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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin displays her pitch-perfect populism  —  The snows that obliterated Washington in the past week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously.  —  Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address …
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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.
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 …
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.”
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 …
Cgreta / Herobracelets:
Sarah Palin wearing her Deployed HeroBracelet at a recent event.  —  In some recent photo's of Sarah Palin, we noticed she's wearing her Deployed HeroBracelet bearing her son's name, Track Paliin.  Track is serving in the Middle East right now.  —  Back in 2008, we had heard …
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 and Townhall.com
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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.
Discussion: CNN and Betsy's Page
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
Matthew Weaver / News: News blog:
Iran protests: live blog  —  The Iranian opposition movement is planning to hijack official celebrations to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution, despite threats of a widespread crackdown and restrictions on phone and internet networks.  Follow live updates  —  1.46pm:
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Wall Street Journal:
Iran to Suspend Google's Email  —  Iran's telecommunications agency announced what it described as a permanent suspension of Google Inc.'s email services, saying a national email service for Iranian citizens would soon be rolled out.  —  It wasn't clear late Wednesday what effect the order …
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Voters Divided Over Obama vs. Republican Candidate in 2012  —  Republicans most often mention Romney, Palin as preferred candidate  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Registered voters are about equally divided as to whether they would more likely vote to re-elect Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, or vote for the Republican candidate.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Real Clear Politics
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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
Jen Psaki / White House.gov Blog Feed:
Clearing Up the Bonuses Issue  —  We wanted to clear up some confusion about where the President stands on bonuses and excessive executive compensation.  A recent headline from an interview the President did with Bloomberg yesterday inaccurately made it sound like the President brushed off …
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Paul Krugman:
Clueless  —  I'm with Simon Johnson here: how is it possible …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
What Obama Said About Those Bonuses  —  One of the day's big stories …
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
Haaretz:
Officials: UN Security Council poised to pass Tehran sanctions  —  NEW YORK - Senior United Nations officials told Haaretz that a Security Council resolution tightening the sanctions on Iran has become more likely, and that the resolution is probably going to be approved.
Discussion: Israpundit
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ABCNEWS:
Sept. 11: New Photos of Dark Day  —  Newly Released Sept. 11 Pictures Offer New Perspective on Attacks  —  Twelve images newly released by the government of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists' attacks on the World Trade Center provide a fresh look at the tragedy and its impact on New York City.
Wendy Button / The Huffington Post:
My Story of John Edwards's Mess  —  Please remember the people of Haiti, who need us now more than ever.  Go to HopeForHaitiNow.org to do your part.  —  The truth has a way of finding us in the strangest of places.  I found out that former Senator John Edwards was finally going to admit …
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National Enquirer:   JOHN EDWARDS ASKS MISTRESS RIELLE HUNTER TO MARRY HIM!
Guardian:
MI5 complicit in torture - top judge  —  Legal defeat plunges Security Service into crisis over torture evidence, and it is revealed that judge removed damning verdict after Foreign Office QC's plea  —  • Breakdown of David Miliband's Commons statement  —  • Read the letter that reveals the draft ruling
Discussion: normblog and BBC
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.
The Politico:
Left frets over fate of 'Don't Ask'  —  Congressional liberals were heartened when Barack Obama pledged to repeal “don't ask, don't tell,” but their initial elation has given way to concerns the repeal will stall in the penalty box of presidential promises: the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: The Caucus and The Plum Line
Pamela Geller / Big Government:
The U.S. Government: Willfully Blind to the Jihad  —  They knew.  Two years before the Fort Hood jihad massacre, the Army knew of jihadis in its ranks — and did nothing.  —  Investigative reporter Bill Gertz has revealed: “Almost two years before the deadly Fort Hood shooting …
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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