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11:05 AM ET, February 4, 2010


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Tough talk comes after Obama exits  —  Senate Democrats held back from asking President Barack Obama about healthcare reform during a carefully scripted question-and-answer session in front of television cameras.  —  With the cameras rolling, a group of senators selected in advance …
Chicago Sun Times:
Details surface of Scott Lee Cohen's 2005 domestric violence arrest  —  Scott Lee Cohen — a pawnbroker who shocked state Democratic leaders Tuesday night by winning the party's nomination for lieutenant governor — was arrested about four-and-a-half years ago and accused of holding a knife …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
New questions in 2005 arrest of Democratic lieutenant governor nominee  —  UPDATED at 8:24 p.m. with additional Quinn comment; originally posted by David Heinzmann and Ray Long at 7:55 p.m.  —  The newly minted Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor said Wednesday he doesn't think a …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Comedian Jon Stewart takes the hot seat with Bill O'Reilly  —  In a vigorous, policy-laden debate, ‘The Daily Show’ host blasts Fox's ‘panic attack’ coverage of Obama and the economy.  O'Reilly says ‘the narrative of a couple of guys’ doesn't represent the whole network.
The Politico:
Dems protect backroom deals  —  The health care bill is in trouble, but a series of narrow deals — each designed to win over a wavering senator or key interest group — is alive and well, despite voter anger over the parochial horse-trading that marked the rush toward passage before Christmas.
The Hill:
Scott Brown will be sworn in as Massachusetts senator Thursday
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Off-message, Biden recasts the Obama agenda  —  Vice President Biden is tired of seeing the Obama administration's economic stimulus plan demeaned, derided and dismissed, and he wanted to talk about it.  —  But a funny thing happened in the course of an interview at Biden's White House office on Tuesday afternoon.
Larry O'Connor / Big Journalism:
James O'Keefe vs. Max Blumenthal: How the Left Distorts, Invents and Lies  —  It started with a blog post at something called One People's Project, in which someone named Daryle Jenkins claimed: … The photograph that One People's Project shows as its proof (above) is cropped and just shows O'Keefe from the shoulders up.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justice Defends Ruling on Finance  —  WASHINGTON — In expansive remarks at a law school in Florida, Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday vigorously defended the Supreme Court's recent campaign finance decision.  —  And Justice Thomas explained that he did not attend State of the Union addresses …
Philip Terzian / Weekly Standard:
Clarence Thomas on Why He Skips the State of the Union  —  I don't go because it has become so partisan.  —  One final contribution to the post-mortem on the State of the Union address.  —  In a question-and-answer session at Stetson University College of Law in Florida this week …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
National Prayer Breakfast Draws Controversy  —  For more than 50 years, the National Prayer Breakfast has served as a prime networking event in Washington, bringing together the president, members of Congress, foreign diplomats and thousands of religious, business and military leaders for scrambled eggs and supplication.
Ben Webster / Times of London:
IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri under pressure to go over glacier error  —  The head of the UN's climate change body is under pressure to resign after one of his strongest allies in the environmental movement said his judgment was flawed and called for a new leader to restore confidence in climatic science.
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:   UK Greenpeace Chief Calls on Pachauri to Resign: Al Gore Still Silent
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
‘Permission’ needed to kill U.S. terrorists  —  The U.S. intelligence community policy on killing American citizens who have joined al Qaeda requires first obtaining high-level government approval, a senior official disclosed to Congress on Wednesday.  —  Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Intelligence chief acknowledges U.S. may target Americans involved in terrorism
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Game On?  —  House Republicans don't have an official budget yet.  But they have what amounts to a first draft.  The official budget will be released in March or April and will be authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee in consultation with the other Republicans on the Committee.
Discussion: Sadly, No!, TPMDC and National Review
Neil King Jr / Wall Street Journal:
Deficit Hawk Turns Dove at Home
Discussion: Beat the Press
Los Angeles Times:
Congressional Democrats are nay-saying Obama's budget  —  Lawmakers are railing against certain items as a campaign strategy, establishing their distance from controversial aspects of the administration.  —  Reporting from Washington - As Congress begins picking through President Obama's …
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Baltimore Sun:
Vulnerable Dems seek distance from Obama
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Florida, We Have a Problem  —  The Obama administration's proposed budget holds many surprises.  —  O.K., you have to be kind of dorky to make that statement.  —  Still, how can you not be fascinated when the White House announces it wants to cancel plans to put an American on the moon by 2020?
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Grifters' Tale  —  Judson Phillips is a Tennessee lawyer, specializing in personal injury lawsuits, drunk-driving cases and men who get into trouble beating their wives.  It was his idea to incorporate Tea Party Nation as a money-making venture and charge $349 to hear Sarah Palin talk …
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
White House Prepares for Possibility of 2 Supreme Court Vacancies  —  SCOTUS Watchers Believe Justices Stevens and Ginsburg Could Decide to Step Aside  —  Lawyers for President Obama have been working behind the scenes to prepare for the possibility of one, and maybe two Supreme Court vacancies this spring.
Discussion: New York Times and Shakesville
Corey Pein / Santa Fe Reporter:
BORN POOR?  —  SANTA FE ECONOMIST SAMUEL BOWLES SAYS YOU BETTER GET USED TO IT  —  Consider these two numbers.  Don't worry, there won't be a quiz.  —  The first number is 3,500.  —  The second is 32.  —  The first is how many jobs Santa Fe County lost in 2009, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
Chris Isidore /
Poof: Another 800,000 jobs disappear  —  NEW YORK ( — As bad as the government's jobs readings numbers have been during the Great Recession, we'll soon find out the real situation likely was worse.  —  Much worse.  —  Job losses during the recession may have been underestimated by close to a million jobs.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and The Page
Jim Treacher / The DC Trawler:
Last night I got hit by a car and broke my knee  —  Sometime between 7 and 7:30, not long after I got home from work, I walked to the CVS on 22nd and M to get some bread, milk, and a SmartTrip card.  I was right across the street from the CVS, and I waited for the crosswalk light to tell me to go before I crossed.
Front Page Magazine:
Islamic Nazis  —  Posted by Robert Spencer on Feb 4th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can leave a response or trackback to this entry  —  Robert Spencer is a scholar of Islamic history, theology, and law and the director of Jihad Watch.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Atlas Shrugs
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin aide: Perry adviser's remark ‘crude’ and ‘disrespectful’  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin is criticizing a Rick Perry campaign adviser accused of using the word “retarded” - but she isn't demanding that the aide be fired.  —  The accusation - made against top Perry consultant David Carney …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Mediaite
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sen. Brown: Obama must push Dem lawmakers harder on healthcare  —  President Barack Obama hasn't pushed Democrats hard enough behind closed doors to pass healthcare reform, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Thursday.  —  Brown said that Obama needs to step up his push for health reform …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blog
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
The President's GOP Outreach Comes Too Late  —  A photo-op is not the same as compromising on policy.  —  Last Friday, President Obama met with House Republicans in Baltimore.  He took questions, parried criticisms, and allowed all of it to be put on television.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
GOP cash provides 2012 clues  —  The battle for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination quietly began last year — maybe not for the candidates, but for their political groups.  —  Sarah Palin's committee paid more than $50,000 for policy advice in the second half of 2009 …
Discussion: GOP 12
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Al Baker / New York Times:
Chaplain Is Found With Blades at City Jail
Discussion: New York Magazine and Gothamist
Jennifer Haberkorn / Washington Times:
Democrats pan payroll tax credit
Ben Smith / The Politico:
U.S. pondered military use in Georgia
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Washington Post:
D.C. support needed to pressure Congress on school vouchers
Discussion: Eduwonk and Commentary
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
China Renews Opposition to Iran Sanctions
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and The Page
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
In ‘vegetative state’ patients, brain scanners show some alert minds
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
 Earlier Items: 
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks
Discussion: Climate Progress and Emptywheel
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Illinois Senate Race Worries Democrats Anew
Investor's Business Daily:
The White House's Illegal Piggy Bank
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Changes coming to Bloomberg's D.C. bureau
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Aunt Seeks Asylum to Avoid Deportation
Discussion: Wonk Room and JammieWearingFool
Mark Landler / New York Times:
China Shows Little Patience for U.S. Currency Pressure
Discussion: Beat the Press and The Page
Christopher Weber / Politics Daily:
CIA Accused of Cover Up in Deaths of U.S. Civilians in Peru
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Agence France Presse:
US debt to hit proposed ceiling by end-February: Treasury
Discussion: The Lonely Conservative and QandO