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1:26 PM ET, February 18, 2010


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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Rubio makes fun of Obama teleprompter  —  President Barack Obama's use of teleprompters again became the butt of a Republican's joke Thursday morning; this time Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio took the jab.  —  While speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) …
Discussion: The Politico and The Stranger …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Marco Rubio speech at CPAC conference brings conservatives to their feet  —  Marco Rubio, the 38-year-old son of Cuban immigrants and candidate for an open Senate seat in Florida, electrified thousands of conservatives Thursday morning with an impassioned defense of American exceptionalism.
The Huffington Post:
Rubio Slams Obama's Teleprompter While In Front Of Telemprompters At CPAC
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Time to Party Like It's 1854  —  The Conservative Political …
Huma Khan / ABCNEWS:
GOP Rebound?  Annual Conservative Conference Kicks Off with Record Numbers
Discussion: CNN
Fox News:
Small Plane Crashes Into Austin, Texas, Office Building  —  A small single-engine plane crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas, around 10 a.m. local time Thursday.  —  An NTSB official told Fox News that they are investigating this as an intentional act …
Austin American-Statesman:
Plane crashes into Northwest Austin office building  —  A plane crashed into a Northwest Austin building that houses federal offices about 9:30 this morning, sending plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.  —  Paramedics have set up a triage center at the scene, though it is unclear how many people are injured.
Howie / The Jawa Report:
Small Plane Crashes into Building
Discussion: KVUE-TV
Say Anything:
Photo Evidence: Michelle Obama Keeps Socialist Books In The White House Library  —  I arrived in Washington DC today to cover CPAC and since I was in town, and since CPAC doesn't really get rolling until tomorrow, I tagged along with some Scott Hennen Show listeners on an extensive tour …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias, normblog and TBogg
Jim Hoft / Gateway Pundit:
Figures.  Michelle Obama Stocked White House Library with Books on Socialism
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
So I went to the White House today...
Discussion: Suburban Guerrilla
The Corner on National Review Online:
Obama's Faith-Based Economics — By: NRO Staff
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Sarah Palin and the mutual loathing society  —  The Republican presidential nominee, an Arizona senator, was a maverick, which was part of his charm.  He spoke and acted impulsively, which was part of his problem.  Voters thought his entertaining dimensions might be incompatible with presidential responsibilities.
Duke lacrosse accuser charged with attempted murder, arson  —  DURHAM, N.C. — Durham police arrested Duke lacrosse accuser Crystal Gale Mangum, 33, late Wednesday after she allegedly assaulted her boyfriend, set his clothes on fire in a bathtub and threatened to stab him.
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.
Dexter Filkins / New York Times:
In Blow to Taliban, 2 More Senior Leaders Are Arrested  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — Two senior Taliban leaders have been arrested in recent days inside Pakistan, officials said Thursday, as American and Pakistani intelligence agents continued to press their offensive against the group's leadership …
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Obama's federal government can weatherize your home for only $57,362 each  —  Who could forget the $5 billion in Obama administration stimulus money that was going to rapidly create nearly 90,000 green jobs across the country in these tough economic times and make so many thousands of homes …
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
What's holding the Democratic Party down  —  If you want to be honest, face these facts: At this moment, President Obama is losing, Democrats are losing and liberals are losing.  —  Who's winning?  Republicans, conservatives, the practitioners of obstruction and the Tea Party.
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Broad New Hacking Attack Detected  —  Global Offensive Snagged Corporate, Personal Data at nearly 2,500 Companies; Operation Is Still Running  —  Hackers in Europe and China successfully broke into computers at nearly 2,500 companies and government agencies over the last 18 months …
Discussion: Newsweek Blogs and
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
More than 75,000 computer systems hacked in one of largest cyber …
Discussion: The BLT and Raw Story
Argus Leader:
(2 of 2)  —  If Thune would go unopposed, the Republican party would reap a sort of bonus.  He is popular among GOP faithful, to the point that he has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2012, and without an opponent to hold his attention, he would be free to roam …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Wall Street's Bailout Hustle  —  Goldman Sachs and other big banks aren't just pocketing the trillions we gave them to rescue the economy - they're re-creating the conditions for another crash  —  On January 21st, Lloyd Blankfein left a peculiar voicemail message on the work phones of his employees at Goldman Sachs.
Wall Street Journal:
The WellPoint Mugging  —  The brawl over rate increases is a preview of ObamaCare.  —  Democrats and their media allies have found a new insurance piñata: WellPoint and its recent health-premium price increases in California.  This spat deserves more attention …
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
Meet the Flintstones  —  Nearly a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time, and more than half disagree with the theory that humans developed from earlier species of animals, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
The Huffington Post:
Tea Party Speaker: Hang Patty Murray  —  WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?  —  A tea party gathering in Asotin County, Washington turned more than a bit ugly on Saturday when a featured speaker actually called for the hanging of Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash), the fourth ranking Democrat in the Senate and a vulnerable re-election candidate.
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The straw that broke Evan Bayh's tenure  —  The last time Sen. Evan Bayh was the subject of this column was in October, when he organized a letter from 10 moderate Democrats informing Majority Leader Harry Reid that they would oppose any increase in the statutory debt ceiling unless …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Commentary
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
The Latest In Founding Father Fetishism.  —  Today, a group of movement right muckety-mucks released “The Mount Vernon Statement,” meant to be a guiding document for their side.  You've got the heavyweights — Ed Feulner of the Heritage Foundation, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council …
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 21% Say U.S. Government Has Consent of the Governed  —  The founding document of the United States, the Declaration of Independence, states that governments derive “their just powers from the consent of the governed.”  Today, however, just 21% of voters nationwide believe …
Discussion: and Wake up America
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Sixteen Senators Now Calling For Vote On Public Option  —  Sixteen and counting.  —  Senators Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed and Tom Udall have all now signed the letter pushing for a reconcilation vote on the public option, the group organizing the push confirms, bringing the total of Senators …
Discussion: The Hill, Swampland, The Page and TPMDC
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