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11:55 PM ET, February 12, 2010


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Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
Man Charged With Stockpiling Weapons Was Tea Partier, Palin Fan  —  The Massachusetts man charged this week with stockpiling weapons after saying he feared an imminent “Armageddon” appears to have been active in the Tea Party movement, and saw Sarah Palin, who he said is on a …
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
What I Saw at the Tea Party Convention  —  The attendees want politicians who will deliver on Obama's promise of clean and open government.  —  There were promises of transparency and of a new kind of collaborative politics where establishment figures listened to ordinary Americans.
Dan / Riehl World View:
Never Marry A Cambridge, MA Shrink And Go To A Tea Party Event
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: O'Donnell meltdown on Morning Joe  —  Anyone who recalls Lawrence O'Donnell's meltdown with John O'Neill over the latter's opposition to John Kerry in 2004 won't be surprised at O'Donnell's inability to behave himself with Marc Thiessen on today's Morning Joe.
Scott / Power Line:
The case against Marc Thiessen  —  We are proud to have previewed Marc Thiessen's important new book Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack.  We posted Thiessen's account of his book here.  It's an important book based on Thiessen's access …
Police: female faculty member kills three on UA-Huntsville campus  —  HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Police said a female member of the UA-Huntsville faculty shot and killed three co-workers on campus.  —  Huntsville Police, Madison County Sheriff's department and HEMSI responded to a shooting at the UAH campus at 4:00 Friday afternoon.
Associated Press:
Abbas aide sex tape scandal shakes Palestinians  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - Palestinian officials on Friday rallied around a top aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after a video surfaced showing him in the nude in an alleged attempt to trade his influence for sex.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Brad Thor / Big Journalism:
Taliban Rape Tapes: A ‘Muslim Abu Ghraib’  —  **Post updated with link to downloadable video.  —  With breaking news out of Palestine today that a top aide to President Mahmoud Abbas has been literally caught with his pants down, rape tapes seem to be popping up all over the pious Muslim world.
Richard Trumka / The Huffington Post:
No Deal!  —  Senate Republican obstructionists are working overtime to block the interests of working people.  Today we hear the White House and Senate have cut a deal with Republicans that will keep President Obama's nominees off the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for even longer.
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Obama Is Making Plans to Use Executive Power for Action on Several Fronts
Ezra Klein:
A deal on nominations that even a Republican could love
Joe / Joe. My. God.:
NH Rep. Nancy Elliott Doesn't Do Anal  —  New Hampshire state Rep. Nancy Elliott wants to repeal same-sex marriage because “we're talking about taking the penis of a man and putting it in the rectum of another man and wriggling it around in excrement.  And you have to think, would I want that to be done to ME?”
Associated Press:
Administration may abandon civilian 9/11 trial  —  Buzz up!  —  WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder is leaving open the possibility of trying professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a military commission instead of the civilian trial originally planned for New York City.
Washington Post:
Obama will help select location of Khalid Sheik Mohammed terrorism trial
John Cook / Gawker:
Harold Ford's Tennessee Tax Dodge  —  When it comes to his shadow run for Senate, Harold Ford is a New Yorker through and through.  When it comes to paying taxes, though, he's still a Tennessean — he's never filed a New York return.  —  Ford claims to have moved to New York three years ago …
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Ford's NBC contract suspended
Mark Warren / Esquire:
Tim Pawlenty: The Esquire Interview  —  The Minnesota governor, whom many expect to run for president in 2012, on bailouts, health care, whether Obama is a socialist, and where Republicans go from here  —  In his first major interview since launching his political-action committee …
Discussion: TPMDC, CNN and The Hill
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Tim Pawlenty offers a stinging critique of GOP
Discussion: Hit & Run and Ben Smith's Blog
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
A RUTHLESS BILL MAHER RETURNS  —  They once said, if you lose Walter Cronkite, you lose the nation.  —  But what happens if you lose Bill Maher?  —  The liberal comedian has surprised friends and foes alike by adding President Barack Obama to his list of usual targets, such as conservatives and the religious right.
New York Times:
Zuckerman Said to Mull Run for U.S. Senate  —  Could another media mogul be looking to make a splash in New York politics?  —  Mortimer B. Zuckerman, real estate tycoon and publisher of The Daily News, is considering a run for the Senate seat now held by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, according to two people told of the discussions.
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Harvard Hometown Plans Coercive Taxes, Veganism to Stop Climate ‘Emergency’  —  Congestion pricing to reduce car travel.  Elimination of curbside parking.  A carbon tax “of some kind,” not to mention taxes on plastic and paper bags.  Advocating vegetarianism and veganism, complete with “Meatless or Vegan Mondays.”
Discussion: John Stossel
Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Is Medina a birther?  —  After ducking questions yesterday about whether the Bush administration aided in the Sept. 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, then saying she has never believed the government was involved, Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina gave a series of interviews late in the day.
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Vigilance: I'm Banning Birfers, Truthers, and Groups Affiliated Therewith
Jesse Lee / White Blog Feed:
A Bipartisan Meeting on Health Reform: The Invites Are Out  —  On Tuesday the President discussed the upcoming bipartisan meeting on health reform, saying “Let's get the relevant parties together; let's put the best ideas on the table.  My hope is that we can find enough overlap …
Mike Di Paola / Business Week:
Caring for Pets Left Behind by the Rapture  —  For a fee, this service will place your dog or cat in the home of a caring atheist on Judgment Day  —  Many people in the U.S.—perhaps 20 million to 40 million—believe there will be a Second Coming in their lifetimes, followed by the Rapture .
Ezra Klein:
Iron Man was right  —  Spencer Ackerman's adjudication of the dispute between Captain America and Iron Man is some of the most relevant punditry you'll read today.  And, incidentally, I agree with Spencer entirely: Iron Man was unequivocally right in the argument over superhero registration.
Discussion: Rortybomb
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:   Captain America Has a Civil-Libertarian Bent But Iron Man Was Right
Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
It's You, Not Me  —  Liberals and libertarians finally break up.  —  One mini-saga of the past decade in American politics has been the flirtation—with talk of a deeper partnership—between progressives and libertarians.  These two groups were driven together, in the main …
Discussion: Hit & Run and EconLog
David Brooks / New York Times:
What's Next, Mr. President?  —  By 2008, Americans were disgusted with their government.  They were sick of partisan gridlock and general incompetence.  Along came Barack Obama offering to usher in a new era.  It was time, he said, to put away childish things.  —  There were actually two elements to the Obama campaign.
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
Subprime Goes Hollywood  —  The Wall Street wizards who gave you credit default swaps want to turn the movie industry into their next casino.  —  Post Comment  —  If you thought the mortgage-backed securities and other complex financial instruments that crashed the economy were risky …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Cantor To Obama And Dems: Um, You're In Power, Remember?  —  One funny thing about GOP obstructionism is that it does more than just block the Dem agenda in the short term.  It also works politically for Republicans in the long run: The public isn't tuned into procedural details and only sees …
Orlando Sentinel:
Sarah Palin to speak in Daytona Beach, at Orange County GOP event — but media glare isn't welcome  —  (ED REINKE/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / February 5, 2010)  —  Sarah Palin will make two high-profile, big-ticket appearances in Central Florida during the next month — but she doesn't want any media coverage.
Washington Wire:
Corker: Willing to Be Sole GOP Vote on Financial Overhaul  —  GOP Sen. Bob Corker said he “absolutely” would be willing to buck his party to pass a bill cracking down on financial market abuses and creating new rules to prevent firms from becoming “too big to fail.”
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Page
Ezra Klein:
The golden-ticket holders  —  Curious who's getting an invite to Blair House for the big health-care summit?  Well, wonder no more.  The White House has released the congressional guest list. … This seems like too many people to get anything done.  And where are the good-faith folks …
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