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1:20 PM ET, February 8, 2010

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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sarah Palin Needs Help  —  There's something which, if you've ever been in the business of trying to sell consulting services, you've probably grown accustomed to.  It's what I call the “consulting paradox”.  Namely, it's the idea that the people who are most in need of help are often the least aware of it.
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Michelle Malkin:
Hand jive  —  Talk to the hand.  —  I was offline most of the weekend with family, so surfed over to Memeorandum tonight to catch up on the latest blog buzz.  What have the left-wing blogs been raging about? … Plus: Breaking updates on the “crib notes!”  —  Seriously?  —  Seriously:
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
You Betcha!... Palin Campaigns For Rick Perry- Writes “Hi Mom” On Her Hand!  (Pics)  —  RIGHT ON— On Sunday the left went bonkers after they discovered that the TelePrompter-less former Governor Sarah Palin wrote notes on the palm of her left hand for her speech to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville.
CBS News:
Palin Hand Crib Notes Attract Scrutiny  —  Posted by David S Morgan Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's appearance before the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville Saturday night gave plenty of red meat to the attendees, such as calling President Obama …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Palin Exposes Misogyny In The Democratic Base, Again
Discussion: TMZ.com
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama to Convene Summit on Health Care  —  President Obama said Sunday that he will convene a half-day, bipartisan health care summit at the White House on Feb. 25 to be broadcast on television, so Americans can see Democrats and Republicans try to break the deadlock on health care legislation.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
White House press corps feels bypassed by Obama in favor of TV shows, YouTube  —  Six months ago, network executives were complaining that the White House was costing them tens of millions of dollars by pressing them to carry presidential news conferences in prime time.
Ezra Klein:
The six Republican ideas already in the health-care reform bill  —  At this point, I don't think it's well understood how many of the GOP's central health-care policy ideas have already been included as compromises in the health-care bill.  But one good way is to look at the GOP's …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
David Plouffe advising White House on 2010 midterm elections  —  Ask David Plouffe how Democrats can recover from their electoral setbacks over the past few months and he has a simple answer: Republicans.  —  “Politics is a comparative exercise,” Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama's presidential campaign …
Discussion: The Hill and Hotline On Call
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House moves to make the filibuster a campaign issue
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
America Is Not Yet Lost  —  We've always known that America's reign as the world's greatest nation would eventually end.  But most of us imagined that our downfall, when it came, would be something grand and tragic.  —  What we're getting instead is less a tragedy than a deadly farce.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Challenges Terrorism Critics  —  WASHINGTON — The White House pushed back Sunday against Republican criticism of its approach to terrorism, calling it “not anchored in reality” as a national security debate that was largely muted in recent years roared back to center stage with an angry intensity.
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David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In a Message to Democrats, Wall St. Sends Cash to G.O.P.  —  WASHINGTON — If the Democratic Party has a stronghold on Wall Street, it is JPMorgan Chase.  —  Its chief executive, Jamie Dimon, is a friend of President Obama's from Chicago, a frequent White House guest and a big Democratic donor.
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Heather Booth / The Huffington Post:   Beware Frank Luntz's Lies and Rein in the Big Banks!
Marist Poll:
2/8: Obama Approval Rating Below 50% ... Disapproval Among Majority of Independents  —  Fewer registered voters nationwide — 44% — currently approve of President Barack Obama's job performance than disapprove — 47%.  When Marist last asked about the president's approval rating in December …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Disappointer-in-chief:’ Marist Poll
Daily Mail:
U.S. soldier 'waterboarded his own daughter, 4, because she couldn't recite alphabet'  —  A soldier waterboarded his four-year-old daughter because she was unable to recite her alphabet.  —  Joshua Tabor admitted to police he had used the CIA torture technique because he was so angry.
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A US Soldier Waterboards His Own Child
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Paterson to talk to Times  —  Governor David Paterson will sit down for an interview with the New York Times tomorrow, a person familiar with the plan tells me, as his state chatters about an as-yet unpublished retrospective on his difficult year in office.  —  Paterson's style of running …
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Joe Weisenthal / The Business Insider:
SOURCE: The NYT's Big David Paterson Bombshell Will Break Monday …
Borzou Daragahi / Los Angeles Times:
Iran says it will build 10 nuclear plants, beef up military  —  The nation announces its plans despite international pressure and domestic dissent.  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony in Tehran.  The flurry of pronouncements hailing national achievements comes ahead …
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New York Times:
Iran's Nuclear Move Prompts New Calls for Sanctions
Discussion: Hot Air and The Page
John Avlon / CNN:
Analysis: Where does the Tea Party go from here?  —  Editor's note: CNN contributor John Avlon attended the Tea Party's first convention Friday and Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.  —  (CNN) — As the National Tea Party Convention concluded this weekend, it's clear that the Tea Partiers …
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Glenn Reynolds: Nashville Shows Tea Party Is America's Third Great Awakening
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:
Potential Court Picks Divide Democrats  —  WASHINGTON—Democrats gearing up for a possible Supreme Court vacancy are divided over whether President Barack Obama should appoint a prominent liberal voice while their party still commands a large Senate majority, or go with someone less likely to stoke Republican opposition.
Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutor, Charge Thyself  —  Andrew Cuomo has more to answer for than does Bank of America.  —  With his fraud lawsuit last week against Bank of America, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has joined the long queue of politicians blaming bankers as the chief culprits in creating the financial panic and recession.
 
 
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Quinn says Hynes not interested in being his running mate
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Fed to Outline ‘Exit Strategy’
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
House GOP Medicare Elimination Plan Puts Conservatives in a Pickle
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
THE POPULISM PROBLEM  —  It's been the political equivalent …
Discussion: EconLog
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
On health care: ‘Finish the kitchen’
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David Saltonstall / NY Daily News:
Senate hopeful Harold Ford's college days paint picture of young man …
Discussion: msnbc.com, Gothamist and New York Times
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
Michelle Obama Plans Elaborate Debut of Anti-Obesity Campaign
Discussion: Shakesville and The Page