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3:15 PM ET, February 6, 2010

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David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Birther Speaker Takes Heat at Tea Party Convention  —  NASHVILLE — During WorldNetDaily Editor-in-Chief Joseph Farah's Friday night dinner speech, which spent around 10 of its forty minutes on questions about Barack Obama's citizenship, Andrew Brietbart was among the conservatives …
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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
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
America's right meets at tea party
Discussion: Truthdig and Newshoggers.com
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New Texas gov poll shows Tea Party candidate Debra Medina …
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Eulogy To The Unknown Campaign Volunteer; Obama Misstates Facts  —  Obama is getting a bit of a bum rap for eulogizing a campaign volunteer (Melanie Shouse, per this, or this) who Obama claims, incorrectly, died without health insurance but insisted on being buried in an Obama t-shirt.
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Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
Blame the childish, ignorant American public—not politicians—for our political and economic crisis.  —  In trying to explain why our political paralysis seems to have gotten so much worse over the past year, analysts have rounded up a plausible collection of reasons including …
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
How Can Securitization Lending Be Made Safer ? … In his column today, Floyd Norris asks “Can the world be made safe for the return of securitizations?”  —  To a degree, that is the wrong question.  —  While some people have become focused on securitization, what we should really be looking …
Discussion: Angry Bear and Eschaton
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Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Seeking a Safer Way to Securitization
Discussion: Angry Bear
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.
BBC:
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.
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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.
WBBM-TV:
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / Think Progress:
Steele: ‘Trust Me, After Taxes, A Million Dollars Is Not A Lot Of Money’  —  RNC Chairman Michael Steele and former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) held a joint appearance Thursday night at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  When the debate turned to President Obama's plan …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Associated Press
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
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
Yossi Verter / Haaretz:
One year on, most Israelis disapprove of Netanyahu  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is losing altitude, according to the Haaretz-Dialog poll published here.  The results show that, for the first time in a year, a majority of the public is dissatisfied with his performance and questions his suitability as prime minister.
 
 
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Snowstorm puts W.H. press corps in danger
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Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Snow Cripples Nation's Capital
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Wall Street Journal:
The London Real Estate Bubble Is Back—and It's Scary
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Talks With G.O.P. on Financial Bill at ‘Impasse,’ Dodd Says
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Mother Jones
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Obama urges small-business boosts
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The lynch-mob mentality
David Catanese / The Politico:
Ala. GOP stays skeptical of Griffith
Retracto / Big Journalism:
Retraction Requests: Charles Johnson, Little Green Footballs
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Students At Jesuit School Shut Down Basketball Game Over LGBT Rights
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Jim Treacher / The DC Trawler:
This pretty much covers what we know so far about the vehicular assault on my person
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Rasmussen Reports:
Americans Reject Keynesian Economics