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11:55 PM ET, February 17, 2010


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The Mount Vernon Statement:
Constitutional Conservatism: A Statement for the 21st Century  —  We recommit ourselves to the ideas of the American Founding.  Through the Constitution, the Founders created an enduring framework of limited government based on the rule of law.  They sought to secure national independence …
Capitol Confidential / Big Government:
Clinton Plotting Tea Party Counterattack  —  Last week, former President Clinton was rushed to the hospital in New York for an emergency heart operation.  Medical experts said the procedure was “relatively routine” and predicted Clinton would make a full recovery and be back to his regular schedule soon.
Scott Conroy / CBS News:
Palin: Tea Partiers “Have to Pick a Party”  —  In Arkansas, Former Alaska Governor Heaps Praise on Movement, But Says U.S. Has A Two-Party System  —  (CBS) In front of a crowd of Republican Party activists and the tea-party movement's rank and file here on Tuesday night …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Inevitable “Tea Party” and “Amy Bishop” Link Attempt
Discussion: POWIP
Patrick O'Connor / The Politico:
GOP wants televised jobs debate  —  House Republicans are taking a page from the president's playbook by challenging Democrats to a televised debate about job creation.  —  The top two Republicans in the House sent a letter Wednesday daring their counterparts — Speaker Nancy Pelosi …
Discussion: The Hill and The Next Right
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Gibbs calls Cantor a ‘hypocrite’ on stimulus
Discussion: CNN
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Four More Dem Senators Join Push For Vote On Public Option
Jeffrey Young / The Hill:
Van Hollen: Democrats ‘very close’ to healthcare agreement
Discussion: The Page
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Hot Air Acquired By Salem Communications  —  CPAC hasn't even officially started and already its making news.  Mediaite has learned that leading center-right web site Hot Air has been acquired by Salem Communications for an undisclosed sum.  Sources close to the deal claim that Michelle Malkin …
Max Fisher / The Atlantic Wire:
Sale of ‘Hot Air’ Shakes Up Conservative Blogosphere  —  Conservative blog Hot Air has been sold by conservative pundit Michelle Malkin to a company called Salem Communications, Mediaite reports.  Hot Air is known for the blogging team Ed Morrissey and the pseudonymous “Allahpundit.”
Discussion: TigerHawk and The Moderate Voice
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Open thread: Hot Air acquisition
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Hugh Tomlinson / Times of London:
Assassins had Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in sight as soon as he got to Dubai  —  Mahmoud al-Mabhouh took no notice of the two men who joined him in the lift of his hotel in Dubai during the short ride to the second floor on the afternoon of January 20.  —  One was short and portly with a moustache, the other tall.
Hisham Wyne / The Huffington Post:
A Mossad Killing in Dubai  —  The Bustan Rotana Hotel, until a month ago, was known among Dubai residents as a destination for good sushi and old fashioned entertainment.  It was the quiet yet classy option; an old gem mingling with a plethora of newer glitzy caravanserais.
Ezra Klein:
Selling insurance across state lines: A terrible, no good, very bad health-care idea  —  The big Republican idea to bring down health-care costs is to “let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.”  Jon Chait has some commentary here, but I want to simplify a little bit.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Judging Stimulus by Job Data Reveals Success  —  Imagine if, one year ago, Congress had passed a stimulus bill that really worked.  —  Let's say this bill had started spending money within a matter of weeks and had rapidly helped the economy.  Let's also imagine it was large enough …
Ezra Klein:
The big story on the stimulus
Newsweek Blogs:
Exclusive: Another Taliban Leader Captured in Pakistan  —  By Sami Yousafzai and Mark Hosenball  —  Another leader of the Afghan Taliban has been captured by authorities in Pakistan working in partnership with U.S. intelligence officials.  Taliban sources in the region and a counterterrorism officials …
The Onion:
U.S. Economy Grinds To Halt As Nation Realizes Money Just A Symbolic, Mutually Shared Illusion  —  WASHINGTON—The U.S. economy ceased to function this week after unexpected existential remarks by Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shocked Americans into realizing that money is, in fact …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
“May The Judgement Not Be Too Heavy Upon Us”  —  To have lived in an America where its former vice-president can boast of supporting the torture of human beings is tragic and terrifying enough.  For me and many others, this is not America.  As a former president said of the abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib,
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Dodd: Changing filibuster rules would be ‘foolish’  —  Diluting the Senate's filibuster rules would be “foolish,” Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) suggested Wednesday.  —  Dodd, who has served in the Senate since 1981 and is the sixth most senior Democrat in the chamber, rejected some colleagues' efforts …
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Navy opens review of Murtha's surgery  —  Washington (CNN) — The National Naval Medical Center has opened a review of the surgical care provided to the late Congressman John Murtha after the Pennsylvania Democrat died following surgery, a senior U.S. military official told CNN Wednesday.
Discussion: Washington Post
Roxana Tiron / The Hill:
Navy to review Murtha surgery for error
Discussion: The Politico
Jay Heflin / The Hill:
Sen. Reid doesn't have the votes to pass $15 billion version of jobs bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) lacks the votes to begin debating his targeted jobs bill, according to sources monitoring the legislation.  —  Reid needs 60 votes to open debate on the $15 billion jobs bill.
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Reid woos Scott Brown on jobs bill
Discussion: The Hill, Open Congress and QandO
Michael Scherer / Swampland:
Gibbs: President Obama “Would Love” To Appear On Daily Show, But Not Colbert Report  —  On Tuesday afternoon, I caught up with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in his office, and the conversation turned to President Obama's decision last year to appear on both The Tonight Show …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Cheney's Washington Post  —  First Hiatt fired the only opinion writer who really held Cheney to account for war crimes, Dan Froomkin.  Then he hires a mediocre writer, and proud Catholic-for-torture, and Cheney's former speech-writer, Marc Thiessen, for a weekly column.
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Rolls Back Non-Discrimination Protections For Gay State Workers  —  Gay and lesbian state workers in Virginia are no longer specifically protected against discrimination, thanks to a little-noticed change made by new Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Rob Brown /
British Columbia  —  Man infatuated with U.S. VP breaches 2010 security … By:  —  A mentally ill man with a homemade security pass was able to get within metres of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a security breach at the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, CTV News has learned.
Discussion: Washington Post
Kate Oczypok / The Hill:
Conservatives will take a ‘whack’ at Pelosi piñata  —  Attendees at a conservative conference in town this week will have the opportunity to whack a pinata of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  —  Conservative Political Action Conference “CPAC” begins Thursday here in D.C. and will feature …
Egb / Media Matters for America:
James O'Keefe and the myth of the ACORN pimp  —  Last September, when the ACORN scandal that his website helped launch was breaking in the press, Andrew Breitbart wrote a column for The Washington Times detailing the rollout of the undercover, right-wing gotcha.
DID AP COVER FOR BIDEN ON ‘20TH CENTURY’ MIX-UP?  —  “I refuse to accept the notion that the United States of America is not going to lead the world economically throughout the 20th Century.”  —  The AP article covering Vice President Joe Biden's remarks does not reflect the error:
Adam Fogle / The Palmetto Scoop:
Bill would ban federal currency in SC  —  Legislation by SC Rep. Mike Pitts would replace paper money with gold and silver coinage  —  PITTS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO REPLACE PAPER MONEY WITH GOLD, SILVER COINS  —  South Carolina will no longer recognize U.S. currency as legal tender, if State Rep. Mike Pitts has his way.
Jon Ward / The Daily Caller:
Democrat Caddell rips White House for obeisance to organized labor  —  Longtime Democratic strategist Pat Caddell on Wednesday blasted the Obama White House for creating “a world in which there is no dissent,” following his banishment from Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff's campaign for Senate.
Discussion: The Politico and Michelle Malkin
Sewell Chan / New York Times:
Agreement Near on Regulating Banking Risks  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate and the Obama administration are nearing agreement on forming a council of regulators, led by the Treasury secretary, to identify systemic risk to the nation's financial system, officials said Wednesday.
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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Positive Views of Israel, Brought to You by Israelis
Discussion: The Majlis and Commentary
Walter Alarkon / The Hill:
No dip in earmarks despite White House push for transparency
Michelle Nichols / Reuters:
Clinton: Haiti stress accelerated heart problem
Discussion: Politics Daily and The Caucus
Richard Owen / Times of London:
Celebrity chef Beppe Bigazzi upsets viewers with his cat casserole
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Los Angeles Times:
New wave of foreclosures by end of 2010 is feared
Discussion: Politics Daily
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Va. driver charged with assaulting a good snowstorm Samaritan
Discussion: FrumForum
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Is there a case for a VAT?  —  I outlined it yesterday, to a small group at GMU.
Discussion: Greg Mankiw's Blog and EconLog
 Earlier Items: 
Renee Stoll / Local & Florida:
George W. and Jeb Bush visit Naples
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Steven E. Levingston / Short Stack:
The secret behind the hot sales of “The Road to Serfdom” …
Discussion: Hit & Run
John Koblin / New York Observer:
The Accidental Plagiarist  —  Five days ago, Robert Thomson …
Discussion: Mediaite