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10:40 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 …
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.
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.
Jen Psaki / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Clearing Up the Bonuses Issue
Discussion: Washington Wire and TPMDC
Eric Robinson / Yale Daily News:
Palin's bigger blunder  —  Last weekend, the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate gave the keynote speech at the first National Tea Party Conference.  It was a speech carried by many news channels and one that is still receiving a lot of attention.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Anti-Palin Faux-troversy of the Day: The Black Bracelet  —  I thank Yale Graduate School student Eric Robinson for his service to the country in Iraq and Afghanistan.  —  But Robinson's hit piece on Sarah Palin, Palin's bigger blunder, leads me to believe Robinson has succumbed to the New Haven funny water …
Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Sarah Palin's Bracelet: I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means **UPDATED  —  Chalk up yet another tick on the board of things that Palin doesn't understand: … As a mother, I am flabbergasted by the symbolism of this on many levels.  I understand wanting to keep something close …
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?
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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.
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CNN:
Edwards' spokeswoman denies story on marriage proposal
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Nelson defects from Dems over trials  —  Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson joined a bipartisan effort on Wednesday to block the administration from trying the Sept. 11th suspects in civilian courts.  —  Nelson (Neb.) signed onto legislation offered by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain …
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Steven Ertelt / LifeNews.com Pro-Life Headlines:
Pelosi Aide: Health Care Summit a Trick, Strategy on Pro-Abortion Bill Decided  —  Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — President Barack Obama has proposed a bipartisan health care summit for later this month that Republican detractors bill as a publicity stunt designed to generate more support …
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Ezra Klein:
Getting real about bill length
Discussion: Open Congress
BBC:
A Dubai court annuls marriage to ‘bearded lady’  —  An Arabic country's ambassador to Dubai has had his marriage contract annulled after discovering the bride was cross-eyed and had facial hair.  —  The woman had worn an Islamic veil, known as the niqab, on the few occasions the couple had met.
Discussion: Informed Comment and THE BIG FEED
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Telegraph:   Arab ambassador discovers bride is bearded and cross-eyed behind veil
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 " …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Gawker
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CBS News:
Obama Says Bipartisanship, But What He Wants Is GOP Surrender
Houston Chronicle:
Congressman Charlie Wilson dies at 76  —  Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson, a hard-partying Democrat who played a key role in the United States' covert war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, has died.  He was 76.  —  Wilson was taken to Memorial Medical Center-Lufkin …
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Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
But, Newt, Padilla Didn't Talk  —  Newt Gingrich has Tweeted that, when he refered to the case of British citizen Richard Reid on the Daily Show last night, he meant to refer to Jose Padilla, a US citizen who was captured by federal authorities and turned over to the military and held by the US Navy for years.
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CNN:
Palin's ‘an engaging person,’ Biden says  —  (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he's a fan of Sarah Palin's personality but questions where some of the former Alaska governor's comments “come from.”  —  “I do I like her.  She's an engaging person.
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Biden: ‘Two-state solution’ for D.C.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Boing Boing and Mashable!
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Michael Ledeen / Pajamas Media:
Another Showdown at the Mullahs' Corral
Discussion: The New Republic and Samizdata.net
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.
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.
Kpicket / The washington times Blogs:
Marvel admits to ‘mistake’ in controversial Captain America comic  —  It looks like Marvel Comic's Captain America is throwing his mighty shield at the Tea Party Movement.  Warner Todd Huston wrote on his Publius forum blog that the super-powered soldier who fought the Nazis in WWII goes under-cover …
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?
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
A Mountain of a Problem Rises in Nation's Capital  —  WASHINGTON—All plows can do here is push snow from one spot to another, displacing it into shoulder-high escarpments, walling off parked cars, confounding pedestrians and blocking drivers' lines of sight.  —  William Howland has his own plan.
David S. Bernstein / thephoenix.com:
New and improved Romney  —  He's more fiscal, less social.  And he's got millions.  But will GOP voters give a Mitt?  —  Scott Brown's unexpected victory in last month's special US Senate election captured the attention of the country — and particularly of core Republican voters …
Discussion: Talking Politics
Jillian Rayfield / TPM LiveWire:
Boehner: How Dare Obama Televise The Health Care Debate After I Demanded He Televise The Health Care Debate!  (VIDEO)  —  After slamming the Obama administration for “secret deliberations” and going back on his campaign promise to televise the health care debate, House Minority Leader John Boehner …
 
 
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Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Federal government shutdown extends to Thursday
Discussion: The Politico and OpenSecrets.org
Janet Albrechtsen / TheAustralian:
Menace in mad march of the thought police
Discussion: Big Journalism
BBC:
Rebels ‘pour into Somali capital’
Discussion: ChattahBox News Blog
Paul Krugman:
Having It Both Ways on Medicare
Discussion: TPMDC, Donklephant and AmSpecBlog
ABCNEWS:
Sept. 11: New Photos of Dark Day
Discussion: Associated Press
John Cook / Gawker:
Has Harold Ford Ever Filed a New York Tax Return?
Discussion: The Huffington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Walter Russell Mead / Walter Russell Mead's Blog:
AP Story Breaks US Media Wall of Denial on IPCC Mess; Al Gore Still Silent
Online NewsHour:
Michelle Obama: Team Effort Needed to Halt Childhood Obesity
Discussion: PostPartisan
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pastor Wiley Drake prayed for the death of John Murtha
Wall Street Journal:
CME Buys 90% of Dow Jones Indexes
Discussion: New York Magazine
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
Rep. Watson to retire
Washington Post:
In poll, Republicans gaining political ground on Obama