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9:40 PM ET, February 11, 2010


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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid kills Baucus bill, narrows focus of jobs legislation  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is rewriting a jobs bill after Democrats complained of too many concessions to Republicans.  —  Reid announced Thursday that he would cut drastically back on the jobs bill Senate Finance …
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Reid kills Baucus-Grassley jobs bill  —  Members of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a long-awaited bipartisan jobs bill Thursday morning - only to have it scrapped within hours by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.  —  Reid killed the bill after hearing complaints from members …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid dismisses Harkin's bid to change filibuster rules  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) swatted down colleagues' efforts to lower the threshold it takes to end a filibuster.  —  Reid said that while he was familiar with Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) efforts to reform the Senate filibuster rules …
Discussion: The Politico and
Ezra Klein:
The Senate Finance Committee's jobs bill
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:   Krolicki won't run for U.S. Senate
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:
You have Got To Be Kidding: The Absurdity of the Proposed “Jobs” Bill
Emily Friedman / ABCNEWS:
Former President Bill Clinton Rushed to N.Y. Hospital  —  Clinton Had Quadruple Heart Bypass Surgery in 2004  —  Former President Bill Clinton was rushed to a Manhattan hospital late this afternoon, sources tell ABC News.  —  Clinton, 63, was transported to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital …
Michelle Malkin:
Bill Clinton, stents, and Demcare  —  Former President Bill Clinton was rushed to the hospital for a heart condition and has reportedly received a stent.  —  ABC News has details: … ABC also tells us that Hillary Clinton was spotted leaving the Oval Office a short time ago and …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Bill Clinton Undergoes a New Heart Procedure  —  Updated Former President Bill Clinton was taken to a New York hospital today after experiencing chest pains, and underwent a heart procedure, his office said.  —  “President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work …
Discussion: Politics Daily and Mediaite
Bill Clinton in ‘good spirits’ after procedure
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Gothamist
The Note:   Hillary Clinton En Route to New York Hospital Where Bill Clinton …
Bill Clinton undergoes heart procedure
Discussion: The Politico
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Bill Clinton hospitalized in NYC with chest pains, two stents …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Heartache: Tea Party candidate in Texas a 9/11 truther; Update: Medina responds  —  Six days ago, the big news out of Texas was that Tea Party activist and gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina came within the margin of error with Kay Bailey Hutchison, who barely clung to second place against incumbent Rick Perry.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rivals try to pin 9/11 slip on Medina
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
Poll finds most Americans are unhappy with government  —  Two-thirds of Americans are “dissatisfied” or downright “angry” about the way the federal government is working, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.  On average, the public estimates that 53 cents of every tax dollar they send to Washington is “wasted.”
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Senate OKs nominees after faceoff  —  The Senate confirmed a huge bloc of administration nominees on Thursday, following a tense exchange between President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).  —  At a White House meeting with bipartisan congressional leaders on Tuesday …
Discussion: Think Progress
The White House:
Statement by the President on Senate Confirmations
Discussion: Emptywheel
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:   Dem senators seek to kill filibuster
Tunku Varadarajan / The Daily Beast:
The Right's Top 25 Journalists  —  Blogs and Stories  —  From Instapundit and Laura Ingraham to O'Reilly and Beck, Tunku Varadarajan counts down the most influential right-wing media figures in the country.  —  In these times of bare-knuckle political partisanship, opposition …
Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
Palin's Favorite Republican  — Home - Cheat sheet - Buzz board - Big Fat Story - Blogs & stories - Videos - Galleries - Crossword  —  Blogs and Stories  —  “There's no way I'm running for president in 2012,” he said.  —  While Ryan's entitlement-reform plan is likely …
Rich Miller / Bloomberg:
Obama ‘Agnostic’ on Deficit Cuts, Won't Prejudge Tax Increases  —  Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit.  —  Obama, in a Feb. 9 Oval Office interview …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Feds push for tracking cell phones  —  Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the “Scarecrow Bandits” that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with a novel method of locating the thieves.  —  FBI agents obtained logs from mobile phone companies corresponding …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
HARKIN, SHAHEEN EYE FILIBUSTER REFORM.... Nearly 15 years ago, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Joe Lieberman presented a plan to eliminate the Senate filibuster and allow Congress to pass bills by majority rule.  The bill failed miserably, 76 to 19.  —  About a month ago, the progressive Iowan signaled his interest in trying again.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Joe Biden update: Iraq one of Obama's ‘great achievements’  —  Who knew?  —  Thank goodness, Vice President Joe Biden went on CNN to chat with Larry King Wednesday night.  So many think things are not going so well for the Democrat administration, as The Ticket chronicled here.
Political Punch:
Vice President Biden: Iraq “Could Be One of the Great Achievements …
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Brain Trust To Nowhere: Meet The Advisers Behind The Palin Road Show  —  As Sarah Palin relaunches her image for the next stage of her political career, there's a small set of advisers who are shaping the former governor's policy positions and public persona.
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Michael Roberts / The Latest Word:
Tom Tancredo's civics literacy test idea gets vote of approval …
Discussion: Wonk Room and Big Journalism
U.S. Economy to Strengthen, Reducing Unemployment, Survey Says
Sherry Phillips / Nashville City Paper:
Community reaches out to local Islamic Center after hate crime
Discussion: Think Progress and Nashville Scene
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
HCR Is Exactly the Sort of Situation Reconciliation is For
Discussion: The New Republic
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Insurer writes defense of rate hikes
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
Ezra Klein:
Blame Rahm?  —  It's a bit weird to see so much blame accruing …
Discussion: The Faster Times
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Aardvark For $50 million (Confirmed)
Francis Fukuyama / Wall Street Journal:
What Became of the ‘Freedom Agenda’?
Discussion: Progressive Fix
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democrats rush to curb corporate election spending before Nov.
Discussion: The Note, The Nation and The Politico
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose
Discussion: Ezra Klein
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate-Change Debate Is Heating Up in Deep Freeze