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Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Netanyahu to Obama: Stop Iran—Or I Will  —  In an interview conducted shortly before he was sworn in today as prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu laid down a challenge for Barack Obama.  The American president, he said, must stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons—and quickly …
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Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
BREAKING: NY-20: Tedisco Preps for Loss, Files Motion to Overturn Election Results Before Polls Even Close  —  Republican Jim Tedisco may be running for the House in a district where Republicans outnumber Democratic voters by some 70,000, but with the polls closing in a matter of hours, Tedisco's campaign is prepping for a loss.
Discussion: Open Left and Hullabaloo
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Lauren Stanforth / Local politics:
Text message to wrong district  —  Democratic candidate Scott Murphy got an unexpected volunteer today, in the form of woman fuming about a text message she received this morning from Republican challenger Jim Tedisco's camp.  —  Niskayuna resident Clara Mehserle says she received a text message …
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist / Albany Times Union:
Congressional race leaves Schenectady voters wanting
Discussion: MSNBC
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Court to count up to 400 ballots in Senate recount trial  —  The absentee ballots are far fewer than Norm Coleman sought and appear to include many that Al Franken had identified as wrongly rejected.  —  In a potentially decisive ruling, a panel of three judges today ordered up to 400 …
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Court ruling favors Franken  —  A three-judge panel has dealt a blow to Norm Coleman's efforts to retake the lead in the Minnesota Senate race, putting at most 400 ballots in play — far fewer than what the Republican pushed for during the seven-week recount trial.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Daily Kos
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Republican may vote for Obama budget plan  —  Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) may buck his party when the House votes on President Obama's budget proposal later this week.  —  The freshman lawmaker told The Hill that his constituents are split, adding that he wants more information before deciding whether …
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Byron York / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Beyond AIG: A Bill to let Big Government Set Your Salary  —  It was nearly two weeks ago that the House of Representatives, acting in a near-frenzy after the disclosure of bonuses paid to executives of AIG, passed a bill that would impose a 90 percent retroactive tax on those bonuses.
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Obama's new GM CEO: You know, bankruptcy looks really good now  —  The man now running General Motors after Barack Obama demanded the resignation of former CEO Rick Wagoner wants to thank America for all the cash.  Really, he does.  Fritz Henderson just doesn't think it will help …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Union urges Obama to oust bank CEO
Discussion: Commentary
RADAR:
Exclusive: Biden Daughter Cocaine Video Was a Setup  —  It was a setup.  —  The video purporting to show Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley snorting cocaine was preplanned by a man trying to get rich selling the tape, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
Discussion: Fox News
Paul Krugman:
Partying like it's 1931  —  I'm detecting a trend in commentary that I find slightly ominous.  Some of the economic news lately has been slightly better than expected, which was bound to happen at some point (on average, after all, half the news should be better than expected).
Washington Post:
Most Americans Don't Blame Obama for Economy, Poll Finds  —  The number of Americans who believe that the nation is headed in the right direction has roughly tripled since Barack Obama's election, and the public overwhelmingly blames the excesses of the financial industry, rather than the new president …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Parsing the Polls: The Era of Big Government (Or Not)
Ariel Leve / Times of London:
Nicolas Sarkozy's threat to walk out of global summit  —  Anglo-Saxon gibe strains relations with Obama  —  Charles Bremner in Paris and Philip Webster  —  President Sarkozy yesterday threatened to wreck the London summit if France's demands for tougher financial regulation are not met.
Discussion: The Swamp and Clusterstock
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Toby Harnden / Toby Harnden's blog listings:
“Slightly smaller than Oregon”: a White House briefing on Britain  —  So here's what the White House is telling American reporters - and by extension the American people - about Britain.  It's laid out in an inch-thick “press kit”, with the Seal of the President of the United States emblazoned on the cover …
Discussion: The Swamp, Townhall.com and Hot Air
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
YOUR WORLD IN GRAPHS: THE SENATE IS BROKEN EDITION.  —  Congressional expert Norm Ornstein's has a nice article arguing that the Senate is an increasingly broken and incapable institution.  It's anchored by this graph tracking the rise in filibusters over time.
Gene Healy / www.washingtonexaminer.com:
Beware the cult of Obama  —  You've met them.  They may be friends of yours, or family members.  You may even be one of them (in which case you'll hate this column).  I'm referring to those who've heard the Call of Obama.  —  Tucker Carlson compares it to a dog whistle: Inaudible to most, but irresistible to those who can hear it.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Special Election in New York Is a Special Case  —  WASHINGTON — Voters in a House district in New York will elect a replacement on Tuesday for Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the Democrat who replaced Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate after Mrs. Clinton became secretary of state.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Five Things To Watch in NY-20
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
VIDEO: Watch O'Reilly's Harassment Machine in action.  —  Crooks and Liars' John Amato has compiled a wonderful 87 second video that documents the methods and tactics of Bill O'Reilly's Harassment Machine.  The video shows O'Reilly producer Jesse Watters — the guy who accosted Amanda …
Discussion: Salon
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John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Bill O'Reilly's ‘Ambush Journalism’ in 87 seconds
Discussion: Think Progress
NY Daily News:
Discussion: Gothamist
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Fell by a Record 19%  —  Home prices in 20 U.S. cities fell 19 percent in January from a year earlier, the fastest drop on record, as demand plummeted and foreclosures rose.  —  The S&P/Case-Shiller index's decrease was more than forecast and compares with an 18.6 percent decrease in December.
Discussion: Eschaton, Wonkette and MoJo Blog Posts
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Prof. Krugman, Meet Prof. Krueger  —  When Princeton Professors collide!  In one corner we have Nobel Laureate, Princeton economics professor and Bush-basher supreme Paul Krugman:  —  So in 2007 the Pension Benefit Guarantee [sic] Corporation — which stands behind corporate pensions …
RushLimbaugh.com:
El Rushbo to New York: Drop Dead  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Now, let's see.  In New York, they've been going back and forth at the state level on budgets.  They are over-budget.  They have a deficit in the double-digit billions, and they've been going back and forth in the State Assembly in New York over whether to raise taxes.
Chris Collins / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Life in Mendota, Calif., where the jobless rate is 41 percent  —  MENDOTA, Calif. — The customer seemed interested in a black blouse offered for $1 at the thrift store.  But instead of buying it, she set it on the front counter.  —  Maybe tomorrow, she told the cashier, she would have the money.
Discussion: Liberty Street and D-Day
The Daily Beast:
The GOP's House Hottie  —  Meghan McCain: Can the Best Abs in D.C. Save the GOP?  —  The Daily Beast  —  Web  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Meghan McCain sizes up the youngest congressman, Aaron Schock, and his appeal to minorities, wise use of paparazzi, and what the best abs in D.C. can do for the future of the Republican Party.
Matt Corley / Think Progress:
Hersh: Cheney ‘Left A Stay Behind’ In Obama's Government, Can ‘Still Control Policy Up To A Point’  —  In an interview on NPR's Fresh Air yesterday, host Terry Gross asked investigative journalist Seymour Hersh if, as he continues to investigate the Bush administration, “more people” were …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Wonkette
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Projection: Breitbart's new conspiracy theory is something Conservatives (like John McCain) have been doing to us for years  —  Andrew Breitbart tries to whip up the right wing bloggers into a frenzy over his new conspiracy theory about “comments” put by liberals on right-wing blogs which appears in the Moonie Times.
Discussion: At The Point Of A Gun
Maya Jackson Randall / Wall Street Journal:
Credit-Card Bill Moves in Senate  —  WASHINGTON—In a blow to financial firms, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday signed off on legislation that seeks to ban abusive credit-card practices.  —  While consumer groups and key Democrats lauded the committee's move …
Dan Gilgoff / God & Country:
Exclusive: Former NFL Coach Tony Dungy Invited to Join White House Faith Council  —  The White House has invited recently retired NFL Coach Tony Dungy, whose outspoken Christian faith fueled his 2007 support for a gay marriage ban and has won accolades from evangelical leaders …
Hank Beckman / The Naperville Sun:
Public anger leads to Ayers cancellation  —  Naperville North High School won't let 1960s radical speak to students after outcry  —  On second thought, Dr. William Ayers won't be coming to Naperville after all.  —  After a weekend of hostile e-mails from area residents …
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.S. to Join U.N. Human Rights Council, Reversing Bush Policy  —  The Obama administration decided Tuesday to seek a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, reversing a decision by the Bush administration to shun the United Nations' premier rights body to protest the influence of repressive states.
Discussion: TIME.com
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Matthews: Palin like a “mail-order bride”  —  Remember when Hillary Clinton supporters accused Chris Matthews and MS-NBC of sexism in their coverage of the Democratic primaries, as the network became the Barack Obama Channel in 2007?  Matthews has apparently decided to pick an easier target …
Jerome Starkey / The Independent:
Afghan leader accused of bid to ‘legalise rape’  —  UN and women MPs say Karzai bowed to Islamic fundamentalists before poll  —  Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, has signed a law which “legalises” rape, women's groups and the United Nations warn.  Critics claim the president helped rush …
 
 
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Sen. George Voinovich / The Politico:
Petition no substitute for secret ballot
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin's JV team: Prime-time ready?
Discussion: The Politico
Greg Hengler / Townhall.com:
Rush: ‘If He Fails, America Is Saved.’
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
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Patrick Oppmann / CNN:
Critics slam Microsoft bridge as waste of stimulus
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Crumb to publish Bible satire
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The Politico:
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Bloomberg:
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