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10:50 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 …
Chris Lee / Congressman Chris Lee:
Statement from Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26)
Discussion: USA Today, CBS News, AOL News and Gawker
Washington Post:
Rep. Chris Lee resigns after reports of Craigslist flirtation
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Hill
NY Daily News:
Married NY Rep. Christopher Lee resigns after topless pic sent …
Discussion: Althouse
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
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.
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Trump Will Speak at CPAC  —  Donald Trump is telling friends and advisers that he is seriously considering jumping into the Republican presidential race in 2012.  To make his point, he has accepted an invitation to appear with other potential candidates at a gathering of conservative activists in Washington.
Discussion: CNN, Outside the Beltway and Politics
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Palin: No ‘problem’ with gay group at CPAC
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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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Christian Heinze / GOP 12:
Santorum: I've watched every episode of Palin's reality show  —  Rick Santorum did damage control on Greta Van Susteren's show last night, claiming his recent, apparently critical comments of Sarah Palin were taken out of context and that he has nothing against the ex-governor's decision to skip CPAC.
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Santorum's Twe-eating his Palin words
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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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
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 …
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
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 …
Ed Rollins / CNN:
Can Obama be beaten in 2012?  —  Editor's note: Ed Rollins, a senior political contributor for CNN, is senior presidential fellow at the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University.  He is a principal with the Dilenschneider Group, a global public relations firm.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
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
 
 
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Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
New York Fed Economists Say Bush-Era Bankruptcy Law Fueled Over 200,000 Foreclosures
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DEBKAFile:
Egypt's economy close to meltdown. Military coup near
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and Commentary
Wall Street Journal:
Oil Firms Hit by Hackers From China, Report Says
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Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
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Discussion: Yglesias, Daily Kos and Firedoglake
George Zornick / ThinkProgress:
Texas Tea Party Leader On Obama: He ‘Might Be Muslim’
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