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11:20 AM ET, February 9, 2011

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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House rejects measure that would extend key Patriot Act provisions through December  —  A measure to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act counterterrorism surveillance law through December failed the House Tuesday night, with more than two-dozen Republicans bucking their party to oppose the measure.
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Washington Post:
Patriot Act extension fails in the House by seven votes  —  House Republicans suffered an embarrassing setback Tuesday when they fell seven votes short of extending provisions of the Patriot Act, a vote that served as the first small uprising of the party's tea-party bloc.
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
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Tea Party Meets Kucinich Halfway, Foils PATRIOT Act Extension
Discussion: rubber hose and Washington Post
Scott Butterworth / Washington Post:
GOP freshmen help derail Patriot Act extension
Discussion: Weigel, Hot Air and Commentary
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) …
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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
West: AOL-HuffPo merger threatens tea party groups  —  Florida Republican Rep. Allen West said Tuesday that AOL's purchase of the Huffington Post is a threat to tea party groups' online presence.  —  West suggested that the business deal gives the left-leaning site more control over federal regulations of the Internet.
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
AOL ♥ HuffPo.  The loser?  Journalism  —  To grasp the Huffington Post's business model, picture a galley rowed by slaves and commanded by pirates.  —  Whatever the ultimate impact of AOL's $315-million acquisition of the Huffington Post on the new-media landscape …
Discussion: protein wisdom
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
My Farewell* Post to Politics Daily Readers
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
AOL's Armstrong Wagers on Arianna Huffington in ‘Shoot The Moon’ Purchase
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama's Approval Rating on Deficit Sinks to New Low  —  Egypt ranks among issues on which Obama is best rated  —  PRINCETON, NJ — President Barack Obama's approval rating for handling the federal budget deficit has gone from bad to worse in recent months, even as his ratings …
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Just as things looked brighter for Obama, Americans' approval of his deficit handling craters  —  Oh, no!  What a mid-week bummer for the White House.  —  Just when Americans appeared to be buying the rhetorical hoh-hah about President Obama realizing he had drifted way too far to the left side …
Discussion: Gallup
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.
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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%  —  • Peak oil alarm revealed by secret official talks  —  • Datablog: Are we running out of oil?
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.
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
White House Plans to Revamp Mortgage Market
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Rachel Weiner / The Fix:
Orrin Hatch courts tea party activists, Tea Party Express divided  —  Sen. Orrin Hatch faced down tea party activists at a town hall event hosted by Tea Party Express Tuesday night, the latest effort by the Utah Republican to prove his conservative credentials in advance of his 2012 reelection race.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘I should be’ considered a member of the Tea Party
CNN:
Muslim Brotherhood: ‘We are not seeking power’  —  Cairo, Egypt (CNN) — Keeping with the low-profile it has adopted in Egypt's uprising, the Muslim Brotherhood said Wednesday it wants to promote democracy but does not intend to field a candidate for president.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org 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 …
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.
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel captures enormous polling lead  —  Rahm Emanuel is headed toward victory in the race for Chicago mayor, a new poll of the city's likely voters suggests.  —  With less than two weeks to go until Election Day, 54 percent of voters surveyed by Chicago's ABC affiliate WLS-TV …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Protest in Egypt Takes a Turn as Workers Go on Strike  —  CAIRO — Protesters demanding the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak appeared on Wednesday to have recaptured the initiative in their battle with his government, demonstrating a new ability to mobilize thousands to take over Cairo's streets beyond …
Discussion: Guardian, The Nation and Wonkette
Bloomberg:
Obama Seeks $53 Billion Over Six Years to Build High-Speed Rail Networks  —  President Barack Obama will ask Congress next week to approve a six-year, $53 billion program for construction of a national high-speed and intercity rail network, Vice President Joe Biden said.
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Wall Street Journal:
Biden Announces $53 Billion Rail-Funding Plan
Discussion: Pajamas Media
 
 
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Paul Duggan / Washington Post:
Since D.C.'s handgun ban ended, well-heeled residents have become well armed
New York Times:
Former Judge Is on Trial in ‘Cash for Kids’ Scheme
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
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Jim O'Sullivan / NationalJournal.com:
Brown Hopes to Raise $25 Million for Reelection
Discussion: The Fix
Bloomberg:
Brown, BP Cleared of Lobbying Scots to Free Bomber
Discussion: Firedoglake and Daily Kos
Media Decoder:
For Current TV, Adding Olbermann Is Way to Gain an Identity
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David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget cuts take hits from both sides
Discussion: National Review
Felix Salmon:
The silver lining to occupational licensing
Democracy in America:
The fallacy of careless contrarianism
David Dietz / Bloomberg:
Rich Take From Poor as U.S. Subsidy Law Funds Luxury Hotels
Discussion: CBS News and AMERICAblog News
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Christine O'Donnell Will Use Committee To ‘Investigate’ Left-Wing Groups