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6:55 PM ET, February 15, 2011


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CBS News:
CBS News' Lara Logan Assaulted During Egypt Protests  —  CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Separated From Her Crew And Brutally Assaulted on Day Mubarak Stepped Down  —  On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering …
Kate Sheppard / Mother Jones:
South Dakota Moves To Legalize Killing Abortion Providers  —  A bill under consideration in the Mount Rushmore State would make preventing harm to a fetus a “justifiable homicide” in many cases.  —  Post Comment  —  A law under consideration in South Dakota would expand the definition of …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
South Dakota legislator defends bill to make killing to defend fetuses a “justifiable homicide”  —  An incendiary story by Mother Jones making the rounds on the Web reports that a law being considered in South Dakota would expand the definition of “justifiable homicide” to apply to killings intended to prevent harm to unborn children.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney and the Birthers  —  Birtherism is alive and well within the GOP ranks, and their 2012 nominee preferences tell a story about the difficulty Mitt Romney faces in trying to appeal to an electorate that's a whole lot further out there than he is.  —  Birthers make a majority among …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
51% of GOP voters: Obama foreign  —  In a shocking finding, more than half of GOP primary voters believe President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, according to a new poll.  —  Fifty-one percent of 400 Republican primary voters surveyed nationwide by Public Policy Polling …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Birthers love Sarah Palin far more than any other 2012 GOP hopeful  —  The new poll from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling finds that a majority of likely GOP primary voters falsely believe Obama wasn't born in the United States.  But this breakdown of their attitudes towards Sarah Palin is of particular interest:
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Boehner: If Jobs Are Lost As A Result Of GOP Spending Cuts ‘So Be It’  —  If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be slashed as their agencies pare back.
Patrick O'Connor / Washington Wire:
Boehner: ‘So Be It’ If Federal Workers Are Laid Off  —  House Speaker John Boehner expressed little sympathy Tuesday for federal workers who lose their jobs as the result of Republican budget cutting.  —  “In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The GOP loves freedom, but not for Egypt
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
QUOTE OF THE DAY.... As of this morning, the official Republican line …
‘I lied about WMD to topple Saddam’  —  • Man codenamed Curveball ‘invented’ tales of bioweapons  —  • Iraqi told lies to try to bring down Saddam Hussein regime  —  • Fabrications used by US as justification for invasion  —  Read the full story of how the US was duped
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Chances up for federal shutdown  —  The chances of a government shutdown are on the rise.  —  With less than three weeks to strike a deal before government funding for the year is scheduled to expire, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are moving in opposite directions.
The Hill:
Obama threatens to veto House GOP spending measure  —  The Obama administration on Tuesday threatened to veto the House GOP's measure funding the federal government.  —  In a statement of administration policy, the Office of Management and Budget said cuts included in the Republican continuing resolution …
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Media Machine: State Run Media 2.0?  —  White House Hones Online Messaging Operation Ahead of 2012 Campaign  —  As the 2012 presidential campaign kicks into gear, President Obama's White House media operation is demonstrating an unprecedented ability to broadcast its message through social media …
Wall Street Journal:
The Cee Lo Green Budget
Fawn Johnson /
White House Proposes $556 Billion Highway Bill
Discussion: Moe Lane
Ezra Klein:
How penicillin fooled us  —  Perhaps it's the mark of a good book that after you read it, you begin seeing evidence for its thesis in lots of different areas.  Since reading Tyler Cowen's “The Great Stagnation,” I've been seeing a lot of support for a claim that I'd initially resisted …
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Experience Economy  —  Tyler Cowen's e-book, “The Great Stagnation …
Discussion: Paul Krugman, Daily Kos and EconLog
Rachel Maddow /
Closed captioning of: Prosecutors gear up to charge Edwards in criminal case  —  >> for two years a federal grand jury has been in fact investigating john edwards and whether he break campaign finance laws to try to cover up an affair with rielle hunter.  now the investigation reached a decisive point.
Beth Reinhard /
Trump's Flip-Flop on Abortion  —  Donald Trump leaves the stage after speaking at the 2011 CPAC conference.  —  Donald Trump is describing himself as pro-life as he courts Republican support for a potential presidential bid - a complete reversal of his position on abortion during a previous flirtation with a White House run.
Discussion: NY Daily News and The New Republic
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Should Republicans Fret Over Their Presidential Field?  —  Republican insiders, reports the Washington Post's plugged-in Jennifer Rubin, are worried about the quality of their slate of presidential candidates for 2012.  Indeed, it has become the conventional wisdom to assert that the Republican field is a fairly weak one.
NPR STATEMENT ON THE PRESIDENT'S FY 2012 BUDGET  —  Public broadcasting received a vote of confidence today from the Obama Administration.  The President's FY 2012 budget submission to Congress included $451 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for the two year advance appropriation …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  NPR thanks Obama for budget ‘vote of confidence’
Discussion: Don Surber and No Runny Eggs
Zaid Jilani / ThinkProgress:
KS GOP Rep. Connie O'Brien Says She Can Tell Who Is ‘Illegal’ Because They Have ‘The Olive Complexion’  —  One week ago, the Kansas House Federal and State Committee held a hearing about in-state tuition being granted to the children of undocumented immigrants, which has been the policy in the state since 2004.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Village onthe rocks: CW shift?  —  Village on the rocks  —  Oh my God.  I think hell froze over int he Village.  Talking to Elijah Cummings about all this slashing of discretionary spending in the President's budget, Andrea Mitchell wondered why he would want to hit the poor but not even touch entitleme —
The Politico:
Liberals launch anti-Darrell Issa crusade  —  Democrats are understandably obsessed with Darrell Issa — he's built himself up as a one-man investigative machine aimed straight at the Obama presidency.  —  But a handful of liberal political operatives in California — including …
John / Power Line:
More Racism on the Left  —  On Friday, AlterNet—you know, the organization that “confront[s] the failures of corporate media, as well as the vitriol and disinformation of right wing media, especially ‘hate talk’ media”—published a vile attack on conservative businessman Herman Cain, who was the last speaker at CPAC:
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Common Cause Asks Court About Thomas Speech  —  WASHINGTON — Discrepancies in reports about an appearance by Justice Clarence Thomas at a political retreat for wealthy conservatives three years ago have prompted new questions to the Supreme Court from a group that advocates changing campaign finance laws.
Sasha Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Asteroid defense and libertarianism  —  I agree with Jonathan below that the Constitution (through the spending power) allows Congress to spend tax money to protect the Earth from an asteroid.  —  On the other hand — and at the risk of confirming Mark Kleiman in his belief that libertarians are loopy …
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann swipes at Michelle Obama  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann ripped Michelle Obama on Tuesday, speculating that the first lady might one day run for office, and accusing her of trying to implement a “nanny state” based on her newest push to get mothers to breastfeed their children …
Myglesias / Yglesias:
The Base and Bloggers  —  One of the most important facts about present-day American politics is that poor people have essentially no political “voice” in Washington.  They do, however, vote.  And they're also human beings with moral worth and interests who count.
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Ever-More-Desperate Health Care Budget Gimmicks
Jim Nolan / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Kaine could speak with Obama as early as today
Discussion: CNN, TPMDC, The Hill and National Review
New York Times:
Trump and the Mets? Anything Is Possible
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Gothamist
National Review:
King's Speech  —  Rep. Peter King, the New York Republican …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Salon
MB will apply to become party when time is right
Discussion: New York Times and The Jawa Report
Torey Van Oot / Capitol Alert:
Debra Bowen announces bid for Jane Harman's seat
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
On Blogger Call, A Claim that Spending Cuts Would Hurt in March But Not October
Discussion: Daily Kos and Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Exclusive: Frank Gaffney Was Barred From Participating In CPAC …
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
David Franke / The American Conservative:
Young Americans for Foolishness
Discussion: American Spectator
The Fix:
Dean Heller poll shows 15 point lead over John Ensign in Nevada