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2:30 PM ET, January 31, 2010


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UN climate change panel based claims on student dissertation and magazine article  —  The United Nations' expert panel on climate change based claims about ice disappearing from the world's mountain tops on a student's dissertation and an article in a mountaineering magazine.
Jonathan Leake / Times of London:
UN climate panel shamed by bogus rainforest claim  —  A STARTLING report by the United Nations climate watchdog that global warming might wipe out 40% of the Amazon rainforest was based on an unsubstantiated claim by green campaigners who had little scientific expertise.
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:   IPCC Junk Science Exposed - Why Would Anyone Still Believe?
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
Amazongate: new evidence of the IPCC's failures
Discussion: Vox Popoli and EU Referendum
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
ATLAS EXCLUSIVE: Obama Organizing in High School  —  An Atlas reader, Chuck, has a student in the eleventh grade in an Ohio High School.  Her government class passed out this propaganda recruiting paper so students could sign up as interns for Obama's Organizing for America (OFA is the former site.)
Frank Rich / New York Times:
The State of the Union Is Comatose  —  HANDS down, the State of the Union's big moment was Barack Obama's direct hit on the delicate sensibilities of the Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.  The president was right to blast the 5-to-4 decision giving corporate interests an even greater stranglehold …
Glenn Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
More impact is what's next for the Tea Party movement  —  A year ago, the Tea Party movement didn't exist.  Today, it is arguably the most popular political entity in America.  The movement is already more popular than the Republican or Democratic parties, according to a recent NBC / WSJ poll .
Howard Wilkinson /
Tea Partiers aim to remake local GOP  —  A year ago, when the Tea Party movement first stirred to life, it had to shout to be noticed, with big public rallies that drew thousands of conservatives to places like Fountain Square and VOA Park in West Chester - citizens angry about government bailouts …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Judsonwheelerphillips / Free America:
Setting The Record Straight
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Senator suggests Holder step down  —  A top-ranking Senate Republican suggested that Attorney General Eric Holder should “step down” one year into the job.  —  GOP Conference Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) said on “Fox News Sunday” that the embattled Holder likely made the decision …
Top House Republican cites few opportunities to work with Dems  —  (CNN) - Despite White House overtures for congressional Republicans to work with Democrats, the top GOP official in the House said Sunday that such opportunities are limited.  —  “There aren't that many places where we can come together …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Camus Fired Up  —  It began as a bit of partisan gamesmanship …
Discussion: Althouse
‘This Week’ Transcript: Barbara Walters Exclusive with Massachusetts Senator-Elect Scott Brown  —  Transcript: “This Week” with Massachusetts Senator-Elect Scott Brown, Fox News' Roger Ailes, George Will, Paul Krugman and Arianna Huffington.  —  WALTERS: So you have a fascinating resume.
Discussion: USA Today, Mediaite and
Gibbs: Accused 9/11 plotter likely to be executed  —  Still no decision on where Mohammed will be tried  —  WASHINGTON - Accused Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is likely to be executed after being tried and convicted, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Sunday.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Instapundit
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico Live's Blog:
Gibbs won't commit to civilian trial for KSM
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Scott / Power Line:   The Holder hangover (and whence it comes)
Christopher Leake / Daily Mail:
Terrorists ‘plan attack on Britain with bombs INSIDE their bodies’ to foil new airport scanners  —  Britain is facing a new Al Qaeda terror threat from suicide ‘body bombers’ with explosives surgically inserted inside them.  —  Until now, terrorists have attacked airlines …
Fox News:
Pakistan Taliban Chief Reportedly Killed in U.S. Drone Strike  —  The head of the Taliban in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in a U.S. drone attack, Pakistan state television reported Sunday.  —  The report stated Mehsud had been injured in a drone attack in the Shaktoi area January 14 and died three days later.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
José M. Guardia / Barcepundit:
Bruce Drake / Politics Daily:
Latest Round-Up of Obama Poll Ratings by State  —  The latest round-up of President Obama's job approval or favorability ratings by state updates or adds Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Discussion: Don Surber
Paul Volcker / New York Times:
How to Reform Our Financial System  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA 10 days ago set out one important element in the needed structural reform of the financial system.  No one can reasonably contest the need for such reform, in the United States and in other countries as well.
Christopher Ketcham / Time:
The Secessionist Campaign for the Republic of Vermont  —  The President on Wednesday may have reassured Americans that the state of the Union is “strong,” but, just the week before, a group of Vermont secessionists declared their intention to seek political power in a quest to get their state to quit the Union altogether.
Discussion: Veterans Today
John Pomfret / Washington Post:
China's strident tone raises concerns among Western governments, analysts  —  China's indignant reaction to the announcement of U.S. plans to sell weapons to Taiwan appears to be in keeping with a new triumphalist attitude from Beijing that is worrying governments and analysts across the globe.
Jon Ralston / Las Vegas Sun:
What Harry Reid may face after June's primary  —  Two Nevada institutions were pronounced dead last week — Harry Reid and Yucca Mountain.  —  These two have died more deaths than Shakespeare's coward, but both remain alive.  But for how long?  —  I come not to write about the dump today …
Discussion: The Page
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Daniel Larison / Eunomia:
Apparently, Centrism Cannot Die
Exclusive: Brown on Being ‘Independent’
Christina Lamb / Times of London:
Chicago cools to Barack Obama, its hometown boy
Discussion: Instapundit
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy
Discussion: Climate Progress and Truthdig
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U.S. Speeding Up Missile Defenses in Persian Gulf
Discussion: Guardian, Truthdig and The Page
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A Look at America's New Hope: The Afghan Tribes
 Earlier Items: 
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Armey tells House GOP: Win back the tea-partiers to win
David Chalian / ABCNEWS:
Steele Rules Out 2012 White House Run
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jazz Shaw / The Moderate Voice:
The Audacity of Cope  —  Blame it on Scott Brown.
Discussion: RedState and Washington Monthly
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Bayh could oppose budget's terror trial fund
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Alexander: Blame for debt-reduction panel's defeat also rests with president
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
GOP to tie Obama to Dem candidates
Discussion: and Alphecca
Paul / Power Line:
A crisis averted in Iraq?
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Rep. Hensarling fires back at Obama in the rumble over deficits
Discussion: Gateway Pundit