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8:50 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 …
Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
What started last month with an anonymous woman's Craigslist dating search for men who don't “look like toads” ended Wednesday with the resignation of two-term Rep. Christopher Lee, R-N.Y., a married father who passed himself off as a divorced lobbyist when he sent her a topless muscle photo of himself.
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: AOL News
Raymond Hernandez / City Room:
New York Congressman Resigns Over Shirtless Photo
Discussion: Swampland
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
Washington Post:
Virginia Sen. Webb won't run for reelection, leaving Democrats looking to Kaine
Discussion: PostPartisan, RedState and Mother Jones
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Jim Webb's retirement (and what it means)
Ezra Klein:
Tim Kaine for Senate?
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Former Va. GOP chair: Webb retirement made race harder
Discussion: CNN
The Politico:
House GOP hits speed bumps  —  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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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.
Kent Hoover / Portfolio:
CAPITAL  —  The GOP Chainsaw Massacre  —  House Republicans …
Discussion: Daily Kos and TPMDC
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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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: Wonkette and American Power
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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
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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Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
‘Forcible Rape’ Language Remains In Bill To Restrict Abortion Funding
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
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, Pajamas Media and Gawker
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 …
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Adam Serwer / The Plum Line:
Newsflash: Tea Party didn't kill Patriot Act
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.
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 …
 
 
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George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Texas Tea Party Leader On Obama: He ‘Might Be Muslim’
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Emptywheel:
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Rachel Weiner / The Fix:
How a Palin nomination could expand Obama's playing field
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
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
Allen West Unwittingly Endorses Stimulus-Funded Government Industries …
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Patrick says he considered resigning
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Discussion: Poynter and Firedoglake
Christian M. Wade / TBO Politics:
RNC's former Tampa convention team spent $1 million
Discussion: Mother Jones and National Review
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