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8:05 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
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 …
Discussion: The Note
The Note:
Hillary Clinton En Route to New York Hospital Where Bill Clinton is Hospitalized
Discussion: Top of the Ticket and TalkLeft
CNN:   Bill Clinton undergoes heart procedure
Bill Clinton in ‘good spirits’ after procedure
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Gothamist
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Clinton hospitalized for chest pains
Discussion: CNN
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
Laura Myers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Krolicki won't run for U.S. Senate
Discussion: Swing State Project
Ezra Klein:
The Senate Finance Committee's jobs bill
Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Baucus, Grassley Propose New Jobs Bill
Discussion: Swampland, 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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE HOBSON'S CHOICE OF JOBS BILLS.... The top two members …
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.”
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Jared Allen / The Hill:
Democrats rush to curb corporate election spending before Nov.  —  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.
Elizabeth Edwards Threatens Husband's Ex-Aide With Lawsuit  —  Andrew Young May Be Sued for Allegedly Contributing to Failure of Edwards' Marriage  —  Elizabeth Edwards may be preparing to sue her husband's longtime aide for allegedly contributing to the demise of her marriage.
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Ezra Klein:
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Sebastian Jones / The Nation:
The Lobbying-Media Complex  —  President Obama spent …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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