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11:00 PM ET, February 16, 2011

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Betsy Rothstein / mediabistro.com:
Apologies From Dubai.  Nir Rosen: ‘I Feel Like Shrinking Now’  —  Somehow left-wing journalist Nir Rosen didn't realize how serious it was when he shot off those tasteless tweets about CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, who was sexually assaulted in Egypt.  Strangers are now lambasting him.
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
After Sexual Assault & Beating... CBS Reporter Logan Learns That Political Correctness Is a Killer ...Update: No Media Matters, There Will Be No Retraction  —  Lara Logan is lucky she's alive.  —  Her liberal belief system almost got her killed on Friday.  This talented reporter will never be the same.
New York Post:
CBS reporter's Cairo nightmare  —  “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew!  Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo's main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
NYU Accepts Rosen's Resignation  —  Just arriving from NYU: … Yesterday, I predicted, with some cynicism, some sweeping of this under the rug, so I applaud NYU's Center on Law and Security for taking this seriously.  I believe in the First Amendment and the need to forgive the occasional stupid …
Ben Dimiero / Media Matters for America:
Jim Hoft Blames Lara Logan For Her Sexual Assault  —  One thing you learn when covering Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft is to never declare anything he does “rock bottom,” because he always manages to find a new low.  —  Today, he blamed CBS reporter Lara Logan and “her liberal belief system” for her sexual assault and beating in Egypt.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
The Lunatic Left-Right Harmonic Rape Convergence Theory
Colum Lynch / Foreign Policy:
In major reversal, U.S. agrees to rebuke Israel in Security Council  —  The U.S. has informed Arab governments that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” …
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
U.S. offered to back U.N. Israel rebuke [UPDATED]  —  In a major shift in US policy toward Israel, Colum Lynch reports that the U.S. was poised to support a Security Council statement denouncing Israel's settlement construction.  —  The substance of the resolution is nothing this Administration …
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
House Votes to End Alternate Jet Engine Program  —  In a sign that more than half the Republican freshmen are willing to cut military spending, the House voted 233-198 on Wednesday to cancel an alternate fighter jet engine that the Bush and Obama administrations had tried to kill for the last five years.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Boehner the budget hawk shifts his course
ABCNEWS:
Teacher Blogged About ‘Rat-Like’ Students  —  Pennsylvania Teacher Natalie Munroe, Suspended With Pay, Says She Did Nothing Wrong  —  Teacher Natalie Munroe makes no excuses for writing blog posts about her students which include statements like, “A complete and utter jerk in all ways,” …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chris Christie lays out a national vision  —  Gov. Chris Christie today delivered a broadside against the broken politics of Washington and the need for straight talk to solve the country's problems in a speech that will stoke talk of a 2012 presidential bid by the New Jersey Republican.
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Christie chides Republicans over entitlement reform
Discussion: The Politico
David Weigel / Weigel:
Mark Levin Cool on Chris Christie
Discussion: FrumForum and Riehl World View
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Christie: ‘My wife would kill me’ if I run for presidency
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Orlando Sentinel:
Rick Scott rejects money for Orlando-Tampa high-speed rail  —  TALLAHASSEE — Republican Gov. Rick Scott rejected $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money to build a high-speed train between Orlando and Tampa Wednesday, baffling supporters who already had spent $66 million getting ready for the project.
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Bburgess / Florida Governor Rick Scott:
Florida Governor Rick Scott Rejects Federal High Speed Rail
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Obama vulnerable...  Despite his recent popularity spike there should be no mistaking it- Barack Obama is vulnerable for reelection.  The problem for the GOP is that he's a lot more vulnerable against generic Republicans than the actual Republicans looking at the race.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
No more Bushes  —  There's been a lot of talk in the last few …
Discussion: Hot Air
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
PBS stars fight for funding  —  Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) rarely holds press conferences with animated aardvarks, but he went for it on Wednesday, coaxing the shy Arthur the Aardvark up to the podium.  —  “Come over here Arthur,” Markey beckoned to the human-sized title character in the PBS series …
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Rolling Stone:
Justin Bieber Talks Sex, Politics, Music and Puberty In New ‘Rolling Stone’ Cover Story  —  'I don't think you should have sex with anyone unless you love them,' Bieber tells Vanessa Grigoriadis  —  In the new issue of Rolling Stone - on stands and online in the digital archives on February 18th …
Steve Peoples / Roll Call:
Santorum Talks About Longtime Google Problem  —  Rick Santorum has a Google problem.  —  The former Pennsylvania Senator might be well-known on Capitol Hill, but his name more regularly produces blank stares in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, if recent polling is any guide.
Lady Gaga / CBS News:
Sen. Scott Brown Speaks Out on Childhood Abuse  —  Tells “60 Minutes” Writing About Abuse Was An Act Of Catharsis For Him  —  Sen. Scott Brown reveals he was sexually abused as a child several times by a camp counselor in a “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl.
Matt Lewis / Politics Daily:
By now you may have heard of the outrage spawned by a proposed Mississippi license plate that honors Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest.  (For those searching for a pop culture reference, he was Forrest Gump's namesake).  —  As Tom Diemer noted earlier, Forrest “is regarded by admirers …
AlterNet.org:
On Chauncey DeVega's Herman Cain Post  —  Editor's Note: Yesterday, Chauncey DeVega, an African-American writer, published a post on AlterNet assessing the CPAC performance of Herman Cain, a right-wing potential presidential candidate, in strong and provocative language.  Like DeVega, Cain is African American.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Two Faces Of National Review  —  Once again, Adam Serwer is calling out Rich Lowry for criticizing Glenn Beck's loony ideas even as he publishes similar stuff: … That goes a bit too far, but it's true that Lowry has published lots of indefensible work by Andy McCarthy.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Beck: National Review Without The Bow Ties.
Todd Starnes / FOX News Radio:
UC-Davis Backs Away from ‘Christian Oppressors’ Policy  —  The University of California at Davis has backed away from a policy that defined religious discrimination as Christians oppressing non-Christians after more than two dozen Christian students filed a formal complaint.
Azi Paybarah / WNYC News:
How to Control (and Cash In On) the Sarah Palin Brand  —  Adding Sarah Palin to any event makes it bigger, more high profile and, for one restaurant owner in Manhattan, more litigious.  —  Padriac Sheridan wanted to draw customers into his restaurant, Murphy & Gonzalez, on Waverly Place near NYU …
Discussion: Salon
Front Page Magazine:
Horowitz vs. Khan  —  Posted by Robert Spencer on Feb 16th, 2011 and filed under Daily Mailer, FrontPage.  You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0.  You can skip to the end and leave a response.  Pinging is currently not allowed.  —  Robert Spencer is a scholar …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Carney debuts at White House  —  White House press secretary Jay Carney held his inaugural briefing Wednesday while the departure of a deputy considered for the job sent ripples through the press corps.  —  Deputy press secretary Bill Burton announced he was leaving the White House an hour …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Myglesias / Yglesias:
Alternatives to Inefficient Ticket Pricing  —  As history's greatest monster, I've long been disturbed by good bands' aversion to efficient demand-based pricing for their shows.  Annie Lowrey's article about LCD Soundsystem's anti-scalper efforts is confirming my priors:
Discussion: Slate and Eschaton
CBS News:
Gabrielle Giffords Knows Little About Shooting  —  Congresswoman's Chief of Staff: Word of Deaths, Others' Injuries Will Be Unknown to Her Until She Can Communicate Better  —  (CBS) It's been nearly six weeks since Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured in a shooting rampage in Tucson …
Discussion: Politics Daily, USA Today and AOL News
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
Let's Be Clear  —  I've said this before, and I will say it again.  Unless your proposal includes a substantial increase in taxes and a substantial amount of cuts to the military budget as well as ending the farm subsidies and giveaways to big oil and big energy and big business …
 
 
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Good Lt / The Jawa Report:
Democrats Get Super Serious About Budget Cuts
Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
California High Court Takes Prop 8 Standing Question
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa's first subpoena targets Countrywide VIP Program
Discussion: CNN
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Spending and All That  —  House Republicans are all-in on entitlements …
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
GOP pushes birth control for horses?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 Earlier Items: 
David Zaxtoday / Fast Company:
Bill Clinton in Surprise Talk on Tech: It's the Institutions, Stupid
Discussion: The Politico and Runnin' Scared
Kevin Helliker / Wall Street Journal:
Chicago Population Sinks to 1920 Level
Polo Sandoval / KRGV-TV:
Possible Mexican Military Incursion On U.S. Soil
Discussion: Right Pundits and Pajamas Media
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Top intel official revises remark on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood
Discussion: The Politico
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Killers frontman eats with Romney
Discussion: CNN
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
The Political Failure of Keynesian Economics