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3:26 AM ET, February 6, 2010


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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 …
Discussion: Fox News, The Politico, CNN and Hot Air
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.
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 /
SOME TAKEAWAYS FROM NASHVILLE  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If it was raging anger and provocative signs you came to see, you would be disappointed.  —  The Tea Party Nation Convention here in Nashville, Tenn. (at this sprawling million-square-foot hotel …
Discussion: Riehl World View
Susan Davis / Washington Wire:
Tea Party Leader Launches Political Outfit  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn.-A leading organizer of the National Tea Party Convention here announced the launch of the Memphis-based Ensuring Liberty Corporation, a political outfit that will include a political action committee to help fund candidates supported by Tea Party activists.
John Zogby / The Huffington Post:   Boiling Tea  —  The attitude toward the Tea Party movement …
‘Tea Party’ Fireworks: Speaker Rips McCain, Obama, ‘Cult of Multiculturalism’
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.
Ezra Klein:
What is a ‘hold’?  —  The news of the day, as I mentioned earlier …
Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog Feed:
Another Day, Another Disappointing Political Ploy Obstructing Progress
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 …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Hot Air
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!
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” …
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
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 …
Discussion: Clout St
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 …
Discussion: The Reaction, RedState and Open Left
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.
Steve Peoples / Providence Journal:
Poll: Kennedy, Whitehouse support wanes  —  PROVIDENCE — John Loughlin is not named in the poll, but he may have fared far better than the elected officials who were.  —  Nearly 6 in 10 registered voters in the First Congressional District would consider another candidate or vote …
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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 …
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: The Page, ABCNEWS and AMERICAblog News
David Catanese / The Politico:
Ala. GOP stays skeptical of Griffith  —  Six weeks after Rep. Parker Griffith rocked the political landscape by switching parties, his reelection is in jeopardy, amid strong resistance from local Republicans who refuse to embrace the former Democrat.  —  GOP leaders across …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
J. Thompson: Fox's Wallace owes Palin an apology  —  Jeri Thompson blasted Fox News host Chris Wallace on the Fred Thompson show today, calling his joke that he hoped Sarah Palin would sit on his lap during an interview with him “inappropriate” and “insipid,” and demanding “action from Fox.
Discussion: Think Progress and GOP 12
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.”
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
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
FBI wants records kept of Web sites visited  —  The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Coats's painful retirement plans  —  In the category of damaging video, here comes a doozy for former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.).  —  The DSCC has landed footage of the new challenger to Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) saying in 2008 that he planned to retire to North Carolina.
Discussion: CNN
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Tony Romm / The Hill:
Republican governor reverses course on stimulus cash; requests education funds
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
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