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2:40 AM ET, February 8, 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.
Founding Blogger / Founding Bloggers:
(UPDATED) Founding Bloggers Confirms Huffington Post's Completely Worthless Observation  —  Founding Bloggers can confirm that we too captured an image of the writing on Governor Palin's hand.  The notes appear to be very innocuous.  —  On the other hand, the outrage on the left is being completely misunderstood by the right.
Discussion: Big Government and Gateway Pundit
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 …
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Sarah Palin has had us in the palm of her hand all day.  —  Isn't it funny how she caught our attention with her scrawled-on hand?  I picture her — hanging out with Todd today — laughing at how absurdly fascinated everyone is with her.  —  Hey, Palin fans!
Michelle Malkin:
Hand jive
Discussion: Founding Bloggers and Mediaite
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Of Course She's Running For President, Ctd
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Deepak Chopra / The Huffington Post:
Sarah Palin Spikes the Tea  —  Over the weekend Sarah Palin gave us another dose of seductive untruth.  Her complaint about the Christmas bomber “lawyering up” wasn't about finding the right policy against terrorists.  It was a come-on to the Tea Party's prejudices, egging them to believe …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
The complete Sarah Palin Tea Party speech video
Discussion: RedState and GOP 12
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin doesn't rule out run for the White House in 2012
Discussion: New York Magazine
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.
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.
Anill / Think Progress:
Palin: Obama could win reelection if he ‘played the war card’ and declared ‘war on Iran.’  —  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace conducted a 25-minute interview with Sarah Palin, a paid contributor to Fox News.  Palin told Wallace that she doesn't think President Obama …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama, Republicans, Democrats talking
Discussion: The Politico
Mike Stark /
Arlen Specter  —  This is difficult to write.  My grandfather suffered through dementia for the last 15 years of his life.  It's never easy to talk about, and in politics, it's particularly difficult because of all the potential for cheap-shot concern-trolling...
Bj Lutz / NBC Chicago:
Cohen... Cohen... Gone  —  Gov. Quinn calls it the “right decision”  —  That breeze you feel is Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois Democratic Party letting go a huge sigh of relief.  —  Scott Lee Cohen, the Democratic nominee for Illinois lieutenant governor, removed himself from the campaign Sunday …
John / Power Line:
The Associated Press Sees What Isn't There  —  The Super Bowl isn't over yet, but commentary on the commercials is in full swing.  The Associated Press sums them up as “funny,” “light-hearted” and “a return to humor.”  Here is the AP's description of the Tebow ad: … Only the ad didn't do any such thing.
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 …
Discussion: Riehl World View and WFSB-TV
5 dead in power plant explosion
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Irked, Wall St. Hedges Its Bet on Democrats  —  WASHINGTON — If the Democratic Party has an 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.
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Federal Government Closed on Monday  —  The federal government will be closed on Monday in the Washington area, according to the Office of Personnel Management, as the region continues to plow out of an historic snowstorm.  —  OPM Director John Berry decides when to close federal offices in the Washington area.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Magazine
Richard Girling / Times of London:
The leak was bad.  Then came the death threats  —  PHOTOGRAPHS of Professor Phil Jones show a handsome, smiling, confident-looking man.  Not chubby exactly, but in blooming good health.  The man who meets me at the University of East Anglia (UEA) looks grey-skinned and gaunt, as if he has been kept in prison.
Richard Girling / Times of London:
I thought of killing myself, says climate scandal professor Phil Jones
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.
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