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3:55 PM ET, February 10, 2010

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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 …
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Bloomberg:
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What Obama Said About Those Bonuses  —  One of the day's big stories is that Obama said in an interview with Bloomberg that he doesn't “begrudge” the massive bonuses awarded to the CEOs of Goldman Sachs and Chase, pointing out that some professional athletes take home even more.
Reuters:
White House Moves Swiftly To Stem Fallout Of Obama Interview  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  The White House is moving swiftly to stem the fallout from a potentially damaging interview President Obama gave on Tuesday, in which he was quoted saying that he did not “begrudge” the multibillion-dollar bonuses of Wall Street executives.
Discussion: The Hill and Paul Krugman
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.
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
We Interupt This Populist Message To Praise The Bankers
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Deal Journal
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 " …
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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.
Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
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.
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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 …
Eric Robinson / Yale Daily News:
Palin's bigger blunder
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.
Ezra Klein:
What Obama could learn from Bush  —  Last night, Craig Becker's nomination to the National Labor Relations Board was approved, with 52 senators voting in favor of Becker and 33 voting against him.  —  Wait, sorry, I got that wrong.  It was rejected with 52 senators voting in favor of Becker and 33 voting against.
Discussion: Newsweek and TalkLeft
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Watson to retire  —  Rep. Diane Watson (D-Calif.) is set to announce her retirement, according to Democratic sources.  —  Watson's central Los Angeles district isn't expected to be competitive in the general election, as it carries a distinct Democratic advantage as a majority-minority district.
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Emily Cadei / The Eye:
California's Watson to Retire
Sean J. Miller / The Hill:
Rep. Ehlers to retire
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.
Bryan Walsh / Time:
Snowstorm: East Coast Blizzard Tied to Climate Change  —  As the blizzard-bound residents of the mid-Atlantic region get ready to dig themselves out of the third major storm of the season, they may stop to wonder two things: Why haven't we bothered to invest in a snow blower, and what happened to climate change?
KTRE-TV:
Charlie Wilson dies  —  LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Former longtime East Texas congressman Charlie Wilson has died.  Staff at Lufkin Memorial Hospital confirmed the report.  He was 76.  —  According to a Memorial Hospital press release, Wilson died after suffering from cardio pulmonary arrest.
Discussion: The Hill
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CNN:   Former congressman Charlie Wilson dead at 76
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.
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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
Farnaz Fassihi / Wall Street Journal:
Iran Authorities Brace for Protests  —  BEIRUT—Iranian authorities deployed in force across Tehran Wednesday to conduct last-minute security sweeps and warn residents to refrain from joining antigovernment protests planned for Thursday.  —  The government typically orchestrates large …
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.
Telegraph:
Arab ambassador discovers bride is bearded and cross-eyed behind veil  —  An Arab ambassador has called off his wedding after discovering his wife-to-be who wears a face-covering veil is bearded and cross-eyed.  —  The envoy had only met the woman a few times, during which she had hidden …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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
Washington Post:
Human microchips seen by some in Virginia House as device of antichrist  —  The House of Delegates is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would protect Virginians from attempts by employers or insurance companies to implant microchips in their bodies against their will.
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.
 
 
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