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8:10 AM 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.
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, Hot Air and CNN
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 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.”
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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Domenico Montanaro /
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
J. Thompson: Fox's Wallace owes Palin an apology
Discussion: Think Progress and GOP 12
John Zogby / The Huffington Post:   Boiling Tea  —  The attitude toward the Tea Party movement …
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 …
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” …
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.
Discussion: Dot Earth, Jay Currie and EU Referendum
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPM LiveWire:
Full Statement From Shelby's Office On The Blanket Hold  —  Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) spokesperson Jonathan Graffeo sent TPM the following statement this morning on Shelby's decision to place holds on a number of Obama's nominees Thursday:  —  Sen. Shelby has placed holds on several pending nominees due …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Shark Jump Announced
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Obama urges small-business boosts  —  President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to quickly pass a series of new proposals to boost small businesses.  —  “Do not oppose good ideas just because it's good politics to do so,” Obama said in the weekly radio address.
Discussion: The Politico
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: ArchPundit
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 …
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.
Discussion: POWIP and The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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, AMERICAblog News and ABCNEWS
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 …
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Talks With G.O.P. on Financial Bill at ‘Impasse,’ Dodd Says  —  Two months of Senate negotiations over legislation to rewrite financial regulations — a top priority of the Obama administration — fell apart on Friday amid wrangling over a proposal to create a consumer financial protection agency …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
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 …
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Charles Krauthammer / National Review:
The Great Peasant Revolt of 2010
Julian Borger / Guardian:
US in line of fire as China gets tough
Discussion: FP Passport and Washington Post
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
The White House:
Remarks and Q&A by the President at DNC Fundraising Reception
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Monthly
Chris Frates / The Politico:
More on Thursday's White House meeting
Discussion: The Greenroom, Firedoglake and SENATUS
Associated Press:
GOP Chairman Steele: ‘after taxes, a million dollars is not a lot of money’
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Sarko goes negative
Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
Obama attends CIA Khost memorial
Discussion: CNN and The Swamp
Brett / Harry's Place:
Depressing Report on Antisemitism
Discussion: Andrew Bolt and Guardian
John Conyers (D) Wants Haiti Relief Official Demoted Because They …
Discussion: Riehl World View