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1:25 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 …
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
AOL Buys Huffington Post: Is It Crazy?
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 …
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 …
First Read /
Harman to leave Congress, join think tank
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
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.
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.
The Independent:
HJS003  —  By Yasmin Alibhai: Muslims are not wanted-david cameron and his cronies, must have asked independent to remove the comments section which makes these no 10 cronies in par with their friend blair and mubarak.  FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Only say what we like, or else?  —  coastman
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
U.S. Envoy To Egypt Frank Wisner's Law Firm Has Represented …
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 …
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
New York Times:
Protests Linger as Normal Life in Cairo Begins to Resume
Juan / Informed Comment:
Christians, Muslims “One Hand” in Egypt's Youth Revolution
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Daily Kos
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 …
Stephanie Simon / Wall Street Journal:
A License to Shampoo: Jobs Needing State Approval Rise  —  Amid calls for shrinking government, lawmakers across the country are vowing to cut regulations that crimp economic growth.  President Barack Obama recently said it's time to root out laws that “are just plain dumb.”
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
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Transportation Regress  —  Scott Sumner discusses, among other things, the lack of meaningful progress in transportation technology over the past couple of generations: … Something that I think is worth paying attention to is the contrast between the pace of technical improvements in automobiles …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
McDonnell: GOP not ready for Obama  —  Acknowledging that his party is “not yet” ready to take on President Barack Obama, Republican Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says he wants to play an expanded role in the national debate as the GOP crafts its message to take back the White House in 2012.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Rush Hour Libertarians
Discussion: Hit & Run
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
Obama needs a freedom agenda he can believe in
Discussion: Commentary and New York Times
Richard Fausset / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative Democrats switch to GOP across the Deep South
Evan Halper / Los Angeles Times:
Texas' finances not as rosy as they seemed
SKP Foundation / Facebook:
NEWS FLASH: Event Featuring Sarah Palin Canceled
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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
NAACP won't directly address racism leveled against Clarence Thomas …
Discussion: Commentary and Weasel Zippers
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
Rand Paul / Wall Street Journal:
A Modest $500 Billion Proposal
Discussion: The Politico
New York Post:
New tax tab for Rev. Al