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3:30 AM ET, February 2, 2010

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Fox News:
U.S. Attorney Steps Down From O'Keefe Case  —  James O'Keefe, accused of trying to tamper with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, was “framed” by the media and the U.S. attorney's office, Andrew Breitbart, publisher of BigGovernment.com, told Fox News Monday.
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Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Breitbart Claim: Jailed O'Keefe Couldn't Access Attorney For Hours  —  Interviewed on Fox just moments ago, Andrew Breitbart claimed that alleged Landrieu phone tamperer James O'Keefe “sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney.”  —  Breitbart, who has been on a public campaign defending O'Keefe …
Patterico / Hot Air:
U.S. Attorney Recuses Himself from O'Keefe Case; Updated with Video …
The Huffington Post:
Frank Luntz Pens Memo To Kill Financial Regulatory Reform  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Nine months after he penned a memo laying out the arguments for health care legislation's destruction, Republican message guru Frank Luntz has put together a playbook to help derail financial regulatory reform.
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New York Times:   A Curveball Alters Talks Over Reform of Wall St.
PK Semler / Financial Times:
Volcker rule unlikely to move forward in Senate, lawmakers say
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Obama Budget Would Impose Host of Tax Increases  —  Obama budget plan would imposes host of tax increases on businesses, wealthy families  —  While President Barack Obama is proposing to cut some taxes for companies that hire workers, his budget would raise a host of other taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals.
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Huge Deficits May Alter U.S. Politics and Global Power  —  WASHINGTON — In a federal budget filled with mind-boggling statistics, two numbers stand out as particularly stunning, for the way they may change American politics and American power.  —  The first is the projected deficit in the coming year …
John Campanelli / Plain Dealer:
Bill Watterson, creator of beloved ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ comic strip looks back with no regrets  —  This marks the 15th year since “Calvin and Hobbes” said goodbye to the comics pages.  Creator Bill Watterson, who grew up in Chagrin Falls and still makes Greater Cleveland his home …
Discussion: The DC Trawler, ArtsBeat and The Awl
David Adams / Rand Paul 2010:
Sarah Palin endorses  —  National political icon and conservative leader Sarah Palin has endorsed Dr. Rand Paul in his bid for United States Senate from Kentucky.  The Paul campaign has received a generous donation from Governor Palin's PAC.  —  Sarah Palin has clearly seen that Rand Paul supports smaller …
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Ezra Klein:
Getting real about Congress  —  “No single vote by any single senator could possibly illustrate everything that is wrong with Washington today,” writes Fred Hiatt.  “No single vote could embody the full cynicism and cowardice of our political elite at its worst, or explain by itself why problems do not get solved.”
Discussion: TalkLeft and Washington Post
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James Fallows:   Why bipartisanship can't work: the expert view
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Florida Republican Primary for Senate  —  Florida GOP Senate: Rubio 49%, Crist 37%  —  Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio has now jumped to a 12-point lead over Governor Charlie Crist in Florida's Republican Primary race for the U.S. Senate.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Should Charlie Crist run as an independent in Florida's Senate race?
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politics Daily
Fred Pearce / Guardian:
Leaked climate emails scientist ‘hid’ data flaws  —  Exclusive: Key study by East Anglia professor Phil Jones was based on suspect figures  —  • How the location of weather stations in China undermines data  —  Phil Jones, the beleaguered British climate scientist at the centre …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Senate Aides Identify Key Roadblock To Passing Reform Via Reconciliation  —  Senate leadership aides have identified what they see as a key roadblock to passing a fix to their bill via reconciliation — and parliamentarians in the Senate and House are hard at work trying to identify a solution, aides say.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Bill Kristol agrees that Obama's ‘been doing all kinds of crazy stuff that risks destroying America’  —  One of the key points President Obama made in his back-and-forth with House Republicans seems to be really sticking in the craw of the right-wing pundit class: … Bill Kristol, yesterday on Fox News Sunday:
Ken Shepherd / NewsBusters.org:
Chris Matthews Compares Conservative Republicans to Murderous Khmer Rouge Regime  —  Appearing on the January 29 “Rachel Maddow Show,” fellow MSNBCer Chris Matthews compared Republican conservatives to the Khmer Rouge, the murderous Communist regime that racked up a body count of some two million during its reign of terror:
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Moonbattery and Hot Air
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Poll: Republicans Think Obama Is A Socialist, And Palin More Qualified To Be President  —  A new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll, conducted among 2,000 self-identified Republican respondents nationwide, gives an interesting peek into the psyche of the minority party's base.
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Paul Ryan's moment: Political currents pull Republican to the fore  —  An unusual thing happened as President Obama's budget director, Peter Orszag, spoke Sunday evening about the White House budget proposal being unveiled on Monday.  —  Orszag, touching on the country's long-term fiscal instability …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and TPM LiveWire
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Gates Sacks Stealth Jet Chief, Blasts ‘Troubling Record’ of Crucial Plane  —  If the Pentagon doesn't get its Joint Strike Fighter just right, the U.S. military is screwed.  Which is why its a such serious, serious problem this stealthy, all-purpose jet has had such a “troubling performance record …
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New York Times:
Gates Shakes Up Leadership for F-35
Discussion: The Note and The Politico
Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Iraq Veteran Leads 'Don't Ask' Push  —  The Obama administration's staunchest ally in the uphill fight to allow gays to openly serve in the nation's military is a little-known Democratic congressman named Patrick Murphy, an Iraq war veteran who has written the only legislation that would repeal the “don't ask, don't tell” restrictions.
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay and ATTACKERMAN
Rachel Slajda / TPMDC:
Specter To Sestak: Imma Let You Finish ...  At a Pennsylvania Progressive forum this Saturday, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) were supposed to be doing separate Q&As, one after the other.  —  But Specter apparently jumped the gun and climbed onstage while Sestak was giving …
Associated Press:
Coast-to-coast double-digit college tuition hikes  —  State budget deficits contribute to higher education costs  —  SEATTLE - As students around the country anxiously wait for college acceptance letters, their parents are sweating the looming tuition bills at public universities.
Discussion: Big Brass Blog
Facebook:
Are You Capable of Decency, Rahm Emanuel?  —  The newly-released mind-boggling, record-smashing $3,400,000,000,000 federal budget invites plenty of opportunity to debate the merits of incurring more and more debt that will drown the next generation of Americans.  Never has it been possible to spend your way out of debt.
Discussion: The Hill and GOP 12
Los Angeles Times:
Officials OKd Miranda warning for accused airline plotter  —  At least four U.S. agencies were involved in a decision to read Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab his rights, sources say, after it was clear that he had stopped sharing information.  —  Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair …
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
The Quiet Revolution  —  Obama has reinvented the state in more ways than you can imagine.  —  These days, liberals don't know whether to feel betrayed by or merely disappointed with Barack Obama.  They have gone from decrying his willingness to remove the public option from his health care plan …
Robert Stacy McCain / AmSpecBlog:
Limbaugh Endorses Andrzejewski  —  “Holy mackerel!”  Adam Andrzejewski said when I called him just now after learning that he'd been endorsed by Rush Limbaugh this afternoon on the nation's No. 1 radio program.  —  “We're gonna win this race . . . That's got to be the closer,” said Andrzejewski …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Dems Say Sen. Ben Nelson's Deal Was Setback For Health Care  —  Democrats are privately admitting the deal they made with Sen. Ben Nelson on Medicaid funding for Nebraska was a major factor in souring the America people on the health care reform bill.  —  Senate leadership inked a deal …
Charles Krauthammer / Heritage Foundation:
The Age of Obama: Anno Domini 2  —  Abstract: In the real world, as opposed to what French President Nicolas Sarkozy calls President Barack Obama's “virtual world,” America faces the reality of Iran's intransigence and aggressiveness; China's headlong pursuit of its own national, regional …
Matthew Mosk / ABCNEWS:
Sarah Palin Uses PAC to Buy Her Own Book  —  Political Action Committee Paid More than $60,000 for Copies of ‘Going Rogue’ in Late 2009  —  Sarah Palin has been using her political action committee to buy up thousands of copies of her book, “Going Rogue,” in order to mail copies of the memoir to her donors …
Jim Galloway / Political Insider:
Georgia's Christian right comes out against bills aimed at child prostitution  —  The season's most disputed issue may have just surfaced at the state Capitol.  —  The weight of the state's Christian right movement just came down in opposition to a pair of bills that would steer young girls under …
John Scalzi / Whatever:
All The Many Ways Amazon So Very Failed the Weekend  —  Leaving aside the moral, philosophical, cultural and financial implications of this weekend's Amazon/Macmillan slapfight and What It All Means for book readers and the future of the publishing industry, in one very real sense the whole thing …
Discussion: Unqualified Offerings
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REPUBLICANS VS. THE MILITARY.... For much of the Bush-Cheney era …
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Feinstein: Hold civilian terror trials on military bases
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
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Aram Bakshian Jr / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: EconLog
Robin Horbury / Biased BBC:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Unemployment Forever  —  Ryan Avent brings us the bad news …
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