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12:50 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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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: JammieWearingFool and RedState
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
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.
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 …
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 .
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US, Afghan troops sweep into Taliban stronghold
Discussion: USA Today
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
Brad Thor / Big Journalism:
Taliban Rape Tapes: A ‘Muslim Abu Ghraib’
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Nick Baumann / Mother Jones:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Key Dem: Reid scrapped jobs bill because he did not trust Republicans
Discussion: CNN and The Moderate Voice
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Durbin: D.C. residents panic as if snowstorm is ‘a nuclear attack’
Discussion: DCist, Washington Post and CNN
Ann Scott Tyson / Post Now:
Metro train derailed to avoid a collision
Discussion: The Hill and DCist
Washington Wire:
Corker: Willing to Be Sole GOP Vote on Financial Overhaul
Discussion: The Huffington Post and The Page