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5:00 PM ET, February 9, 2011

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Webb won't seek reelection  —  Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb plans to announce today that he won't seek reelection, the Senator confirmed Wednesday.  —  Webb appeared likely to face a rematch with former Senator George Allen, whom he beat in a bruising 2006 contest.
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Ben Pershing / Virginia Politics Blog:
Sen. James Webb won't run for reelection in 2012  —  Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012.  —  Webb's decision, long anticipated by many in Virginia politics, will make his seat more difficult to hold for his party.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jim Webb's retirement (and what it means)  —  Virginia Sen. Jim Webb's decision not to seek re-election creates an open seat in traditionally Republican territory that could further tilt the map in the GOP's favor as they aim to win back the Senate in 2012.  —  Webb's announcement …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Former Va. GOP chair: Webb retirement made race harder
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:
Jim Webb to retire; Democrats eye Tim Kaine
Discussion: Commentary and Ballot Box
The Politico:
Republicans endure another floor loss  —  House Republicans endured another embarrassing floor loss Wednesday, one day after a vote on the Patriot Act failed on their watch.  —  A bill that would retrieve money already paid to the United Nations failed Wednesday afternoon 259-169, 290 votes were needed for passage.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The Tea Party and civil liberties  —  It's long been clear that the best (and perhaps only) political hope for civil liberties in the U.S. is an alliance that transcends the standard Democrat v. GOP or left v. right dichotomies.  Last night's surprising (and temporary) failure of the House …
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.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:   Obama, GOP leaders talk jobs, spending at White House meeting
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Newsflash: Tea Party didn't kill Patriot Act
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Democrats: Justice Thomas should recuse himself in healthcare reform case  —  A group of 73 House Democrats on Wednesday demanded U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recuse himself from any case examining the constitutionality of healthcare reform.  —  Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) …
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House Democrats say Justice Thomas should recuse himself in health-care case  —  Seventy-four House Democrats have signed a letter to Clarence Thomas asking the Supreme Court justice to recuse himself from any deliberations on the constitutionality of the national health care overhaul …
Jennifer Haberkorn / The Politico:
Dems: Thomas should recuse himself
Discussion: Hot Air and The Note
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
At CPAC, the race for second place as Paul goes all out  —  The Conservative Political Action Conference's annual straw poll typically indicates three things: Whom CPAC's segment of the conservative base prefers for president; who bought tickets for their supporters; and whether Ron Paul is really trying.
Discussion: GOP 12 and Wonkette
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Dem accuses witness invited by Ron Paul of ‘hate group’ ties
Discussion: Oliver Willis
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Strange Case of Pro-Confederate Monetary Policy
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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 …
Discussion: Gallup
Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Voters Say Christie's First Year A Success, Quinnipiac …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and GOP 12
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Wages of Disengagement  —  Senator Barbara Boxer is outraged by the slew of new anti-choice bills being offered up by House Republicans: “It breaks faith with a decades-long bipartisan compromise, and it risks the health and lives of women.”  —  Ann Friedman's not buying it:
Discussion: Ann Friedman and Eschaton
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Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Labor  —  Surveying the GOP's latest efforts to usher forth a particular species of fiscal responsibility, I was recalled to a bit of personal history, which I try to not to think about.  Like a lot of couples, the notice that our family would increase by a half was greeted with great joy.
Kent Hoover / Portfolio:
CAPITAL  —  The GOP Chainsaw Massacre  —  House Republicans are going after President Barack Obama's innovation agenda with a chainsaw.  —  The House Appropriations Committee today released a partial list of where it's going to find around $35 billion in federal spending reductions this fiscal year.
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
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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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Maureen O'Connor / Gawker:
Married GOP Congressman Sent Sexy Pictures to Craigslist Babe  —  Rep. Christopher Lee is a married Republican congressman serving the 26th District of New York.  But when he trolls Craigslist's “Women Seeking Men” forum, he's Christopher Lee, “divorced” “lobbyist” and “fit fun classy guy.”
Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Insurance reality hits House GOP  —  Ask any House Republican about repealing President Barack Obama's health care law, and you'll get the same fiery, self-assured talking points about tearing down what Speaker John Boehner has called a “monstrosity.”  —  But talk to some of the 16 freshman lawmakers …
Suzi Parker / Politics Daily:
Breaking the Sarah Palin Trademark Story: A Lesson in Journalism Ethics … Sometimes a light bulb goes off.  —  One night at 2 a.m. I was reading a story by Matt Lewis about Herman Cain, a possible 2012 presidential candidate from Georgia.  Pursuing the Cain story further …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Poynter
CNN:
Aide: Giffords can speak  —  (CNN) — U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head sustained January 8, is regaining part of her ability to speak, her spokesman said Wednesday.  —  C.J. Karamargin would not divulge what Giffords has said, other than saying she asked for toast.
Discussion: The Politico and Gawker
Christian M. Wade / TBO Politics:
RNC's former Tampa convention team spent $1 million  —  TAMPA - They rented an exclusive waterfront mansion, wined and dined at five-star restaurants and hired family members and friends, all on the taxpayers' dime.  —  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's 2012 convention team based …
Discussion: Mother Jones and National Review
Michelle Malkin / Townhall.com:
Who's Policing Amtrak Joe Biden's Rail Boondoggles?  —  At Philadelphia's 30th Street Station on Tuesday, lifelong government rail promoter Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a $53 billion high-speed train initiative and half-joked: “I'm like the ombudsman for Amtrak.”
Discussion: Moonbattery and The Foundry
Mark Bittman / Opinionator:
Is ‘Eat Real Food’ Unthinkable?  —  In recent weeks we've seen a big, powerful government agency, a big, powerful person and a big, powerful corporation telling us what to eat.  Even with all this big, powerful input, we know nothing that we didn't know last year.
Andy Metzger / Somerville Journal Highlight RSS:
Congressman Mike Capuano mulls Senate run against Scott Brown  —  Lawmakers are too cautious and boring for Mike Capuano, who is considering giving up his seat in the U.S. Congress to run for a seat in the more staid U.S. Senate.  —  “Politicians, I think are too bland today.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
Barry Eichengreen / Project Syndicate:
Why Egypt Should Worry China  —  print recommend Send link clip secure rights  —  BERKELEY - A strictly economic interpretation of events in Tunisia and Egypt would be too simplistic - however tempting such an exercise is for an economist.  That said, there is no question …
 
 
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Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Unwittingly Endorses Stimulus-Funded Government Industries …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sudan:
Sudanese president urges supporters to use Facebook to overcome opposition
Discussion: Danger Room and FP Passport
Elizabeth Wasserman / The Politico:
Tech war: Google vs. Microsoft
Discussion: Cato @ Liberty and Don Surber
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Patrick says he considered resigning
Washington Post:
Before the recession, black-owned businesses boomed
Discussion: Hot Air
Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Santorum calls out BARBOUR on truce
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Ben Smith's Blog
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Susan Rice warns GOP against U.N. cuts
 Earlier Items: 
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Jackson Lee blasts ‘demeaning’ Pepsi Super Bowl ad
Jennifer Yachnin / Roll Call:
Former Members Get Millions From Pensions
Discussion: The Note and USA Today
Charles Thomas / WLS-TV:
ABC7 poll: Emanuel leading mayor's race
Discussion: The Hill
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Matthews Calls Palin ‘A Cuckoo Clock’ …