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11:45 PM ET, February 13, 2010


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Boston Globe:
Professor accused in Ala. slayings shot her brother in Mass. 24 years ago  —  BRAINTREE — The University of Alabama biology professor accused of slaying three of her colleagues fatally shot her brother in Massachusetts more than two decades ago, a local police chief said today …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Endless Disappointment  —  TPM Reader JO keeps it real ...
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Pubradiopolitics / State House Sound Bites:
A few minutes with Joe the Plumber  —  Joe the Plumber (aka Samuel J.Wurzelbacher) headlined state Representative Sam Rohrer's Mobilize for Liberty event in Harrisburg today, giving the Berks County lawmaker his support a few hours after Rohrer mustered just a dozen votes …
Glenn Reynolds / Instapundit:
MICHAEL YON SENDS THIS DISPATCH TO INSTAPUNDIT READERS.  I don't usually run things this long on InstaPundit, but although domestic politics have eclipsed war coverage in a lot of places, what's going on in Afghanistan is still important, and Michael is providing the best coverage out there.
Discussion: TigerHawk
Las Vegas Sun:
Tea Party to field candidate in battle for Harry Reid's Senate seat  —  Sun columnist Jon Ralston is reporting that the Tea Party has qualified as a third party in Nevada and will have a candidate in the Senate race to battle for the seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Discussion: MyDD and PoliBlog
New York Times:
Wall Street Helped to Mask Debts Shaking Europe  —  Wall Street tactics akin to the ones that fostered subprime mortgages in America have worsened the financial crisis shaking Greece and undermining the euro by enabling European governments to hide their mounting debts.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
New York Times:
In Black Caucus, a Fund-Raising Powerhouse  —  WASHINGTON — When the Congressional Black Caucus wanted to pay off the mortgage on its foundation's stately 1930s redbrick headquarters on Embassy Row, it turned to a familiar roster of friends: corporate backers like Wal-Mart, AT&T, General Motors …
Discussion: New York Times, TPMCafe and The Page
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Can Sarah Palin translate celebrity into real political power?  —  Sarah Palin has proved that she can draw a crowd.  What she has yet to demonstrate is that she can translate the appeal of a phenomenon into a political force that can attract or mobilize sizable numbers of voters.
Gmail Blog:
A new Buzz start-up experience based on your feedback  —  Posted by Todd Jackson, Product Manager, Gmail and Google Buzz  —  We've heard your feedback loud and clear, and since we launched Google Buzz four days ago, we've been working around the clock to address the concerns you've raised.
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.
Top Obama spokesman joins Twitter  —  In his first tweet, White House Press Secretary sought advice from the Twitterverse.  —  Washington (CNN) - Count White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs among a growing group of Democratic press operatives who have recently joined the microblogging site Twitter.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Caucus
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The US-Israel Relationship, Ctd  —  A reader writes:
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
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Utah condemns ‘climate alarmists’  —  The US's most Republican state passes bill disputing science of climate change, claiming emissions are ‘essentially harmless’  —  Carbon dioxide is “essentially harmless” to human beings and good for plants.  So now will you stop worrying about global warming?
Octave Tockfield / Big Journalism:
Climategate, UK Edition: Following the Money, All €4 Trillion of It
Discussion: Fausta's Blog and Left Coast Rebel
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The Politico:
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