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3:05 AM ET, February 5, 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 …
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  —  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 …
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 …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
McConnell: No deals with Obama on healthcare reform
Discussion: The New Republic and The Plum Line
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 …
Dan Pfeiffer / White House.gov 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 …
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.
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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?
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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
Discussion: Cubachi and Michelle Malkin
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.
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
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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
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.
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
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.
KRQE-TV:
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and Paul Krugman
 
 
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Gallup:
Gallup Daily: U.S. Employment
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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: 
Uwe E. Reinhardt / Economix:
Restructuring Medicare and the Rivlin-Ryan Plan
Aaron David Miller / Washington Post:
Why Israel fears a free Egypt
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Open Left is closing