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7:30 PM ET, February 7, 2010


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Stefan Sirucek / The Huffington Post:
EXCLUSIVE (Update): Palin's Tea Party Crib Notes  —  Closer inspection of a photo of Sarah Palin, during a speech in which she mocked President Obama for his use of a teleprompter, reveals several notes written on her left hand.  The words “Energy”, “Tax” and “Lift American Spirits” are clearly visible.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Palin's Cheat-Sheet  —  I was too busy tapping away at my laptop to notice this little high-school trick.  Having mocked president Obama for using a TelePrompter - not long after he made mincemeat of Republicans with no such TelePrompter at their retreat - she had to scribble down her priorities …
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Palin ‘Would Be Willing’ to Take On Obama in 2012  —  Sarah Palin has President Obama in her sights, telling she “would be willing” to challenge him in the 2012 presidential race.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Of Course She's Running For President, Ctd  —  She now confirms it on Fox, the only channel on which she will now appear.  Remember the last campaign?  The MSM was shut out as far as humanly possible - and they colluded in the McCain strategy.  Some, like the Washington Post's Howie Kurtz …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: Fox News Sunday Interview With Sarah Palin
Discussion: Guardian and The Nation
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Palin, TEA Party, won't ‘sit down, shut up’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Hullabaloo
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Palin Assails Obama at Tea Party Meeting
Liz Sidoti / Associated Press:   Sarah Palin assails Obama at ‘tea party’ gathering
Hartford Courant:
Witness To Middletown Explosion: ‘There Are Bodies Everywhere’  —  (RICHARD MESSINA / HARTFORD COURANT / February 7, 2010)  —  MIDDLETOWN - Witnesses and authorities said as many as 100 people may have been injured and two killed when a massive explosion, which homeowners more than 10 miles away mistook …
Explosion At Plant Kills 2, Injures 250
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama invites GOP to health-care summit  —  President Obama made a dramatic attempt to jump-start the stalled health care debate Sunday, inviting Republicans in Congress to a half-day summit on the subject to be televised live later this month.  —  The president made the offer in an interview …
The Politico:
W.H. plans televised health meeting  —  President Barack Obama is planning to host a televised meeting with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders on health care reform.  —  The Feb. 25 meeting is an attempt to reach across the aisle but not a signal that the president plans to start over …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Bond: White House should apologize for intel leak, not me
Discussion: SENATUS
Joe Weisenthal / The Business Insider:
SOURCE: The NYT's Big David Paterson Bombshell Will Break Monday, Governor's Resignation To Follow  —  This past week, a rumor emerged that the New York Times is working on a huge bombshell with plans to “Spitzerize” New York governor David Paterson.  —  Several media outlets have reported on these rumors.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Judge being gay a nonissue during Prop. 8 trial  —  The biggest open secret in the landmark trial over same-sex marriage being heard in San Francisco is that the federal judge who will decide the case, Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, is himself gay.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
A Scrubbed Toe in the Race  —  Between bites of an egg-white garden omelet at a bistro in his Union Square neighborhood, Harold Ford Jr. defended himself on pedicures and flip-flops.  —  “I either run or try to play basketball every day,” he said.  “I have severe athlete's foot — feet.
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
Benny Morris talk stirs uproar at Cambridge  —  University's Israel Society called off talk “for fear of being portrayed as a mouthpiece of Islamophobia.”  —  Talkbacks (24)  —  Make JPOST.COM your Home Page  —  Iranian Threat  —  Jewish World  —  Local Israel  —  Arts & Culture
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Jihad Watch
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Too Close to Home  —  LATE last month, a Web site called the Electronic Intifada reported that Ethan Bronner, the Jerusalem bureau chief of The Times, has a son in the Israeli military.  Others, including Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, a liberal media watchdog group …
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
The Great IPCC Meltdown Continues  —  It's not just the threat of Himalayan glaciers disappearing by 2035.  —  Now another headline grabbing IPCC scare story is melting away.  A report in Sunday's London Times highlights new humiliations for the IPCC. … There is however one teensy-weensy little problem.
Discussion: YID With LID, Telegraph and Hot Air
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Richard Girling / Times of London:
I thought of killing myself, says climate scandal professor Phil Jones
Los Angeles Times:
Beverage industry douses tax on soft drinks
Discussion: Mother Jones and Matthew Yglesias
Mike Allen / Politico Live's Blog:
Brennan briefed GOP on Christmas
Discussion: Hot Air, CNN and The Page
Clinton defends Obama's engagement strategy on Iran, N. Korea
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
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Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Church of England is ‘living in the past’, says BBC's head of religion