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12:20 AM ET, February 12, 2010


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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
Discussion: Politics Daily and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Bill Clinton hospitalized in New York, receives two stents
Discussion: New York Magazine
Bill Clinton in ‘good spirits’ after procedure
Discussion: Gothamist
The Note:
Hillary Clinton En Route to New York Hospital Where Bill Clinton …
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and TalkLeft
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Clinton in hospital for chest discomfort
Discussion: CNN
CNN:   Bill Clinton hospitalized following chest ‘discomfort,’ gets stents
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sen. Reid kills Baucus bill, narrows focus of jobs legislation after complaints  —  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 …
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: and The Politico
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
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Senate OKs nominees after faceoff  —  The Senate confirmed a huge group 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 and TPMDC
The White House:
Statement by the President on Senate Confirmations  —  Today, the United States Senate confirmed 27 of my high-level nominees, many of whom had been awaiting a vote for months.  —  At the beginning of the week, a staggering 63 nominees had been stalled in the Senate because one or more senators placed a hold on their nomination.
Discussion: Coop's Corner, Emptywheel and MyDD
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Senate Confirms 27 Obama Nominees  —  Updated Before leaving for the President's Day break, the Senate tonight confirmed — by unanimous consent — 27 of President Obama's nominees to federal positions, under a threat made earlier this week by the president that he might make recess appointments not requiring Senate votes.
Discussion: The Politico and New York Magazine
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Dem senators seek to kill filibuster
Discussion: The Politico
CBS News:
Support for Gays in the Military Depends on the Question  —  Posted by Kevin Hechtkopf A new CBS News/ New York Times poll finds that the wording of the question is key when it comes to determining whether Americans support allowing gays to serve in the military.
Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
Poll Finds Edge for Obama Over G.O.P. Among Public  —  WASHINGTON- At a time of deepening political disaffection and intensified distress about the economy, President Obama enjoys an edge over Republicans in the battle for public support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.
Washington Post:
Poll finds most Americans are unhappy with government
Debra Medina / Debra Medina for Texas Governor:
Medina Campaign Responds to Glenn Beck Interview  —  I was asked a question on the Glenn Beck show today regarding my thoughts on the so-called 9/11 truth movement.  I have never been involved with the 9/11 truth movement, and there is no doubt in my mind that Muslim terrorists flew planes into those buildings on 9/11.
Glenn Beck:
Interview shocker  —  Audio Available:  —  GLENN: I want to talk to you about your state elections for a second.  I've got calls.  I get hammered every single day from all sides.  This has not been a friend nor has it ever been a show that has friends.  We don't have any friends.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rivals try to pin 9/11 slip on Medina
Discussion: CNN
The Right Scoop:
Debra Medina is a 9/11 Truther
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Patrick Kennedy won't seek reelection  —  Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy, the last member of his legendary family currently serving in Congress, will announce on Friday that he is retiring, according to Democratic insiders.  —  Kennedy, 42, was first elected to Congress in 1994.
Discussion: CNN and The Moderate Voice
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Patrick Kennedy won't run for re-election
Discussion: Hotline On Call and The Page
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Patrick Kennedy Won't Seek Re-election to Congress
Discussion: and New York Magazine
Washington Post:   3 House retirements spur debate on whether Republicans are losing momentum
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 …
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 …
David Kirkpatrick / The Caucus:
Health Reform in Limbo, Top Drug Lobbyist Quits  —  Billy Tauzin, the former Louisiana congressman, is resigning as president of the drug industry trade group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America amid internal disputes over its pact with the White House to trade political support …
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Tauzin leaving PhRMA
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.
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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House GOP document: We won showdown with President Obama  —  House Republicans won their televised debate with President Barack Obama last month, according to a GOP document distributed to lawmakers on Thursday.  —  The document, obtained by The Hill, notes that Obama's job approval ratings …
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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
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
HCR Is Exactly the Sort of Situation Reconciliation is For
Discussion: The New Republic
Ezra Klein:
Blame Rahm?  —  It's a bit weird to see so much blame accruing …
Discussion: The Faster Times
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