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10:00 AM ET, February 8, 2011


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Olbermann Said to Be Going to Current TV  —  Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people on Monday familiarwith his plans pointed to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Democratic Leadership Council will fold  —  The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.  —  The DLC, a network of Democratic elected officials …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The end of the Democratic Leadership Council era  —  The centrist Democratic Leadership Council, which fought and largely won a battle for the soul of the Democratic party in the 1990s, is on the verge of bankruptcy and is closing its doors, its founder, Al From, confirmed Monday.
Ezra Klein:
The death of the DLC?  —  Ben Smith is reporting the Democratic …
John Tierney / New York Times:
Social Scientist Sees Bias Within  —  SAN ANTONIO — Some of the world's pre-eminent experts on bias discovered an unexpected form of it at their annual meeting.  —  Discrimination is always high on the agenda at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's conference …
Chris Brennan /
Ex-Gov. Rendell Splits With Wife After 40 Years Of Marriage  —  Gov. Rendell and his wife, U.S. Appellate udge Marjorie “Midge” Rendell, announced in an e-mail to friends today that they will be “living separately” now that they have left the Governor's Mansion in Harrisburg.
Discussion: Althouse, TBogg and Ben Smith's Blog
Justin Elliott / Salon:
Bush cancels Europe trip amid calls for his arrest  —  Will George W. Bush set foot in Europe again in his lifetime?  —  A planned trip by Bush to speak at the Switzerland-based United Israel Appeal later this week has been canceled after several human rights groups called for Swiss authorities …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Switzerland: Rights Groups Issue ‘Indictment’ of Bush
Discussion: and TalkLeft
The Note:
Sarah Palin And Gay Rights: Comments Fuel Speculation About Where She Stands  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  Some conservatives who are already upset that this week's Conservative Political Action Conference will include a right-leaning organization that promotes gay rights grew …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
David Brody /
Palin Grades Obama, Mainstream Media
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Ditching unwritten rules for freshmen, Paul does it his way  —  Rand Paul has broken with tradition by eschewing the unwritten rules for freshman senators: Keep a low profile, learn the chamber's arcane procedures and cozy up to senior colleagues.  —  Unlike ex-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
New York Times:
On Evolution, Biology Teachers Stray  —  Teaching creationism in public schools has consistently been ruled unconstitutional in federal courts, but according to a national survey of more than 900 public high school biology teachers, it continues to flourish in the nation's classrooms.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
What They Mean by ‘Civility’  —  The New York Times raises no objection to murderous, racist rhetoric at a Common Cause rally.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: We'll discuss Common Cause's smear campaign on “America's Nightly Scoreboard” with David Asman.  Fox Business, 7 p.m. ET tonight, with a repeat showing at midnight ET.)
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Muslims to Be Congressional Hearings' Main Focus  —  WASHINGTON — The new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Monday that he planned to call mostly Muslim and Arab witnesses to testify in hearings next month on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism.
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
‘Absurd’ for Israel to become partisan issue, says ex-Obama adviser  —  HERZLIYA, Israel — It would be “absurd” if support for Israel becomes a divisive, partisan issue in the U.S. political arena, one of President Obama's former top advisers said Monday.  —  Amid signs that Israel …
Discussion: The Politico and JammieWearingFool
Washington Post:
Federal judicial vacancies reaching crisis point  —  Federal judges have been retiring at a rate of one per week this year, driving up vacancies that have nearly doubled since President Obama took office.  The departures are increasing workloads dramatically and delaying trials in some of the nation's federal courts.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Moore Sues Weinsteins Over ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ (Updated) … Filmmaker Michael Moore has sued Harvey and Bob Weinstein, accusing the brothers of “Hollywood accounting tricks” and “financial deception” that cheated him out of at least $2.7 million in profits from the hit documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
S. Mitra Kalita / Wall Street Journal:
Cash Buyers Lift Housing  —  Bargain Hunting Boosts Prices in Depressed Cities; Broader Asset Rebound Spreads  —  Buyers in markets around the U.S. are snapping up homes in all-cash deals, betting that prices are at or near bottom and breathing life into some of the nation's most battered housing markets.
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Most New York Students Are Not College-Ready  —  New York State education officials released a new set of graduation statistics on Monday that show less than half of students in the state are leaving high school prepared for college and well-paying careers.  —  The new statistics …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Rumsfeld's ‘Slice of History’  —  In an interview, the former secretary of defense explains how Washington feuds harmed Iraq policy, and why the surge was less vital than you think.  —  'I'd read other folks' books about things I'd been involved in . . . and I'd think, 'My goodness …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
The best campaign ad of 2012  —  So it may not actually have been cut yet, but Haley Barbour's rivals will struggle to beat his repurposing of this direct-to-camera endorsement from his 1982 Senate race:  —  I'd like to take a moment to talk with you about our country's future and a very special leader - Haley Barbour.
Discussion: The Fix and The Atlantic Online
Suzanne Kubota / Federal News Radio 1500 AM:
FCC: Presidential emergency alerts to be tested  —  Lisa Fowlkes, Deputy Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC  —  Everybody has heard the national Emergency Alert System (EAS).  Those familiar “duck calls” that reassure listeners “THIS is a test...this is ONLY a test...”
Spencer Ackerman / Danger Room:
U.S. Has Secret Tools to Force Internet on Dictators  —  When Hosni Mubarak shut down Egypt's internet and cellphone communications, it seemed that all U.S. officials could do was ask him politely to change his mind.  But the American military does have a second set of options …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Lawmakers' End of Earmarks Affects Local Programs Large and Small  —  WASHINGTON — Gone for now are the likes of the taxpayer-financed teapot museum, or studies on the mating habits of crabs.  —  But also shelved are a project to help consolidate information about warrants in Brazos County …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
That's the ticket: GOP loves look of VP field  —  Forget about Mitt, Huck and Newt.  —  From its highest levels to the grassroots, the GOP is buzzing over Marco, Bobby and Susana, as well as more than a half-dozen other junior Republican officeholders who have captured the party's imagination …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Planned Parenthood to Retrain Public Staff  —  Reacting to the release of videotapes in which its staff members advise an apparent sex trafficker, Planned Parenthood said Monday that it would retrain thousands of staff members across the country on its rules for reporting possible dangers to minors …
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Andrew Kaspar / Austin American-Statesman:
Senate panel to consider abortion law requiring women to view sonograms
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Washington Examiner:
Comedy central: Waxman whacks ‘fishing expeditions’
Discussion: Don Surber
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Loudoun judge defies Va. Supreme Court, continues to reopen immigrants' cases
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Republicans declare war on federal regulations
Discussion: The Note
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Jane Harman's Retirement Create An Opportunity for the Left
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
The CPAC 2011 straw poll
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and Shakesville
Nick Gillespie / The Huffington Post:
How to Balance the Budget Without Raising Taxes or Cutting Essential Services
Discussion: Hit & Run and National Review