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6:30 PM ET, February 11, 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 …
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
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Bill Clinton hospitalized in NYC with chest pains, two stents …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Shakesville
Bill Clinton in ‘good spirits’ after procedure
Discussion: Gothamist
John King / CNN:   Bill Clinton in New York hospital, sources say
Michelle Malkin:
Bill Clinton, stents, and Demcare
Discussion: The Note
The Note:   Secretary Clinton En Route to New York Hospital, Concerned …
BREAKING: Bill Clinton hospitalized in New York
Discussion: The Politico
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.
The Right Scoop:
Debra Medina is a 9/11 Truther  —  Ok, her politician answer was that she didn't have enough proof to take a side on whether or not the government had anything to do with causing the twin towers to fall.  Really?  How in the hell do you not take a side on that issue?
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Heartache: Tea Party candidate in Texas a 9/11 truther; Update: Medina responds
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid overrules Baucus, narrows jobs bill focus  —  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 back on the jobs bill Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus …
Ezra Klein:
The Senate Finance Committee's jobs bill  —  The Senate Finance Committee has released a draft (pdf) of its jobs bill, called the HIRE Act.  If you've been following along, that might sound strange to you: Wasn't the jobs bill coming from Byron Dorgan and Dick Durbin?
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Baucus, Grassley Propose New Jobs Bill
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Page
Hugh Hewitt / Hugh Hewitt's TownHall Blog:   You have Got To Be Kidding: The Absurdity of the Proposed “Jobs” Bill
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.”
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Sarah Palin Surge (and why it's overblown)  —  In the wake of her keynote address at the national tea party convention in Nashville, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's presidential prospects have seemingly soared.  —  Time's Joe Klein, in a piece entitled “It's Her Party …
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 …
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 …
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democrats rush to curb corporate election spending before Nov. vote  —  Democrats are hoping to fast-track a set of sweeping new campaign finance regulations to prevent the Supreme Court's landmark Citizens United decision from affecting the November midterm elections.
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 …
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 …
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Climate-Change Debate Is Heating Up in Deep Freeze  —  WASHINGTON — As millions of people along the East Coast hole up in their snowbound homes, the two sides in the climate-change debate are seizing on the mounting drifts to bolster their arguments.  —  Skeptics of global warming are using …
Carol D. Leonnig / Washington Post:
2 ex-employees say Blackwater billed government for prostitute  —  Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Freedom's Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose  —  I don't know that I'd make too much of this, but tracking the Congressional Democrats' approval ratings in Quinnipiac polling over the past six months — they're now down to just 28 percent overall, including 19 percent (!) among independents — is interesting in this respect.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Insurer writes defense of rate hikes  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is shown.  AP  —  Anthem Blue Cross sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Thursday blaming its recent rate hikes on the weak economy and rising medical costs.
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs
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Laura Rozen / Laura Rozen's Blog:
IAEA report on Iran
Discussion: CNN
Ezra Klein:
Blame Rahm?  —  It's a bit weird to see so much blame accruing …
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Politics Channel:
A Terrorist Tried In Federal Court: The Case Of Aafia Siddiqui
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Aardvark For $50 million (Confirmed)
 Earlier Items: 
Francis Fukuyama / Wall Street Journal:
What Became of the ‘Freedom Agenda’?
Discussion: Progressive Fix
Sebastian Jones / The Nation:
The Lobbying-Media Complex  —  President Obama spent …
Discussion: Hit & Run
Rep. Earl Blumenauer / Congress Blog:
Lawmaker skis home from Congress
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Elizabeth Edwards Threatens Husband's Ex-Aide With Lawsuit
Discussion: Big Journalism
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What fuels the grass-roots rage