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10:10 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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Republicans in House Battle Turmoil in Their Ranks  —  WASHINGTON — Under pressure to make deeper spending cuts and blindsided by embarrassing floor defeats, House Republican leaders are quickly discovering the limits of control over their ideologically driven and independent-minded new majority.
Times Union Blogs:
Lee resigns. And now...the special !!!
Washington Post:
Rep. Chris Lee resigns after reports of Craigslist flirtation
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
What started last month with an anonymous woman's Craigslist …
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
New York Congressman Resigns Over Shirtless Photo
David S. Bernstein / thephoenix.com:
Mitt Rewrites Himself  —  A new Apology  —  When Mitt Romney's second book, No Apology, came out a year ago, it looked like he was moving away from the far-right demagoguery of his 2008 bid for the presidency, and toward a more moderate centrism for the 2012 election cycle.
Discussion: Ezra Klein, Hot Air and Oliver Willis
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The Politico:
Daniels: I'd have cash, support to win
Discussion: GOP 12 and Politics
CNN:
House Republican leaders poised to give in to conservative demands for more spending cuts  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republican leaders under fire from fellow conservatives for backtracking on a promise to cut $100 billion in spending this year are suddenly trying to meet that goal, according to a senior House GOP aide.
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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.
Los Angeles Times:
Obama's advisors split on when and how Mubarak should go  —  White House aides acknowledge that the differing views among Obama's team of advisors has resulted in a mixed message on Egypt.  —  President Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden meet with advisors and are briefed on the situation …
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Wall Street Journal:
Twitter's Suitors Talk in Billions  —  As Internet valuations climb and bankers and would-be buyers circle Silicon Valley in an increasingly frothy tech market, many eyes are on one particularly desirable, if still enigmatic, target: Twitter.  Discussions with at least some potential suitors …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $80 Million in Twitter
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin: No ‘problem’ with gay group at CPAC  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said Wednesday evening she has no objection to the participation of gay Republicans at this weekend's gathering of conservatives in Washington.  —  Palin said she didn't see anything wrong with the participation of GOProud …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Rachel Weiner / The Fix:   How a Palin nomination could expand Obama's playing field
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Can't Filibuster ObamaCare Repeal  —  The GOP needs 51 Senate votes, and a new president, to get it done.  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin likes to taunt his Republican colleagues, arguing that ObamaCare can't be repealed because 60 votes are required to end debate in the Senate on any measure.
Discussion: The Hill, Ezra Klein and Daily Kos
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Egyptian army ‘tortures protesters’  —  Military accused by human rights campaigners of targeting hundreds of anti-government protesters  —  The Egyptian military has secretly detained hundreds and possibly thousands of suspected government opponents since mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak began …
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 Allen / The Politico:
Rumsfeld knifes Condi - Obama lunches with top 3 House Rs — Google girds for antitrust war — Jim Wilkinson to Dallas - New Keith Olbermann show — POLITICO Pro: new sites for energy, health, tech  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former senator Chris Dodd is in negotiations to be named president …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Portrait of HAMP Failure: The Mother of All HAMP Nightmares  —  I attended a Huffington Post Mortgage Madness Meetup in Los Angeles last night, which suffered from some late planning, the buggy nature of the Meetup tool and the general difficulty of self-organizing.
Discussion: Wonkette
Palestinian Media Watch:
The Muslim Brotherhood - in its own words  —  PMW translation of  —  “Jihad is the way” by Mustafa Mashhur  —  Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1996-2002  —  One of the results of the turmoil in Egypt is the rise in influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ezra Klein:
Tim Kaine for Senate?  —  James Webb will not run for reelection in 2010.  That means, I'd think, that some members of the Obama administration had better be on the phone telling Tim Kaine to get in the race.  Kaine is a former governor of Virginia, and by all accounts, popular in the state.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
New York Fed Economists Say Bush-Era Bankruptcy Law Fueled Over 200,000 Foreclosures
Discussion: Emptywheel
DEBKAFile:
Egypt's economy close to meltdown. Military coup near
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Commentary
Wall Street Journal:
Oil Firms Hit by Hackers From China, Report Says
Wall Street Journal:
Clearwire Abandons Retail Strategy
Discussion: Engadget
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Malpractice Bill Raises Issues About a Lawsuit
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Hoyer And Boehner Agree Retirement Age Should Be ‘On The Table’
Lee Smith / Tablet Magazine:
Jewel of the Nile  —  President Barack Obama believes …
Discussion: Hot Air, Pajamas Media and CNN
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Stiglitz Expects 2 Million U.S. Foreclosures This Year
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Texas Tea Party Leader On Obama: He ‘Might Be Muslim’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Post:
AOL stock sheds $315M — HuffPo price tag
CNN:
Aide: Giffords can speak
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Gawker
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House Democrats say Justice Thomas should recuse himself in health-care case