “shoe bomber” Richard Reid and not Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab because Reid, unlike Abdulmutallab, is a US citizen.  —  Only, of course, Reid is a British citizen.
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
But, Newt, Padilla Didn't Talk
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ATTACKERMAN
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A First Look at Palin's Primary Math  —  If Sarah Palin runs for the Republican nomination in 2012 — and I've been on record for some time as predicting that she will — what are likely to be her best and worst states?  And how do these strengths and weaknesses square with the Republican primary calendar?
Washington Post:
Human microchips seen by some in Virginia House as device of antichrist  —  The House of Delegates is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would protect Virginians from attempts by employers or insurance companies to implant microchips in their bodies against their will.
Jonathan Kay / Newsweek:
Black Helicopters Over Nashville  —  Never mind Sarah Palin and the tricornered hats.  The tea-party movement is dominated by conspiracist kooks.  —  The tea-party movement has no leader.  But it does have a face: William Temple of Brunswick, Ga. For months, the amiable middle-aged activist …
The Official Google Blog:
Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network  —  Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York.  Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes.
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
A Mountain of a Problem Rises in Nation's Capital  —  WASHINGTON—All plows can do here is push snow from one spot to another, displacing it into shoulder-high escarpments, walling off parked cars, confounding pedestrians and blocking drivers' lines of sight.  —  William Howland has his own plan.
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Testimony  —  Federal Reserve's exit strategy  —  Before the Committee on Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. … Chairmen Frank and Watt, Ranking Members Bachus and Paul, and other members of the Committee and Subcommittee, I appreciate the opportunity …
Associated Press:
Utah lawmakers pass gun regulation exemption bill  —  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Guns made and kept in Utah would be exempt from federal regulations under a measure passed by the Utah Legislature.  —  Senate Bill 11 was passed Wednesday by the Utah House 56-17.  It now goes to the governor.
Discussion: protein wisdom
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pastor Wiley Drake prayed for the death of John Murtha  —  The sickness that permeates the extreme religious right never stops surprising me.  We've seen Wiley Drake's shtick before, but it's still as repulsive as ever.  What type of religion do these freaks practice anyway?
 
 
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Having It Both Ways on Medicare
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CNN:
Palin's ‘an engaging person,’ Biden says
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Has Harold Ford Ever Filed a New York Tax Return?
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Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Boehner: How Dare Obama Televise The Health Care Debate After I …
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Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Authorities Brace for Protests
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Watson to retire
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