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2:05 PM ET, February 9, 2011

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Webb won't seek reelection  —  Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb plans to announce today that he won't seek reelection, the Senator confirmed Wednesday.  —  Webb appeared likely to face a rematch with former Senator George Allen, whom he beat in a bruising 2006 contest.
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Ben Pershing / Virginia Politics Blog:
Sen. James Webb won't run for reelection in 2012  —  Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012.  —  Webb's decision, long anticipated by many in Virginia politics, will make his seat more difficult to hold for his party.
Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
Sen. Jim Webb Won't Seek Reelection, Spurring GOP Hopes for 2012 Pickup … Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection next year and will instead return to the private sector, boosting Republican George Allen's chances of reclaiming his former seat.
Discussion: AOL News
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jim Webb's retirement (and what it means)
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Sen. Webb won't seek another term in 2012
Discussion: The Politico
Washington Post:
Patriot Act extension fails in the House by seven votes  —  House Republicans suffered an embarrassing setback Tuesday when they fell seven votes short of extending provisions of the Patriot Act, a vote that served as the first small uprising of the party's tea-party bloc.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Tea Party and civil liberties  —  It's long been clear that the best (and perhaps only) political hope for civil liberties in the U.S. is an alliance that transcends the standard Democrat v. GOP or left v. right dichotomies.  Last night's surprising (and temporary) failure of the House …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House rejects measure that would extend key Patriot Act provisions through December
Russell Berman / The Hill:
After defeat on Patriot Act, Boehner says GOP ‘not perfect every day’
Discussion: The Politico
David Rogers / The Politico:
GOP cuts target EPA, high speed rail
Discussion: CNN
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Newsflash: Tea Party didn't kill Patriot Act
Discussion: Firedoglake, Weigel and Examiner
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation  —  Did Arianna Huffington just sell out her fellow progressives?  —  In the literal sense, she undoubtedly has: The sale of Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million (including a large pile of cash going to Huffington herself) …
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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
West: AOL-HuffPo merger threatens tea party groups
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
AOL ♥ HuffPo. The loser? Journalism
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Rating on Deficit Sinks to New Low  —  Egypt ranks among issues on which Obama is best rated  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's approval rating for handling the federal budget deficit has gone from bad to worse in recent months, even as his ratings …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Just as things looked brighter for Obama, Americans' approval …
Discussion: Gallup
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Labor  —  Surveying the GOP's latest efforts to usher forth a particular species of fiscal responsibility, I was recalled to a bit of personal history, which I try to not to think about.  Like a lot of couples, the notice that our family would increase by a half was greeted with great joy.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Under Banner of Fiscal Restraint, Republicans Plan New Abortion Bills  —  WASHINGTON — All but invisible during the midterm elections, the abortion debate has returned to Congress.  —  Invoking the mantra of fiscal restraint that has dominated House action since lawmakers reconvened last month …
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Lautenberg to Pro-Life Republicans: 'Don't Go Near My Daughters'
Associated Press:
Santorum weighs 2012 presidential bid  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Sen. Rick Santorum's crushing 18-point loss in his 2006 re-election bid in Pennsylvania seems an unlikely launching pad for a White House run.  —  Yet the outspoken conservative, once a rising star in the GOP …
Discussion: Mother Jones and GOP 12
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Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:   Chris Matthews Calls Palin ‘A Cuckoo Clock’ …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats: Justice Thomas should recuse himself in healthcare reform case  —  A group of 73 House Democrats on Wednesday demanded U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recuse himself from any case examining the constitutionality of healthcare reform.  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) …
Charles Thomas / WLS-TV:
ABC7 poll: Emanuel leading mayor's race  —  ABC7's exclusive poll on the Chicago mayor's race provides a snapshot of how the candidates are doing as we head into the final two weeks of the campaign.  —  Rahm Emanuel's 54 percent share in the survey suggests an overwhelming lead …
Discussion: The Hill
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel captures enormous polling lead
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Christian M. Wade / TBO Politics:
RNC's former Tampa convention team spent $1 million  —  TAMPA - They rented an exclusive waterfront mansion, wined and dined at five-star restaurants and hired family members and friends, all on the taxpayers' dime.  —  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's 2012 convention team based …
Discussion: Mother Jones and National Review
John Vidal / Guardian:
Saudi oil reserves ‘overstated by 40%’  —  US diplomat convinced by Saudi expert that reserves of world's biggest oil exporter have been overstated by nearly 40%  —  • Peak oil alarm revealed by secret official talks  —  • Datablog: Are we running out of oil?
Barry Eichengreen / Project Syndicate:
Why Egypt Should Worry China  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  BERKELEY - A strictly economic interpretation of events in Tunisia and Egypt would be too simplistic - however tempting such an exercise is for an economist.  That said, there is no question …
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Insurance reality hits House GOP  —  Ask any House Republican about repealing President Barack Obama's health care law, and you'll get the same fiery, self-assured talking points about tearing down what Speaker John Boehner has called a “monstrosity.”  —  But talk to some of the 16 freshman lawmakers …
Suzi Parker / Politics Daily:
Breaking the Sarah Palin Trademark Story: A Lesson in Journalism Ethics … Sometimes a light bulb goes off.  —  One night at 2 a.m. I was reading a story by Matt Lewis about Herman Cain, a possible 2012 presidential candidate from Georgia.  Pursuing the Cain story further …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Poynter
Mark Bittman / Opinionator:
Is ‘Eat Real Food’ Unthinkable?  —  In recent weeks we've seen a big, powerful government agency, a big, powerful person and a big, powerful corporation telling us what to eat.  Even with all this big, powerful input, we know nothing that we didn't know last year.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
1968-1975: How ‘X-Rated’ Became Synonymous With ‘Porn’  —  Where moviemaking is concerned, the word, “adult” has fallen on rather hard times, having become code for works that are sexually garish, possibly exploitative, and amateurish in execution.  But it wasn't always that way.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New iPad in Production  —  Apple Inc. has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor, said people familiar with the matter.  —  The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model, these people said.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
At CPAC, the race for second place as Paul goes all out
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Jackson Lee blasts ‘demeaning’ Pepsi Super Bowl ad
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Republicans Mintz, Webb, weighing bids for Harman's seat
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Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Call For Defunding Half-Finished Stimulus Projects …
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Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
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Michelle Malkin:
Culture of corruption: Who's policing Amtrak Joe Biden's $53 …
Reginald Fields / Plain Dealer:
Ohio Republican lawmakers introduce slew of bills aimed at …
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Washington Post:
Obama to propose relief for states burdened by debt from unemployment benefits
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Protest in Egypt Takes a Turn as Workers Go on Strike
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