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12:20 PM ET, February 8, 2010

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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:
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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 …
Discussion: Pharyngula and Fox News
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.
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.
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Palin Exposes Misogyny In The Democratic Base, Again
Discussion: TMZ.com
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Sarah Palin Needs Help
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Washington Examiner:
Glenn Reynolds: Nashville Shows Tea Party Is America's Third Great Awakening
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.
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
Ezra Klein:   The six Republican ideas already in the health-care reform bill
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.
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.
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Heather Booth / The Huffington Post:   Beware Frank Luntz's Lies and Rein in the Big Banks!
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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
If Marc Thiessen Doesn't Want to be Compared to the Spanish Inquisition, He Should Stop Advocating Torture Techniques Used in the Spanish Inquisition  —  Marc Thiessen, who loves torture, is sad that people think he loves torture: … I'm fairly certain that I've only compared Bush …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
‘Disappointer-in-chief:’ Marist Poll  —  By the numbers, neither President Barack Obama nor the incumbent members of Congress are looking very comfortable these days.  —  But then, it takes someone to beat someone - which is why the public discontent with incumbent members of Congress registered …
Discussion: Marist Poll and D.C. Now
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Marist Poll:
2/8: Obama Approval Rating Below 50% ... Disapproval Among Majority of Independents
Discussion: The Hill
Robin Abcarian / Los Angeles Times:
Tebow ad falls short of the hype  —  Sponsored by Focus on the Family, the antiabortion message takes an understated approach, though some criticize Tim Tebow's ‘tackle’ of his mother, Pam.  —  “I call him my miracle baby,” Pam Tebow says in the ad.  “He almost didn't make it into this world.”
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Richard Clarke / NY Daily News:
GOP terror attack machine: Criticism of Obama is irrational, irresponsible and painfully partisan  —  In his State of the Union and his later meeting with House Republicans in Baltimore, President Obama has again asked to lower the partisan rhetoric and strive for solutions to the nation's problems.
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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.
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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House GOP Medicare Elimination Plan Puts Conservatives in a Pickle
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
THE POPULISM PROBLEM  —  It's been the political equivalent …
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
On health care: ‘Finish the kitchen’
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Abstinence Education Done Right
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America's candor gap on the budget
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