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6:45 AM ET, February 5, 2011


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Jeremy Schulman / Media Matters for America:
Why Is Live Action Doctoring Its Planned Parenthood Audio?  —  When the anti-abortion rights propagandists at Live Action began releasing their Planned Parenthood smear videos earlier this week, we explained that their claim that Planned Parenthood was covering-up “child sex trafficking” was clearly a lie.
Jeremy Holden / Media Matters for America:
Latest Lila Rose Video Ends Her Credibility Once And For All  —  In her latest video dump, James O'Keefe protégé Lila Rose shows a Planned Parenthood employee telling a man who claims to be a sex worker that clinics are required to report statutory rape and that minors are required …
WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets  —  The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain's nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.  —  HMS Vanguard is Britain's lead Trident-armed submarine.
Fox News:
Egypt VP Target of Assassination Attempt That Killed Two Bodyguards, Sources Tell Fox News  —  A failed assassination attempt on Egypt's vice president in recent days left two of his bodyguards dead, sources tell Fox News.  —  Such an attempt on the life of Omar Suleiman would mark …
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Attention Fox Nation: There Is More Than One Version Of The Bible  —  Conservatives have spent the last several years trying to cast doubt on President Obama's Christianity, often by suggesting he is a secret Muslim or claiming that he is a non-believer pretending to be Christian for political benefit.
Dan Pfeiffer / White Blog:
You Can't Believe Everything You Read  —  As valuable as the internet can be in helping to spread information, most people know that you can't believe everything you read, and they should check the source before relaying every alarming story they read.  One such story is going around …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Could Palin Use Speech to End Silence on Egypt?  —  Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, as she steps on stage to talk before a crowd at a baseball field in Grand Junction, Colo., in 2008.  —  Could Friday night be one of those defining moments in the career — and potential presidential candidacy — of Sarah Palin?
Daily Mail / The Mail on Sunday:
Sarah Palin is a ‘soap opera’ out to make money, says Ronald Reagan's son
Discussion: Cubachi and Michelle Malkin
Judge tosses healthcare reform challenge  —  A federal judge in Mississippi Thursday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. healthcare reform law enacted in 2010.  —  Judge Keith Starrett of the U.S. District Court Southern District of Mississippi in Hattiesburg found state …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: No deals with Obama on healthcare reform
Discussion: The New Republic
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Sarah Palin trademark application refused - for now  —  (Reuters) - Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's bid to trademark both her name and that of her daughter Bristol ran into trouble at the Patent and Trademark Office because the application forms were not signed, government records show.
Melissa Clouthier / RedState:
Should Libertarians Be Banned From CPAC?  —  Maybe it's time to define Conservatism.  People throw around the term and it's getting almost as used, abused, caricatured and feigned-persecuted as the term RINO-everyone's favorite fallback when they choose political expedience over principle.
Statewide gas outage updates  —  Latest on the crisis from around New Mexico  —  NEW MEXICO (KRQE) - Gas and electric companies across New Mexico are encountering issues this week due to the extreme cold and increased demand for heat.  —  Below are news releases, statements and updates related to the energy emergency:
Discussion: Firedoglake
Marnie Eisenstadt / Syracuse Post-Standard:
People pack Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's first town hall meeting in Wayne County  —  Newark, NY — It was wedding-like in the Wayne County office building Thursday night as people waited for U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle's first town hall meeting.  They hugged and slapped backs as they looked toward the door.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Senate split over how to extend the Patriot Act's surveillance authority  —  Senate Democrats and Republicans are in a three-way split over how to extend the legal authority to conduct surveillance and information-gathering activities under the USA Patriot Act.
Discussion: Washington Post and SENATUS
Molly Ball / The Politico:
Democratic National Committee: No corporate cash at Charlotte convention  —  For the first time ever, the Democratic National Convention will not accept donations from corporations, PACs or federal lobbyists in 2012.  —  Individual contributions also will be capped — another first …
Discussion: CNN
Maram Mazen / Bloomberg:
‘You Will Be Lynched Today,’ Says Egyptian Policeman: First-Person Account  —  Having a policeman say he wanted to kill me wasn't my most frightening moment yesterday in Cairo.  That came when police and civilians smashed our car windows — with the five of us inside it — jumped up and down on the roof …
New York Observer:
Elizabeth Spiers Taking Over As Editor In Chief of The New York Observer  —  Elizabeth Spiers is taking over as Editor-in-Chief of The Observer today, overseeing both the print and digital content.  —  “I am very excited to be working with Elizabeth to further build on the great progress we have made over the past few years.
NY Daily News:
Republicans wrote the political dictionary: It's proof Democrats don't control the media  —  It's hard to know where to begin in dismantling the Republican canard that Democrats control the media.  Fox News is the most popular 24-hour news network by a whoosh and a cachung.
Julia A. Seymour / Media Research Center:
Santelli Slams CNBC Panelists for Spinning Jobs Report  —  CNBC's floor reporter criticizes ‘kool-aid drinkers’ for trying to find good news in the ‘disappointing.’  —  Jobs are heading up and down at the same time.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the morning of Feb. 4 …
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Unemployment Rate Dips to 9%, New Jobs Number Unclear
Linda Feldmann / Christian Science Monitor:
Did bill try to redefine rape?  GOP backs down after public outcry.  —  A GOP-backed House bill aimed at limiting federal funding of abortions used the phrase ‘forcible rape,’ suggesting that abortions for other kinds of rape would not be covered.  Critics called it an attempt to redefine rape, and the GOP relented.
Nancy Goldstein / American Prospect:
Counting the Transgender Community  —  A new initiative provides real numbers, for the first time, on how transgendered Americans are discriminated against — and they're startling.  —  Transgender people live with a bulls-eye on their backs.  Anyone who denies this fact …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to Mubarak: Legacy is at stake by holding on to power  —  Insisting that Egyptians will decide their own future, President Obama suggested Friday that Egyptian President Mubarak's legacy will be defined by how soon he leaves office.  —  Obama, joined at a press conference …
Discussion: The Politico
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Open Left is closing  —  I have some sad news.  After nearly four years in operation, today will be the final day Open Left publishes new content.  —  The site will not disappear, and all published content will remain online, but after today we will cease producing new content.
Skippy / skippy the bush kangaroo:
the jon swift/al weisel memorial blogroll amnesty day  —  once again, it's time for our yearly celebration of blogroll amnesty day!  —  readers of this space know that b.a.d. is the holiday wherein we ask everyone in blogtopia (and yes, we coined that phrase) to link to 5 smaller blogs w/less traffic …
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Jsimoncnn / CNN:
This Sunday, exclusively on State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
Madoff Profits Fueled Mets' Empire, Lawsuit Says
Discussion: Runnin' Scared, DealBook and Law Blog
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
House Chatter on C-Span? Not This Session.
Discussion: Politics, The Hill and Poynter
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Unions Can Bargain on Behalf of Airport Security
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Constitutional Calvinball  —  Ilya Shapiro is one of those guys …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Cato @ Liberty
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Rate Falls to 9%; Payrolls Rise by Only 36,000
Laura Conaway / The Maddow Blog:
Republicans totally, totally focused on jobs
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Graphical Overview of the 2012 Republican Field
Associated Press:
Obama “Disappointed” by Intel on Arab Unrest
Special report: Jamie Dimon wants some R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Discussion: Yglesias and Paul Krugman
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
Restructuring Medicare and the Rivlin-Ryan Plan
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Toward a soft landing in Egypt
Discussion: Power Line, and Wonk Room