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6:00 PM ET, February 17, 2010

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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 …
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
DeMint: Leaders should endorse conservative treatise or ‘be replaced’
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 …
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Wire:
Sale of ‘Hot Air’ Shakes Up Conservative Blogosphere
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Clinton Plotting Tea Party Counterattack  —  Last week, former President Clinton was rushed to the hospital in New York for an emergency heart operation.  Medical experts said the procedure was “relatively routine” and predicted Clinton would make a full recovery and be back to his regular schedule soon.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to tea parties: Pick a side
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Four More Dem Senators Join Push For Vote On Public Option
Discussion: The Politico, Raw Story and TPMDC
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Sen. Reid doesn't have the votes to pass $15 billion version of jobs bill
Discussion: TalkLeft and Commentary
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 …
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Kate Oczypok / The Hill:
Conservatives will take a ‘whack’ at Pelosi piñata  —  Attendees at a conservative conference in town this week will have the opportunity to whack a pinata of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  —  Conservative Political Action Conference “CPAC” begins Thursday here in D.C. and will feature …
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CNN:
House GOP pushes for televised jobs summit with Pelosi, Democrats
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Zaid Jilani / Think Progress:
CPAC will feature a Pelosi piñata and Reid punching bag.
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.
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: Daily Kos, The Hill, The Swamp, MyDD and CNN
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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:
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and Stop The ACLU
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Newsweek Blogs:
Exclusive: Another Taliban Leader Captured in Pakistan  —  Another leader of the Afghan Taliban has been captured by authorities in Pakistan working in partnership with U.S. intelligence officials.  Taliban sources in the region and a counterterrorism officials in Washington have identified …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“May The Judgement Not Be Too Heavy Upon Us”  —  To have lived in an America where its former vice-president can boast of supporting the torture of human beings is tragic and terrifying enough.  For me and many others, this is not America.  As a former president said of the abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib,
Greg Mankiw / Greg Mankiw's Blog:
Thoughts about the Fiscal Commission  —  Here is a question I have been pondering.  If you were a member of the fiscal commission, what would you try to achieve?  —  The answer for liberals is easy: They want to raise taxes to fund the existing, and even an expanded, social safety net …
Discussion: EconLog and The Baseline Scenario
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Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:   Is there a case for a VAT?  —  I outlined it yesterday, to a small group at GMU.
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Plan Would Allow for Early College  —  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.  —  Students who pass but aspire to attend …
Steven E. Levingston / Short Stack:
The secret behind the hot sales of “The Road to Serfdom” by free-market economist F. A. Hayek  —  Friedrich Hayek, Nobel-prize winning economist and well-known proponent of free markets, is having a big month.  He was last seen rap-debating with John Maynard Keynes in the viral video above …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Cato @ Liberty
US News:
Huckabee Gets Michelle Obama on Fox  —  Michelle Obama and Fox News are sort of going to break bread this weekend.  That's because former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has wooed the obesity-fighting first lady onto his weekend show to talk about food, fat, and kids.
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Gibbs: President Obama “Would Love” To Appear On Daily Show, But Not Colbert Report  —  On Tuesday afternoon, I caught up with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in his office, and the conversation turned to President Obama's decision last year to appear on both The Tonight Show …
Discussion: The Plum Line, The Hill and Mediaite
Ezra Klein:
Selling insurance across state lines: A terrible, no good, very bad health-care idea  —  The big Republican idea to bring down health-care costs is to “let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.”  Jon Chait has some commentary here, but I want to simplify a little bit.
Discussion: The New Republic
Nathaniel Frank / The Huffington Post:
Life Support for “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”: Are Democrats the Problem?  —  To a degree that has caught even longtime advocates off guard, the substantive debate about whether to end “don't ask, don't tell” has rather suddenly been resolved.  The impassioned statement by Adm. Mike Mullen …
 
 
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Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Democrats must work to avoid '94 repeat
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz agrees with concerns of 9/11 truthers …
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Michael Burnham / New York Times:
Conoco, BP, Caterpillar Leave Climate Coalition
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Van Hollen: Democrats ‘very close’ to healthcare agreement
Discussion: The Page
Adam Fogle / The Palmetto Scoop:
Bill would ban federal currency in SC
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Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Maher Strikes Again: Americans ‘Not Bright Enough to Really Understand the Issues’
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
Nowhere Man  —  The vain search for Harold Ford's principles.
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The Politico:
Dems' blues: States reverting to red
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
 

 
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