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7:30 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 …
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
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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Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Unemployment Rate Dips to 9%, New Jobs Number Unclear
Discussion: Free exchange, Hot Air and Angry Bear
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.
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Jeremy Holden / Media Matters for America:
Latest Lila Rose Video Ends Her Credibility Once And For All
Telegraph:
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.
UPI:
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: No deals with Obama on healthcare reform
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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Daily Mail / The Mail on Sunday:
Sarah Palin is a ‘soap opera’ out to make money, says Ronald Reagan's son  —  The son of the former US president Ronald Reagan has branded Sarah Palin a ‘soap opera’ ahead of a speech she will give honouring his late father.  —  Ron Reagan said that he doesn't see anything in common between …
Discussion: Cubachi and Michelle Malkin
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Could Palin Use Speech to End Silence on Egypt?
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.
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 …
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.
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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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Scores Legal Victory On Health Care
Discussion: ThinkProgress, ACS Blog and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
54% Say States Should Have Right To Opt Out of Health Care Law  —  More than half the states are challenging the constitutionality of the new federal health care law in court, many focusing on the requirement that every American must have health insurance.  More voters than ever oppose …
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 …
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.
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.
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: Paul Krugman and Yglesias
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
Laura Conaway / The Maddow Blog:
Republicans totally, totally focused on jobs  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today tried again today to convince America that Republicans are all about economy and not the culture wars.  Too many Americans remain unemployed, he tweets, and “that's why all our efforts are centered around jobs.”
Jsimoncnn / CNN:
This Sunday, exclusively on State of the Union  —  As the second week of protests comes to an end, the discussion turns to America's standing in the Middle East and what's next for Egypt and the region.  Joining us will be former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright - exclusive, live and in-studio.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
 
 
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Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
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ProPublica:
Dems: Obama Broke Pledge to Force Banks to Help Homeowners
Discussion: Firedoglake and TalkLeft
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Report rips U.S. envoy who resigned
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare's Repeal Has Begun
Discussion: Betsy's Page and The New Republic