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2:10 PM ET, February 10, 2010


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Obama Doesn't ‘Begrudge’ Bonuses for ‘Savvy’ Blankfein, Dimon  —  Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said he doesn't “begrudge” the $17 million bonus awarded to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon or the $9 million issued to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. CEO Lloyd Blankfein …
Paul Krugman:
Clueless  —  I'm with Simon Johnson here: how is it possible, at this late date, for Obama to be this clueless?  —  The lead story on Bloomberg right now contains excerpts from an interview with Business Week which tells us: … Oh.  My.  God.  —  First of all, to my knowledge …
Simon Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Obama Still Doesn't Get It  —  Bloomberg today reports President Obama as commenting on the $17 million bonus for Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and the $9 million bonus for Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, … Taken separately, these statements are undeniably true.
Reuters:   White House Moves Swiftly To Stem Fallout Of Obama Interview
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
We Interupt This Populist Message To Praise The Bankers
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Deal Journal
CBS News:
Obama Says Bipartisanship, But What He Wants Is GOP Surrender  —  Posted by Mark Knoller Unannounced, President Obama took to the lectern in the White House briefing room today to give a personal readout of his meeting earlier with congressional leaders of both parties.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
PRESS ROOM LAUGHTER DIES DOWN  —  The White House press room was a jovial place to be in the early days of President Barack Obama's presidency.  But times have changed.  —  Back in May, POLITICO analyzed the press briefings and found that the instances of laughter — as indicated by " …
Jeff Poor /
Brilliant: ‘Vagina Monologues’ Creator Tells Palin to Look at ‘Earthquakes and Tsunamis’ for Global Warming Proof  —  No matter what former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin does, she's not going to win any friends in the mainstream modern feminism activist movement in the United States.  But that might not be a bad thing.
Discussion: Pajamas Media, Moonbattery and Althouse
Jonathan Kay / Newsweek:
Black Helicopters Over Nashville  —  Never mind Sarah Palin and the tricornered hats.  The tea-party movement is dominated by conspiracist kooks.  —  The tea-party movement has no leader.  But it does have a face: William Temple of Brunswick, Ga. For months, the amiable middle-aged activist …
Washington Post:
In poll, Republicans gaining political ground on Obama  —  Republicans have significantly narrowed the gap with Democrats on who is trusted to deal with the country's problems and have sharply reduced several of President Obama's main political advantages, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
The Huffington Post:
Carl Levin: Filibuster Could Fall ‘After Massive Conflict On The Floor’  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Senate Republicans made a persuasive case for abolishing or reforming the filibuster on Tuesday night when they blocked a routine nomination to the National Labor Relations Board that had been held up since April.
Ezra Klein:
What Obama could learn from Bush
Discussion: Newsweek and TalkLeft
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Cornyn on filibuster: What goes around, comes around
Discussion: The Politico, Boston Globe and The Hill
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
gingrichbamboozlefail  —  Classic moment last night on The Daily Show when Newt Gingrich explained that it was okay to mirandize “shoe bomber” Richard Reid and not Christmas Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab because Reid, unlike Abdulmutallab, is a US citizen.  —  Only, of course, Reid is a British citizen.
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and Wonkette
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A First Look at Palin's Primary Math  —  If Sarah Palin runs for the Republican nomination in 2012 — and I've been on record for some time as predicting that she will — what are likely to be her best and worst states?  And how do these strengths and weaknesses square with the Republican primary calendar?
Discussion: The Daily Dish, Mediaite, Gawker and GOP 12
National Enquirer:
JOHN EDWARDS ASKS MISTRESS RIELLE HUNTER TO MARRY HIM!  —  John Edwards has proposed to his mistress Rielle Hunter, and is buying a luxury $3.5 million beachfront home where they can live happily ever after with their love child, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
Discussion: and Gawker
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Ticked off sometimes, not down  —  President Barack Obama doesn't get down easily, his wife says, but he does get ticked off.  If it doesn't show, Michelle Obama explains, he works at that.  —  “You know, he doesn't get down easily,” the first lady said in an interview with CNN's Larry King aired last night.
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and D.C. Now
Bryan Walsh / Time:
D.C. Snowstorm: How Global Warming Makes Blizzards Worse  —  Some D.C. residents resorted to cross-country skis to get around the capital during the snow storm  —  As the blizzard-bound residents of the mid-Atlantic region get ready to dig themselves out of the third major storm of the season …
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Rep. Ehlers to retire  —  Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.) will announce Wednesday he's retiring at the end of his term.  A press conference in scheduled in Grand Rapids for 11 a.m.  —  Ehlers confirmed his retirement to the Associated Press.  His announcement comes one day after state …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers retires
Discussion: WOOD-TV, and Hotline On Call
Ed Hornick / CNN:
‘Tenther’ movement aims to put power back in states' hands  —  Washington (CNN) — Their message is loud and clear: Big government is out of control; states need to take back their constitutional rights.  —  A movement has been growing over the past two years of urging states to exert their rights under the 10th Amendment.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Ralph Nader / Wall Street Journal:
The Case Against Corporate Speech
Discussion: USA Today
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
New Wind Farms in the U.S. Have Not Led to Jobs  —  Millions Have Been Invested in Wind Farms, but That Hasn't Brought Jobs  —  Despite all the talk of green jobs, the overwhelming majority of stimulus money spent on wind power has gone to foreign companies, according to a new report …
The Official Google Blog:
Think big with a gig: Our experimental fiber network  —  Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York.  Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes.
Lee Fang / Think Progress:
Conservative Activists Rebel Against Fox News: Saudi Ownership Is ‘Really Dangerous For America’  —  Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal owns a 7 percent stake in News Corp — the parent company of Fox News — making him the largest shareholder outside the family of News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch.
Michael Yon / Online Magazine:
SEVEN  —  Left seat Pilot Thomas Sonne; Right seat: Major Bill Tice.  —  Kandahar, Afghanistan  —  10 February 2010  —  American forces are stationed at bases far and wide around Afghanistan.  Some bases are like towns, such as Camp Bastion, Kandahar Airfield, and Bagram Airfield.
Discussion: Instapundit
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Pam Geller tries to tell Ron Reagan Jr. she knows better what his father would think of Palin  —  If you ever needed evidence that right-wingers have no boundaries — in terms logic, ethics, or basic decency — that they will not trample all over in the defense of conservative “values” …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CLIMATE BILL BURIED UNDER SNOW?.... A tri-partisan energy bill being crafted by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) is still pending in the Senate.  The odds have been against it, and this week, it looks as if success is getting further away.
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