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4:40 PM ET, February 8, 2011


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Mark Mellinger / WANE-TV:
Lugar to Tea Party: “Get real.”  —  WASHINGTON, DC (WANE) - He's an institution in Washington, DC.  Over the years, few senators have garnered more respect on Capitol Hill than Indiana's Richard Lugar .  He's been a fixture in the Senate since 1977; seemingly unbeatable at the ballot box.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Ditching unwritten rules for Senate freshmen, Paul does it his way  —  Rand Paul has broken with tradition by eschewing the unwritten rules for freshman senators: Keep a low profile, learn the chamber's arcane procedures and cozy up to senior colleagues.  —  Unlike ex-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lugar tells Tea Party to ‘get real’  —  Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) chided Tea Party activists in his state, telling them to “get real” about their opposition to the New START treaty.  —  Lugar, who voted for the treaty's confirmation late last year, dismissed the Tea Party's criticism of his vote …
Discussion: The Fix, Weasel Zippers and Ballot Box
Laurence H. Tribe / New York Times:
On Health Care, Justice Will Prevail  —  THE lawsuits challenging the individual mandate in the health care law, including one in which a federal district judge last week called the law unconstitutional, will ultimately be resolved by the Supreme Court, and pundits are already making bets on how the justices will vote.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
A new Dem threat to health care law  —  A handful of moderate Senate Democrats are looking for ways to roll back the highly contentious individual mandate — the pillar of President Barack Obama's health care law — a sign that red-state senators are prepared to assert their independence ahead of the 2012 elections.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Fix or repeal? Obama's health-care trap
Media Decoder:
Olbermann Said to Be Going to Current TV  —  Keith Olbermann, the former top-rated host on the news channel MSNBC, will announce his next television home on Tuesday, and people on Monday familiarwith his plans pointed to a possible deal with the public affairs channel Current TV.
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann's New Gig, Revealed: “Chief News Officer, Current Media”
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Olbermann announces next move
Christine McConville / Boston Herald:
Comic treatment for health plan  —  MIT econ whiz's hip idea to explain overhaul  —  The MIT economics whiz who crafted President Obama's national health-care overhaul now plans to explain the complex and controversial plan to the masses — in one long comic book.
Lbentzterp / CNN:
CNN Poll: Republicans want winner over ideology in 2012  —  Washington (CNN) - Given the choice between a candidate who agrees with them on the issues or a candidate who can defeat President Barack Obama in 2012, a new national poll indicates Republicans overwhelming want a winner.
Discussion: GOP 12, Hot Air and The Politico
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
That's the ticket: GOP loves look of VP field
Ryan Crowe / CBS Dallas:
Mandatory Arabic Classes Coming To Mansfield  —  MANSFIELD (CBSDFW.COM) - Some Students at Mansfield ISD schools could soon be learning Arabic as a required language.  The school district wants students at select schools to take Arabic language and culture classes as part of a federally funded grant.
Tim Adler /
First Look: Meryl Streep As Mrs. Thatcher  —  Pathé UK has released the first shot of Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  Streep is in the 2nd week of filming The Iron Lady here in London.  It's the first feature from director Phyllida since she directed Streep in Mamma Mia.
Wall Street Journal:
'I Didn't Raise Taxes Once'  —  Refreshing the President's memory.  —  Bill O'Reilly's Fox interview with President Obama on Sunday was fascinating, and not merely because Mr. Obama made clear he's an ardent fan of these pages.  What really caught our attention was the President's claim that “I didn't raise taxes once.
Charles S. Johnson Ir / Helena Independent Record:
Rehberg blasts Obama, wolf ruling  —  U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg R-Mont., speaking to the Legislature Monday, attacked the policies of the Obama administration, defended states' rights and said a federal judge in Montana belongs on the Endangered Species Act for his ruling on wolves.
David Corn / Politics Daily:
Glenn Beck is walking toward a cliff—or running, or skipping.  The question is, will Fox News go flying over the edge with him, or give him a push?  —  For years, Beck has pitched various conspiracy theories with a rather predictable thrust: the left is out to take over and/or destroy the United States.
The Politico:
For jobs Gibbs lacks, the list goes on  —  Robert Gibbs has held many jobs in his accomplished political career: White House spokesman, presidential confidant, campaign strategist and more.  He even ran a Democratic 527 group during the 2004 campaign.  —  But there are also quite …
Discussion: Commentary
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Posey Can't Say If He Takes Govt. Health Care Because He Doesn't ‘Know’ If He's ‘A Federal Employee’  —  Over the past few months, congressional Republicans have endured much criticism for privately accepting government-sponsored health insurance as they publicly railed against health care reform.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
CNN's King: I'm out-Foxed  —  CNN's John King acknowledged last night that his network has a “Fox problem,” complaining that CNN gets little access to the expected GOP presidential field.  —  Introducing a quick interview with Newt Gingrich the CNN host was able to land over the weekend in Simi Valley …
Discussion: Mediaite
Marc Ambinder / The Atlantic Online:
Inside the Secret Service  —  When President Obama and two-thirds of the world's leaders gather in New York City, it is up to the U.S. Secret Service to keep them all safe.  Granted unprecedented access, our author tells the story of how the agency pulls off the most complicated security event of the year …
New York Times:
On Evolution, Biology Teachers Stray  —  Teaching creationism in public schools has consistently been ruled unconstitutional in federal courts, but according to a national survey of more than 900 public high school biology teachers, it continues to flourish in the nation's classrooms.
Kasie Hunt / The Politico:
VP fave Rubio staying neutral  —  One of the GOP's top vice presidential prospects is staying completely out of the presidential race: Marco Rubio.  —  A spokesman for Rubio, the 39-year-old senator from Florida, told Roll Call the freshman plans to remain carefully neutral.
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
O'Donnell pledges PAC will counter ‘liberal’ GOP establishment  —  Former GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell launched her new political action committee Tuesday, vowing it will play a leading role in competitive primaries and counter the “liberal-controlled GOP establishment.”
Discussion: The Politico
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Most New York Students Are Not College-Ready  —  New York State education officials released a new set of graduation statistics on Monday that show less than half of students in the state are leaving high school prepared for college and well-paying careers.  —  The new statistics …
Lynn Sweet / Politics Daily:
President Obama Kicked Smoking Habit, Michelle Says … First Lady Michelle Obama said President Obama finally kicked his smoking habit and has not had a puff for about a year.  —  She revealed that during a session with print reporters who cover the East Wing.
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
A ‘Truce’ on Social Issues?  Get Real  —  Is Mitch Daniels afraid to talk about abortion?  —  If you think going to war is contentious, look at what happens when you call for a truce.  Ask Mitch Daniels.  —  In a June profile by the Weekly Standard's Andrew Ferguson …
Terry Davidson / Toronto Sun:
Multiculturalism will fail: Tarek Fatah  —  A prominent voice in Canada's Muslim community said British Prime Minister David Cameron was “spot on” when he insisted British multiculturalism has failed.  —  And just like Britain, Canada's will fail, said Muslim Canadian Congress founder Tarek Fatah.
Discussion: National Review
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