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5:35 PM ET, February 4, 2011

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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.
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Romalley / Fox Nation:
Obama Botches Bible Verse at Prayer Breakfast  —  President Obama misquoted a familiar Bible verse during a faith-based address at the National Prayer Breakfast.  —  “Those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, and they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint …
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 …
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Laura Conaway / The Maddow Blog:
Republicans totally, totally focused on jobs
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rand Paul: End ‘welfare’ to Israel  —  Tea party-backed Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) isn't sure that congressional Republicans have the guts to make the big budget cuts they've promised and, he said, members of the movement are becoming frustrated.  —  “There's a disconnect between Republicans …
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Shira Toeplitz / The Politico:
Rand Paul sole GOP holdout on laser pointer bill
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Ratings More Polarized in Year 2 Than Year 1  —  Ranks as fourth-most-polarized year for a president since 1953  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's job approval ratings were even more polarized during his second year in office than during his first …
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Poll reveals striking divide on Obama
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Scared Monkeys
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egyptians Defy Crackdown With New Mass Protests  —  CAIRO — Cracks in the Egyptian establishment's support for President Hosni Mubarak began to appear Friday as jubilant crowds of hundreds of thousands packed the capital's central Tahrir Square to call for his ouster, this time unmolested …
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
We Are All Egyptians  —  Inside Tahrir Square on Thursday, I met a carpenter named Mahmood whose left arm was in a sling, whose leg was in a cast and whose head was being bandaged in a small field hospital set up by the democracy movement.  This was the seventh time in 24 hours …
Joan Vennochi / Boston Globe:
Kerry's sharp eye on the secretary spot  —  AS EGYPT battles over its future, Senator John Kerry is negotiating his own.  —  The Bay State's senior senator is running an unofficial campaign to become the next secretary of state.  For once, he looks artful, as well as ambitious.
The Politico:
Finger-pointing begins on Egypt  —  The debate over who “lost” Egypt seems to have begun.  —  Critics are openly questioning the quality of information and analysis given to President Barack Obama by U.S. intelligence agencies in the days leading up to the dramatic uprising against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Toward a soft landing in Egypt  —  Who doesn't love a democratic revolution?  Who is not moved by the renunciation of fear and the reclamation of dignity in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria?  —  The worldwide euphoria that has greeted the Egyptian uprising is understandable.
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New York Times:
White House and Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak's Exit
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.
Discussion: Donklephant and Ben Smith's Blog
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Justice Scalia, Not Kennedy, Eyed As Key Vote In Support Of Health Care … WASHINGTON — Observers of the legal drama surrounding President Obama's health care reform legislation have reached two broad conclusions: that it will ultimately be ruled on by the Supreme Court, and that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the deciding vote.
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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.
Reuters:
Special report: Jamie Dimon wants some R-E-S-P-E-C-T  —  Jamie Dimon, CEO and chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co, answers a question during an interview in his office in New York December 22, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - What's eating Jamie Dimon?
Discussion: Yglesias
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Paul Krugman:   Another Kind of Financial Fragility
Bruce Siceloff / Raleigh News & Observer:
Citizen activist grates on state over traffic signals  —  RALEIGH — David N. Cox says he was merely exercising his right to petition the government, but a state Department of Transportation official has raised allegations that Cox committed a misdemeanor: practicing engineering without a license.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
A Graphical Overview of the 2012 Republican Field  —  There is almost exactly one year to go until the Iowa caucuses, which are tentatively scheduled to take place on Feb. 6, 2012.  No mainstream Republican candidate has yet declared for the presidency, but that is sure to change soon …
The Politico:
Justice Thomas's wife Virginia Thomas now a lobbyist  —  She started as a congressional aide in the 1980s, became a midlevel Republican operative, then briefly left politics, reemerging in 2009 as founder of a tea party group, before stepping down amid 'continued questions about whether …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: No deals with Obama on healthcare reform  —  Republicans aren't likely to bury the hatchet with President Obama over the healthcare reform act, their Senate leader said Friday.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), fresh off an unsuccessful vote on Wednesday …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
The Bad Faith of Mandate Critics, Part 2  —  Read part 1 of this argument here.  —  The conservative legal brief against the Affordable Care Act rests heavily on a simple proposition.  Government can't make us obtain private insurance because, as the argument goes, that would be forcing us to buy a private product.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Unions Can Bargain on Behalf of Airport Security  —  WASHINGTON — Seeking to end a debate that has brewed for nearly a decade, the director of the Transportation Security Administration announced on Friday that a union would be allowed to bargain over working conditions on behalf …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and OpenMarket.org
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
House Chatter on C-Span?  Not This Session.  —  It looks like C-SPAN viewers will have to wait another two years - at least - to get close up coverage of the arm twisting and fat chewing that occurs daily on the House floor.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) this week rejected …
Discussion: Politics, The Hill and Poynter
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Repeal Has Begun  —  This week's Senate vote to scrap an IRS reporting requirement is the start of a piece by piece approach.  —  Mark this date: On Feb. 2, 2011, a Democratic Senate killed the first piece of the health-care law it passed less than a year ago.
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The New Republic
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.
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Report: Political Correctness Prevented FBI, DoD from Stopping Maj. Hasan  —  Today the Senate Homeland Security Committee released an independent report on the Ft. Hood shootings.  The 91 page report is titled A Ticking Time Bomb: Counterterrorism Lessons from the US Government's Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack.
 
 
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Melissa Clouthier / RedState:
Should Libertarians Be Banned From CPAC?
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Constitutional Calvinball  —  Ilya Shapiro is one of those guys …
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Cato @ Liberty
Deborah Solomon / New York Times:
The Reagan Evolution
Shobhana Chandra / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Rate Falls to 9%; Payrolls Rise by Only 36,000
Daily Mail / The Mail on Sunday:
Sarah Palin is a ‘soap opera’ out to make money, says Ronald Reagan's son
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
Restructuring Medicare and the Rivlin-Ryan Plan
Aaron David Miller / Washington Post:
Why Israel fears a free Egypt
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Joshua Green / The Atlantic Online:
Sarah Palin's Personal Shopper Heads to RNC
Johann Hari / The Nation:
How to Build a Progressive Tea Party
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
Source: Giffords' husband on shuttle
ProPublica:
Dems: Obama Broke Pledge to Force Banks to Help Homeowners
Discussion: TalkLeft
J. Andrew Curliss / Raleigh News & Observer:
Perdue hires defense lawyers
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Report rips U.S. envoy who resigned