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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans find loophole in budget ploy to push through healthcare legislation  —  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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, The New Republic, CNN and The Hill
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
Brown Surprise: Seat Me Now!  —  Now that his election as Senator from Massachusetts has been certified, Scott Brown wants to get to work — and much more quickly than his colleagues in the Senate had prepared for.  Brown's campaign counsel asked Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to sign …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WHY THE SWEARING-IN DATE MATTERS.... When Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) won his special election in Massachusetts on Jan. 19, it started a routine certification process.  Brown personally suggested to the Senate that he could be sworn in on Thursday, Feb. 11, and the leadership agreed.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Lincoln presses Obama on party ‘extremes’ at Q and A  —  Centrist Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) on Wednesday asked arguably the most contentious question during a discussion between Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama, hitting at conservatives and liberals.
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Ezra Klein:
Obama: If Democrats don't pass health-care reform, 'I don't know …
Discussion: City Pages and Althouse
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:   Lincoln challenges Obama on liberal “extremes”
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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Drudge Report:
COURIC FACES PAY CUT; DEEP LAYOFFS HIT CBSNEWS  —  CBSNEWS anchorwoman and 60 MINUTES contributor Katie Couric faces a dramatic pay cut at the network, insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.  —  CBS boss Les Moonves is determined to save money and trim expenses — from top to bottom — at the former crown jewel of broadcasting.
Michael Shain / New York Post:
Stand off  —  Couric, CBS reach crossroads  —  With a little …
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.
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Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Senators Warned of Terror Attack on U.S. by July  —  WASHINGTON — America's top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that Al Qaeda and its affiliates had made it a high priority to attempt a large-scale attack on American soil within the next six months.
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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
What We Lost While Abdulmutallab Clammed Up
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
DNI: Politics impedes investigation
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Senator-elect Scott Brown seeks to be sworn in Thursday  —  Hoping to start work in Washington a week sooner than originally planned, US Senator-elect Scott Brown this afternoon asked Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of State William Galvin to “certify without delay” the results of the Jan. 19 special election.
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Hillary Chabot / Boston Herald:
Brown demands to be sworn in earlier than planned
Discussion: The Hill
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Brown to be sworn in Thursday
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
White House Privately Signaling Support For House Passing Senate Bill With Fix, Aides Say  —  White House aides have privately told Dem Congressional aides that the White House supports the House passing the Senate health reform bill with a reconciliation fix, something that could give a bit …
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
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Ezra Klein:
A good message is not nearly as important as a fast process  —  “Democrats were too busy dealing [on the health-care bill] to come up with a counter story,” sighs Harold Pollack.  “Not just once, in a complicated speech, but every day and in ways that connect.”
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Is the Senate majority now in play?  —  The victories in Illinois by Rep. Mark Kirk (R) and state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) coupled with former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats' (R) decision to challenge Evan Bayh (D) in the fall is likely to stir chatter about the possibility that Republicans …
Max Blumenthal / Salon:
James O'Keefe's race problem  —  A photo of the righty stuntman at a white-nationalist confab illustrates a career marked by racial resentment  —  Many of the conservatives who gleefully promoted James O'Keefe's past political stunts are feigning shock at his arrest on charges …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin, Emanuel.  Pot, Kettle  —  Did she really just call for Rahm Emanuel to be fired because he allegedly used the term “f**king retarded” to refer to fellow Democrats in a private meeting?  Last summer?  Did she really?  —  I don't like the term myself.  I think it is offensive.
New York Post:
Muslim chaplain ‘smuggled’ box cutters into jail  —  A Muslim chaplain for the city Department of Correction was arrested this morning for allegedly trying to smuggle in three box-cutters to a lower Manhattan jail.  —  The imam, Imam Zul-Qarnain Shahid, has worked as a DOC jail chaplain for three years …
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.
Mackubin Thomas Owens / Wall Street Journal:
The Case Against Gays in the Military  —  Open homosexuality would threaten unit cohesion and military effectiveness.  —  As expected, President Obama pledged during his State of the Union address to “work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans …
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Abu Muqawama:
I promise this is the last thing I post on DADT
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Special Olympics: Apology not accepted [UPDATED]  —  The Special Olympics is disputing the White House claim that its chairman, Tim Shriver, accepted Rahm Emanuel's apology for calling liberals “retarded.”  —  Seeking to damp down the controversy over Rahm Emanuel's reported …
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.
Bloomberg:
U.S. May Lose 824,000 Jobs as Employment Data Revised: Analysis  —  Feb. 3 (Bloomberg Multimedia) — The U.S. may lose 824,000 jobs when the government releases its annual revision to employment data on Feb. 5, showing the labor market was in worse shape during the recession than known at the time.
Jeane MacIntosh / New York Post:
Edwards hit wife during heated fight: report  —  Disgraced former presidential candidate John Edwards reportedly beat his cancer-stricken wife during a horrific marriage-ending fight.  —  “John lost his temper big time,” a close friend of Elizabeth's revealed to the National Enquirer.
 
 
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Jonathan Chait / The New Republic:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
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