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6:50 AM ET, February 17, 2011

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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 …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Secret Report Ordered by Obama Identified Potential Uprisings  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt …
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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ABCNEWS:
Click HERE or on video in upper left to listen to Marquez's report.  —  “There was a canister that looked like — No!  No!  No!  Hey!  I'm a journalist here!” he yelled.  —  “I'm going!  I'm going!  I'm going!  I'm going!,” he said.  “I'm hit. ”  I just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs," Marquez said later. "
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.
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.
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Christie chides Republicans over entitlement reform  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) urged Congress to address the solvency of programs like Social Security and Medicare and warned Republicans they could face primaries for failing to cut government spending.
Discussion: The Politico
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chris Christie lays out a national vision
David Weigel / Weigel:
Mark Levin Cool on Chris Christie
Discussion: FrumForum and Riehl World View
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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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WFTV Channel 9:   Gov. Scott Scraps High-Speed Rail Plan, Nelson Reacts
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
California high court to rule on key Prop. 8 issue  —  (02-16) 17:32 PST SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has rejoined the battle over same-sex marriage, agreeing to decide the crucial question of whether sponsors of an initiative can defend it in court when state officials refuse to do so.
Discussion: The BLT and The Moderate Voice
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Chris Geidner / Poliglot:
California High Court Takes Prop 8 Standing Question
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
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 …
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.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
No more Bushes  —  There's been a lot of talk in the last few weeks pushing Jeb Bush as a candidate in 2012 but there's just one problem: a plurality of Americans say they would definitely not vote for another Bush for President in the future.  —  44% of voters in the country say there's no way they'd support another Bush Presidency.
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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Alana Semuels / Money & Company:
Businesses are refusing to hire the unemployed, commission told  —  Being unemployed is, for many, not fun.  There are no co-workers to mock at the water cooler, no expense accounts on which to wine and dine associates and no impressive title to drop when you're trying to pick up the ladies (or men, for that matter).
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
As U.S. Agencies Put More Value on a Life, Businesses Fret  —  WASHINGTON — As the players here remake the nation's vast regulatory system, they have been grappling with a subject that is more the province of poets and philosophers than bureaucrats: what is the value of a human life?
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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Guardian:
Powell demands answers over WMD  —  Former US secretary of state asks why CIA failed to warn him over Iraqi defector who has admitted fabricating WMD evidence  —  Colin Powell, the US secretary of state at the time of the Iraq invasion, has called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain …
Discussion: Firedoglake and CBS News
John Stossel / Townhall.com:
Is Seasteading the Future?  —  Here's a novel idea: Escape the suffocating chains of intrusive government by starting your own country!  —  That's Patri Friedman's idea.  He comes from an impressive line of libertarian thinkers.  Milton Friedman, the Nobel-prize-winning free-market economist, was his grandfather.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Darrell Issa's first subpoena targets Countrywide VIP Program  —  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa's first subpoena takes aim at Countrywide Financial's VIP program, launching a probe that seeks to out lawmakers who got sweetheart terms on home loans.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
55% Say Obama's Budget Doesn't Cut Enough  —  Most voters don't think President Obama's proposed $3.7 trillion federal budget includes enough spending cuts, and despite House Republican plans to cut substantially more, a plurality of voters don't think the GOP goes far enough either.
BBC:
Japan halts whale hunt after chase by protesters  —  The Sea Shepherd group's vessel (r) blocked the main Japanese ship's loading bay  —  Japan has suspended its annual Antarctic whale hunt following protests from a campaign group.  —  Activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society …
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and FrumForum
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 …
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
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
South Dakota Shelves Bill Aimed at Defending Unborn  —  A state bill to expand the definition of justifiable homicide in South Dakota to include killing someone in the defense of an unborn child was postponed indefinitely Wednesday after an uproar over whether the legislation would put abortion providers at greater risk.
Aljazeera:
Clashes spread in Bahraini capital  —  Armoured vehicles seen on the streets of Manama after police storm protest site in roundabout, killing at least three.  —  Sporadic clashes have broken out in the Bahraini capital of Manama, hours after riot police attacked a makeshift encampment …
Alexander Smoltczyk / Spiegel Online:
The Voice of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood  —  He is a hypermarket of dogma, dispensing advice on subjects ranging from mother's milk to suicide bombing.  But few have as much influence on Sunni Muslims as the Muslim televangelist Youssef al-Qaradawi.  He says what the Muslim Brotherhood in Egpyt thinks …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 
 
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Rep. Steve Rothman / The Hill:
Foreign aid cuts jeopardize U.S. national security
Discussion: The Politico
Susan Crabtree / TPMDC:
King Taps Journo As Senior Committee Investigator
Good Lt / The Jawa Report:
Democrats Get Super Serious About Budget Cuts
Sarah Kliff / The Politico:
GOP pushes birth control for horses?
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Kevin Helliker / Wall Street Journal:
Chicago Population Sinks to 1920 Level
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
Carney debuts at White House
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