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9:50 AM ET, February 9, 2011


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The Politico:
Rank-and-file reject Patriot Act  —  House Republicans Tuesday night got a harsh introduction to the majority, as more than two dozen rank-and-file GOP lawmakers voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act.  —  And just hours before the vote on the Bush-era homeland security measure …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House fails to extend Patriot Act surveillance as Republicans defect  —  The House on Tuesday night failed to approve legislation to extend surveillance authorities in the Patriot Act.  —  In a 277-148 vote, the House fell just seven votes short of the two-thirds majority of voting members necessary …
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Tea Party Meets Kucinich Halfway, Foils PATRIOT Act Extension  —  Did Dennis Kucinich convince Tea Party Republicans to join him in defeating the Patriot Act extension?  (D-OH)  —  Too clever by half, the House GOP leadership allowed only 40 minutes of debate on the extension of the PATRIOT Act today …
Discussion: Washington Post
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
White House wants longer extension of Patriot Act than House Republicans  —  The Obama administration said Tuesday it wants a three-year extension of Patriot Act surveillance authorities, far longer than the timeline proposed by House Republicans.  —  The White House released a Statement …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘I should be’ considered a member of the Tea Party
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation  —  Did Arianna Huffington just sell out her fellow progressives?  —  In the literal sense, she undoubtedly has: The sale of Huffington Post to AOL for $315 million (including a large pile of cash going to Huffington herself) …
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
My Farewell* Post to Politics Daily Readers … For the last couple of years, I have been honored and privileged to be a part of the superb Politics Daily team.  It is with some reluctance that I announce my imminent departure from PD for The Daily Caller.  —  PD remains a unique place on the Web …
Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
West: AOL-HuffPo merger threatens tea party groups
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Weigel
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
AOL ♥ HuffPo. The loser? Journalism
Discussion: protein wisdom
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
AOL's Armstrong Wagers on Arianna Huffington in ‘Shoot The Moon’ Purchase
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Vidal / Guardian:
Saudi oil reserves ‘overstated by 40%’  —  US diplomat convinced by Saudi expert that reserves of world's biggest oil exporter have been overstated by nearly 40%  —  The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating …
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Plans Near for Freddie and Fannie  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and House Republicans are settling into a game of chicken over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with each side daring the other to advance a plan for replacing the two housing finance companies.
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
White House Plans to Revamp Mortgage Market
Discussion: The Huffington Post
CBS News:
Planned Parenthood Video Fuels Abortion Debate  —  Undercover Video Shows Fake Pimp Seeking Abortions for Underage Sex Workers, Getting Advice from Planned Parenthood Employees  —  (CBS) In Washington Tuesday the House began hearings on the controversial subject of abortion.
The Huffington Post:
Obama Administration Won't Endorse Calls For Immediate Resignation Of President Mubarak  —  AP/The Huffington Post … WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is urging Egyptian leaders to include more people in a national dialogue on reform but won't endorse demands from protesters …
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. Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Barack Obama: “I didn't raise taxes once.”  —  President Barack Obama says he didn't raise taxes once.  —  In an interview on Super Bowl Sunday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly asked President Barack Obama to react to a Wall Street Journal editorial that accused Obama of being …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rick Santorum: Sarah Palin skips CPAC for C-notes  —  Rick Santorum knocked Sarah Palin's decision to skip CPAC, saying on Tuesday that she must have “business opportunities” that are keeping her from the annual conservative conference that is a showcase for potential presidential contenders.
Noel Sheppard / blogs:
Chris Matthews Calls Palin ‘A Cuckoo Clock’ and Gingrich ‘A Mortal Enemy to Our Civilization’  —  Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey said Monday that MSNBC's Chris Matthews “seems to be slipping out of touch with reality.”  —  On Tuesday, the “Hardball” host proved Armey's point by calling Sarah Palin …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Unbiasing Academia  —  I'm not surprised that John Tierney's new article on Jonathan Haidt has gotten a lot of attention from conservatives; it involves a liberal academic telling them something they already know: that academia discriminates against them. … In blog years, this is an age-old argument.
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Christine O'Donnell Will Use Committee To ‘Investigate’ Left-Wing Groups  —  Failed GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is back, and she's telling supporters she wants her newly formed political action committee ChristinePAC to “investigate and counter attack leftwing groups.”
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget cuts take hits from both sides  —  Facing a two-front war on the left and right, the House Appropriations Committee voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting close to $40 billion from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year.
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Former Judge Is on Trial in ‘Cash for Kids’ Scheme  —  SCRANTON, Pa. — A former Pennsylvania judge went on trial in federal court on Tuesday, charged with racketeering, bribery and extortion in what prosecutors say was a $2.8 million scheme to send juvenile delinquents to privately run prisons.
House seen blocking healthcare funds  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote to block funding for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul when it takes up a budget plan next week, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday.
Brown, BP Cleared of Lobbying Scots to Free Bomber  —  Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) — Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's government and BP Plc were cleared of lobbying Scottish politicians to free Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi in a report that said U.K. officials helped Libya seek his release.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Jim O'Sullivan /
Brown Hopes to Raise $25 Million for Reelection  —  The current media tour of Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., is about more than hawking a book.  It's a launching point for his goal of raising an eye-popping $25 million for his 2012 reelection bid, more than twice what Massachusetts Democrats have figured he would have on hand.
Discussion: The Fix
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Lautenberg to Pro-Life Republicans: 'Don't Go Near My Daughters'  —  “If they want to make a choice, that's up to them and it's with the advice of a doctor and loving parents and a loving family.”  —  ( - In expressing opposition to the House Republicans' “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
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David Dietz / Bloomberg:
Rich Take From Poor as U.S. Subsidy Law Funds Luxury Hotels
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Announces $53 Billion Rail-Funding Plan
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Sheryl Stolberg / The Caucus:
Obama Won't Press States to Repay Unemployment Debt
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rep. Jane Harman makes her exit official
Discussion: CNN
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I have to take a 3rd shot at Larry Tribe's op-ed: That big word “choice.”
Gina Serpe / E! Online:
Bristol in 2020?! …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Wonkette
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Welfare Reform for the whole country
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Senate intel chair: No warning signs of Egypt uprising
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
There will be blog  —  Conservatives To Beck: You're Doing It Wrong.