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9:10 AM ET, February 5, 2011


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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.
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 …
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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Obama: Businesses have responsibility to help economy grow  —  President Obama called on U.S. businesses to do more to help grow the economy, saying that while the unemployment rate is getting better and jobs are being added, the U.S. needs “to get there faster.”
Discussion: The Politico and JammieWearingFool
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 …
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
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
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.
State multiculturalism has failed, says David Cameron  —  David Cameron said Britain had encouraged different cultures to live separate lives  —  David Cameron has criticised “state multiculturalism” in his first speech as prime minister on radicalisation and the causes of terrorism.
Discussion: Jay Currie
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.
Carolyn Fiddler / Democratic Legislative …:
GA State Rep.: There's No Such Thing as a Rape Victim  —  U.S. House Republicans have received a great deal of attention over the past week since seeking to qualify the crime of rape with the term “forcible” in a high-profile piece of legislation.  Such a distinction could create classes of rape victims …
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 …
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
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
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.
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 and The Crawdad Hole
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Clients and Interests  —  Some of the conversation around Egypt seems like a good opportunity to point out that there's something very problematic about the discourse of “national interest.”  —  People generally understand that the domestic politics of a large liberal democracy reflect …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Caroline B. Glick / Jerusalem Post:
Column One: Israel and Arab democracy  —  Whether they are democrats or autocrats, we fully expect they will continue to hate us.  —  Talkbacks (21)  —  Over the past week, Israel has been criticized for being insufficiently supportive of democratic change in Egypt.
Discussion: Biased BBC
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.
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.
Daniel Indiviglio / The Atlantic Online:
Unemployment Rate Dips to 9%, New Jobs Number Unclear  —  This post has been corrected.  —  These monthly unemployment reports keep getting stranger and stranger.  In January, the U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 9.0%, which is a big 0.4% decline from 9.4% in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Nancy Goldstein / American Prospect:
Counting the Transgender Community
Jsimoncnn / CNN:
This Sunday, exclusively on State of the Union
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Obama to Mubarak: Legacy is at stake by holding on to power
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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