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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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Coats registered to vote in Virginia, not Indiana
Discussion: Politics Nation
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Former Sen. Dan Coats to challenge Evan Bayh in Indiana
Discussion: The Plum Line, The Hill and MyDD
The Politico:
Could GOP win back the Senate?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Left-right want Obama ‘question time’  —  A politically diverse group of bloggers, commentators, techies and politicos on Wednesday will launch an online campaign, Demand Question Time, urging President Barack Obama and GOP congressional leaders to hold regular, televised conversations …
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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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Fiscal hawks balk at budget cuts
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” …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
We're Getting Intel From Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Because …
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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Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:   Palin Defends Her Appearance At The Tea Party Convention
Felix Gillette / New York Observer:
D-Day at CBS News  —  On the evening of Monday, Feb. 1, Katie Couric, anchor of the CBS Evening News, was wearing red.  For the next half-hour, she tore through the headlines.  There were allegations of bigotry among the federal air marshals in the U.S., an American church group accused …
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP finds loophole in reconciliation ploy  —  As it turns out, Senate Democrats may not be able to force healthcare legislation through the chamber on a simple majority vote.  —  Republicans say they have found a loophole in the budget reconciliation process that could allow them to offer an indefinite number of amendments.
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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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 …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Republicans wonder what's next in Illinois governor's race  —  Posted by Monique Garcia, Rick Pearson and Ray Long at 5 a.m.; last updated at 11:15 a.m.  —  Illinois Republicans are gathering downtown for a unity breakfast this morning but found they had to add an extra seat at the main table.
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Countdown begins for end of Keith Olbermann's ‘Countdown’?  —  Remember Keith Olbermann?  —  He was the one-time must-see anti-Bush ranter who helped rescue MSNBC (yes, it's still on at night) from even worse oblivion years ago.  —  Well, quietly last month while no one was looking …
Sunny Hundal / Guardian:
Our licence fees pay for climate denial  —  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 …
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Benjamin Spillman / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
'YOU DON'T BLOW A BUNCH OF CASH IN VEGAS ...': Obama remark reopens wound  —  Public officials scold president  —  Add people saving for college to the list of folks President Barack Obama says shouldn't spend money in Las Vegas.  —  On Tuesday Obama told an audience in Nashua, N.H. …
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Warning sign in Illinois  —  I think last night's Illinois primary results indicate some difficulties ahead in the state for Democrats that have nothing to do with who the winners and losers were.  —  Based on the current numbers 885,268 voters were cast in the Democratic primary for Senate compared to 736,137 on the Republican side.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
DISCOMFORT WITH THE ANGRY MOB.... We talked yesterday about a broad, new Research 2000 poll, commissioned by Markos Moulitsas, gauging the attitudes of rank-and-file Republicans nationwide.  The results were discouraging.  —  A plurality of rank-and-file Republicans wants to see President Obama impeached.
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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.
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Powell Favors Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'  —  Gen. Colin L. Powell, who as the nation's top military officer in the 1990s opposed allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military, switched gears today and threw his support behind efforts to end the “don't ask, don't tell” law he helped shepherd in.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
Facts and Data Be Damned  —  I was pulling my hair out this morning reading this Washington Post piece.  Titled “Despite his roots, Obama struggles to show he's connected to middle class,” it's one of those classics of Washington political journalism where the thesis is unsupported …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Rush Limbaugh: 'I love the women's movement — especially when walking behind it.'  —  Last week, hate radio host Rush Limbaugh judged the Miss America pageant.  Today he went on Fox and Friends and spoke to host — and former Miss America winner — Gretchen Carlson to respond to the criticism he has been receiving.
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: … But, in his case, the journalistic scandal is that I and a tiny proportion …
 
 
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Matthew J. Slaughter / Wall Street Journal:
How to Destroy American Jobs
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Steele says RNC primed financially for fall elections
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
GOP's Senate prospects on the rise
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Transparent Negotiations  —  Transparency is a good thing in many contexts.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Darren Samuelsohn / New York Times:
Obama Says Senate May Drop Cap and Trade, Pass Energy-Only Bill
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Cross found at Air Force Academy's Wicca center
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Interpreting Ford, with extra quotation marks
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Obama makes a mockery of his own lobbyist ban
Discussion: Hit & Run and AmSpecBlog
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Listening in on the Harper's Meltdown
Discussion: Mediaite