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10:30 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
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.”
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Chris Christie lays out a national vision
Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
Gov. Christie chides Republicans over entitlement reform
Discussion: Reuters
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. "
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 …
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 poll finds Obama deadlocked in race with generic Republican  —  A new Gallup poll found registered voters are split over whether they would vote for President Obama in 2012.  —  Asked if they would vote for Obama or a generic Republican next year, 45 percent said they would support Obama …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
No more Bushes  —  There's been a lot of talk in the last few …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
David Brody / The Brody File:
John Thune to Brody File on Social Issues: “I don't think we can minimize those in the debate”  —  Rather than call a “truce” on social issues as possible presidential contender Mitch Daniels suggests, Senator John Thune tells The Brody File that, “I don't think we can minimize those in the debate.”
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Thune: GOP can't ‘minimize’ social issues in picking president
Discussion: The Brody File and CNN
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
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.
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 …
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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.
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.
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 …
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?
Phil Gast / CNN:
Classes canceled amid WI protests  —  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 …
Discussion: WISC-TV and Michelle Malkin
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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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House Democrat to seek transparency of Supreme Court conflicts of interest  —  Rep. Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.) said Wednesday he would introduce legislation after next week's break that would require Supreme Court justices to publicly disclose why they have recused themselves from cases.
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. …
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 -
Discussion: Hot Air and JammieWearingFool
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
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Border Patrol Controls Just 44 Percent of South  —  A new report says only 15 percent of the southern border is air tight  —  While they've made strides in arresting illegals and building a fence along the U.S.-Mexico line, the Border Patrol only has “operational control” …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Jawa Report
 
 
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Tim Craig / Washington Post:
Catania bill seeks to provide birth-control pills over the-counter
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Janine Zacharia / Washington Post:
In Bahrain, police move against protesters; state of emergency declared
Discussion: Right Turn and FrumForum
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
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Discussion: Salon
Lady Gaga / CBS News:
Sen. Scott Brown Speaks Out on Childhood Abuse
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