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12:25 PM ET, February 9, 2011

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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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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.
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Source: Webb won't seek reelection  —  Virginia Senator Jim Webb plans to announce today that he won't seek reelection, a senior Senate source said.  —  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.
Discussion: The Nation and The Page
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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Quinnipiac University:
New Jersey Voters Say Christie's First Year A Success, Quinnipiac …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and GOP 12
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Just as things looked brighter for Obama, Americans' approval …
Discussion: Gallup
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
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
My Farewell* Post to Politics Daily Readers
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 …
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The Note:
Freshman Florida Congressman Allen West Gets High-Profile CPAC Speaking Role  —  ABC News' Michael Falcone reports:  —  Sarah Palin might not have wanted the closing-night keynote speaking slot at one of the country's largest conservative gatherings, but Rep. Allen West …
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Under Banner of Fiscal Restraint, Republicans Plan New Abortion Bills  —  WASHINGTON — All but invisible during the midterm elections, the abortion debate has returned to Congress.  —  Invoking the mantra of fiscal restraint that has dominated House action since lawmakers reconvened last month …
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Nicholas Ballasy / CNSNews:
Lautenberg to Pro-Life Republicans: 'Don't Go Near My Daughters'
CBS News:   Planned Parenthood Video Fuels Abortion Debate
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
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?
Washington Post:
Obama to propose relief for states burdened by debt from unemployment benefits  —  States that have borrowed billions of dollars from the federal government to cover the soaring cost of unemployment benefits would get immediate relief from the Obama administration under a plan to suspend interest payments for the next two years.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Hot Air
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Chris Moody / The Daily Caller:
Cantor plans to give Obama a business lesson at White House lunch
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
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.
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Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
White House Plans to Revamp Mortgage Market
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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Bloomberg:
Obama Seeks $53 Billion Over Six Years to Build High-Speed Rail Networks
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.
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
 
 
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