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11:55 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]
Discussion: The Right Scoop
John Tabin / AmSpecBlog:
Fear of Defending Israel
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Ben Smith's Blog
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
The Christie speech: We must fix America  —  Chris Christie took Washington by storm on Wednesday with his first national address - a blunt call for the country's leaders to follow in his fiscal footsteps by making real cuts in unsustainable levels of spending if they want to pull America back from the “edge of disaster.”
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Kendra Marr / The Politico:
Experts: His 2012 moment is now  —  With just one impressive speech, Chris Christie put three full days of CPAC speakers to shame.  —  That's the bottom line from a bipartisan panel of experts, who watched the New Jersey governor's address on Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute for POLITICO …
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Christie chides Republicans over entitlement reform
Discussion: Reuters
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Wins on ‘Jeopardy!’:  Trivial, It's Not  —  YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — In the end, the humans on “Jeopardy!” surrendered meekly.  —  Facing certain defeat at the hands of a room-size I.B.M. computer on Wednesday evening, Ken Jennings, famous for winning 74 games in a row on the TV quiz show, acknowledged the obvious.
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Ken Jennings / Slate:
My Puny Human Brain
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Bahrain's Military Takes Control of Key Areas in Capital  —  MANAMA, Bahrain — The Bahrain military, backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers, took control of most of this capital on Thursday hours after hundreds of heavily armed riot police officers fired shotguns …
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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. "
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Nameless Republican Ties Obama in 2012 Election Preferences  —  Young voters less supportive of his re-election than of his election in 2008  —  PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. registered voters are evenly split about whether they would back President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012 (45%) or “the Republican Party's candidate” (45%).
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Jordan Fabian / The Hill:   Gallup finds Obama deadlocked against generic Republican
Phil Gast / CNN:
Wisconsin teachers give labor bill an ‘F’  —  Read more about this story from CNN affiliate WISC.  —  (CNN) — At least 15 school systems in Wisconsin canceled Thursday's classes because teachers and other public employees will continue protests at the state Capitol over a bill that would strip …
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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Deficit Plan Details Emerge  —  Bipartisan Senate Group Mulls Spending Caps That Could Trigger Tax Increases  —  A bipartisan group of senators is considering legislation that would trigger new taxes and budget cuts if Congress fails to meet a set of mandatory spending targets and other fiscal goals aimed at reducing federal deficits.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Bachmann on Obama's birthplace: 'That isn't for me to state'  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Thursday it's not for her to say whether President Obama is a citizen of the United States — or a Christian.  —  “That isn't for me to state; that's for the president to state,” Bachmann …
Guardian:
Colin Powell demands answers over Curveball  —  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 …
Scott Turow / New York Times:
The One-Man Political Machine  —  On a brutally cold morning in mid-December, Rahm Emanuel, hatless and wearing a glove on only his left hand, stood for an hour in front of the turnstiles at the Paulina el station, which sits in his old Congressional district on Chicago's North Side.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Thune: GOP can't ‘minimize’ social issues in picking president  —  Republican primary voters can't “minimize” the importance of social issues in deciding their candidate for president, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said Thursday.  —  Thune is considering running for president and has said he'll make a decision by the end of this month.
Discussion: GOP 12, The Brody File and CNN
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Myglesias / Yglesias:
Urban Planning in South Sudan  —  Southern Sudan, the world's newest country, seems to me to be off to a bad start with its urban planning concepts:  —  And:  —  I don't think you necessarily want too much “planning” of a growing city at all.  I'd like to see land used roughly as densely as market conditions warrant.
Discussion: Sudan Votes
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Mrs. Bush, Abstinence and Texas  —  Today, let's discuss choices, starting with Barbara Bush raising an alarm and Gov. Rick Perry's personal experience with sexual abstinence.  —  I did throw in the last one to keep you interested.  Sue me.  —  This month, The Houston Chronicle published …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend and Daily Kos
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House adds $500 million in cuts  —  The House on Wednesday made its first substantive changes to a $1 trillion Republican spending bill, adopting amendments that underscore the new Tea Party bent in Washington.  —  Yet the most costly questions will come before lawmakers on Thursday …
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Shy U.S. Intellectual Created Playbook Used in a Revolution  —  BOSTON — Halfway around the world from Tahrir Square in Cairo, an aging American intellectual shuffles about his cluttered brick row house in a working-class neighborhood here.  His name is Gene Sharp.
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Obama budget plan shows interest owed on national debt quadrupling in next decade  —  Interest payments on the national debt will quadruple in the next decade and every man, woman and child in the United States will be paying more than $2,500 a year to cover for the nation's past profligacy …
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
‘Prepare to Invade Israel,’ Hezbollah Leader Tells Followers  —  Beirut (AP) - Hezbollah's leader told his Shiite guerrilla group Wednesday to be prepared to invade northern Israel, a day after Israel's defense minister warned that the quiet along the tense border could erupt into violence.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Jay Nordlinger / National Review:
The Thugs Come Out in Wisconsin  —  Many of the letters from Wisconsin today have to do with violence: threats against Governor Walker and members of his administration, the increases in their security details, their worries about their spouses and children, and so on.
Discussion: Moe Lane and GayPatriot
epa.gov:
2011 Draft U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report  —  DRAFT INVENTORY OF U.S. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS AND SINKS: 1990-2009  —  Per a pending announcement in the Federal Register (FR), the draft 1990-2009 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory is now available for public comment.
Jake Tapper / Political Punch:
Borrowing to Pay Interest on a Debt Isn't Creating Debt?:  Today's Q's for O's WH - 2/16/2011  —  Note: Today was the first press briefing by new White House press secretary Jay Carney.  —  TAPPER: Jay, welcome.  —  JAY CARNEY: Thank you.  —  TAPPER: If I borrow money from you — to pay — to pay off the interest for -
Investor's Business Daily:
The Tyrants Lunge  —  Foreign Policy: Amid President Obama's vow to enact “smart diplomacy” and to raise U.S. stature overseas, it's never been more dangerous to be an American abroad.  From Tehran to Havana, tyrants are taking U.S. hostages.  —  One after another, our nation's enemies …
Discussion: Power Line
Zogby:
Percentage Who Say Obama Response Was Correct Exceeds Totals Of Those Who Wanted More Support for Mubarak or Protestors  —  UTICA, NY - U.S. likely voters are more likely to say the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was positive rather than negative for the U.S. …
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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Vanita Salisbury / New York Magazine:
Ed Schultz Drinks Whiskey in the Winter, Gin and Tonics in the Summer
Discussion: FishbowlDC, Mediaite and TVNewser
Larry O'Connor / Breitbart.tv:
Clueless Carter: Muslim Brotherhood Has Ties to Hezbollah But ‘Nothing to Be Afraid Of’
Paul Bedard / US News:
Border Patrol Controls Just 44 Percent of South
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrat to seek transparency of Supreme Court conflicts of interest
BBC:
Libya protests: Activists call for ‘day of anger’
CNN:
Obama to sign bill naming courthouse after slain Arizona judge
Discussion: USA Today and FrumForum
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
California high court to rule on key Prop. 8 issue
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Japan halts whale hunt after chase by protesters
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and FrumForum
John Stossel / Townhall.com:
Is Seasteading the Future?  —  Here's a novel idea …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Alana Semuels / Money & Company:
Businesses are refusing to hire the unemployed, commission told
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Azi Paybarah / WNYC News:
How to Control (and Cash In On) the Sarah Palin Brand
Discussion: Salon