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12:15 PM ET, February 7, 2011


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New York Times:
Betting on News, AOL Is Buying The Huffington Post  —  The Huffington Post, which began in 2005 with a meager $1 million investment and has grown into one of the most heavily visited news Web sites in the country, is being acquired by AOL in a deal that creates an unlikely pairing of two online media giants.
Arianna Huffington / The Huffington Post:
When HuffPost Met AOL: “A Merger of Visions”  —  I've used this space to make all sorts of important HuffPost announcements: new sections, new additions to the HuffPost team, new HuffPost features and new apps.  But none of them can hold a candle to what we are announcing today.
The Huffington Post:
AOL Agrees To Acquire The Huffington Post  —  AOL/The Huffington Post … Below, a press release from AOL and The Huffington Post: … AOL Inc. [NYSE:AOL] announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Huffington Post, the influential and rapidly growing news …
Felix Salmon:
HuffPo's future  —  The $315 million that AOL is paying …
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
AOL Buys Huffington Post: Is It Crazy?
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rep. Jane Harman likely to leave House  —  Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) is likely to resign from Congress to succeed Lee H. Hamilton as president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a close friend of Harman's told POLITICO.  The nine-term intelligence expert notified House officials …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jane Harman to resign from Congress  —  California Rep. Jane Harman (D) will resign from Congress, according to two senior Democratic leadership aides, a surprise announcement that will set off a special election in her 36th district.  —  NBC's Andrea Mitchell, who broke the news of Harman's resignation …
The first place for key political news and analysis from the NBC News Political Unit  —  Harman to leave Congress, join think tank  —  From NBC's Andrea Mitchell  —  NBC News has learned that Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., is expected to announce tomorrow that she will quit Congress to become …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
THE HILL POLL: Voters oppose raising the $14.3T debt ceiling  —  Only 27 percent of likely voters favor raising the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, while 62 percent oppose it, according to an exclusive poll for The Hill.  —  The poll found solid opposition from Republicans …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Now comes hard part for Boehner as run of GOP unity nears end
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Mitch Daniels / Wall Street Journal:
An ObamaCare Appeal From the States  —  Twenty-one governors representing more than 115 million Americans have written to Kathleen Sebelius asking for more flexibility on health-care reform.  —  Unless you're in favor of a fully nationalized health-care system, the president's health-care reform law is a massive mistake.
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Obama: I'm not moving to center  —  President Obama on Sunday dismissed the notion that his administration in recent weeks has pivoted toward the political center to raise his approval ratings as the 2012 campaign nears.  —  After ushering through Congress measures to throw a lifeline …
New York Times:
Restaurant Nutrition Draws Focus of First Lady
Discussion: The Caucus
Associated Press:
Beer from Super Bowl states heads up Obama's party
Discussion: Right Wing News and Weasel Zippers
Shashank Bengali / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite talk of concessions, Egyptian military cracking down  —  Mostafa al Hassan, a human rights lawyer, was detained by the Egyptian military during anti-government protests.  On Sunday Hassan, shown in the offices of the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in Cairo, said the roundup of dissidents …
Discussion: Hot Air
Juan / Informed Comment:
Christians, Muslims “One Hand” in Egypt's Youth Revolution
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Protests Linger as Normal Life in Cairo Begins to Resume
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Bush 2012  —  John J. Miller has a cover story in the new issue of National Review that's a compelling portrait of the accomplishments of Jeb Bush.  Four years after leaving the Florida governor's mansion, he remains one of the most impressive Republican politicians in the country …
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
U.S. Envoy To Egypt Frank Wisner's Law Firm Has Represented The Mubarak Regime In The Past  —  Over the weekend, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's hand-picked envoy to Egypt, former U.S. diplomat Frank Wisner, caused a diplomatic row when he suggested at the Munich Security Conference …
The Independent:
HJS003  —  By Yasmin Alibhai: Muslims are not wanted-david cameron …
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Guardian and Emptywheel
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Droughts, Floods and Food  —  We're in the midst of a global food crisis — the second in three years.  World food prices hit a record in January, driven by huge increases in the prices of wheat, corn, sugar and oils.  These soaring prices have had only a modest effect on U.S. inflation …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Senators look for immigration deal  —  Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have rekindled their alliance on immigration reform, taking some early steps to test the political will for addressing the contentious issue this year.  —  Their call list hasn't focused …
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Donald Rumsfeld to Diane Sawyer: 'It's Possible' Troop Decisions Were a Mistake in Iraq  —  ‘Not the Case’ That Iraq Is Like Vietnam; Denies Turning Bush's Attention to Iraq Post-9/11  —  More than four years after leaving public life, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld continues …
Discussion: Reuters, The Note, Hot Air and TPMDC
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Blue Dogs have ‘no communication’ with Pelosi, Dem leadership, says Shuler  —  There's been “no communication” this Congress between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and members of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, one of its top members said Monday.
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Texas' finances not as rosy as they seemed  —  The state prides itself as a model of conservative spending and responsible budgeting.  But a new $27-billion budget gap undercuts its image as a business-seducing, fiscally adaptive state.  —  Reporting from Austin, Texas …
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and The Agonist
The Politico:
How President Obama plays media like a fiddle  —  In early November, Barack Obama was one sad sack of a president—his agenda repudiated by midterm voters, his political judgment scorned by commentators, his future darkened by a growing belief he might be a one-time president.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
McDonnell: GOP not ready for Obama
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Richard Fausset / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative Democrats switch to GOP across the Deep South
J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
Chrysler releases $9m Super Bowl ad while requesting more taxpayer dollars
SKP Foundation / Facebook:
NEWS FLASH: Event Featuring Sarah Palin Canceled
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NAACP won't directly address racism leveled against Clarence Thomas …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Commentary
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
One-legged Afghan Red Cross worker set to be hanged after converting to Christianity
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Pajamas Media
Arpaio issues warning to deputies about McDonald's
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
A License to Shampoo: Jobs Needing State Approval Rise
Rand Paul / Wall Street Journal:
A Modest $500 Billion Proposal
Discussion: The Politico
New York Post:
New tax tab for Rev. Al