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1:55 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 …
The Politico:
Rep. Jane Harman to resign from House  —  Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) will resign from Congress to succeed former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton as president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, ending a two-decade career in which Harman became one of the leading centrist voices …
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
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.
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 Republican 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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
In Speech to Chamber, Obama Urges Businesses to ‘Get in the Game’  —  President Obama urged American businesses on Monday to “get in the game” by letting loose trillions of dollars being held in reserves, saying that they can help create a “virtuous cycle” of more sales …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Rush Hour Libertarians  —  I was in rush hour the other observing some self-centered dude blocking four lanes and snarling traffic for blocks to spare himself a minor inconvenience and it occurred to me that the logical result of our recent embrace of vulgar libertarianism is a total breakdown of social order.
Discussion: Hit & Run
J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
Chrysler releases $9m Super Bowl ad while requesting more taxpayer dollars  —  You may have noticed that Chrysler released the longest ad in Super Bowl history on Sunday night, featuring the new Chrysler 200 driven by Detroit native rap star Eminem, an ad that CEO Sergio Marchionne says cost less than $9 million.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Beck blasts Kristol: ‘Do anything to keep their little fiefdom together’
David Cole / New York Review of Books:
Is Health Care Reform Unconstitutional?
Discussion: The New Republic and Ezra Klein
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama: Corporate Profits “Have To Be Shared By American Workers”
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GOP insiders reported urging former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley to run for White House
Discussion: Politics and GOP 12
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Transportation Regress  —  Scott Sumner discusses …
Shashank Bengali / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Despite talk of concessions, Egyptian military cracking down
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Fausset / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative Democrats switch to GOP across the Deep South
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
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