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5:00 AM ET, February 13, 2012

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BBC:
Greek MPs pass austerity plan amid violent protests  —  The BBC's Mark Lowen: “It was some of the worst violence Athens had seen for months”  —  Greece's parliament has passed a controversial package of austerity measures, demanded by the eurozone and IMF in return for a 130bn-euro ($170bn; £110bn) bailout to avoid default.
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New York Times:
Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Plan as Riots Rage  —  ATHENS — After violent protests left dozens of buildings aflame in Athens, the Greek Parliament voted early on Monday to approve a package of harsh austerity measures demanded by the country's foreign lenders in exchange for new loans to keep Greece from defaulting on its debt.
Reuters:
Greek lawmakers pass austerity bill as Athens burns  —  (Reuters) - Greece's parliament approved a deeply unpopular austerity bill Monday to secure a second EU/IMF bailout and avoid national bankruptcy, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country.
Discussion: Power Line and The Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  McConnell: GOP Will Fight To Let ANY Employer Deny Birth Control Coverage  —  Not satisfied with President Obama's new religious accommodation, Republicans will move forward with legislation by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that permits any employer to deny birth control coverage …
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Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:   Now the GOP Wants to Permit Any Employer to Deny Contraception Coverage
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Severe Conservative Syndrome  —  Mitt Romney has a gift for words — self-destructive words.  On Friday he did it again, telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that he was a “severely conservative governor.”  —  As Molly Ball of The Atlantic pointed out, Mr. Romney “described conservatism as if it were a disease.”
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Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Rep. Ron Paul not conceding Maine vote  —  Rep. Ron Paul is not conceding the GOP's Maine caucuses, which state party officials and major networks called Saturday for rival Mitt Romney.  —  With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Romney has 39 percent to Paul's 36 percent …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Blue Mass Group
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Santorum suggests Romney rigged CPAC vote
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Inside Media Matters: Sources, memos reveal erratic behavior, close coordination with White House and news organizations  —  This is the first in a Daily Caller investigative series on Media Matters For America.  Daily Caller reporters Alex Pappas and Will Rahn contributed to this report.
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs, FishbowlDC and TBogg
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Gingrich Money Hunt Faces Obstacles  —  Newt Gingrich recently joined Gov. Rick Perry of Texas on a conference call with more than 50 “bundlers” who had powered Mr. Perry's formidable campaign-cash machine.  —  Mr. Perry asked his top financial rainmakers to raise money for Mr. Gingrich …
Charles Johnson / Little Green Footballs:
Fox News Commenters Respond to Whitney Houston's Death With Deluge of Hatred and Racism  —  I don't even know what to say about this any more.  There's a real sickness running rampant in the right wing; the Fox News comment thread on Whitney Houston's death is yet another disgusting deluge …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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Fox News:
Singer Whitney Houston dies at 48
Discussion: The Other McCain
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Ethics issues tarnish congressional image  —  The 112th Congress is the most unpopular ever, but is it the most corrupt?  —  The dire headlines about bad behavior by members of Congress are everywhere: At least a dozen House members are under investigation for ethical or potential criminal charges …
Discussion: The Page
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Cronyism 101  —  I wrote about my participation in the Koch brothers' semi-annual seminar in Palm Springs two weekends ago here.  Along with Peter Schweizer, I did a presentation on cronyism.  My speech focused on corporate cronyism, while Peter's centered on the sort of political cronyism …
ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Jack Lew, Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum  —  Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum on “This Week” (ABC News)  —  STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning, everyone.  Many of you have been following that breaking news overnight that the singer, Whitney Houston, died yesterday in Los Angeles.
Discussion: Althouse and Washington Post
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