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2:35 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 …
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
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
What We Lost While Abdulmutallab Clammed Up
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
We're Getting Intel From Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab Because …
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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Republicans find loophole in budget ploy to push healthcare  —  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 …
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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 …
Manu Raju / The Politico:
McConnell blasts W.H. terrorism plan
Discussion: Riehl World View and The Hill
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Mullen deserves medal for Senate testimony backing open military service by gays
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Powell signals support for Pentagon's effort to repeal 'Don't ask, don't tell'
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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 …
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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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
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.
Ezra Klein:
Obama: If Democrats don't pass health-care reform, 'I don't know what differentiates us from the other guys'  —  Today's televised session between Barack Obama and the Senate Democrats wasn't encouraging to those of us hoping the Democrats are spending their time worrying about how to pass the health care bill.
Discussion: City Pages
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Lincoln presses Obama on party ‘extremes’ at Q and A
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
Ezra Klein:
Rep. Paul Ryan: ‘Rationing happens today!  The question is who will do it?’  —  Rep. Paul Ryan is the ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee.  His budget proposal, 'A Roadmap for America's Future,' was scored (pdf) by the Congressional Budget Office as erasing the long-term deficit entirely.
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 …
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 …
Robert Zaretsky / New York Times:
The Tea Party Last Time  —  MORE than 100,000 angry citizens united in the nation's capital to take their country back: back from the tax collector and the political and financial elites, back from bureaucrats and backroom wheelers and dealers and, more elusively and alarmingly, back from those who, well, were not like them.
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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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Democrats land Coons for Biden's old seat
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Jesse Lee / White House.gov Blog Feed:
A Particularly Beautiful Snow
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Poll Shows That Passing the Bill Improves Democrats' Popularity
Robert Wright / Opinionator:
The Internet vs. Obama
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Matthew J. Slaughter / Wall Street Journal:
How to Destroy American Jobs
Discussion: The Foundry
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Obama makes a mockery of his own lobbyist ban