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11:55 PM ET, February 10, 2010

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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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Page
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Joe Biden: ‘Two-state solution’ for D.C.  —  Vice President Joe Biden, who has served under eight presidents, for more than three decades in the U.S. Senate and now with the president, concedes that he has no expectation of achieving the sort of bipartisanship that may have existed long ago.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Cgreta / Herobracelets:   Sarah Palin wearing her Deployed HeroBracelet at a recent event.
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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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.
Bloomberg:
Obama Doesn't ‘Begrudge’ Bonuses for ‘Savvy’ Blankfein, Dimon
Jen Psaki / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Clearing Up the Bonuses Issue
Discussion: Washington Wire and TPMDC
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
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
Michael Ledeen / Pajamas Media:
Another Showdown at the Mullahs' Corral  —  I believe that the Iranian regime has assembled the largest armed force in history to protect it from the Iranian people's righteous indignation on Thursday the 11th.  There will be hundreds of thousands of police, revolutionary guards, Basij …
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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
Houston Chronicle:
Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson dead 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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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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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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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 …
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
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.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Pastor Wiley Drake prayed for the death of John Murtha  —  The sickness that permeates the extreme religious right never stops surprising me.  We've seen Wiley Drake's shtick before, but it's still as repulsive as ever.  What type of religion do these freaks practice anyway?
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Martin Wisckol / Total Buzz:   Buena Park pastor prayed for Murtha's death
Ed O'Keefe / Federal Eye:
Federal government shutdown extends to Thursday  —  Winds whip around the Washington Monument on Wednesday.  (Ricky Carioti/Post)  —  You're living history, Washington: Federal agencies across the nation's capital will close Thursday for a fourth straight day — taking the week-long shutdown …
Discussion: The Politico and OpenSecrets.org
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.
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.
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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