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2:00 PM 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.
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.
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
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Making Plans to Use Executive Power  —  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.
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: CNN, Gateway Pundit and The Politico
The Politico:
Obama names Islamic envoy  —  Reaching out to Muslims around the world, President Barack Obama used a taped video address on Saturday to make the surprise announcement that Rashad Hussein, deputy associate White House counsel, will serve as a special U.S. envoy to the 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
Discussion: CNN
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: Left Coast Rebel and Fausta's Blog
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Utah condemns ‘climate alarmists’
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Wonkette
Michael Walsh / Big Journalism:
'We're Socialists, We're Not Marxists' — Lawrence O'Donnell Goes Nuclear on ‘Morning Joe’  —  Is there something in the water at MSNBC that makes everybody there crazy?  Morning Joe, which ought to be the premier political talk show on morning television — but won't be until it expands …
Discussion: Big Hollywood and NewsReal Blog
David M. Herszenhorn / Prescriptions:
House Republican Leaders Demand Halt to Talks on Compromise Bill  —  House Republican leaders on Friday demanded that House and Senate Democrats halt their ongoing efforts to resolve differences between the versions of major health care legislation adopted by each chamber late last year.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Hullabaloo
Rachel Slajda / TPM LiveWire:
Quayle: 51 Votes ‘Not What Our Founding Fathers Had In Mind’ (VIDEO)  —  Former Vice President Dan Quayle appeared on Fox News this afternoon to chip in his two cents on the health care debate.  Namely, he warned that using the reconciliation process would set a “very bad precedent” because a simple majority is just unconstitutional.
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.
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Associated Press:
US, Afghan troops sweep into Taliban stronghold
Discussion: Mudville Gazette
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China's Central Bank Hits Brake on Hot Economy
Discussion: Beat the Press
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Harvard Hometown Plans Coercive Taxes, Veganism to Stop Climate ‘Emergency’
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Ed Kilgore / The New Republic:
It's You, Not Me  —  Liberals and libertarians finally break up.
Discussion: Hit & Run and EconLog
Brad Thor / Big Journalism:
Taliban Rape Tapes: A ‘Muslim Abu Ghraib’
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Louisiana Senate