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Roman the Rapist  —  A Commentary By Susan Estrich  —  He had sex with a 13-year-old girl.  He got her to go to Jack Nicholson's house by promising that she would be in a photo shoot.  When she got there, he fed her a Quaalude and alcohol — champagne for a 13-year-old, how enticing — and then he raped her.
Discussion: Don Surber
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Washington Post:
The Sordidness of Polanski's Crime Justifies U.S. Adjudication  —  Sexual assault on a 13-year-old girl isn't ‘a little mistake.’  —  FIRST, THERE was: “He's a brilliant guy, and he made a little mistake 32 years ago.”  Next came: “Whatever you think about the so-called crime . . . it is a shocking way to treat such a man.”
Discussion: Salon
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus Spending Doesn't Work  —  Our new research shows no evidence of a Keynesian ‘multiplier’ effect.  There is evidence that tax cuts boost growth.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The global recession and financial crisis have refocused attention on government stimulus packages.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Republicans decide not to introduce Grayson resolution  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans changed course on Wednesday and decided not to move forward with a resolution condemning Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida, for saying that the GOP health care plan calls for sick people to “die quickly.”
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Palin co-author: Evangelical, partisan  —  Sarah Palin's most consequential choice since leaving the Alaska governor's mansion may be her co-author - a staunch conservative, devoted evangelical Christian, and intensely partisan Republican from far, far outside the Beltway.
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beliefnet:
Sarah Palin on Islam and China  —  I've been bluntly critical of Sarah Palin before when I felt it warranted, but I've never had anything but respect for her formidable intellect and political saavy.  I think she's easily the most credible challenger to President Obama in 2012 and while I still …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Carper quietly devises third option  —  Sen. Tom Carper bided his time on health care reform.  —  Rarely in the spotlight, and unfailingly restrained, the Delaware Democrat never staked out a public position on the government insurance option, solidifying his status as the model of an undecided moderate in need of persuading.
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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Politico: Freaky-deaky Edwards love child scandal even freaky-deakier than thought  —  Add six cups of freaky, a quart of deaky, stir well, then let chill overnight.  The next day: Voila.  If you're reading this on the east coast, where it's already past nine, I'd advise turning on a light …
Discussion: Ace of Spades HQ
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James Pethokoukis:
Obama's not-so-secret plan to raise taxes  —  Does President Obama have a secret plan to raise taxes on middle-class Americans — and,well, pretty much everybody else — with a European-style, value-added tax?  Actually, it's not such a big secret.  Connect the dots:
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Portsmouth PD: Shea-Porter was removed from Bush town hall by two police officers  —  Two officers of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department removed Carol Shea-Porter and Susan Mayer from a February 2005 town hall event hosted by then-President George W. Bush at the request of the owner …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Pawlenty preps 2012 campaign team  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been quietly assembling the blueprint of a presidential campaign and will announce Thursday the support of a group of high-level political strategists and donors, complemented by a handful of top new media consultants, POLITICO has learned.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Comcast in Talks to Buy NBC-Universal from General Electric (updated)  —  Deal was negotiated at a meeting among bankers in New York on Tuesday.  Comcast denies a deal is done, but does not deny talks  —  Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment …
Jesse Lee / WhiteHouse.gov Blog:
Reality Check: Trying to Turn a Point of Pride into a Moment of Shame  —  Last night Fox News continued its disregard for the facts in an attempt to smear the Administration's efforts to win the Olympics for the United States.  In the past, hosting the Olympics has been a source of pride …
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Can't Outsource Afghanistan  —  George Bush succeeded in Iraq by talking to his generals regularly.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  So our top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, has told CBS's “60 Minutes” that he has spoken with President Barack Obama only once since June.
Quinnipiac University:
Pennsylvania Senate Seesaw Tips To Toomey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama's Approval Drops Below 50 Percent  —  The seesaw 2010 Senate race in Pennsylvania tips to Republican Pat Toomey, who has 43 percent to recently converted Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter's 42 percent, too close to call …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
National Review's John Derbyshire: Women Should Not Have The Right To Vote  —  John Derbyshire, a British-American conservative author and columnist for the National Review, has written a new book titled We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism.  The book contains a section called “The Case Against Female Suffrage.”
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Owner of Dallas topless club The Lodge stripped of entrepreneur award  —  Dawn Rizos had been named ‘entrepreneur of the year’ by Gingrich-led group  —  gjeffers@dallasnews.com  —  Dawn Rizos didn't need any formal recognition that The Lodge, one of the best-known gentlemen's clubs in Dallas, was a successful small business.
Dr. Helen:
Fit for Combat  —  I had a few minutes to kill today and finally picked up a copy of J.D. Johannes new book, Fit for Combat: When Fitness is a Matter of Life or Death.  For those of you not familiar with J.D.'s work, he is a former Marine, filmmaker and war correspondent covering Iraq and Afghanistan.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Dictators and democrats  —  How many rogue nations can President Obama hold in one hand?  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  In his Inaugural Address, President Obama spoke directly to the world's rogue nations.  “[W]e will extend a hand,” he said, “if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
ABCNEWS:
Michelle, Oprah Launch Olympic Push  —  First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Campaign in Copenhagen for Hometown  —  Michelle Obama began the day today with a very important meeting with the president.  But it wasn't President Obama she was meeting.  It was Jacques Rogge …
Discussion: The Page and Political Punch
Andrea Orr / Economic Policy Institute:
Tracking the recovery: One in four households has suffered a layoff over the past year  —  The official unemployment rate hovers near 10%, suggesting that one in 10 American workers is out of work.  But that figure masks the extent to which unemployment has devastated American families.
New York Times:
Iran Meets U.S. and Allies for Nuclear Talks in Geneva  —  GENEVA — Critical talks over Iran's nuclear ambitions began Thursday morning in the Geneva countryside, with Washington and its allies hoping to draw Iran into a serious negotiation that will open up the country to serious nuclear inspections …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Consumers Union joins health care battle  —  The venerable advocacy group Consumers Union, best known for publishing Consumer Reports, will dive into the health care fray Monday with a television ad making the case for passing health care reform legislation.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Michael Slackman / New York Times:
Possibility of a Nuclear-Armed Iran Alarms Arabs  —  CAIRO — As the West raises the pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, Arab governments, especially the small, oil-rich nations in the Persian Gulf, are growing increasingly anxious.  But they are concerned not only with the prospect …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Key Dems confident card-check will pass  —  A key Senate negotiator trying to advance a contentious union-organizing bill said a modified version could pass the upper chamber this year, despite his reservations with the changes.  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is one of a half-dozen senators trying …
Discussion: Commentary
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
A matter of style in special election  —  When Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) announced his bid to succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy in the Senate, he framed himself as the natural heir to Kennedy's progressive legacy.  But with one simple yet calculated remark, he ensured that ideology …
Discussion: msnbc.com
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
Burned by Obama  —  Wall St. execs feel betrayed  —  In the depths of the financial crisis last year, people like Morgan Stanley's John Mack, BlackRock's Larry Fink, Greg Fleming (then of Merrill Lynch), JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein were telling everyone …
 
 
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