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3:25 AM ET, February 7, 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 …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Breitbart, Farah argue Birtherism at Tea Party convention  —  Dave Weigel has been covering the Tea Party Convention in Nashville for the Washington Independent, and earlier today walked into an unplanned but heated debate between World Net Daily's Joseph Farah and Andrew Breitbart.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:
Palin Speaks: 'How's that Hopey-Changey Thing Working Out for Ya?'  —  NASHVILLE — “I'm so proud to be an American!  Happy birthday, Ronald Reagan.”  —  Sarah Palin took the stage of the National Tea Party Convention to a thundering ovation, which she cut down quickly by praising …
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 Party Convention this morning in Nashville, Tennessee.  Speaking to the dozens of reporters assembled in the back of the room, Andrew said this:
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Did Palin write the answers to Tea Party Convention questions on her hand?  —  Tonight, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin spoke to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, TN, an event that was ditched by other high-profile Republicans who disliked its for-profit model.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Palin Assails Obama at Tea Party Meeting  —  NASHVILLE - As Sarah Palin left the stage at the inaugural National Tea Party Convention here Saturday night, the crowd erupted into chants of “Run Sarah Run!”  —  “I think you like her!” said Judson Phillips, the chief organizer of the convention …
Mary C. Curtis / Politics Daily:
Scenes from the Tea Party: A Reporter's Notebook in Nashville  —  Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Website WorldNetDaily, opened his speech at the Tea Party convention in Nashville with jokes and questions about President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship.
David Weigel / The Washington Independent:   Tennessee Tea Party Leaders Attack the Convention, Sort Of
Fox News:
Tea Party Movement Produces New Political Organization
Discussion: Daily Kos and Top of the Ticket
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
America's right meets at tea party
Discussion: Truthdig and
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 …
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 …
Michelle Krupa / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Mitch Landrieu wins New Orleans mayor's race … Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu appears to have routed five major challengers in today's mayoral primary, riding a sense of regret among voters who rejected him four years ago and extraordinary biracial support to claim a rare first-round victory.
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord  —  GENERAL SANTOS, the Philippines — After a day of barbering, Rodolfo Gregorio went to his neighborhood karaoke bar still smelling of talcum powder.  Putting aside his glass of Red Horse Extra Strong beer, he grasped a microphone …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
One Last Word  —  If you are one of those people who think this person cannot become president of the United States, think again.  —  Two lines stood out for me.  The first is a sign that she believes and her followers believe that she has a divine destiny.  She is Esther, with a touch of martyrdom:
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.
New York Times:
Democrats Ask, Can Health Care Bill Be Saved?  —  WASHINGTON — For a moment, President Obama's pledge to keep fighting for major health care legislation got personal on Thursday night as he told supporters at a fund-raiser about a former campaign worker in St. Louis without health insurance who had died of breast cancer.
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Obama suggests extending debate as way to pass health reform
Discussion: The Caucus and Dennis the Peasant
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
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