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1:20 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.
Brian Kates / NY Daily News:
Tea Party convention's racial brouhaha: Obama won because Jim …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
New Texas gov poll shows Tea Party candidate Debra Medina …
Discussion: Hot Air
Domenico Montanaro /
WATCH: Tepid Tea Party?
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Seeking a Safer Way to Securitization  —  Can the world be made safe for the return of securitizations?  —  That is a question of great importance to those like John C. Dugan, the comptroller of the currency, who say they believe that the banking system on its own is unlikely to have the ability …
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!
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
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 …
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” …
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Wall Street Journal:
The London Real Estate Bubble Is Back—and It's Scary
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Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Talks With G.O.P. on Financial Bill at ‘Impasse,’ Dodd Says
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
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
 Earlier Items: 
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Students At Jesuit School Shut Down Basketball Game Over LGBT Rights
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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
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
J. Thompson: Fox's Wallace owes Palin an apology
Discussion: Think Progress and GOP 12