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9:30 AM ET, February 3, 2010

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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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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Senators Warned of Terrorist Attack on U.S. by July  —  WASHINGTON — The threat of a crippling attack on computer and telecommunications networks is growing, America's top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday, as an increasingly sophisticated group of enemies has “severely threatened” …
CBS News:
CIA Chief: Al Qaeda Poised to Attack U.S.  —  Terrorist Network Wants to Carry Out New Attacks in the Next Three to Six Months, Leon Panetta Says  —  (CBS/AP) Al Qaeda can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress Tuesday.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Quinn declares victory but Hynes won't concede in Democratic governor's race  —  Posted by Rick Pearson, David Heinzmann, Monique Garcia, Michelle Manchir and Jared Hopkins at 6:53 p.m.; last updated at 12:35 a.m.  —  The races for governor went down to the wire tonight with razor-thin margins separating …
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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Illinois primary election continues with vote counting, possible recounts  —  Turns out Illinois' fast-moving primary isn't over yet.  —  While Chicago Ald.  Toni Preckwinkle won decisively over Cook County Board President Todd Stroger Tuesday night, things were much tighter in both races for governor.
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Little-known pawn broker could be Democratic lieutenant governor nominee
Discussion: The Capitol Fax Blog
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Govs. enter stormy election season
Discussion: The Page
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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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama responds to Reid about Las Vegas remarks  —  President Barack Obama on Tuesday responded to criticism from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) regarding comments he made that Reid deemed derisive of Las Vegas.  —  In a letter to addressed “Dear Harry,” Obama said he …
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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.
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Reid: Senate can't pass reconciliation first, decision hopefully by next week
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.
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Mark Kirk wins Republican Senate nod for Obama's old seat
Discussion: CNN, The Politico and Associated Press
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Giannoulias, Kirk declare victory in U.S. Senate primaries
Sunny Hundal / Guardian:
Our licence fees pay for climate denial |  Sunny Hundal  —  The BBC spouts rightwing bias while ignoring environmental science.  So why not give other conspiracies a platform too?  —  After watching last night's Newsnight, I can only come to one conclusion: the BBC has become this country's …
Discussion: EU Referendum and Left Coast Rebel
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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: Instapundit and protein wisdom
New York Times:
Obama Acts to Engage G.O.P., Testing Party's Intentions  —  WASHINGTON — Emboldened by the response to President Obama's face-off with House Republicans last week, the White House is intensifying its push to engage Congressional Republicans in policy negotiations as a way to share the burden …
Discussion: Political Punch and The Page
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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 …
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.
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.
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Brady Dennis / Washington Post:
AIG plans to pay $100 million in another round of bonuses  —  American International Group plans Wednesday to pay another round of employee bonuses, worth about $100 million, said several people familiar with the matter, a year after similar payments at the bailed-out insurance giant infuriated many Americans and inflamed Washington.
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Mark Steyn / The Corner on National Review Online:
Traitors to the Cause — By: Mark Steyn  —  Twenty-four hours ago, I wrote here that the Warmergate scandal is also a media scandal.  Chris Wood, of something called “the Canadian Journalism Project”, agrees:  —  The real “climategate” scandal isn't scientific, it's journalistic
Discussion: Jay Currie
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 …
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.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
McCain appears to shift on '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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Stumping for Jobs Plan, Obama Pushes Health Bill  —  NASHUA, N.H. — President Obama hit the road again Tuesday to promote the new job-creation program he described as his No. 1 priority, but he refused to abandon his embattled health care legislation, vowing to “punch it through” resistance in Congress.
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Listening in on the Harper's Meltdown  —  “Come to me!” proclaimed John R. MacArthur—better known as Rick—the longtime publisher of Harper's magazine in a staffwide meeting, which took place two days after he fired Roger Hodge, the magazine's editor.  —  Mr. MacArthur was telling his staff …
Discussion: Mediaite, Media Decoder and Romenesko
 
 
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Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
D-Day at CBS News
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Left-right want Obama ‘question time’
Discussion: The Hill and Politics Daily
Ronald Bailey / Hit & Run:
Climategate Update 1: The China Syndrome*
Discussion: Guardian and YID With LID
Ezra Klein:
Policy compromise is easy. Political compromise is impossible.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Swampland
Financial Times:
Brussels backs Greek plan to tackle deficit
Discussion: Megan McArdle and FT Alphaville
Ruth Mantell / MarketWatch:
Squandering our children's future
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
Hoyer walks back week-end prediction
Discussion: TPMDC and TPM LiveWire
Free exchange:
$2 trillion gone and nothing to show for it
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Futile Struggle Against Free Content
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Limbaugh ‘thanks God every day’ for Obama's political problems
Mary Pilon / Wall Street Journal:
What's a Degree Really Worth?
Kos / Daily Kos:
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