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10:25 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.”
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ABCNEWS:
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 …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
House Republicans Battle Turmoil in Their Ranks  —  WASHINGTON — Under pressure to make deeper spending cuts and blindsided by embarrassing floor defeats, House Republican leaders are quickly discovering the limits of control over their ideologically driven and independent-minded new majority.
Times Union Blogs:
Lee resigns.  And now...the special !!!  —  So!  Rep. Chris Lee has resigned in the wake of a Gawker report that he sent a topless photo to a Craigslist personal ad.  Politically, what's next?  —  A special election!  Under the Public Officers Law and Election Law …
Washington Post:
Rep. Chris Lee resigns after reports of Craigslist flirtation
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
Annie Groer / Politics Daily:
What started last month with an anonymous woman's Craigslist …
David S. Bernstein / thephoenix.com:
Mitt Rewrites Himself  —  A new Apology  —  When Mitt Romney's second book, No Apology, came out a year ago, it looked like he was moving away from the far-right demagoguery of his 2008 bid for the presidency, and toward a more moderate centrism for the 2012 election cycle.
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The Politico:
Daniels: I'd have cash, support to win  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels boasts that he would turn heads with his fundraising firepower and roster of big- name GOP supporters if he jumps into the 2012 presidential race.  —  “If I were to decide to do this …
Discussion: GOP 12 and Politics
The Fix:
What to watch for at CPAC  —  The Conservative Political Action Conference — a sort of unofficial kickoff to the 2012 presidential race — opens today in Washington, D.C.  —  The three-day gathering will feature speeches by seven men and one woman — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin: No ‘problem’ with gay group at CPAC  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said Wednesday evening she has no objection to the participation of gay Republicans at this weekend's gathering of conservatives in Washington.  —  Palin said she didn't see anything wrong with the participation of GOProud …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Trump Will Speak at CPAC
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Rachel Weiner / The Fix:   How a Palin nomination could expand Obama's playing field
CNN:
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.
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Marc Ambinder / NationalJournal.com:
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.
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 …
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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Egyptian army ‘tortures protesters’  —  Military accused by human rights campaigners of targeting hundreds of anti-government protesters  —  The Egyptian military has secretly detained hundreds and possibly thousands of suspected government opponents since mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak began …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Can't Filibuster ObamaCare Repeal  —  The GOP needs 51 Senate votes, and a new president, to get it done.  —  Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin likes to taunt his Republican colleagues, arguing that ObamaCare can't be repealed because 60 votes are required to end debate in the Senate on any measure.
Discussion: The Hill, Ezra Klein and Daily Kos
iowahawk:
Biden Vows to Jump Canyon by Amtrak  —  GRAND CANYON, AZ - Standing on the rim of the gaping two-mile wide chasm of the Grand Canyon in a star-spangled jumpsuit, Joe Biden today announced a new $53 billion federal high speed rail program that will include funding for “SkyTrain X-2,” …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Issa 'wouldn't feel bad' if Obama reelected due to strong economy  —  It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for President Obama to win reelection, one of his top Republican critics said Thursday.  —  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the tenacious chairman of the House Oversight …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Rumsfeld knifes Condi - Obama lunches with top 3 House Rs — Google girds for antitrust war — Jim Wilkinson to Dallas - New Keith Olbermann show — POLITICO Pro: new sites for energy, health, tech  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former senator Chris Dodd is in negotiations to be named president …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Gallup
Ben Rooney / CNNMoney.com:
Postal Service warns of default as losses mount  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The U.S. Postal Service warned Wednesday that it may default on some of its financial obligations later this year after reporting yet another quarterly loss.  —  The USPS, a self-supporting government agency that receives …
Discussion: Hit & Run
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 …
Emptywheel:
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
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