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11:50 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 …
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
AOL Buys Huffington Post: Is It Crazy?
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  —  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: Prairie Weather
Washington Post:
GOP eyes rules that firms say hurt jobs
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 …
Discussion: USA Today and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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
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 …
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 and TPMDC
The Note:
The Note: Frenemies Play Nice: Obama Reaches Out To The Business Community
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: 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 …
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.
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.”
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
Arpaio issues warning to deputies about McDonald's  —  PHOENIX — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is urging his uniformed deputies to use caution when eating at McDonald's restaurants following an alleged incident in Mesa.  —  The Sheriff's Office says a uniformed deputy was verbally harassed …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
McDonnell: GOP not ready for Obama
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Richard Fausset / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative Democrats switch to GOP across the Deep South
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J.P. Freire / Washington Examiner:
Chrysler releases $9m Super Bowl ad while requesting more taxpayer dollars
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NEWS FLASH: Event Featuring Sarah Palin Canceled
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Sarah Palin Throws Support Behind GOProud Participation at CPAC
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
New York Times:
Protests Linger as Normal Life in Cairo Begins to Resume
Rand Paul / Wall Street Journal:
A Modest $500 Billion Proposal
Discussion: The Politico
Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy guitarist, dies aged 58
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and Greg's Opinion
New York Post:
New tax tab for Rev. Al
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Former WikiLeaks Colleagues Forming New Web Site, OpenLeaks
Discussion: The Nation