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9:55 PM ET, February 4, 2010

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CNN:
Brown to take Kennedy's office
Discussion: The Politico and The Hill
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Charlie Baker: Scott Brown, part deux?
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Washington Post
Jules Crittenden:
Enough With The Idol-Worship Sopfest Already
Discussion: Boston Globe and msnbc.com
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 …
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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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 …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
A slowdown on health care
Discussion: CNN
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
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.
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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 and Dennis the Peasant
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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.
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Pelosi may wait on 'Don't Ask' vote  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that Democrats may wait on voting to repeal the ban on gays in the military until after the midterm elections and after the Pentagon has completed a full review of its “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy.
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.
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.
Thom Shanker / New York Times:
U.S. General Offers Upbeat Views on Afghan War  —  ISTANBUL — The senior commander of American and allied forces in Afghanistan offered a guarded but unexpectedly upbeat assessment of the war effort on Thursday, saying that while the situation remained dangerous it was no longer deteriorating …
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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sherrod Brown: Senate should use 50-vote tactic on more than healthcare
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The Revolution Kicks Off—In Style
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Conyers wants Haiti relief official demoted over diversity deficit
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Bipartisan Senate resolution condemns Uganda anti-gay legislation
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Obama nominee's fate in flux as labor lawyer loses GOP support
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Mireya Navarro / New York Times:
Effort to Settle Sept. 11 Lawsuits
Discussion: Gothamist and New Jersey Online
Bloomberg:
Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Unexpectedly Climbed
Kate Hoit / The Huffington Post:
The Hurt Locker Doesn't Get This Vet's Vote