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11:45 AM ET, February 10, 2010


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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
Political Punch:
President Softens Language on Wall Street Bonuses He Once Called …
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.
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Jobs Bill Is Sidetracked by Snowstorm
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
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: Newsweek, Pajamas Media and Moonbattery
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Paterson says criticism is racially motivated  —  In the midst of swirling rumors of a soon-to-be published bombshell story, New York Gov. David Paterson (D) said Wednesday that criticism of him has been motivated by his race.  —  Paterson, who is black and blind, said on Imus in the Morning …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and RedState
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Paterson pens J'accuse letter to Times editor
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
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama: Ticked off sometimes, not down
Discussion: Left Coast Rebel and D.C. Now
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
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Anti-Tea Party Web Site Part of Scheme to Funnel Funds  —  A new Web site targeting the tea parties is a part of a complex network of money flowing from the mountainous coffers of the country's biggest labor unions and trickling slowly into political slush funds for Democratic activists.
The Huffington Post:
Newt Gingrich WRONG: Says British Shoe Bomber ‘Richard Reid Was An American Citizen’ (VIDEO)  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, leveling harsh criticism against the Obama administration.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
gingrichbamboozlefail  —  Classic moment last night on The Daily Show …
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
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 and WOOD-TV
Associated Press:
Mass. Sen. Brown writing a book about his life  —  WASHINGTON — A can't miss rung on the ladder to celebrity status in Washington: Newly seated Sen. Scott Brown will write a book about his life leading up to his upset election to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Discussion: The Page
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Exclusive: Scott Brown plans memoir
Discussion: CNN
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
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
New York Times:
Everything Is in Place in Vancouver, Except Snow  —  WEST VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The steady roar of a helicopter dumping snow on the Olympic snowboard halfpipe and a caravan of trucks hauling more snow from hundreds of miles away are creating a defining image of the Vancouver Games before the competitions even begin.
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.
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.
Reuters photographer says reborn after freed by U.S.  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military freed a Reuters photographer in Iraq on Wednesday, almost a year and a half after snatching him from his home in the middle of the night and holding him without charge.
Discussion: Romenesko and Beet.TV
Dave Adams / The Huffington Post:
Move Your Money: Make the Switch and Invest in America  —  There is a rising tide of anger from the American public.  This frustration is at times directed at government officials at all levels and it is also steered toward Wall Street and big banks.  Some of the anger is fair and some of it may be exaggerated.
Heart of Redness  —  [Ungawa!  The Tea Party natives are restless, sparking alarm among the civilized panjandrums of the coastal media Raj.  Who are these mysterious Fly-Over savages?  What do they want?  Conjectures abound, but only a few brave souls have dared strap on the pith helmet and safari into the belly of the beast.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Lee Fang / Think Progress:
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Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Peter Hamby / CNN:
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Ed Hornick / CNN:
‘Tenther’ movement aims to put power back in states' hands
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Burka-wearing gunmen raid French bank
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