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9:00 PM ET, February 4, 2010

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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.
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
A slowdown on health care  —  A week ago, Democratic congressional leaders said they hoped to settle on a health care strategy by the end of this week.  —  But they are expected to leave for the weekend without having made any final decisions or tangible progress.
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Sherrod Brown: Senate should use 50-vote tactic on more than healthcare
James Oliphant / Los Angeles Times:
Senate Democrats unveil job-creation package
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 …
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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.
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Ben Frumin / TPM LiveWire:
Obama Makes Birther Joke At Prayer Breakfast (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Caucus, Raw Story and Newsalert
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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CNN:
Brown to take Kennedy's office
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Sen. Brown sworn in, promises cross-aisle communication
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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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, NewsReal Blog and Opinionator
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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
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” …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
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Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Poll: Republicans Prefer Having A Deficit With Tax Cuts, Over A Balanced Budget And Higher Taxes  —  A new Rasmussen poll supplies a very interesting data point in the ongoing debate about the budget deficit: As it turns out, Republican voters would prefer having a deficit if it meant …
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Rasmussen Reports:
41% Fine With Budget Deficit If Taxes Are Cut
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 …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Asian-Americans Lean Left Politically  —  Asian-Americans more liberal than other racial/ethnic groups  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Gallup Daily tracking data reveal that Asian-Americans tend to be more Democratic and much less conservative than the general population in their political views.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Are African-Americans Conservative, or Is Ideological Self …
Discussion: Eunomia and Gallup
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 …
Peterhamby / CNN:
Club for Growth targets Gingrich  —  Newt Gingrich is being attacked by the conservative Club for Growth.  —  Washington (CNN) - The conservative Club for Growth is hitting back at former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for criticizing the small government group during an appearance in Utah for Republican Sen. Bob Bennett.
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Chris Wallace on whether Palin will sit on his lap during their interview: ‘One can only hope.’  —  This week, former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor Sarah Palin will be on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, in his first Sunday show appearance ever.
Joan E. Darrah / CNN:
My secret life under 'don't ask, don't tell'  —  Editor's note: Retired Navy Capt. Joan E. Darrah served 29½ years as a naval intelligence officer and was chief of staff and deputy commander at the Office of Naval Intelligence.  She has received several awards: three Legion of Merits …
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 …
Discussion: Political Punch and Raw Story
Dick Brass / New York Times:
Microsoft's Creative Destruction  —  AS they marvel at Apple's new iPad tablet computer, the technorati seem to be focusing on where this leaves Amazon's popular e-book business.  But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America's most famous and prosperous technology company …
Megan McArdle:
How Unions Work  —  In a valiant attempt to defuse the ideological conflicts between the reformist and traditionalist wings of the liberal education wonketariat, Matthew Yglesias argues that this disagreement is not not ideological at all.  Rather, it is an artifact of past decisions about educational structure:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
The Note:
Landrieu says Republicans should ‘shut their mouth’  —  ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Don't mess with Mary Landrieu.  —  The Democratic Senator from Louisiana has had about enough of people criticizing the clause she helped put into the Senate version of health care reform and she took …
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Obama Prepares for 2 Supreme 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.
Bloomberg:
Ken Lewis, Bank of America Sued by Cuomo for Fraud  —  Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) — Former Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Lewis was sued by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for defrauding investors and the government when buying Merrill Lynch & Co. The bank agreed …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com, The Hill and Hullabaloo
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Ten years ago?  Seriously?  —  On Monday when releasing his budget the President said: … This is a common refrain from the President and his team.  —  Argument: The previous administration and previous Congresses created an expensive new drug program ... without paying for any of it.
 
 
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