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7:20 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.”
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: USA Today, AOL News, CBS News and Gawker
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 …
Times Union Blogs:
Lee resigns. And now...the special !!!
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
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.
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 …
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Hoyer And Boehner Agree Retirement Age Should Be ‘On The Table’
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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
White House, State Department move to end Egypt confusion
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and New York Times
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
Washington Post:
Virginia Sen. Webb won't run for reelection, leaving Democrats looking to Kaine
Discussion: PostPartisan, RedState and Mother Jones
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Virginia Democrat Webb Won't Seek Re-Election to Senate
Marc Ambinder /
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: Andreessen Horowitz Invests $80 Million in Twitter
Marybeth Hicks /
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, 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
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 …
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 …
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.
CR Spending Cuts to Go Deep  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced a partial list of 70 spending cuts that will be included in an upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) bill.  The CR legislation will fund the federal government for the seven months remaining …
Kent Hoover / Portfolio:
CAPITAL  —  The GOP Chainsaw Massacre  —  House Republicans …
Discussion: TPMDC and Daily Kos
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.
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.
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Clearwire Abandons Retail Strategy
Discussion: Engadget
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
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Texas Tea Party Leader On Obama: He ‘Might Be Muslim’
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rachel Weiner / The Fix:
How a Palin nomination could expand Obama's playing field
New York Post:
AOL stock sheds $315M — HuffPo price tag
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
In Defense of “Obamacare”  —  This morning on “Morning Joe,” …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Ezra Klein
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Kraushaar /
Bye-Bye Blue Dogs
Elizabeth Wasserman / The Politico:
Tech war: Google vs. Microsoft
Discussion: Don Surber and Cato @ Liberty
Aide: Giffords can speak
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Gawker
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Patrick says he considered resigning
Discussion: The Politico
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
At CPAC, the race for second place as Paul goes all out
Discussion: Wonkette and American Power