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1:20 AM ET, February 3, 2010

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Sarah Palin / USA Today:
Why I'm speaking at Tea Party convention  —  Later this week I'll head to Nashville, where I'll have the honor of speaking with members of the Tea Party movement.  I look forward to meeting many Americans who share a commitment to limited government, common sense and personal responsibility.
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Terri Cullen / Reuters:
Backdoor taxes to hit middle class  —  NEW YORK (Reuters.com) —The Obama administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.
Christina Bellantoni / TPM LiveWire:
White House Gets Reuters To Pull Budget Story  —  Obama administration aides appealed to the Reuters White House reporting team to kill a story by another reporter of the news service that suggested the president's new budget blueprint included “backdoor” tax hikes.
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Gawker and Wonkette
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Giannoulias, Kirk declare victory in U.S. Senate primaries  —  Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias declared victory tonight in the Democratic primary for President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat.  —  The victory for the first-term son of a banking family sets up a nationally-watched November contest …
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Chicago Sun Times:
Giannoulias declares victory in Democratic Senate race  —  Says Kirk's days in Washington are over  —  State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias beat back a strong challenge from former City Inspector General David Hoffman for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate from Illinois — the former seat of President Obama.
Discussion: Politics Daily and AmSpecBlog
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Mark Kirk wins Republican Senate nod for Obama's old seat
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Giannoulias, Kirk to fight each other for Obama's old Senate seat
Discussion: MyDD
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Top Defense Officials Seek to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  WASHINGTON — The nation's top two Defense officials called for an end on Tuesday to the 16-year-old “don't ask, don't tell” law, a major step toward allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the United States military for the first time in its history.
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain appears to shift on ÂÂ'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Three years ago, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was pretty clear about his stand on the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy.  —  A former war hero, McCain said he would support ending the ban once the military's top brass told him that they agreed with the change.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid: Senate can't pass reconciliation first, decision hopefully by next week  —  Emerging from a meeting Tuesday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he hopes Democrats can decide by next week on a way to move the health care bill forward.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pelosi: Senate Must Pass Fix Before House Passes Senate Bill
Discussion: TPMDC and The Politico
Kos / Daily Kos:
The 2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans  —  As I've mentioned before, I'm putting the finishing touches on my new book, American Taliban, which catalogues the ways in which modern-day conservatives share the same agenda as radical Jihadists in the Islamic world.
New York Times:
Official Says Terrorism Suspect Is Cooperating  —  WASHINGTON — Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit on Dec. 25, started talking to investigators after two of his family members arrived in the United States and helped earn his cooperation …
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Political Punch:
Obama Administration Secured Help of Abdulmuttalab's Family …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Key Republican wants more answers on Christmas bomber
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Intelligence officials warn new attacks are ‘certain’  —  The nation's top intelligence officials warned Congress on Tuesday that terrorists are “certain” to attempt another attack on the U.S. within the coming months.  —  CIA Director Leon Panetta said the foremost risk …
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CBS News:
CIA Chief: Al Qaeda Poised to Attack U.S.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
ABCNEWS:
Exclusive: The Jenny Sanford Interview  —  S.C. First Lady Tells Barbara Walters: ‘I Thought He Loved Me in His Own Way, Which Is Not a Warm, Bubbly Way’  —  South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford recalls how she made the “leap of faith” to marry husband Gov. Mark Sanford even though …
Rahm Apologizes / Political Punch:
Rahm Apologizes for Privately Calling Liberal Activists “Retarded”  — Paulson: I Was Afraid McCain Would Change Mind and Go Against TARP  — Brennan: All Transferred Detainees Who Returned to Terrorism Were Released by Bush, No Recidivism for Those Released by Obama
Discussion: JammieWearingFool and HotAirPundit
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Emanuel apologized for ‘retarded’ remark
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Conservative Blogger Faces Criticism Over Protege … text sizeAAA  —  The conservative online news entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart is, for the moment, doing little to dispel stereotypes about bloggers.  During a recent visit to his home on the west side of Los Angeles, Breitbart, 41, is working from his own basement.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Brian A. Howey / howeypolitics.com:
Former Sen. Coats to Challenge Sen. Bayh  —  INDIANAPOLIS - Informed and reliable sources are telling Howey Politics Indiana that former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will announce Wednesday he will challenge U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh.  —  The source, former aide Curt Smith of the Indiana Family Institute …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Futile Struggle Against Free Content  —  David Goldman writes about falling music sales: … Music industry executives can tell themselves that as long as they want.  But under conditions of perfect competition, the price of a song ought to be equal to the marginal cost of distributing a new copy of a song.
Discussion: Conventional Folly
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Music's lost decade: Sales cut in half
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
No Help in Sight, More Homeowners Walk Away  —  In 2006, Benjamin Koellmann bought a condominium in Miami Beach.  By his calculation, it will be about the year 2025 before he can sell his modest home for what he paid.  Or maybe 2040.  —  “People like me are beginning to feel like suckers,” Mr. Koellmann said.
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Dodd Calls Obama Plan Too Grand  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee warned on Tuesday that the Obama administration's new proposals to rein in Wall Street firms ran the risk of derailing months of delicate negotiations over overhauling financial regulations.
Discussion: The Big Picture
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Limbaugh ‘thanks God every day’ for Obama's political problems  —  Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said that he “thank[s] God every day” for the political difficulties facing President Barack Obama.  —  Limbaugh told Fox News in an interview to air on “Fox and Friends” …
Discussion: The Swamp and The Politico
Mary Pilon / Wall Street Journal:
What's a Degree Really Worth?  —  A college education may not be worth as much as you think.  —  For years, higher education was touted as a safe path to professional and financial success.  Easy money, in the form of student loans, flowed to help parents and students finance degrees …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Blanche Lincoln Poll  —  John Boozman will enter the Arkansas Senate race this weekend as the frontrunner.  He leads incumbent Blanche Lincoln by an amazing 56-33 margin in our first poll of the race.  —  Lincoln's approval rating has sunk to just 27%, with 62% of voters in the state disapproving of her.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Shoe bomber was read Miranda rights  —  Republicans may have a hard time keeping up their talking point about how reading Miranda rights to the Christmas Day bomber represented a dangerous new direction under President Barack Obama.  —  It turns out that that back in December 2001 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama takes another dig at Las Vegas  —  President Barack Obama on Tuesday took another dig at Las Vegas at his New Hampshire town hall Tuesday after similar remarks got him into hot water last year.  —  Obama said that people should now “blow a bunch of cash in Vegas” during a tough recession.
Christopher Hitchens / Slate:
Kim Jong-il's regime is even weirder and more despicable than you thought.  —  Visiting North Korea some years ago, I was lucky to have a fairly genial “minder” whom I'll call Mr. Chae.  He guided me patiently around the ruined and starving country, explaining things away by means of a sort …
Discussion: NewsReal Blog
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In sex scandal, Edwards braced for media onslaught that never came  —  Two weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses, the National Enquirer published a detailed story reporting that Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had had an affair, and that the woman involved, campaign videographer Rielle Hunter …
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer walks back week-end prediction  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters on Tuesday that he doesn't “think time's running out” for Congress to do health care reform - but he's not making any predictions about when things will get back on track.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Peterhamby / CNN:
Palin hired former Gore speechwriter for big speech  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin delivered a humorous speech at the Gridiron Dinner last December.  —  Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin's political action committee doled out tens of thousands of dollars last year to Republican consulting firms …
 
 
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Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
AIG plans to pay $100 million in another round of bonuses
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Ruth Mantell / MarketWatch:
Squandering our children's future
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Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
GOP Still Short On Women
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Jeff Woods / Nashville Scene:
Ron Ramsey: 'I Don't Know' Whether Obama Is Kenyan
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Stuart Schwartz / American Thinker:
The Fat Lady Sings for Keith Olbermann
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