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12:00 AM ET, February 9, 2010


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Washington Post:
Rep. John Murtha dies at 77  —  Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), 77, a Vietnam veteran who staunchly supported military spending and became a master of pork-barrel politics, died today at Virginia Hospital Center following gallbladder surgery last month.  —  Elected to Congress in 1974 …
Washington Wire:
Fight Shapes Up for Murtha's Seat  —  Democrats are mourning the personal loss of their colleague Rep. John Murtha, but his death today at age 77 is doubly troubling for the party that will have to defend his seat in an upcoming special election.  —  Immediately following the news of his death …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
How Murtha's Death Could Make It Harder to Pass a Health Care Bill  —  As the Capitol reacts to the death of Jack Murtha and remembers his legacy, it's worth pointing out that the news will make it even harder for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to secure the 218 votes needed to pass health care legislation.
BREAKING NEWS: Congressman John Murtha Dies At Age 77
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
Gibbs Responds to Boehner, Cantor  —  White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just responded to a letter sent today from House Republican Leader John Boehner and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor regarding the proposed bipartisan health care summit:  —  The President is adamant that we seize …
The Huffington Post:
Meghan McCain Calls Out Tea Party For Racism, On ‘The View’ (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Racism in the “tea party” is a why young people are turned off by the movement, according to Meghan McCain.  —  McCain weighed in on recent rhetoric from the group's first convention when she guest hosted “The View” Monday.
McCain's daughter questions Tea Party movement  —  Sen. McCain's daughter Meghan said Monday that young people are turned off by the Tea Party movement.  —  (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's daughter called into question the political stature of the Tea Party movement Monday and sharply criticized …
Alan Colmes' Liberaland:   Meghan McCain Takes On The Tea Partiers
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Shelby releases holds on Obama nominees  —  Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has released his controversial “holds” on more than 70 pending presidential nominations, his office said Monday night.  —  Senators, usually from the minority party, often use the legislative tactic …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin's hand: Palm political pilot
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Mark Memmott / NPR Blogs:
‘Miss Me Yet?’  Billboard With Photo Of Bush Is Real; Not An Internet Trick  —  Internet chatter had led to speculation that it might be an urban myth — nothing more than clever digital trickery spreading via the Web.  —  But our friend Bob Collins at Minnesota Public Radio assures us he's seen it with his own eyes:
Megan McArdle:
Apple Says it Will Lower Prices if iPad Doesn't Sell  —  Remember the kerfuffle over the original iPhone?  Apple charged luxe prices for the first few months, and then after it had wrung every possible dollar out of the early adopters, dropped the cost to capture more price-sensitive users.
Rasmussen Reports:
75% Are Angry At Government's Current Policies  —  Voters are madder than ever at the current policies of the federal government.  —  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 75% of likely voters now say they are at least somewhat angry at the government's current policies …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Times Paterson ‘Exposé’ Will Be ‘PG-13, Not XXX’  —  For days now, buzz has been building that the New York Times was prepping an explosive exposé that would lead to Governor Paterson's swift resignation.  The blog hysteria peaked over the weekend, when Business Insider reported …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Fairness Doctrine  —  Yes, let's talk about those Republican ideas for health care.  —  The idea that Republicans haven't had a chance to present their ideas on health care reform is a bit mind-boggling.  Five separate congressional committees had hearings; each chamber had floor debates.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
House GOP Medicare Elimination Plan Puts Conservatives in a Pickle
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
NOAA: Blizzard Rearranges Climate Change Announcement  —  As D.C. continued to dig out from Snowmageddon and is keeping an eye on another storm system, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was busy making a climate change announcement.  —  NOAA, part of the Department of Commerce …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
COLLINS STILL CAN'T ADMIT HER MISTAKE.... For reasons that are still unclear, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has decided to take a leadership role in going after the Obama administration's handling of the attempted Abdulmutallab attack.  So far, this hasn't gone especially well.
Discussion: The Plum Line and AMERICAblog News
Jamison Foser / Media Matters for America:
Washington Post actively sought out “liberals are condescending” piece  —  Well, this is interesting.  Remember that “Why are liberals so condescending” piece by Gerard Alexander the Washington Post published last week?  Turns out, the author didn't submit the piece the the Post — the Post sought him out:
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Obama Approval on Economy Down, on Foreign Affairs Up  —  Obama does best on education, foreign affairs; worst on the economy, healthcare, and the deficit  —  PRINCETON, NJ — At 36%, Americans give President Barack Obama his lowest job approval rating yet on his handling of the economy.
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Nelson to oppose Becker for NLRB spot  —  Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) on Monday announced he would oppose Craig Becker's nomination to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — a move that could ultimately scuttle Becker's confirmation indefinitely.  —  Senate Democratic leaders needed …
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
The Progressive Tantrum … His point is that people are inconsistent, so the government just has to ignore them and run a deficit to create jobs.  I have two questions about this:  —  1. Is it really the case that people want the government to create jobs?
Discussion: New Yorker and Big Journalism
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Gmail, Too, Seeks to Rival Facebook  —  Google Inc. is taking a swipe at Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. with a new feature that makes it easier for users of Gmail to view media and status updates shared online by their friends.  —  Google could announce the new Gmail feature as soon as this week, said people familiar with the matter.
Ezra Klein:
There's something new under the sun  —  I've been racking my brain all morning, but I really can't come up with another example of a president gambling major legislation on a televised, hyped showdown with the leadership of the minority party.  Congressional Democrats have been begging Obama …
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