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2:40 AM ET, February 9, 2011


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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.
The Politico:
Rank-and-file take down Patriot Act in House  —  House Republicans Tuesday night got a harsh introduction to the majority, as more than two dozen rank-and-file GOP lawmakers voted against reauthorizing the Patriot Act.  —  And just hours before the vote on the Bush-era homeland security measure …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House fails to extend Patriot Act surveillance as Republicans defect  —  The House on Tuesday night failed to approve legislation to extend surveillance authorities in the Patriot Act.  —  In a 277-148 vote, the House fell just seven votes short of the two-thirds majority of voting members necessary …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
White House wants longer extension of Patriot Act than House Republicans  —  The Obama administration said Tuesday it wants a three-year extension of Patriot Act surveillance authorities, far longer than the timeline proposed by House Republicans.  —  The White House released a Statement …
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Tea Party Meets Kucinich Halfway, Foils PATRIOT Act Extension  —  Did Dennis Kucinich convince Tea Party Republicans to join him in defeating the Patriot Act extension?  (D-OH)  —  Too clever by half, the House GOP leadership allowed only 40 minutes of debate on the extension of the PATRIOT Act today …
Discussion: Washington Post
Mark Mellinger / WANE-TV:
Lugar to Tea Party: “Get real.”  —  WASHINGTON, DC (WANE) - He's an institution in Washington, DC.  Over the years, few senators have garnered more respect on Capitol Hill than Indiana's Richard Lugar .  He's been a fixture in the Senate since 1977; seemingly unbeatable at the ballot box.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Boehner: ‘I should be’ considered a member of the Tea Party
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Lugar tells Tea Party to ‘get real’
Laurence H. Tribe / New York Times:
On Health Care, Justice Will Prevail  —  THE lawsuits challenging the individual mandate in the health care law, including one in which a federal district judge last week called the law unconstitutional, will ultimately be resolved by the Supreme Court, and pundits are already making bets on how the justices will vote.
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I have to take a 3rd shot at Larry Tribe's op-ed: That big word “choice.” Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Barack Obama: “I didn't raise taxes once.”  —  President Barack Obama says he didn't raise taxes once.  —  In an interview on Super Bowl Sunday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly asked President Barack Obama to react to a Wall Street Journal editorial that accused Obama of being …
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
My Farewell* Post to Politics Daily Readers … For the last couple of years, I have been honored and privileged to be a part of the superb Politics Daily team.  It is with some reluctance that I announce my imminent departure from PD for The Daily Caller.  —  PD remains a unique place on the Web …
Brett Pulley / Bloomberg:
AOL's Armstrong Wagers on Arianna Huffington in ‘Shoot The Moon’ Purchase
Discussion: The Politico
CBS News:
Planned Parenthood Video Fuels Abortion Debate  —  Undercover Video Shows Fake Pimp Seeking Abortions for Underage Sex Workers, Getting Advice from Planned Parenthood Employees  —  (CBS) In Washington Tuesday the House began hearings on the controversial subject of abortion.
Lila Rose / Big Government:
Planned Parenthood NY: Giving Pimps Discounts, on the Tax Payers' Dime
Mass protests continue in Egypt  —  Pro-democracy supporters hold fresh rallies in Cairo, just hours after the release of a detained Google executive.  —  Protesters in the Egyptian capital are holding mass demonstrations, with a new wave of optimism reaching the pro-democracy camp following …
Ryan J. Reilly / TPMMuckraker:
Christine O'Donnell Will Use Committee To ‘Investigate’ Left-Wing Groups  —  Failed GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is back, and she's telling supporters she wants her newly formed political action committee ChristinePAC to “investigate and counter attack leftwing groups.”
John Vidal / Guardian:
US fears Saudi oil may have been overstated by 40%  —  US diplomat convinced by Saudi expert that reserves of world's biggest oil exporter have been overstated by nearly 40%  —  The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Rick: Sarah skips CPAC for C-notes  —  Rick Santorum knocked Sarah Palin's decision to skip CPAC, saying on Tuesday that she must have “business opportunities” that are keeping her from the annual conservative conference that is a showcase for potential presidential contenders.
House seen blocking healthcare funds  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives is likely to vote to block funding for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul when it takes up a budget plan next week, House Republican Leader Eric Cantor said on Tuesday.
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
NYT Outsources Editorial Space to Democratic Party  —  The New York Times has an editorial today complaining that the GOP's plan to snip $41 billion out of the federal non-defense spending this year amounts to “unimaginably steep reductions.”  This in itself is no surprise.
New York Times:
Parrying the Big Cuts
Brad Johnson / ThinkProgress:
Rep. Fred Upton On Global Warming: ‘I Do Not Accept That It Is Man-Made’  —  At a public forum today, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), the new head of the House energy committee, denied that climate change is manmade.  Upton, who received $20,000 from Koch Industries in his most recent campaign …
Discussion: Climate Progress
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
There will be blog  —  Conservatives To Beck: You're Doing It Wrong.  —  As much as I'm enjoying the feud between Bill Kristol and Glenn Beck over Beck's paranoid theory that the upheaval in Egypt will lead to a caliphate in Eastern Europe, I'm not entirely sure why Kristol is objecting.
Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Lautenberg to Pro-Life Republicans: 'Don't Go Near My Daughters'  —  “If they want to make a choice, that's up to them and it's with the advice of a doctor and loving parents and a loving family.”  —  ( - In expressing opposition to the House Republicans' “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act …
Discussion: Liberty Pundits Blog
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Plans Near for Freddie and Fannie  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration and House Republicans are settling into a game of chicken over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with each side daring the other to advance a plan for replacing the two housing finance companies.
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Tim Pawlenty Refuses To Say Whether Gays Should Be Allowed To Serve In The Military At All  —  In his quest to win the Republican presidential nomination, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has made reinstating the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy a key part of his campaign.
Sam Rolley /
Beason: Dems don't want to solve illegal immigration problem  —  CULLMAN — Alabama Sen. Scott Beason (R-District 17) spoke at the Cullman County Republican Party breakfast on Saturday, focusing on the topic of illegal immigration and how he believes lawmakers can resolve the issue.
Charles J. Dean / The Birmingham:
Sen. Scott Beason catching flak over “empty the clip” comment
Discussion: The Politico and Wonk Room
Felix Salmon:
The silver lining to occupational licensing  —  Stephanie Simon's WSJ article on the rise of jobs needing a license of some description has resulted in a predictable rash of approving comments, especially from Matt Yglesias, for whom the issue is something of a hobby-horse.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Modeled Behavior
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Welfare Reform for the whole country  —  What could go wrong? … Make that “shared sacrifice for everyone but rich people who will not feel any of this personally.”  Let's try to be accurate.  —  But I think the Obama administration may have found a comparison that will make the Villagers' eyes roll …
Wall Street Journal:
Biden Announces $53 Billion Rail-Funding Plan  —  WASHINGTON—Vice President Joe Biden unveiled a $53 billion plan Tuesday to upgrade and build intercity passenger-rail networks.  —  Mr. Biden, along with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, announced the plan at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station.
Discussion: Pajamas Media
David Rogers / The Politico:
Budget cuts take hits from both sides  —  Facing a two-front war on the left and right, the House Appropriations Committee voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting close to $40 billion from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year.
Discussion: National Review
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Discussion: Modeled Behavior
David Dietz / Bloomberg:
Rich Take From Poor as U.S. Subsidy Law Funds Luxury Hotels
Discussion: CBS News and AMERICAblog News
Sheryl Stolberg / The Caucus:
Obama Won't Press States to Repay Unemployment Debt
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:
Rep. Jane Harman makes her exit official
Discussion: CNN
Marc Lynch:
Obama's still trying for Egyptian change
Gina Serpe / E! Online:
Bristol in 2020?! …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and Wonkette
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
House Dems To Reintroduce Longshot Bill For Long-Term Unemployed
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Senate intel chair: No warning signs of Egypt uprising
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
A Terrible Divide  —  The Ronald Reagan crowd loved to talk about morning in America.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Julie Carr Smyth / Associated Press:
Ohio abortion ban would use heartbeat as barometer
Discussion: Cubachi and Weasel Zippers
Andy Barr / The Politico:
CNN's King: I'm out-Foxed
Discussion: Mediaite
Mark Joyella / Mediaite:
Keith Olbermann's New Gig, Revealed: “Chief News Officer, Current Media”
Discussion: Mock, Paper, Scissors
Tim Adler /
First Look: Meryl Streep As Mrs. Thatcher