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6:25 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.
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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 …
Dan / Riehl World View:   Never Marry A Cambridge, MA Shrink And Go To A Tea Party Event
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Vigilance: I'm Banning Birfers, Truthers, and Groups Affiliated Therewith
WAFF-TV:
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.
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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.
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Vox Popoli
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 …
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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.
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.
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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?”
Jesse Lee / White House.gov 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 .
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.
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
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Tim Pawlenty offers a stinging critique of GOP
Discussion: Hit & Run and Ben Smith's Blog
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 …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blog:
Ford's NBC contract suspended
Discussion: Gawker and 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.
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.
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Envoys Head Out on a Mission to Rally Iran's Neighbors  —  WASHINGTON — With tensions over Iran's nuclear ambitions hitting new levels, the United States is mounting a diplomatic full-court press in the Middle East, sending four top diplomats, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: Enduring America and Swampland
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Riehl World View
Eugene Kiely / USA Today:
Rep. Patrick Kennedy faced tough re-election  —  Why did Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., decide not to run for re-election?  —  One possible reason: He may have been facing a more competitive race than usual at a difficult time, both politically and personally.
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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 …
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 …
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
 
 
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China's Central Bank Hits Brake on Hot Economy
Discussion: Beat the Press
Ezra Klein:
The golden-ticket holders  —  Curious who's getting an invite …
Rasmussen Reports:
Election 2010: Louisiana Senate
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Rajiv Chandrasekaran / Washington Post:
U.S. Marines launch major offensive in Afghanistan
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
David Reilly / Bloomberg:
Man Up, Obama, or Make Way for President Palin: David Reilly
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Gregg to Rahm: Call me
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Ann Scott Tyson / Post Now:
Metro train derailed to avoid a collision
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Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Sees Growth Engine in a Web of Fast Trains
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Ezra Klein:
Iron Man was right
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