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12:15 AM ET, February 10, 2011

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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.”
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ABCNEWS:
Congressman Chris Lee Resigns After Shirtless Photo Posted on Internet  —  New York Republican Reportedly Sent Revealing Photos to a Woman He Met on Craigslist  —  Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., resigned from Congress after a report emerged that he had sent flirtatious e-mails …
Fox News:
N.Y. Rep Declines Comment on Claim He Sent Shirtless Photo to Woman on Craigslist  —  Rep. Christopher Lee is declining to comment on a report claiming the married Republican congressman sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on Craigslist.  —  Lee, asked by Fox News …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
New York Rep. Chris Lee resigns from the House  —  New York Rep. Chris Lee has resigned his seat.  Photo by Derek Gee/Washington Post  —  Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) resigned from the House Wednesday evening effective immediately, an announcement that came just hours after a Web site reported …
Chris Lee / Congressman Chris Lee:
Statement from Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26)  —  “It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York.  I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents.  I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all.
Discussion: USA Today, AOL News and Gawker
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
New York Congressman Resigns Over Shirtless Photo
The Politico:
Growing pains: House GOP stumbles  —  It usually takes a lot longer for the party in charge to start with the finger-pointing, the failed votes and the backpedaling on campaign promises.  —  But the House Republican majority has already had two failed floor votes, is experiencing a backlash …
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CNN:
House Republican leaders poised to give in to conservative demands …
Kent Hoover / Portfolio:
CAPITAL  —  The GOP Chainsaw Massacre  —  House Republicans …
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
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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Ezra Klein:
Tim Kaine for Senate?
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jim Webb's retirement (and what it means)
Ben Pershing / Virginia Politics Blog:
Sen. James Webb won't run for reelection in 2012
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 …
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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.) …
Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
EXCLUSIVE: White House to Cut Energy Assistance for the Poor  —  Budget proposal would cut billions from aid program.  —  President Obama's proposed 2012 budget will cut several billion dollars from the government's energy assistance fund for poor people, officials briefed on the subject told National Journal.
New York Post:
AOL stock sheds $315M — HuffPo price tag  —  You pay for what you get.  —  Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer, co-founders of the Huffington Post, are said to be walking away with a combined $80 million to $100 million from an original $2 million per person investment — but so far AOL stockholders aren't seeing that kind of return.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation
Marybeth Hicks / Townhall.com:
Barbarism the New National Norm?  —  Civility is making the headlines lately, but if you dig a bit deeper, barbarism is the real story.  —  To wit: Last month, MSNBC.com carried this story from Reno, NV: “Six girls arrested for Facebook ‘Attack a Teacher Day’ invite.”
Discussion: Firedoglake
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
‘Forcible Rape’ Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding … WASHINGTON — After significant public blowback, House Republicans last week promised to drop a controversial provision in their high-priority No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act that would redefine rape.
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Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
White House, State Department move to end Egypt confusion  —  The White House is moving to stamp out reports that top officials — including Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — are sending conflicting signals about how best to resolve the crisis in Egypt.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Michelle Malkin / Townhall.com:
Who's Policing Amtrak Joe Biden's Rail Boondoggles?
Discussion: Moonbattery and The Foundry
Emptywheel:
Security Firms Pitching Bank of America on WikiLeaks Response Proposed Targeting Glenn Greenwald  —  On Saturday, private security firm HBGary Federal bragged to the FT that it had discovered who key members of the hacking group Anonymous are.  In response, Anonymous hacked HB Gary Federal …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Santorum's Twe-eating his Palin words  —  Rick Santorum is quickly backpedaling from his critical remarks over Sarah Palin's decision to blow off CPAC, going after POLITICO for spotlighting his attack.  —  “This article is garbage,” Santorum tweeted this morning, linking to the POLITICO story.
Mike / Rortybomb:
Monetary Policy Hearing Today, or: Ron Paul Versus the Kochtopus.  —  Ron Paul is holding one of his first monetary policy hearings today, and he hasn't sold out.  Ron Paul is from the school of libertarians that hates D.C. libertarians, which is weird since Ron Paul is one of the most well-known libertarians …
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Strange Case of Pro-Confederate Monetary Policy
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
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, Gawker and Pajamas Media
Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
100 UC Irvine faculty members ask district attorney to drop charges against Muslim students  —  A group of 100 faculty members at UC Irvine signed a letter asking the Orange County district attorney to drop criminal charges against 11 Muslim students who disrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States.
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Malpractice Bill Raises Issues About a Lawsuit  —  The lawmaker and retired obstetrician sponsoring a Congressional bill to sharply cut medical malpractice awards was involved in a $500,000 settlement of a malpractice lawsuit.  The action was brought by a pregnant woman who charged …
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: Wonkette and American Power
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Texas Tea Party Leader On Obama: He ‘Might Be Muslim’  —  On MSNBC this evening, Chris Matthews hosted two representatives of the Tea Party to analyze its influence in Washington: FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe and Phillip Dennis of the Texas Tea Party.  Matthews asked Dennis …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Hoyer And Boehner Agree Retirement Age Should Be ‘On The Table’  —  When he was still leader of the Republican minority, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) put himself on the line and explicitly advocated raising the retirement age to 70.  He stood by the comment for weeks until last month when he called it a mistake.
Rachel Weiner / The Fix:
How a Palin nomination could expand Obama's playing field  —  A series of state polls released over the last few weeks suggest that if Republicans nominate former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in 2012 it could hand President Obama a considerable electoral vote margin next November.
 
 
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David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Portrait of HAMP Failure: The Mother of All HAMP Nightmares
Discussion: Wonkette
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Jewel of the Nile  —  President Barack Obama believes …
Discussion: Hot Air, Pajamas Media and CNN
Kamlesh Bhuckory / Bloomberg:
Stiglitz Expects 2 Million U.S. Foreclosures This Year
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
In Defense of “Obamacare”  —  This morning on “Morning Joe,” …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Ezra Klein
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Bye-Bye Blue Dogs
Elizabeth Wasserman / The Politico:
Tech war: Google vs. Microsoft
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Patrick says he considered resigning
Discussion: The Politico
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
1968-1975: How ‘X-Rated’ Became Synonymous With ‘Porn’
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Jackson Lee blasts ‘demeaning’ Pepsi Super Bowl ad
Barry Eichengreen / Project Syndicate:
Why Egypt Should Worry China
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Labor  —  Surveying the GOP's latest efforts to usher forth …