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12:05 PM ET, February 6, 2010


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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Palin, Visible and Vocal, Is Positioned for Variety of Roles  —  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.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Palin and McConnell wage proxy battle in Kentucky Senate race  —  The Senate Republican primary in Kentucky has emerged as a proxy battle between two leaders of the factionalized Republican Party, Sarah Palin and Mitch McConnell.  —  At stake, potentially, is the direction of the Republican Party …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Washington Post:
The Tea Party is still taking shape  —  NASHVILLE — The 600 delegates at the National Tea Party Convention feel taxed to death, ignored by their elected representatives and the media, and appalled at the federal government's spending — and there are millions of Americans just like them.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New Texas gov poll shows Tea Party candidate Debra Medina …
Domenico Montanaro /
WATCH: Tepid Tea Party?
John Zogby / The Huffington Post:   Boiling Tea  —  The attitude toward the Tea Party movement …
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
EMPTY CHAIRS.... Democrats were pretty aggressive yesterday in going after Sen. Richard Shelby (R), after the right-wing Alabama lawmaker put a blanket hold on 70 administration nominees.  For Shelby, he'll consider letting the Senate vote on the officials, just as soon as he gets some defense earmarks for his state.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPM LiveWire:
Full Statement From Shelby's Office On The Blanket Hold
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Saving Money vs Spending Less Money  —  When talking about the household budget, I think it's commonplace to draw a distinction between a claim like “you could save money by bringing Diet Coke from the store into the office rather than using the soda machine” and a claim like …
Discussion: TalkLeft
NY Daily News:
Gigi Jordan feeds son, 8, fatal dose of pills, leaves strange 2-page note in botched murder-suicide  —  A multimillionaire mom fed her 8-year-old son a fatal dose of pills, then spent the night with his body inside a ritzy midtown hotel before a failed suicide try, police said.
Climate scepticism ‘on the rise’  —  The number of British people who are sceptical about climate change is rising, a poll for BBC News suggests.  —  The Populus poll of 1,001 adults found 25% did not think global warming was happening, a rise of 8% since a similar poll was conducted in November.
Gail Collins / New York Times:
No Holds Barred  —  Washington was immobilized by snow on Friday.  This is highly unusual.  Normally, Washington is immobilized by senators.  —  This time storm warnings came just as the Senate had hit a point of uncommon productivity.  In a single week, it managed to not only confirm two U.S. marshals …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Source: Cohen Considering Dropping Out  —  U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Joins Call For Lt. Gov. Nominee To Step Aside  —  CHICAGO (CBS) ― Under increasing pressure to step down, Democratic lieutenant governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen is reportedly considering stepping aside.
Chris Good / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Big Mess In Illinois
Discussion: ArchPundit
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!
Retracto / Big Journalism:
Retraction Requests: Charles Johnson, Little Green Footballs  —  Just a couple of hours ago, Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs issued an update to his post “James O'Keefe's Race Problems” of February 3rd, which had spread the lie that James O'Keefe attended a “white nationalist convention” …
Wall Street Journal:
The London Real Estate Bubble Is Back—and It's Scary  —  LONDON—The one-bedroom co-op apartment is only a short walk from Hyde Park, and it boasts high ceilings and a purely decorative balcony.  —  Yours for a mere $1.5 million.  It seems quite a high price, especially for a property whose ground lease …
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The lynch-mob mentality  —  If I had the power to have one statement of fact be universally recognized in our political discussions, it would be this one: … That proposition should be intrinsically understood by any American who completed sixth grade civics and was thus taught …
New York Times:
Goldman Chief's Bonus Seen by Some as Show of Restraint  —  Once again, a bonus at Goldman Sachs has all of Wall Street talking — only this time, over how small it is.  —  After weeks of intense speculation, Goldman Sachs disclosed late Friday that its chief executive, Lloyd C. Blankfein …
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.
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Talks With G.O.P. on Financial Bill at ‘Impasse,’ Dodd Says
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Silla Brush / The Hill:
Obama urges small-business boosts
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
David Catanese / The Politico:
Ala. GOP stays skeptical of Griffith
Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Great Peasant Revolt of 2010
Discussion: NO QUARTER and Pajamas Media
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Students At Jesuit School Shut Down Basketball Game Over LGBT Rights
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Julian Borger / Guardian:
US in line of fire as China gets tough
Discussion: FP Passport and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Coats's painful retirement plans
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
In Montgomery County, the teachers union and its toxic influence
Discussion: EconLog
Rasmussen Reports:
Americans Reject Keynesian Economics
Chris Frates / The Politico:
More on Thursday's White House meeting
Discussion: The Greenroom, Firedoglake and SENATUS
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
J. Thompson: Fox's Wallace owes Palin an apology
Discussion: Think Progress and GOP 12
Associated Press:
GOP Chairman Steele: ‘after taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money’
Discussion: Washington Monthly