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5:45 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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Palin and McConnell wage proxy battle in Kentucky Republican Senate primary  —  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 is the direction of the Republican Party …
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Andrew Breitbart at National Tea Party Convention to Media: “It's Not Your Business Model That Sucks, It's You That Sucks” (Video)  —  Andrew Breitbart raised the roof at the National Tea Part Convention this morning in Nashville, Tennessee.  Speaking to the dozens of reporters assembled in the back of the room, Andrew said this:
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Tea Party Looks to Move From Fringe to Force  —  NASHVILLE — Yes, there were the handful of Revolutionary War re-enactors with their powdered wigs and tri-corner hats.  And the man with the T-shirt proclaiming himself a proud member of the “Tennessee MOB” — a poke at politicians who dismissed Tea Partiers as an “angry mob.”
Discussion: The Caucus and Prairie Weather
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
America's right meets at tea party
Discussion: Truthdig and
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.
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 …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Snowstorm puts W.H. press corps in danger  —  Photographers in the White House press corps experienced two dangerous moments on Saturday while covering President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Committee's Winter Meeting.  —  Reporters ventured out to cover the speech amid …
Discussion: CNN
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
Floyd Norris / New York Times:
Seeking a Safer Way to Securitization
Discussion: Angry Bear
Alex Williams / New York Times:
The New Math on Campus  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C.  —  ANOTHER ladies' night, not by choice.  —  After midnight on a rainy night last week in Chapel Hill, N.C., a large group of sorority women at the University of North Carolina squeezed into the corner booth of a gritty basement bar.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
RESPONDING TO ‘ANY CONFUSION OUT THERE’.... Well, he certainly sounds serious about getting health care reform done.  —  Speaking at a winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee, President Obama covered some familiar ground, but tackled health care reform in a rather straightforward way.
Blake Hurst / Weekly Standard:
Farmer Knows Best  —  The dark side of going green.  —  Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture and an organic and sustainable food expert, has announced an initiative entitled “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.”  Sixty-five million dollars will be spent “to begin a national conversation …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeremy Peters / The Caucus:
Gillibrand Jumps on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Retreat  —  In an apparent effort to court a voting bloc in her home state, Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand is preparing to introduce legislation that would withhold funding to enforce the “don't ask, don't tell” law.
Discussion: Wonk Room and Towleroad News #gay
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NY Daily News:
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Gail Collins / New York Times:
No Holds Barred  —  Washington was immobilized by snow on Friday.
Discussion: The Impolitic
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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: The Politico
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The lynch-mob mentality
Discussion: JustOneMinute
David Catanese / The Politico:
Ala. GOP stays skeptical of Griffith