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1:30 PM ET, February 8, 2011


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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.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
What They Mean by ‘Civility’  —  The New York Times raises no objection to murderous, racist rhetoric at a Common Cause rally.  —  (Best of the tube tonight: We'll discuss Common Cause's smear campaign on “America's Nightly Scoreboard” with David Asman.  Fox Business, 7 p.m. ET tonight, with a repeat showing at midnight ET.)
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.
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Ditching unwritten rules for 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 …
Lynn Bartels / Denver Post:
Wadhams drops bid for re-election as Colorado GOP chairman
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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
John Tierney / New York Times:
Social Scientist Sees Bias Within  —  SAN ANTONIO — Some of the world's pre-eminent experts on bias discovered an unexpected form of it at their annual meeting.  —  Discrimination is always high on the agenda at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's conference …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Moore Sues Weinsteins Over ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ (Updated) … Filmmaker Michael Moore has sued Harvey and Bob Weinstein, accusing the brothers of “Hollywood accounting tricks” and “financial deception” that cheated him out of at least $2.7 million in profits from the hit documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
Nikki Finke /
Michael Moore vs Movie Accounting: Sues Weinsteins For More 9/11 …
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
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.
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
Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
White House Says It Will Implement ObamaCare Despite Judge's …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Ben Smith / The Politico:
The end of the Democratic Leadership Council era  —  The centrist Democratic Leadership Council, which fought and largely won a battle for the soul of the Democratic party in the 1990s, is on the verge of bankruptcy and is closing its doors, its founder, Al From, confirmed Monday.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Democratic Leadership Council will fold
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
‘Absurd’ for Israel to become partisan issue, says ex-Obama adviser  —  HERZLIYA, Israel — It would be “absurd” if support for Israel becomes a divisive, partisan issue in the U.S. political arena, one of President Obama's former top advisers said Monday.  —  Amid signs that Israel …
Discussion: The Politico and JammieWearingFool
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Muslims to Be Congressional Hearings' Main Focus  —  WASHINGTON — The new chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Monday that he planned to call mostly Muslim and Arab witnesses to testify in hearings next month on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism.
Bettina Wassener / New York Times:
China Raises Interest Rates to Quell Inflation  —  HONG KONG — China on Tuesday staged its third interest rate increase since October, the latest sign of authorities' intensifying efforts to temper the blistering pace of economic growth and prevent already worrisome inflation levels from escalating further.
Discussion: Yglesias and Mother Jones
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Digging on Temple Mount ‘to Erase Traces of Jewish Altar’  —  Follow Israel news on and .  —  Muslim religious authorities are concluding a clandestine eight-month dig on the Temple Mount that is intended to erase traces of the Jewish Temple's Altar, Temple activists charge.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pajamas Media
Patrick Healy / ArtsBeat:
‘Spider-Man’ Turns Off the Critics  —  Most of the nation's leading theater critics published their reviews of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” online Monday night and in print on Tuesday morning, and the judgments — while somewhat varied in tone and focus, adjectives and invective …
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Jill Lawrence / Politics Daily:
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour — From Inside Player to White House Contender
Discussion: GOP 12
Steven Ertelt /
New Video Has New York Planned Parenthood Helping Sex Traffickers
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and The Blast
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Gallup: Nearly 7 Out of 10 Americans Are Dissatisfied With the Size …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Lisa Hajjar / Aljazeera:
Suleiman: The CIA's man in Cairo
Discussion: Salon, New York Times and Hit & Run
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Tibetan Lama Faces Scrutiny and Suspicion in India
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Indonesia: Angry Muslim crowd attacks Java churches
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Robert Costa / National Review:
DeMint Surveys the Field, Praises Jeb
Wall Street Journal:
Pay Gap Widens at Big Law Firms as Partners Chase Star Attorneys
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Gingrich says Obama administration ‘amateurish’ on Egypt
Discussion: AOL News, TPMDC, theblogprof and The Hill
S. Mitra Kalita / Wall Street Journal:
Cash Buyers Lift Housing
Washington Post:
Federal judicial vacancies reaching crisis point
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Loudoun judge defies Va. Supreme Court, continues to reopen immigrants' cases