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2:30 PM ET, February 17, 2010

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Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Hot Air Acquired By Salem Communications  —  CPAC hasn't even officially started and already its making news.  Mediaite has learned that leading center-right web site Hot Air has been acquired by Salem Communications for an undisclosed sum.  Sources close to the deal claim that Michelle Malkin …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Open thread: Hot Air acquisition  —  Many Hot Air readers have begun responding to the following Mediaite story: … I'm going to open a thread on this in order to keep the rest of our comment threads on topic.  Neither Allahpundit nor I will have any official comment on this until tomorrow …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Kate Oczypok / The Hill:
Conservatives will take a ‘whack’ at Pelosi piñata
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Mount Vernon Statement:
Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century  —  We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.  Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law.  They sought to secure national independence …
Wall Street Journal:
Another Liberal Crackup  —  The real reason Evan Bayh wants out of Washington.  —  The political retirement of Evan Bayh, at age 54, is being portrayed by various sages as a result of too much partisanship, or the Senate's dysfunction, or even the systemic breakdown of American governance.
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Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin: Tea Partiers “Have to Pick a Party”  —  In Arkansas, Former Alaska Governor Heaps Praise on Movement, But Says U.S. Has A Two-Party System  —  (CBS) In front of a crowd of Republican Party activists and the tea-party movement's rank and file here on Tuesday night …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to tea parties: Pick a side
Discussion: CNN, CANNONFIRE and Riehl World View
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Clinton Plotting Tea Party Counterattack
CNN:
CNN Poll: Who are the Tea Party activists
Discussion: Open Left and Ben Smith's Blog
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Poll: Large majority opposes Supreme Court's decision on campaign financing  —  Americans of both parties overwhelmingly oppose a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations and unions to spend as much as they want on political campaigns, and most favor new limits on such spending, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Judging Stimulus by Job Data Reveals Success  —  Imagine if, one year ago, Congress had passed a stimulus bill that really worked.  —  Let's say this bill had started spending money within a matter of weeks and had rapidly helped the economy.  Let's also imagine it was large enough …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
2009- Global Warming Causes Foggy Days in San Francisco... 2010- Global Warming Causes Fog-less Days in San Francisco  —  You just can't make this stuff up.  —  Global warming blamed on foggier days in San Francisco:  —  SFGate reported this seven months ago:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
IT IS ‘BROKEN,’ BUT WHO BROKE IT?.... Again, this is the right sentiment, but it's incomplete. … Right.  The system in Washington is “broken.”  Every effort does require an inexplicable “supermajority.”  The entire policymaking process is “dysfunctional.”
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Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
It's past time for President Obama to show some leadership
Discussion: Commentary and Swampland
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
The Democratic Agenda  —  The vast majority of opposition to health care and allowing gays to serve openly in the military is coming from people who already say there's no chance they'll vote Democratic this fall.  That's an indication of minimal fallout for Congressional Democrats by acting on these issues.
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Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
Opposition to Health Care Reform Mainly from Those Who Would Never …
Discussion: Eschaton
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dodd: Changing filibuster rules would be ‘foolish’  —  Diluting the Senate's filibuster rules would be “foolish,” Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) suggested Wednesday.  —  Dodd, who has served in the Senate since 1981 and is the sixth most senior Democrat in the chamber, rejected some colleagues' efforts …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Dodd Defends Filibuster, Calls for More “Civility”
Discussion: The Hill and Eschaton
Boston Globe:
Amy Bishop was charged with assault in 2002 IHOP dispute  —  In March, 2002, Bishop walked into an International House of Pancakes in Peabody with her family, asked for a booster seat for one of her children, and learned the last seat had gone to another mother.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Four More Dem Senators Join Push For Vote On Public Option  —  Yesterday four Dem Senators made a big splash by signing a letter pushing Dem leaders to pass the public option via reconciliation, suggesting the provision may have a faint pulse.  —  Now four more Dem Senators have added …
Discussion: Raw Story, TPMDC and The Hill
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Endgame? House, Senate Edge Towards Deal On Bill For Health Summit
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Plan Would Let Students Start College After 10th Grade  —  Dozens of public high schools in eight states will introduce a program next year allowing 10th graders who pass a battery of tests to get a diploma two years early and immediately enroll in community college.
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The Politico:
Dems' blues: States reverting to red  —  The electoral map candidate Barack Obama remade in 2008 appears to be retreating into its familiar patterns.  —  Obama broke the decisive role Ohio and Florida seemed to play in presidential elections, by moving from trench warfare engagement …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Moe Lane
Elisa Martinuzzi / Bloomberg:
Goldman Sachs, Greece Didn't Disclose Swap, Investors ‘Fooled’  —  Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) — Goldman Sachs Group Inc. managed $15 billion of bond sales for Greece after arranging a currency swap that allowed the government to hide the extent of its deficit.  —  No mention was made of the swap …
New York Times:
Paterson Aide's Quick Rise Draws Scrutiny  —  David W. Johnson has worked for Gov. David A. Paterson for much of his adult life.  He began as a young, ambitious intern from Harlem when Mr. Paterson was a state legislator.  He rose to be Mr. Paterson's driver, serving as a kind of protector and scheduler.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
The Accidental Plagiarist  —  Five days ago, Robert Thomson, the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, wrote a letter to The Times' executive editor, Bill Keller, about “apparent plagiarism” on The Times' DealBook blog, in a post by Zachery Kouwe, a 31-year-old business reporter.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats mark the anniversary of the stimulus with GOP ‘hypocrites’ video  —  Democrats wished Republicans a “happy anniversary” of sorts with a Web video marking the stimulus act's first year in law.  —  In their latest salvo against Republicans who voted against the $787 billion American Recovery …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, The Swamp and MyDD
Front Page Magazine:
Rashad Hussain's Samigate  —  Posted by Robert Spencer on Feb 17th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can leave a response or trackback to this entry  —  Robert Spencer is a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch.
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
 
 
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Mississippians Go to Church the Most; Vermonters, Least
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Kiki Ryan / The Politico:
YOUR CPAC PARTY GUIDE
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Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Maher Strikes Again: Americans ‘Not Bright Enough to Really Understand the Issues’
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
British Conservatives Vs American Conservatives
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Brian Johnson / Big Government:
Toyota and the Union-Backed, Government-Led Witch Hunt
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Megan McArdle:
Did the Stimulus Save Us?
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Nowhere Man  —  The vain search for Harold Ford's principles.
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Chart Of The Day  —  John Sides blames the economy for Americans …
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