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9:45 AM ET, February 12, 2010

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The Politico:
Patrick Kennedy to retire  —  Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy, the son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, will announce on Friday that he is retiring, according to Democratic insiders.  —  Kennedy, 42, was first elected to the House in 1994.  His departure will leave Congress without …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Patrick Kennedy won't run for re-election  —  Rhode Island Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy will retire after eight terms in office, bringing an end to his House career just months after his father, legendary Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, passed away.  —  “My father instilled in me a deep commitment …
Politics Daily:
Patrick Kennedy, Son of Ted Kennedy, to Retire From Congress
Discussion: Power Line
Dan / Riehl World View:
Video - Patrick Kennedy Not Seeking Re-election
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Patrick Kennedy Won't Seek Re-election to Congress
Discussion: Townhall.com and New York Magazine
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama in nominee showdown  —  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 …
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New York Times:
Senate Confirms 2 Dozen Obama Nominees  —  WASHINGTON — Before leaving for the Presidents' Day break, the Senate on Thursday night confirmed — by unanimous consent — more than two dozen of President Obama's nominees to federal positions.  —  Mr. Obama and Senator Harry Reid …
Kate Phillips / The Caucus:
Senate Confirms 27 Obama Nominees
Discussion: New York Magazine
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Dem senators seek to kill filibuster
Discussion: The Politico and TPMDC
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 …
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
So Much For That!  Bipartisan Jobs Agreement Falls Apart Almost Instantly  —  Bipartisan agreement on jobs lasted all of a few hours.  This afternoon, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus announced he'd reached accord with ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Reid dismisses Harkin's bid to change filibuster rules
Jennifer Haberkorn / Washington Times:
Reid puts his bill before bipartisanship
New York Times:
Poll Finds Edge for Obama Over G.O.P. Among the 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.
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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.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
House GOP document: We won showdown with President Obama
Discussion: The Politico
Stephanie Condon / CBS News:
Poll: Economy Brings Down Obama's Job Approval Rating
Dahlia Sussman / The Caucus:
New Poll Shows Support for Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Discussion: Behind the Numbers and Advocate
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 …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Republicans and Medicare  —  “Don't cut Medicare.  The reform bills passed by the House and Senate cut Medicare by approximately $500 billion.  This is wrong.”  So declared Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, in a recent op-ed article written with John Goodman, the president of the National Center for Policy Analysis.
Discussion: NOW! Blog and Prairie Weather
Des Moines Register:
Appeals court: Nude dancing still considered art  —  Hamburg, Ia.  — Nude dancing is still an art form in Iowa, at least at a strip club in the tiny town of Hamburg.  —  The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed the state's request for a review of the issue.
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Shane Vander Hart / Caffeinated Thoughts:
One Judge Says Minors Can Strip Since It's “Art”
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Washington Post:
3 House retirements spur debate on whether Republicans are losing momentum  —  A trio of House Republican retirement announcements over the past 10 days have sparked a debate between the leaders of the two major parties over whether the GOP is losing momentum in its quest to score major gains at the ballot box this fall.
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 …
Michael B. Mukasey / Washington Post:
Where the U.S. went wrong on the Christmas Day bomber  —  It seems to me unlikely that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab will be known to future generations of lawyers for generating any groundbreaking legal principle or issue.  But when it comes to illuminating our public discourse about the …
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Economist:
Scenes from a counter-revolution  —  The growing power of the tea-party movement will make it hard for Republican politicians to compromise with the president … MAKING a virtue of a necessity, Barack Obama has talked endlessly in recent weeks about the wonders of bipartisanship.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Barcepundit
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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Tom Tancredo's civics literacy test idea gets vote of approval …
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