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12:25 PM ET, February 10, 2010


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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.
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 " …
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Washington Note
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 …
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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.
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Obama, Economy Doubts Boost GOP
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
New York Times:
In Albany, a Rumor of a Rumor Catches Fire  —  Albany — long a place of scandal, the rumor of scandal and the echoing talk about the rumor of scandal — has had a week a bit unlike any other.  Newspapers, blogs, reputable outfits and fringe gossip sites have worked themselves into a frenzy …
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Paterson says criticism is racially motivated
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and RedState
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Paterson pens J'accuse letter to Times editor
Discussion: The Swamp and Ben Smith's Blog
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
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
First Lady Links Childhood Obesity to National Security in Launch of 'Let's Move' Campaign  —  ( - At a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama announced the launch of the 'Let's Move' campaign to end childhood obesity in the United States …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Hit & Run
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Ticked off sometimes, not down
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and D.C. Now
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Climate-change legislation buried under record snowfall in capital  —  Record snowfall has buried Washington — and along with it, buried the chances of passing global warming legislation this year.  —  Cars are stranded in banks of snow along the streets of the federal capital …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
New York Senate Expels Monserrate Over Assault  —  ALBANY — The State Senate on Tuesday expelled a senator convicted of domestic assault, the first time in nearly a century that the Legislature has forced a member from office.  —  The Senate voted 53-to-8 to immediately oust the senator …
NY Daily News:
State Senate votes to boot Sen. Hiram Monserrate, citing his …
Discussion: Gawker, Advocate and JammieWearingFool
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.
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Republicans Block Confirmation of Labor Lawyer
Paul Joseph Watson / Alex Jones' Prison
Exposed: Naked Body Scanner Images Of Film Star Printed, Circulated By Airport Staff  —  Authorities' claim that virtual strip search pictures immediately destroyed proven fraudulent - use of devices needs to be halted now  —  Claims on behalf of authorities that naked body scanner images …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers retires  —  Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers announced his retirement this morning, becoming the 17th Republican to decide against seeking re-election to the next Congress.  —  “I don't want to stay in office so long that people will say you should have left five years ago,” Ehlers said.
Discussion: The Hill, WOOD-TV and
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 …
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
Washington Times:
Caged Panther investigation  —  The Democratic Congress is shirking its oversight responsibility  —  In their bid to protect President Obama's liberal political appointees at the Justice Department, congressional Democrats are surrendering their responsibility to keep a presidential administration honest.
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.
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, Gawker, Mediaite and GOP 12
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Associated Press:
Mass. Sen. Brown writing a book about his life
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Wall Street Journal:
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Rasmussen Reports:
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Dave Adams / The Huffington Post:
Move Your Money: Make the Switch and Invest in America
Ed Hornick / CNN:
‘Tenther’ movement aims to put power back in states' hands
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
GOP Rep. Paul Ryan tackles Obama's path to deficit disaster
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Popular Mechanics:
Target Toyota: Why the Recall Backlash Is Overblown
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Discussion: The Other McCain
Dean Baker / Beat the Press:
The Trucking Index of GDP
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