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2:25 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
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air, and Mediaite
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Liz Robbins / New York Times:
Snow Cripples Nation's Capital  —  A winter storm continued its blizzard rage in some parts of the mid-Atlantic region on Saturday morning, dumping nearly two feet of wet, heavy snow that had cut power to about 200,000 residents, collapsed the roof of a private jet hangar …
Discussion: Watts Up With That? and Gawker
The Corner on National Review Online:
Ronnie and Joe — By: NRO Staff  —  Today marks the 99th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth.  In a telling development, Republicans around the country have begun holding Reagan Day dinners, as they've long traditionally done every February for Abraham Lincoln.  This is yet another spontaneous display of affection for Reagan.
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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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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The lynch-mob mentality
David Catanese / The Politico:
Ala. GOP stays skeptical of Griffith
 Earlier Items: 
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
Students At Jesuit School Shut Down Basketball Game Over LGBT Rights
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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