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11:25 AM ET, February 13, 2010


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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.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Vigilance: I'm Banning Birfers, Truthers, and Groups Affiliated Therewith  —  We've always banned truthers at RedState.  Increasingly, we have also banned a number of individuals who think Barack Obama is disqualified from being President because despite the Republican Governor of Hawaii confirming …
Dan / Riehl World View:
Never Marry A Cambridge, MA Shrink And Go To A Tea Party Event
Discussion: Booman Tribune
New York Times:
Professor Said to Be Charged After 3 Are Killed in Alabama  —  Three faculty members at the University of Alabama in Huntsville were shot to death, and three other people were seriously wounded at a biology faculty meeting on Friday afternoon, university officials said.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
INVITATIONS ARE IN THE MAIL.... We learned about a week ago that President Obama would host a bipartisan summit on health care reform on Feb. 25, but the details have been relatively scarce.  Yesterday, the White House sent formal invitations to the participants, giving us a sense of how the gathering will shape out.
Christina Bellantoni / TPM LiveWire:
Who Was Invited To President Obama's Health Care Summit?  —  The White House invited these members of Congress to the Feb. 25 health care summit.  —  Senator Harry Reid, D-NV, Majority Leader  —  Senator Mitch McConnell, R-KY, Republican Leader  —  Senator Richard Durbin, D-IL, Majority Whip
Discussion: Eschaton
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 …
Ezra Klein:   The golden-ticket holders  —  Curious who's getting an invite …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Is Making Plans to Use Executive Power for Action on Several Fronts  —  WASHINGTON — With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Watching China Run  —  It was primarily a symbolic gesture.  Way back in 1979, in the midst of an energy crisis, Jimmy Carter had solar panels installed on the roof of the White House.  They were used to heat water for some White House staffers.  —  “A generation from now,” said Mr. Carter …
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 …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Obama signs Pay-Go law but also raises federal debt ceiling  —  President Barack Obama on Saturday congratulated Congress for restoring a requirement that the federal government spend only what it can afford — a day after authorizing $1.9 trillion more federal debt.
Discussion: The Politico
Octave Tockfield / Big Journalism:
Climategate, UK Edition: Following the Money, All €4 Trillion of It  —  There's a question oft-posed by the proponents of global warming... or of “climate change,” as the new term of art has it, thus allowing warmists to claim both the snowstorm now blanketing America's East Coast …
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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 .
Wall Street Journal:
How Much Does a Grecian Urn?  —  Greece's dysfunctional economy is now at the heart of a rescue effort that could be disastrous for the entire continent—and the rest of the world.  —  Greek firefighters protest government spending cuts on Jan. 29.  —  Plutus, the Greek god of wealth, did not have an easy life.
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, The Hill and CNN
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:
US, Afghan troops sweep into Taliban stronghold  —  Buzz up!  —  MARJAH, Afghanistan - Thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers stormed the Taliban stronghold of Marjah by air and ground Saturday, meeting only scattered resistance but facing a daunting thicket of bombs and booby traps …
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
U.S. Marines launch major offensive in Afghanistan
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.
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China's Central Bank Hits Brake on Hot Economy
Discussion: Beat the Press
Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
It's You, Not Me  —  Liberals and libertarians finally break up.
Discussion: Hit & Run and EconLog
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Election 2010: Louisiana Senate
Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
Subprime Goes Hollywood
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Dem: Reid scrapped jobs bill because he did not trust Republicans
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Durbin: D.C. residents panic as if snowstorm is ‘a nuclear attack’
Discussion: DCist, CNN and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Uri Dromi / Guardian:
A Lib Dem and a blood libel | Uri Dromi
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Ann Scott Tyson / Post Now:
Metro train derailed to avoid a collision
Discussion: The Hill and DCist
Associated Press:
Administration may abandon civilian 9/11 trial
Discussion: Riehl World View and
Washington Wire:
Corker: Willing to Be Sole GOP Vote on Financial Overhaul
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Page
Ezra Klein:
Iron Man was right
Discussion: Rortybomb and ATTACKERMAN
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Wants To Give A Free Kindle To All Amazon Prime Subscribers
Discussion: Seattle Times