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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.
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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.
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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.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
I have to take a 3rd shot at Larry Tribe's op-ed: That big word “choice.”
Politifact.com 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 …
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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 …
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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.
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Lila Rose / Big Government:
Planned Parenthood NY: Giving Pimps Discounts, on the Tax Payers' Dime
Aljazeera:
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 …
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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.
Reuters:
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.
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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.”  —  (CNSNews.com) - 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 / CullmanTimes.com:
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.
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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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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 / Deadline.com:
First Look: Meryl Streep As Mrs. Thatcher