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ABCNEWS:
Rahm Emanuel Likely to Leave White House This Week  —  Final Decision Not Yet Made, White House Chief of Staff All but Certain to Explore Campaign for Mayor of Chicago  —  Although no final decision has been made because of family considerations, ABC News has learned that White House officials …
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CNN:
BREAKING: Emanuel all but certain to run for Chicago mayor, sources say  —  (CNN) - Three Democratic sources close to Rahm Emanuel tell CNN that the White House chief of staff informed senior colleagues he is all but certain to run for mayor of Chicago, and will leave the White House to take the final exploratory steps.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Emanuel expected to leave W.H.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Vice President Biden to Democratic Base: ‘Stop Whining’  —  At a fundraiser in Manchester, NH, today, Vice President Biden urged Democrats to “remind our base constituency to stop whining and get out there and look at the alternatives.  This President has done an incredible job.  He's kept his promises.”
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Holly Ramer / Associated Press:
Biden: Democratic base should ‘stop whining’
Discussion: sisu
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Biden tells liberal base: ‘Stop whining’
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Mrs Taliban Dan submits and dutifully defends her husband  —  Mrs Taliban Dan Submits  —  If you haven't seen the ad that's causing a flurry among the very, very delicate Republicans, check it out:  —  The good wife speaks up: … Uhm.  They can't refute it because it's all true.
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Webster's wife blasts ‘Taliban Dan’ ad  —  Twenty-four hours after Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson launched a scalding TV attack comparing his opponent to the Taliban for his positions on women's issues, Florida Republican Daniel Webster is pushing back.  —  In a statement from the campaign …
Discussion: American Power
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Paul Krugman, incensed and insistent about our economic ills  —  For more than a year, the bearded man consuming a shrimp salad at an Upper West Side cafe has been a prophet of doom, warning that the economy could slide into a “third depression” unless our leaders come to their senses and follow his advice.
Malcolm Gladwell / New Yorker:
SMALL CHANGE  —  Why the revolution will not be tweeted.  —  At four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth's in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.  They were freshmen at North Carolina A.  & T., a black college a mile or so away.
Mike Hall / AFL-CIO NOW BLOG:
Trumka: Working-Class Anger Fueled by Right's ‘Deeply Dishonest’ Message  —  With the economy continuing to stagger and job creation not moving quickly, “working people are justifiably angry and frustrated” as they approach the Nov. 2 elections, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Chris Woodyard / USA Today:
Chrysler fires UAW workers caught drinking, smoking pot  —  Chrysler announced it has fired 13 employees who were caught drinking and smoking pot during their lunch hour by a local Detroit TV station.  —  Two other employees have been suspended for a month without pay.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
The Note:
Vulnerable Dem Rep. Embraces Bush In Latest Ad  —  ABC News' Amy Walter reports:  —  We've seen plenty of Democrats in tight races trying to distance themselves from President Obama.  But one Democrat, North Dakota's Rep. Earl Pomeroy, is taking this a step farther by actually embracing President George W. Bush.
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Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
A Democrat, in Campaign Ad, Embraces Bush
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Republicans On Obama Debt Commission Push For Corporate And Capital Gains Tax Cuts  —  Republicans on President Obama's fiscal commission, which is tasked with coming up with ways to reduce the deficit, have privately argued in official meetings that the panel should recommend further corporate …
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Lincoln Caplan / New York Times:
A Judge's Warning About the Legitimacy of the Supreme Court  —  During interviews about his new book, Justice Stephen Breyer has spoken mainly about one of its two themes, how the Supreme Court should decide cases.  A week before the court's new term, it's the second theme …
Brian Maloney / The Radio Equalizer:
Kos Kook: Conservatives Preparing For Violence  —  ‘KOS’ IT'S WAR  —  Smear Merchant Claims Conservatives Preparing For Violence  —  American conservatives are preparing for violent conflict, according to left-wing smear merchant Markos Moulitsas.  Operator of the DailyKos, an extremist …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Eliza Krigman / Tech Daily Dose:
Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power  —  The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.  —  Instead, the commission will deal with enforcement on a case-by-case basis.
Discussion: Raw Story and Firedoglake
ABCNEWS:
CONFESSION VIDEO: US Soldier Describes Thrill Kill of Innocent Afghans  —  Corporal, 22, Tells How His ‘Crazy’ Sergeant Allegedly Murdered For Kicks, Collected Body Parts  —  Dressed in a t-shirt and Army shorts, a 22-year-old corporal from Wasilla, Alaska casually describes on a video tape …
David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
Lazio Drops Out of Governor's Race  —  Former Representative Rick A. Lazio has agreed to have his name removed as the Conservative Party's candidate for governor, in a decision that bolsters the candidacy of the Republican candidate, Carl P. Paladino.  —  Mr. Paladino is expected to agree …
Andy Bloxham / Telegraph:
Aliens have deactivated British and US nuclear missiles, say US military pilots  —  Aliens have landed, infiltrated British nuclear missile sites and deactivated the weapons, according to US military pilots.  —  The beings have repeated their efforts in the US and have been active since 1948 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The makings of a trade war with China  —  No one familiar with the Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930 should relish the prospect of a trade war with China — but that seems to be where we're headed and probably should be where we are headed.  Although the Smoot-Hawley tariff did not cause the Great Depression …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Martin Robbins / Guardian:
This is a headline about science  —  In the standfirst I will make a fairly obvious pun about the subject matter before posing an inane question I have no intention of really answering: is this an important scientific finding?  —  In this paragraph I will state the main claim that the research makes …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Obama administration's war on privacy  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  In early August, two dictatorial (and U.S.-allied) Gulf states — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — announced a ban on the use of Blackberries because, as the BBC put it, “[b] …
John / Power Line:
Where Are People Stoned to Death?  —  In Iran, sure, but those are mostly women.  Also much closer to home, in Mexico, which continues to spiral downward and can now be classified, perhaps, as a failed state: Small-town mayor stoned to death in western Mexico.
Discussion: Associated Press
Robert Paul Wolff / The Philosopher's Stone:
HARVARD AND PERETZ  —  The events at Harvard on Saturday were fascinating, distressing, and exhausting.  Today, I am going to write about the controversy surrounding the remarks of Martin Peretz and Harvard's decision to accept the $650,000 or so donated for a scholarship fund in his honor.
Ben Smith / The Politico:
AIPAC spokesman moves to PPI  —  Josh Block, longtime spokesman for the pro-Israel group AIPAC, is leaving the group to start a consulting firm and join the Progressive Policy Institute, a centrist Democratic think tank.  —  A former Democratic operative and political street-fighter …
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Lax State Gun Laws Tied to Crimes in Other States  —  WASHINGTON — Nearly 600 mayors nationwide, led by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and other city leaders, are mounting a new campaign to identify states with lax gun laws and push for tighter restrictions to prevent the trafficking of guns used in crimes.
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mayorsagainstillegalguns.org:
Coalition Releases Landmark Report: Trace the Guns
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Open Left
Real Clear Politics:
Manchin Calls for Partial Repeal of Health Reform  —  ROANOKE, W.V. — In Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin's quest to strike a bipartisan chord as he campaigns to fill the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd's seat, he's joining the GOP's call to repeal pieces of health care reform.
Rachel Slajda / TPMMuckraker:
For Paladino, Love Child Is Seemingly Not A Political Liability  —  Carl Paladino, the ultra-conservative New York businessman who rode the Tea Party to victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary this month, has a daughter with a woman who is not his wife.
Patrick S. Poole / Big Peace:
FBI Escorts Known Hamas Operative Through Top-Secret National Counterterrorism Center as “Outreach” to Muslim Community  —  Sheikh Kifah Mustapha (third from left) touring the National Counterterrorism Center (Photo: FBI)  —  A known Hamas operative and unindicted co-conspirator …
Keach Hagey / The Politico:
Poll: Bill O'Reilly is popular, but Rachel Maddow is unknown to likely voters  —  More people are getting their news about the upcoming election from cable television than any other source, and from Fox News more than any other cable channel, according to a POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll released Monday.
Gavin Allen / Daily Mail:
Tycoon who took over Segway firm dies in freak accident after riding one of the machines off a cliff and into a river  —  The multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company died in a freak accident yesterday when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff and into a river.
Big Government:
Astroturf?  Thousands Given Free Bus Rides by Unions & NAACP to One Nation Rally  —  In response to the success of the Tea Party rallies in April 2009, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused the nascent movement of being “astroturf"-a political term of art for a faux movement funded …
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
 
 
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The Note:
Boehner Presses Pelosi for Vote on Full Extension of Bush-Era Tax Cuts
Discussion: The Politico
Cubachi:
Gov. Christie's message to politicians & lawyers against education …
Discussion: The Blast and Liberty Pundits Blog
Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Lisa Murkowski might dust off Ted Stevens ads
Discussion: The Caucus
Eric Kleefeld / TPMDC:
Anderson Cooper Takes On Anti-Mosque GOP Candidate (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire and Salon
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Prosecutor in Stevens corruption case commits suicide
Discussion: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Poll: O'Donnell helped by Castle write-in
Michelle Malkin:
A grieving American's invitation for Stephen Colbert
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Plurality say GOP would do a better job fixing economy
Discussion: The Plum Line
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Stolen Legacy  —  The Sons of Confederate Veterans respond …
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
HarperCollins to Start Conservative Imprint, Broadside Books
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Dem Whip: GOP majority will issue birther subpoenas against Obama
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Morning Jay: Obama's Falling Numbers, How To Read The Polls …
J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Senate Democrats not backing down on filibuster reform despite expected losses