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8:50 PM ET, February 16, 2011

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Betsy Rothstein / mediabistro.com:
Apologies From Dubai.  Nir Rosen: ‘I Feel Like Shrinking Now’  —  Somehow left-wing journalist Nir Rosen didn't realize how serious it was when he shot off those tasteless tweets about CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, who was sexually assaulted in Egypt.  Strangers are now lambasting him.
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New York Post:
CBS reporter's Cairo nightmare  —  “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew!  Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
NYU Accepts Rosen's Resignation  —  Just arriving from NYU: … Yesterday, I predicted, with some cynicism, some sweeping of this under the rug, so I applaud NYU's Center on Law and Security for taking this seriously.  I believe in the First Amendment and the need to forgive the occasional stupid …
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
After Sexual Assault & Beating... CBS Reporter Logan Learns That Political Correctness Is a Killer ...Update: No Media Matters, There Will Be No Retraction  —  Lara Logan is lucky she's alive.  —  Her liberal belief system almost got her killed on Friday.  This talented reporter will never be the same.
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Jim Hoft Blames Lara Logan For Her Sexual Assault  —  One thing you learn when covering Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft is to never declare anything he does “rock bottom,” because he always manages to find a new low.  —  Today, he blamed CBS reporter Lara Logan and “her liberal belief system” for her sexual assault and beating in Egypt.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Lunatic Left-Right Harmonic Rape Convergence Theory  —  Nir Rosen, the far-left journalist who joked about the sexual assault on Lara Logan, has company: Debbie Schlussel, the extreme right-wing commentator.  Rosen calls for the elimination of Israel, and is a pro-Hamas Hezbollah apologist …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
House Votes to Cancel F-35 Jet Engine Program  —  WASHINGTON — In a sign that some freshman Republicans were willing to cut military spending, the House voted 233-198 on Wednesday to cancel an alternate fighter jet engine that the Bush and Obama administrations had tried to kill for the last five years.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Boehner the budget hawk shifts his course  —  “So be it.”  —  That was House Speaker John Boehner's cold answer when asked Tuesday about job losses that would come from his new Republican majority's plans to cut tens of billions of dollars in government spending this year.
Lady Gaga / CBS News:
Sen. Scott Brown Speaks Out on Childhood Abuse  —  Tells “60 Minutes” Writing About Abuse Was An Act Of Catharsis For Him  —  Sen. Scott Brown reveals he was sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor in a “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl.
Discussion: Mediaite, FrumForum and The Page
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Brown says he was sex-abuse victim
Discussion: The Politico
Luisita Lopez Torregrosa / Politics Daily:   Sen. Scott Brown Says He Was Sexually and Physically Abused as Child
Martin Finucane / Boston Globe:
Scott Brown says he was sexually abused as a child
Bburgess / Florida Governor Rick Scott:
Florida Governor Rick Scott Rejects Federal High Speed Rail  —  Feb 16th 2011; Tallahassee, Fla. - After thoughtful consideration, Governor Rick Scott informed U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood of the state's decision to reject President Obama's Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail project.
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Orlando Sentinel:
Rick Scott rejects money for Orlando-Tampa high-speed rail
WFTV Channel 9:   Gov. Scott Scraps High-Speed Rail Plan, Nelson Reacts
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chris Christie lays out a national vision  —  Gov. Chris Christie today delivered a broadside against the broken politics of Washington and the need for straight talk to solve the country's problems in a speech that will stoke talk of a 2012 presidential bid by the New Jersey Republican.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Christie: ‘My wife would kill me’ if I run for presidency
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and ABCNEWS
David Weigel / Weigel:
Mark Levin Cool on Chris Christie
Discussion: FrumForum and Riehl World View
Rolling Stone:
Justin Bieber Talks Sex, Politics, Music and Puberty In New ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover Story  —  'I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them,' Bieber tells Vanessa Grigoriadis  —  In the new issue of Rolling Stone - on stands and online in the digital archives on February 18th …
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Santorum Talks About Longtime Google Problem  —  Rick Santorum has a Google problem.  —  The former Pennsylvania Senator might be well-known on Capitol Hill, but his name more regularly produces blank stares in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, if recent polling is any guide.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama vulnerable...  Despite his recent popularity spike there should be no mistaking it- Barack Obama is vulnerable for reelection.  The problem for the GOP is that he's a lot more vulnerable against generic Republicans than the actual Republicans looking at the race.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
No more Bushes  —  There's been a lot of talk in the last few …
Discussion: Hot Air
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
In major reversal, U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council  —  The U.S. has informed Arab governments that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” …
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
By now you may have heard of the outrage spawned by a proposed Mississippi license plate that honors Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.  (For those searching for a pop culture reference, he was Forrest Gump's namesake).  —  As Tom Diemer noted earlier, Forrest “is regarded by admirers …
ABCNEWS:
Teacher Blogged About ‘Rat-Like’ Students  —  Pennsylvania Teacher Natalie Munroe, Suspended With Pay, Says She Did Nothing Wrong  —  Teacher Natalie Munroe makes no excuses for writing blog posts about her students which include statements like, “A complete and utter jerk in all ways,” …
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
PBS stars fight for funding  —  Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) rarely holds press conferences with animated aardvarks, but he went for it on Wednesday, coaxing the shy Arthur the Aardvark up to the podium.  —  “Come over here Arthur,” Markey beckoned to the human-sized title character in the PBS series …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Carney debuts at White House  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney held his inaugural briefing Wednesday while the departure of a deputy considered for the job sent ripples through the press corps.  —  Deputy press secretary Bill Burton announced he was leaving the White House an hour …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
AlterNet.org:
On Chauncey DeVega's Herman Cain Post  —  Editor's Note: Yesterday, Chauncey DeVega, an African-American writer, published a post on AlterNet assessing the CPAC performance of Herman Cain, a right-wing potential presidential candidate, in strong and provocative language.  Like DeVega, Cain is African American.
Todd Starnes / FOX News Radio:
UC-Davis Backs Away from ‘Christian Oppressors’ Policy  —  The University of California at Davis has backed away from a policy that defined religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians after more than two dozen Christian students filed a formal complaint.
Front Page Magazine:
Horowitz vs. Khan  —  Posted by Robert Spencer on Feb 16th, 2011 and filed under Daily Mailer, FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can skip to the end and leave a response.  Pinging is currently not allowed.  —  Robert Spencer is a scholar …
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
California High Court Takes Prop 8 Standing Question  —  The California Supreme Court granted the request to take the certified question, as requested by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger challenge to Proposition 8 — putting off same-sex marriages …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Alternatives to Inefficient Ticket Pricing  —  As history's greatest monster, I've long been disturbed by good bands' aversion to efficient demand-based pricing for their shows.  Annie Lowrey's article about LCD Soundsystem's anti-scalper efforts is confirming my priors:
Discussion: Slate and Eschaton
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
GOP pushes birth control for horses?  —  A Republican representative has introduced a spending bill amendment aimed at promoting the use of contraception - by horses.  —  Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) introduced the amendment, which would control the population of wild horses and burros …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Harris Interactive:
Cutting Government Spending May Be Popular But There Is Little Appetite For Cutting Specific Government Programs  —  Much less support for cutting programs now than in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was inaugurated  —  Cutting government spending often sounds like a good idea to many people …
CBS News:
Gabrielle Giffords Knows Little About Shooting  —  Congresswoman's Chief of Staff: Word of Deaths, Others' Injuries Will Be Unknown to Her Until She Can Communicate Better  —  (CBS) It's been nearly six weeks since Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured in a shooting rampage in Tucson …
Discussion: USA Today and AOL News
JSOnline:
Walker says his budget bill could change in response to GOP lawmakers  —  By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison - Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday he was responding to requests from Republican legislative leaders to make at least some changes to a bill …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Political Failure of Keynesian Economics  —  Last August I asked a question: “What if Keynesian stimulus works, but no one can ever actually afford to do it, short of something like World War II, where the government can tap into a patriotic outpouring of national savings by issuing bonds with negative real yields.”
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
From Prison, Madoff Says Banks ‘Had to Know’ of Fraud  —  BUTNER, N.C. — Bernard L. Madoff said he never thought the collapse of his Ponzi scheme would cause the sort of destruction that has befallen his family.  —  In his first interview for publication since his arrest in December 2008 …
 
 
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Politico
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