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11:55 PM ET, February 5, 2010

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ABCNEWS:
‘Tea Party’ Fireworks: Speaker Rips McCain, Obama, ‘Cult of Multiculturalism’  —  Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo Suggests ‘Civics, Literacy Test’ Would Have Foiled Obama's Election; High-Priced National ‘Tea Party’ Convention Stirs Debate Among Factions  —  The opening-night speaker …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New Texas gov poll shows Tea Party candidate Debra Medina would defeat Democrat; Perry still leads  —  Quick update on the unfolding Republican primary race for Texas governor:  —  As The Ticket previously reported, incumbent Gov. Rick Perry is being challenged by GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison …
Brian Kates / NY Daily News:
Tea Party convention's racial brouhaha: Obama won because Jim Crow-era law not on books - Tancredo  —  The opening speaker at the first National Tea Party Convention called President Obama a “committed Socialist ideologue” who was elected because “we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote.”
Domenico Montanaro / msnbc.com:
SOME TAKEAWAYS FROM NASHVILLE  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Discussion: Riehl World View
John Zogby / The Huffington Post:   Boiling Tea  —  The attitude toward the Tea Party movement …
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
Tea Party Leader Launches Political Outfit
Ezra Klein:
What is a ‘hold’?  —  The news of the day, as I mentioned earlier, is that Richard Shelby has decided to place a hold on everything that eats, breathes or moves unless Alabama gets a couple billion more in pork.  Before we take a step further on this, it's worth noting that Shelby is doing exactly …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Shark Jump Announced  —  You've seen the reports that Sen. Richard Shelby (R) of Alabama has taken the perhaps unprecedented step of placing holds on ALL of President Obama's nominees until he gets the money for a couple of big earmarked pork barrel projects he feels entitled to back in his home state.
Bill Dedman / msnbc.com:
Palin e-mails reveal a powerful ‘first dude’  —  Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that the first gentleman, Todd Palin, exchanged with state officials draw a picture of his influence on policy in the Sarah Palin administration.  Other e-mails are still being withheld by the state of Alaska.
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Sarah Palin, Vocal and Ready ... but for What?  —  WASHINGTON — Without leaving home, Sarah Palin will be able to reach much of her political base, courtesy of a soon-to-be-built television studio in her living room paid for by her newest media patron, Fox News.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
J. Thompson: Fox's Wallace owes Palin an apology
Discussion: Think Progress and GOP 12
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obama: 'She insisted she's going to be buried in an Obama t-shirt'  —  Yes, those are the words of the president, last night at the Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Washington.  After listing his administration's accomplishments and vowing that “our most urgent task is job creation …
Gerard Alexander / Washington Post:
Why are liberals so condescending?  —  Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots.  But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct …
John Cook / Gawker:
'I'm Not Saying Your Mother's a Whore': How Fox News Censored Jon Stewart's Showdown with Bill O'Reilly  —  Fox News has generously placed the full, unedited conversation between Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart online, so we can see precisely how unfairly and deviously Fox edited the interview in order to weaken Stewart's case: A lot!
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Students At Jesuit School Shut Down Basketball Game Over LGBT Rights  —  As the band played Hot Stuff, students at John Carroll University occupied center court during a basketball game to protest the school's decision to exclude LGBT people from its non-discrimination policy.  —  Subscribe to Joe.My.God.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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Steve Peoples / Providence Journal:
Poll: Kennedy, Whitehouse support wanes
Rasmussen Reports:
Americans Reject Keynesian Economics  —  Richard Nixon once said, “We're all Keynesians now.”  But that was a long time ago, and it's certainly not the case anymore (if it ever was).  —  While influential 20th Century economist John Maynard Keynes would say it's best to increase deficit spending …
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Big Mess In Illinois  —  Well, the incumbent Democratic governor won his primary in Illinois, which more often than not is a good thing for the incumbent's party in a major race.  Except...  His new running mate—the candidate for lieutenant governor—has admitted he was on anabolic steroids in 2005 …
Jim Treacher / The DC Trawler:
This pretty much covers what we know so far about the vehicular assault on my person  —  Big thanks to Scott, Liz, and Neil.  —  As I mentioned yesterday, one of the people standing over me as I lay in the street with a broken knee asked if there was anybody he could contact for me, and I gave him the number of the Daily Caller.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin to Post: I'm not ripping Rush  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is criticizing a report on a Washington Post blog claiming that she is going after conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh.  —  On Thursday the Washington Post blog “The Plum Line” posted an item under the headline …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Here's The Email To The Sarah Palin Camp Asking For Comment On Rush
Discussion: The Hill and Politics Daily
The Smoking Gun:
Harold Ford Superstar  —  U.S. Senate wannabe's tour rider anticipates swarms of adoring fans  —  Like Jay-Z and Lady Gaga, Harold Ford, Jr. has a tour rider.  The former Tennessee congressman, who is now trying to carpetbag his way to a Senate seat in New York, banks about $20,000 …
The Politico:
Cornyn: No thanks to Obama Q & amp; A  —  Senate Republicans don't have much of an appetite to give President Barack Obama their version of question-and-answer time - not after seeing how Obama handled House Republicans last week.  —  “We're always happy to hear from the president …
Political Punch:
Geithner: Much Lower Risk of Double-Dip Recession Now Than Any Other Time In Last Year  —  We interviewed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today for an exclusive interview to air on THIS WEEK Sunday.  —  We talked about the new unemployment numbers; the shortcomings of various administration proposals …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and AMERICAblog News
Charles Lane / PostPartisan:
Obama dismisses Blanche Lincoln's plea to be more centrist  —  President Obama's sharp exchange of views with House Republicans made a splash the other day — though for civility and substance, I much preferred the excellent left-meets-right encounter between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and our very own wunderkind Ezra Klein.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Commentary
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.
Igor / Think Progress:
Ollie North On What Happens If Gays Are Allowed To Serve Openly In Military: ‘NAMBLA Members’ Are Next  —  Last night, Oliver North, the retired U.S. Marine Corps officer-turned-Fox News contributor, appeared on Hannity's America to condemn the administration's decision to overturn “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”
Discussion: Wonk Room and Raw Story
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Protecting Paterson  —  A reader pointed out an unusual letter to the editor in this morning's Post from State Police Superintendent Harry Corbitt, who defends his boss, Gov. David Paterson, against alleged “lies” that have been perpetuated in the press of late.
Associated Press:
GOP Chairman Steele: ‘after taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money’  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and potential Democratic Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. agreed Thursday that Americans want action now on health care reform, but disagreed about how to achieve it.
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Great Peasant Revolt of 2010  —  'I am 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 with his first address to Congress a year earlier.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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More on Thursday's White House meeting
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Depressing Report on Antisemitism
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Bruce Horovitz / USA Today:
Focus on the Family buys pre-game ad time for Super Bowl
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Republican governor reverses course on stimulus cash; requests education funds
Discussion: The Politico
Josh Silver / The Huffington Post:
Senator Franken Rips Into Comcast CEO Brian Roberts
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
John McCain, no more the iconoclast
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Rachel Monahan / NY Daily News:
Queens girl Alexa Gonzalez hauled out of school in handcuffs …