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1:40 PM ET, February 3, 2010

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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 …
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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
The Politico:
Could GOP win back the Senate?
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
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” …
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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 …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
We're Getting Intel From Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Because …
Discussion: Reuters and Democracy in America
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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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 …
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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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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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Powell signal support for Pentagon's effort to repeal 'Don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: CNN
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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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Fox to air Palin's Tea Party address
Discussion: CNN and Conservatives4Palin.com
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 …
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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 …
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
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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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.
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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Tony Romm / The Hill:   Dems questioning Obama are some of party's most vulnerable in 2010
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 12:11 p.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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Newsdesk / Clout St:
Quinn declares victory but Hynes won't concede in Democratic governor's race
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 …
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.
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.
San Diego News Online:
Feds: Phony U.S. Marshal made it into S.D. airport with ‘prisoner’  —  “We are working with law enforcement and other departments to make sure this does not happen again,” Trevino said.  —  bookmark  —  text size  —  Gregory R. Denny  —  A Hemet man who passed himself off as a U.S. Marshal …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
DeeDee Correll / Los Angeles Times:
Cross found at Air Force Academy's Wicca center  —  The opening of the worship area at the Colorado Springs academy had been hailed as a step for religious tolerance.  —  Reporting from Denver - The Air Force Academy, stung several years ago by accusations of Christian bias …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
Quick Response to Study of Abstinence Education  —  A study of middle-school students that found for the first time that abstinence-only education helped to delay their sexual initiation is already beginning to shake up the longstanding debate over how best to prevent teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
 
 
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Robert Zaretsky / New York Times:
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Iran Says It Sent Animals Into Space
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John Koblin / New York Observer:
Listening in on the Harper's Meltdown
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