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10:25 AM 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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
You've Got Arianna: AOL Buys Huffington Post for $315 Million in Cash and Stock, Appoints Huffington Editor-in-Chief  —  In a bold and definitive move, AOL is paying $315 million, mostly in cash, to buy the Huffington Post, one of the Web's most prominent news and opinion sites.
AOL agrees to purchase Huffington Post for $315 million
Discussion: Hot Air and
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Huffington Post agrees to $315 million buyout from AOL
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
Associated Press:   Jack Lew writes of White House's ‘tough choices’
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.
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Now comes hard part for Boehner as run of GOP unity nears end  —  Now comes the hard part for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).  —  In the first month of the 112th Congress, the new House Republican majority voted unanimously to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, cut congressional budgets …
Discussion: TPMDC and Prairie Weather
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 …
New York Times:
Cairo Protesters Try to Keep Up the Pressure  —  CAIRO — With Egypt's revolt entering a third week, thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square, demanding the immediate departure of President Hosni Mubarak, even as his government portrayed itself as already in the midst of American-approved negotiations to end the uprising.
Fars News Agency:
Official Describes Uprising in Egypt as Result of West's Islamophobia Attempts
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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 …
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, TPMDC and Taegan Goddard's …
Rand Paul / Wall Street Journal:
A Modest $500 Billion Proposal  —  My spending cuts would keep 85% of government funding and not touch Social Security or Medicare.  —  After Republicans swept into office in 1994, Bill Clinton famously said in his State of the Union address that the era of big government was over.
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
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Daily Mail:
One-legged Afghan Red Cross worker set to be hanged after converting to Christianity
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Akhil Reed Amar / Los Angeles Times:
Constitutional showdown  —  A Florida judge distorted the law …
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
John Harwood / The Caucus:
Obama and U.S. Business Sheath Weapons for Now
Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy guitarist, dies aged 58
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Greg's Opinion
New York Post:
New tax tab for Rev. Al
 Earlier Items: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks
The Politico:
Grand event marks Ronald Reagan's 100th
Charles S. Johnson / Missoulian:
Rep. Bachmann blasts Obama, Democrats during GOP dinner in Helena
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Krauthammer: Global Warming Is A Religion
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Hullabaloo