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4:50 PM ET, February 8, 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 …
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Peter Jackson / Associated Press:
Rep. John Murtha, Iraq war critic, dies at 77  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an influential critic of the Iraq War whose congressional career was shadowed by questions about his ethics, died Monday.  He was 77.  —  The Pennsylvania Democrat had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery.
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Congressman Murtha Dies  —  Representative John P. Murtha, the longtime Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania, has died at age 77.  —  His aides released a statement saying that he died shortly after 1 p.m. today at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, a suburb of Washington …
WJAC-TV:
BREAKING NEWS: Congressman John Murtha Dies At Age 77  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A spokesman said Democratic Rep. John P. Murtha died Monday at 1:18 p.m. at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va.  —  Murtha had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery.  At his bedside was his family.
David Rogers / The Politico:
John Murtha dies at 77
Discussion: The Note, Fox News and CNN
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   Rep. John Murtha passes away.
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 …
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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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
REFUSING TO TAKE ‘YES’ FOR AN ANSWER.... OK, so Republicans want health care reform to be shaped entirely by their ideas.  But would they tolerate a plan that includes some of their ideas?  Apparently not — the existing proposal already does that.  —  Ezra Klein highlights an often-overlooked point …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
GOP OBSTRUCTIONISM MAY BLOCK JOBS BILL.... The Senate Democratic …
Discussion: TPMDC
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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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 …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin's hand: Palm political pilot
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
White House moves to make the filibuster a campaign issue  —  Over the past week, President Obama and his senior aides have repeatedly cited Republicans' filibuster threats as the primary reason for the lack of progress on big ticket legislative items, an early sign that Democrats will seek …
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: The Moderate Voice and Eschaton
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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 of his difficult year in office.  —  Paterson's style of running …
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Media Matters / Media Matters for America:
CNN contributor Erick Erickson: “Ugly feminists return to their kitchens” after Tebow Super Bowl ad  —  From Erick Erickson's Twitter feed:  —  EXPAND ALL EXPAND 1ST LEVEL COLLAPSE ALL
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Jay Cost / HorseRaceBlog:
America is Not Ungovernable  —  Recently, some analysts have suggested that the lack of major policy breakthroughs in the last year is due to the fact that America has become ungovernable.  Ezra Klein argued that it was time to reform the filibuster because the government cannot function with it intact anymore.
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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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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