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8:40 AM ET, February 5, 2010

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Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPMDC:
Report: Shelby Blocks All Obama Nominations In The Senate Over AL Earmarks  —  Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put an extraordinary “blanket hold” on at least 70 nominations President Obama has sent to the Senate, according to multiple reports this evening.  The hold means no nominations …
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William Matthews / FederalTimes.com:
Ala. senator blocks nominees over Air Force tanker contract
Discussion: MyDD
The Note:   What's Holding Up Security Nominees? Alabama Pork
The Politico:
Franken lays into Ax over health bill  —  Sen. Al Franken ripped into White House senior adviser David Axelrod this week during a tense, closed-door session with Senate Democrats.  —  Five sources who were in the room tell POLITICO that Franken criticized Axelrod for the administration's failure …
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The Huffington Post:
Obama's Engagement On Health Care Has ‘Dried Up’: Dem Senator  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Despite urging Democratic senators on Wednesday to forge ahead on health care reform, President Obama and his aides have been largely hands-off in guiding the legislative process, Senate aides tell the Huffington Post.
The Huffington Post:   Axelrod Pressed By Franken, Sanders On White House's Lack …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
A slowdown on health care
Discussion: CNN
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Andrew Sullivan's Heroic Self-Appraisal  —  Is there some world championship for self-deceit and puffery of which I am unaware?  Andrew Sullivan seems to have penned a winning entry.  His theme, roughly - How I Was So Right About Sarah Palin Yet So Wrong About John Edwards. … Any day now!
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John Cook / Gawker:
There's No Good Reason the National Enquirer Shouldn't Win a Pulitzer Prize  —  The National Enquirer has thrown its hat in the ring for a 2010 Pulitzer Prize, seeking official recognition from the media Brahmins for its ownership of the John Edwards sex scandal.  Said Brahmins are harrumphing, and here's why they're wrong.
Discussion: Majikthise, Mediaite and Romenesko
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
My John Edwards Failure  —  I've been thinking about what seems to me a double standard in my treatment of vice-presidential frauds, with respect to Sarah Palin and John Edwards, and trying to figure out where I went wrong.  No, I'm not backtracking on Palin: all I regret is not being able to expose her for real yet.
Discussion: Mediaite
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Palin Camp Rips Limbaugh, Hits His “Retard” Comment As “Crude And Demeaning”  —  Sarah Palin versus Rush Limbaugh!  —  Palin believes Limbaugh's repeated use of the word “retard” yesterday was “crude and demeaning,” her spokesperson emails.  —  In the wake of Palin's demand that Rahm Emanuel …
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Jake Gibson / Fox News:
Palin Camp Fires Back at Washington Post  —  Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska, Republican mega-star and Fox News contributor, was quick to fire back at Washington Post blog, The Plum Line, for a report that Palin is at war with conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Robert Schlesinger / US News:
Palin Denounces Limbaugh Over ‘Retard’ Cracks, Glenn Beck Next?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Megan Mulligan / The Daily Caller:
Struck Down: Feds Refuse to Explain How Agent Injured Daily Caller Writer  —  The State Department has refused to answer basic questions about an accident that took place in Washington on Wednesday night, in which a U.S. Diplomatic Security Service vehicle struck Daily Caller employee Sean Medlock as he was crossing the street.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New Hampshire independents abandoning Obama in droves: Poll  —  The crucial independent voters of notoriously independent New Hampshire, the ones who were so vital to Barack Obama's 2008 victory there and nationally, are fast falling out of love with the Democrat.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Our Strange Constitution  —  I'm not even slightly surprised to find out that the Obama administration has some kind of process in place to assassinate American citizens who it's decided are in cahoots with terrorists.  I was always raised to appreciate the “out of control spies” …
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Lobbying Imperils Overhaul of Student Loans  —  WASHINGTON — Four months ago, it appeared all but certain that the White House and Democrats in Congress would succeed in overhauling the student loan business and ending government subsidies to private lenders.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Gibbs to Sen. Bond: Apologize to law enforcement, White House for leak claim  —  Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is calling on Republican Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) to apologize “to the law enforcement community and those that work in this building” for alleging the White House had leaked classified information …
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Theo Emery / Time:   Why Didn't HIG Question the Undiebomber?
Steve Krakauer / Mediaite:
NBC Cafeteria Celebrates Black History Month With Fried Chicken Special (Update)  —  So who at NBC thought it would be a good idea for the special today to be, among other things, fried chicken, “in honor of Black History Month”?  —  Because, spoiler alert - it wasn't a good idea at all.
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Pentagon to stock health facilities with morning-after pill  —  The Department of Defense will begin making the morning-after pill Plan B available at all of its hospitals and health clinics around the world, officials announced Thursday.  —  The decision came after a recommendation …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fiscal Scare Tactics  —  These days it's hard to pick up a newspaper or turn on a news program without encountering stern warnings about the federal budget deficit.  The deficit threatens economic recovery, we're told; it puts American economic stability at risk; it will undermine our influence in the world.
Retracto / Big Journalism:
Correction Request: Max Blumenthal, Salon.com  —  In Max Blumenthal's article “James O'Keefe's race problem” for Salon.com of February 3, 2010, Mr. Blumenthal makes a number of unverifiable and provably false claims regarding James O'Keefe's attendance at a 2006 conference called “Race and Conservatism.”
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Haiti Charges Americans With Child Abduction  —  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Ten Americans who tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the country last week without the government's consent have been charged with child abduction and criminal conspiracy, as Haitian officials sought to reassert judicial control after the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The great peasant revolt of 2010  —  “Iam not an ideologue,” protested President Obama at a gathering with Republican House members last week.  Perhaps, but he does have a tenacious commitment to a set of political convictions.  —  Compare his 2010 State of the Union to his first address to Congress a year earlier.
Discussion: Eunomia and Pundit & Pundette
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Gallup: Majority of Dems View Socialism Positively  —  The Gallup Poll reported Thursday afternoon that a majority of Democrats, 53%, have a “positive” image of socialism, which includes independents who lean toward the blue party.  —  Only 17 percent of Republican and GOP-leaners hold socialism in a positive light.
CNN:
Biden ponders filibuster reform  —  Washington - Moments after swearing in Sen. Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, whose presence in the Senate means Democrats no longer have their 60-vote filibuster-proof supermajority, Vice President Joe Biden told reporters he thinks filibusters have been abused …
Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile USA's Owner Weighs Spinoff  —  The owner of T-Mobile USA, the fourth-largest U.S. wireless provider, is exploring an initial public offering or spinoff of the business, according to people familiar with the matter, as it seeks ways to jump-start the carrier and assuage disenchanted shareholders.
Discussion: Engadget and FT Alphaville
Lee Davidson / Deseret News:
Hatch creates uproar on 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, seemed to say on national TV Wednesday that he is open to considering repeal of the ban on gays in the military — creating an uproar on many political and gay-activist Web sites.
TPMDC:
Boehner Distances Republicans From Ryan Budget...But He Can't Name A Single Objection  —  House Republicans are at pains to point out that a far-reaching budget roadmap unveiled by their top budget guy, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), isn't their budget, but when asked today at a press conference …
CNN:
Brown to take Kennedy's office  —  Sen.-elect Scott Brown will be sworn in Thursday in Washington.  —  Washington - After Scott Brown gets sworn in Thursday afternoon, he won't just be taking Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, he will also be taking over his plush office space in the Senate Russell building.
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Sen. Brown sworn in, promises cross-aisle communication
 
 
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CNN:
Indiana Senate race gets more competitive
Discussion: Townhall.com
Christopher Preble / Cato @ Liberty:
Charles Krauthammer, Rocket Scientist
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Eunomia
Big Government:
Sen. John Kerry Letter Supporting Code Pink's Hamas-Aid Gaza Freedom March
Discussion: YID With LID and Israel Matzav
Bloomberg:
Ken Lewis, Bank of America Sued by Cuomo for Fraud
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, The Hill and Hullabaloo
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sherrod Brown: Senate should use 50-vote tactic on more than healthcare
NY Post: Knickerbocker:
Dispute over Paterson, Ford dinner grows
Peterhamby / CNN:
Club for Growth targets Gingrich
Discussion: American Power
 Earlier Items: 
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Conyers wants Haiti relief official demoted over diversity deficit
Discussion: QandO and Townhall.com
The Note:
Landrieu says Republicans should ‘shut their mouth’
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Ten years ago? Seriously?