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7:00 PM ET, February 9, 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 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: AOL News
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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Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Virginia Democrat Webb Won't Seek Re-Election to 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
Ezra Klein:
Tim Kaine for Senate?
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Former Va. GOP chair: Webb retirement made race harder
Discussion: CNN
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
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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Washington Post:
Patriot Act extension fails in the House by seven votes
Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Newsflash: Tea Party didn't kill Patriot Act
Russell Berman / The Hill:   After defeat on Patriot Act, Boehner says GOP ‘not perfect every day’
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 GOP 12
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Strange Case of Pro-Confederate Monetary Policy
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Dem accuses witness invited by Ron Paul of ‘hate group’ ties
Discussion: Oliver Willis
David Rogers / The Politico:
GOP cuts deep as right revolts  —  Faced with a revolt on the right, House Republicans began sketching out more than $40 billion in specific spending cuts Wednesday but may be forced to double their bets with a further across-the-board reduction to appease tea party supporters.
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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.
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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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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.
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
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.
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 …
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
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
In Defense of “Obamacare”  —  This morning on “Morning Joe,” the crew was debating about the word of “Obamacare” and whether it's appropriate.  As you may have noticed, opponents of law love to use it and supporters don't.  And it's safe to assume those opponents don't mean it as a compliment.
Discussion: Ezra Klein and Mother Jones
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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Amanda Covarrubias / L.A. NOW:
100 UC Irvine faculty members ask district attorney to drop charges …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
Bye-Bye Blue Dogs
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Unwittingly Endorses Stimulus-Funded Government Industries …
Discussion: Raw Story
Elizabeth Wasserman / The Politico:
Tech war: Google vs. Microsoft
Discussion: Don Surber and Cato @ Liberty
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Patrick says he considered resigning
Discussion: The Politico
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
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Jackson Lee blasts ‘demeaning’ Pepsi Super Bowl ad
Barry Eichengreen / Project Syndicate:
Why Egypt Should Worry China
Suzi Parker / Politics Daily:
Breaking the Sarah Palin Trademark Story: A Lesson in Journalism Ethics
Discussion: Poynter and Firedoglake
Christian M. Wade / TBO Politics:
RNC's former Tampa convention team spent $1 million
Discussion: Mother Jones and National Review