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3:20 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.
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann's New Gig, Revealed: “Chief News Officer, Current Media”  —  Less than three weeks after his high-visibility departure from MSNBC, Keith Olbermann has revealed his next step.  Fittingly, Olbermann scooped his own news conference with a tweet: “Greetings from Keith Olbermann, Chief News Officer of Current Media!
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Olbermann announces next move
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’
Discussion: The Fix, Weasel Zippers and Ballot Box
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
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: Hot Air, GOP 12 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.
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.
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.
Nikki Finke /
Michael Moore vs Movie Accounting: Sues Weinsteins For More 9/11 Movie Profits After Already Pocketing $19.8 Million; Yes Or No - “He Redefines The Term Greedy”?  —  UPDATED: At least multi-millionaire Michael Moore didn't have the chutzpah to sue Harvey and Bob Weinstein in a court in New York City where they're based.
Discussion: and Pajamas Media
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Moore Sues Weinsteins Over ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ (Updated)
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.
WikiLeaks: Israel's secret hotline to the man tipped to replace Mubarak  —  The new vice-president of Egypt, Omar Suleiman, is a long-standing favourite of Israel's who spoke daily to the Tel Aviv government via a secret “hotline” to Cairo, leaked documents disclose.
Los Angeles Times:
U.S. eases off call for swift Egypt reform
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.
Lynn Bartels / Denver Post:
Wadhams drops bid for re-election as Colorado GOP chairman  —  Dick Wadhams on Monday unexpectedly dropped his bid for re-election as chair of the Colorado Republican Party, warning GOP leaders that their chances in 2012 could be “severely undermined” by a strategy aimed solely at uniting conservatives.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and TPMDC
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
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 …
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 …
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
CNN's King: I'm out-Foxed
Discussion: Mediaite
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Sympathetic to Egyptian Protesters
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and The Page
Lbentzterp / CNN:
Don't mess with the Iowa Caucuses, Gov. says
Discussion: The Page
Terry Davidson / Toronto Sun:
Multiculturalism will fail: Tarek Fatah
Discussion: National Review
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Bettina Wassener / New York Times:
China Raises Interest Rates to Quell Inflation
Gil Ronen / Arutz Sheva:
Digging on Temple Mount ‘to Erase Traces of Jewish Altar’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Pajamas Media
Wall Street Journal:
Pay Gap Widens at Big Law Firms as Partners Chase Star Attorneys
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
‘Absurd’ for Israel to become partisan issue, says ex-Obama adviser
Discussion: The Politico and JammieWearingFool