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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  —  Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012.  —  Webb's decision, long anticipated by many in Virginia politics, will make his seat more difficult to hold for his party.
Washington Post:
Patriot Act extension fails in the House by seven votes  —  House Republicans suffered an embarrassing setback Tuesday when they fell seven votes short of extending provisions of the Patriot Act, a vote that served as the first small uprising of the party's tea-party bloc.
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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 …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
House rejects measure that would extend key Patriot Act provisions through December  —  A measure to extend key provisions of the Patriot Act counterterrorism surveillance law through December failed the House Tuesday night, with more than two-dozen Republicans bucking their party to oppose the measure.
David Rogers / The Politico:
GOP cuts target EPA, high speed rail
Discussion: CNN
Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Cantor plans to give Obama a business lesson at White House lunch
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Tea Party Meets Kucinich Halfway, Foils PATRIOT Act Extension
Discussion: Washington Post and rubber hose
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House fails to extend Patriot Act surveillance as Republicans defect
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
Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Voters Say Christie's First Year A Success, Quinnipiac …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and GOP 12
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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Simmi Aujla / The Politico:
West: AOL-HuffPo merger threatens tea party groups
Tim Rutten / Los Angeles Times:
AOL ♥ HuffPo. The loser? Journalism
Discussion: protein wisdom
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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Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Lautenberg to Pro-Life Republicans: 'Don't Go Near My Daughters'
Charles Thomas / WLS-TV:
ABC7 poll: Emanuel leading mayor's race  —  ABC7's exclusive poll on the Chicago mayor's race provides a snapshot of how the candidates are doing as we head into the final two weeks of the campaign.  —  Rahm Emanuel's 54 percent share in the survey suggests an overwhelming lead …
Discussion: The Hill
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Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rahm Emanuel captures enormous polling lead
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Christian M. Wade / TBO Politics:
RNC's former Tampa convention team spent $1 million  —  TAMPA - They rented an exclusive waterfront mansion, wined and dined at five-star restaurants and hired family members and friends, all on the taxpayers' dime.  —  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's 2012 convention team based …
Discussion: Mother Jones and National Review
John Vidal / Guardian:
Saudi oil reserves ‘overstated by 40%’  —  US diplomat convinced by Saudi expert that reserves of world's biggest oil exporter have been overstated by nearly 40%  —  • Peak oil alarm revealed by secret official talks  —  • Datablog: Are we running out of oil?
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.) …
Chairman Ben S. Bernanke / Board of Governors …:
Testimony  —  The Economic Outlook and Monetary and Fiscal Policy  —  Before the Committee on the Budget, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.  —  Chairman Ryan, Ranking Member Van Hollen, and other members of the Committee, I am pleased to have this opportunity to offer my views …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Ezra Klein
Suzi Parker / Politics Daily:
Breaking the Sarah Palin Trademark Story: A Lesson in Journalism Ethics … Sometimes a light bulb goes off.  —  One night at 2 a.m. I was reading a story by Matt Lewis about Herman Cain, a possible 2012 presidential candidate from Georgia.  Pursuing the Cain story further …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Poynter
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Nelson ‘learning toward’ another Senate run  —  Sen. Ben Nelson has rehired his former campaign manager, sending a strong signal that he will run for reelection in 2012.  —  KETV NewsWatch 7 in Nebraska reports that Nelson has brought back Paul Johnson, the manager of his 2006 Senate campaign.
Discussion: SENATUS
Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New iPad in Production  —  Apple Inc. has started manufacturing a new version of its iPad tablet computer with a built-in camera and faster processor, said people familiar with the matter.  —  The new iPad will be thinner and lighter than the first model, these people said.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Rep. Allen West receives plum speaking slot at conservative gathering  —  Freshman Tea Party Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) will deliver the coveted closing speech on Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  —  West, the headline-grabbing lawmaker and former Army officer …
Lee Fang / ThinkProgress:
Republicans Call For Defunding Half-Finished Stimulus Projects They Once Supported And Took Credit For  —  Nearly every Republican voted against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the stimulus.  But the majority of the GOP caucus later took credit for dozens of successful local stimulus jobs and projects.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Chris Matthews Calls Palin ‘A Cuckoo Clock’ and Gingrich ‘A Mortal Enemy to Our Civilization’  —  Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey said Monday that MSNBC's Chris Matthews “seems to be slipping out of touch with reality.”  —  On Tuesday, the “Hardball” host proved Armey's point by calling Sarah Palin …
Michelle Malkin:
Culture of corruption: Who's policing Amtrak Joe Biden's $53 billion rail boondoggles?  —  Yesterday, we had a little fun with Amtrak Joe Biden's “seize the future” moment during his rail boondoggle event in Philly.  Today, I take a serious look at the continued politicization and cronyism in the federal rail bureaucracy.
Oren Kessler / Jerusalem Post:
Muslim Brotherhood text reveals scope of radical creed  —  Translated by Palestinian Media Watch, book details group's goal of global Islamic conquest.  —  Talkbacks (2)  —  One of the greatest beneficiaries of the unrest in Egypt has been the Muslim Brotherhood.
 
 
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Former Members Get Millions From Pensions
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France24:
Muslim mob burns, ransacks churches in Indonesia
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Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Insurance reality hits House GOP
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Reginald Fields / Plain Dealer:
Ohio Republican lawmakers introduce slew of bills aimed at …
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Dan Froomkin / The Huffington Post:
GOP Senator Proposes Increasing Social Security Retirement Age ‘Every Several Years’
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Nokia CEO Stephen Elop rallies troops in brutally honest 'burning …
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Protest in Egypt Takes a Turn as Workers Go on Strike
Discussion: Guardian, The Nation and Wonkette
New York Times:
Former Judge Is on Trial in ‘Cash for Kids’ Scheme
CBS News:
Planned Parenthood Video Fuels Abortion Debate