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9:35 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  —  Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has placed “holds” against several of President Obama's nominees in an effort to force presidential action on the Air Force refueling tanker and other matters.  —  A hold means that the Senate cannot vote on the nominee.
Discussion: The Hill and MyDD
National Journal Online:
Reid: Shelby Has Hold On All Nominees  —  Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has placed a blanket hold on all executive nominations on the Senate calendar in an effort to win concessions from the Obama administration and Pentagon on a variety of fronts affecting ...  THIS CONTENT IS FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF CONGRESSDAILY ONLY.
The Note:
What's Holding Up Security Nominees?  Alabama Pork  —  ABC's Z. Byron Wolf reports:  —  Democrats are accusing Republicans of threatening Natl.  Security by blocking votes on nominees to be the top Intelligence officers at the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security …
Discussion: The Page
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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.
The Huffington Post:   Axelrod Pressed By Franken, Sanders On White House's Lack …
Theo Emery / Time:   Why Didn't HIG Question the Undiebomber?
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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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
My John Edwards Failure
Discussion: Mediaite and JammieWearingFool
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?
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.
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.
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
Payrolls fall in January, jobless rate at 5-month low  —  Reuters - Stephen Battaglia (L) of West Palm Beach, Florida searches for jobs on a computer at Workforce Alliance in ...  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Employers unexpectedly cut 20,000 jobs in January, but the unemployment rate surprisingly fell …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Don Surber
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Catherine Rampell / Economix:
Jobs Report Preview
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 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
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.
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 …
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Democrats send conflicting signals on repealing 'Don't ask, don't tell' policy  —  The White House and congressional leaders are sending contradictory signals on scrapping the Pentagon's “Don't ask, don't tell” policy.  —  While President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) …
Discussion: AMERICAblog Gay
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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
A slowdown on health care
Discussion: CNN
David Paul Kuhn / Real Clear Politics:
Gallup: Majority of Dems View Socialism Positively  —  The Gallup Poll reports 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.
Rachel Monahan / NY Daily News:
Queens girl Alexa Gonzalez hauled out of school in handcuffs after getting caught doodling on desk  —  A 12-year-old Queens girl was hauled out of school in handcuffs for an artless offense - doodling her name on her desk in erasable marker, the Daily News has learned.
Chicago Sun Times:
Cohen: ‘I will not resign’  —  Gov. Quinn's embattled running mate, Scott Lee Cohen, allegedly abused anabolic steroids, displayed fits of rage and forced himself sexually on his wife before their divorce, court documents reviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times show.
Discussion: Politics Daily
Christopher Preble / Cato @ Liberty:
Charles Krauthammer, Rocket Scientist  —  Last evening on FoxNews, host Bret Baier reported that the Iranians had launched a rocket carrying “a mouse, two turtles, and a can of worms” into space.  He asked the panelists to speculate on the implications.  —  Charles Krauthammer inveighed …
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Eunomia
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.”
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” …
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
The myth of Washington bipartisanship and the art of true compromise  —  Give this to Scott Brown: He's just been sworn in, and he's already having a positive impact on the governing dynamic in the capital.  The president, key lawmakers and even the press have begun to focus on the dysfunctionality …
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Few Questions about #QuestionTime  —  As you may be aware, I've teamed up with a group of about 50 other thinkers, bloggers, insiders and outsiders to help promote the idea of Question Time — a regularly held, televised and webcasted forum in which the President would take questions …
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
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CNN:
Biden ponders filibuster reform
 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Sherrod Brown: Senate should use 50-vote tactic on more than healthcare
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Conyers wants Haiti relief official demoted over diversity deficit
Discussion: QandO and Townhall.com
Kbh / KeithHennessey.com:
Ten years ago? Seriously?